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Subscription Boxes make great gifts

Subscription boxes have become increasingly popular over the years, which makes them an easy go-to gift. With a few clicks, you can purchase the best gifts for ALL of your friends, family members, and even pets – with no shopping or wrapping involved! Awesome, right!?

Plus, who doesn’t love getting fun surprises in the mail every month? 🙋 BUT how do you know which subscription boxes are worth the money? Check out the best subscription boxes to give as gifts!

1. Stitch Fix – for the Busy Mom

Stitch Fix Box

Stitch Fix sends you a box with five items for you to try out based on your customized style profile. You simply keep what you like, and send back anything you don’t like – and shipping is free both ways! The styling fee for each box is $20, but that goes toward anything you decide to keep. I especially love the fact that you get to try things on in your own home since I don’t have a lot of time to shop. Read more about our experience with Stitch Fix and gifting StitchFix.

stitch fix box with clothes and accessories

Check out this review from a Hip2Save Sidekick:

I recently signed up for Stitch Fix and love it! That said, be sure to send them your Pinterest link and be VERY detailed with things you like or don’t like. I recently received a pair of jeans that fit amazing! Note that Stitch Fix may not be a good fit for everyone.”


2. Kiwi Company Crates – for the Creative Kid

Kiwi Crates

You’ve probably heard of Kiwi Crate, but you may not know that they make LOTS of different boxes for different ages and interests, starting at birth and going all the way up to adult kids! 😉

Kiwi Company Crates

Their Tadpole Crate is for ages 0-36 months, Koala Crate is for ages 3-4, Kiwi Crate is for ages 5-8, Atlas Crate is for ages 6-11, Doodle Crate is for ages 9-16 and is art focused, the Tinker Crate is for ages 9-16+ and is STEM-based, AND the Eureka Crate is for ages 14+.

Each crate is meant to inspire creativity through fun, engaging activities. Subscriptions start at $16.95/month for 12 months, but you can switch crates at any time!

Hip Tip: We’re also BIG fans of the Amazon STEM Club Toy Subscription, a monthly subscription box from Amazon that delivers handpicked, high-quality science, technology, engineering, and math toys to your door for just $19.99/box shipped. Each month, you’ll get a different, age-appropriate STEM toy that encourages your child to learn through play. Toys focus on subjects such as chemistry, computer science, and natural sciences.

Choose from three age ranges to make sure the toys you receive are tailored to your child’s learning level: 3-4 year olds, 5-7 year olds, & 8-13 year olds. Limit one subscription per age range per account.


3. Birchbox – for the Beauty Buff

Birchbox beauty box

With Birchbox, you get a monthly delivery of beauty samples that are personalized to you for just $10/month or $110/year. It’s a great way to sample different beauty products to find your faves. Each month, your personalized beauty box will include five deluxe product samples. You’ll get to try all different types of products, from hair care to skincare to makeup.

Birchbox monthly box

Birchbox Man is a monthly “beauty box” for men! Each month, your personalized box will feature five of top-shelf grooming samples—from daily moisturizers to classic pomades—plus a full-size product like a gadget, bar tool, or stylish accessory. Subscriptions are $10/month or $110/12-months.

Hip Tip: If you’re interested in trying other beauty subscription boxes, I’ve heard great things about PLAY! by Sephora, Scentbox, Allure, Julep, Ipsy, and BoxyCharm – just to name a few!


4. FabFitFun – for the Fab Fashionista

FabFitFun Box

FabFitFun is a subscription box filled with FULL-SIZE fashion, beauty, fitness, and lifestyle products from brands like Kate Somerville, Tarte, CHI, Butter London, Zoya, and more! Each season, you’ll be able to choose products and add-ons that you want in your box, or you can make it a surprise – your choice!

FabFitFun

For just $49.99 every season, you’ll get an awesome box filled with $200 to $300 worth of FULL-sized, name-brand products hand-picked by the FabFitFun team. We think this is such a fun box that’s worth every penny!

Hip Tip – Interested in trying FabFitFun? Use promo code SAVE at checkout to score 20% off your first FabFitFun box, making it just $39.99 shipped!


5. Dollar Shave Club – for the Men in your Life

dollar-shave-club-mens-gift-guide

Dollar Shave Club offers premium shaving products sent to your door every month. Plus, NEW members can score a Starter Kit for only $5 shipped (over a $14 value!) – no promo code required!

The starter kit includes an Executive Razor Handle along with four razor cartridges, Dr. Carver’s Easy Shave Butter, Wanderer Calming Amber Lavender Body Cleanser, AND One Wipe Charlie’s 3-Pack wipes. After your trial box, you’ll pay just $9 shipped per month for four razor cartridges.

dollar shave club

You can cancel at ANY time with just a few clicks as long as you do so at least one day before your next box ships. And Dollar Shave Club offers a 100% back money-back guarantee, so if you’re not happy with anything for any reason, they’ll refund your money! Awesome!


6. Degusta Box – for the Foodie

Degustabox

Like food surprises? Degusta Box is a great way to try new food products every month from popular brands. Every month, they put together a new selection of treats and have it shipped right to your door – or the door of a loved one or friend.

Degustabox

You’ll receive a variety of exciting food products in your box each month – all items in the box will be a surprise! Plus, when you try your first Degusta Box, you’ll save an additional 35% and will score up to 14 products for only $12.99 delivered (regularly $19.99). Wow!


7. BarkBox – for your Furry Friend

collins dog barkbox

Each BarkBox is tailored according to the size of your dog and includes at least two high-quality, innovative toys, two all-natural bags of treats, and a chew toy – all curated around each month’s unique theme.

Bark Box

Subscriptions start at $22/box and are valued at over $40 – and include free shipping. And if your pup doesn’t absolutely love an item, BarkBox will send them a FREE replacement!


8. Loot Crate – for the Gamer (and Teen!)

Loot Crate

Loot Crate offers many different monthly boxes based on preferences and price point. You can score toys, clothes, and other gamer-themed goods at a great price. Loot Crate is also a great option for a teen who’s hard to shop for.

Halo Loot Crate

Subscriptions start at $19.99 for one month and go as low as $11.99/month when you sign up for a 1-year subscription. Choose from Pop Culture Crates, Gaming Crates, Film + TV Crates, or Sci-Fi + Fantasy Crates. Plus, you can use the code AFFILIATE15 to get 15% off any Loot Crate through December 31st, 2018.


9. Bulu Box – for the Health Nut

Wanna try before you buy? Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition, and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Each month, you’ll get a box curated with a new mix of 5-6 premium samples from top brands to try – including vitamins, supplements, and more.

Bulu Box sample boxes

Every sample is sufficient enough to decide if the product is right for you. PLUS, shipping is always free, and you can cancel your subscription at ANY time. You can choose between an Original or Weight Loss box, and you’ll also get access to expert tips, tricks, and a supportive community. Subscriptions start at $10/month, OR as low as $8/month with a 1-year subscription.


10. Book of the Month – for the Adult Bookworm

Know a bookworm? Book of the Month is a monthly book subscription box. Each month, five curators pick out their favorite new hardcover books, and you can choose ONE that you want to receive on the first of the month.

Book of the Month Club

With your membership, you’ll be able to add a book of your choice for $14.99/month, add extra books to your shipment for $9.99 each, skip any month you want, and get free shipping, always.


11. Disney Princess – for the Little Princess

Disney Princess Enchanted Collection Subscription Boxes

Do you know a little princess who would love a box of magical Disney treasures delivered right to their doorstep this Christmas? If so, Disney Princess Subscription Boxes would make a perfect gift idea!

Disney-Princess-Subscription-Boxes-Deluxe-Box

Each box features a different Disney Princess like Belle, Moana, Ariel, Jasmine, Aurora, and Cinderella – and even comes with a signed letter and exclusive video greeting! There are currently two subscription options to choose from that will arrive on your doorstep every other month – the Basic Box or the Deluxe Box. Read more about this Disney Princess subscription!


Join The Discussion

Comments 44

  1. melissa lane

    Fair Trade Friday is my favorite! They have a few different clubs to choose from. I get the original box and love the items, I save some for myself and give others as gifts.

    http://fairtradefriday.club/

  2. Lindsay

    I’ve never tried Birchbox, but I liked Ipsy when I had it. Is Birchbox better?

    • Kate

      I’ve had both. They really go back and forth on which is better over the years. Fun to switch over now and then though.

    • Jennie Beuer

      Birchbox gives you One GUARANTEED full size sample. Ipsy gives you the make up bag. I love them both!

      • Hyedi

        Jennie, I’m subscribed to both Ipsy and Birchbox and I don’t get a full sized product monthly with my other items? Hmmmm….

    • Sue

      I have had both. I think Ipsy is better. Ipsy sample sizes are usually bigger than Birchbox. Also I more into make-up which Ipsy does more off. Birchbox has more skin care and hair items.

    • Jeanine

      I would say that Birchbox will give you more higher-priced products, with a lot more hair and skin care stuff, whereas Ipsy is more lower-priced stuff that you can often find at drugstores. Ipsy will also give you tools like brushes or eyelash curlers more often than Birchbox, and you’ll get a lot more color makeup, often in “younger” shades and finishes, like sparkly stuff.

      Both are good, and you can get variations if you jigger with your preferences in your profile.

  3. Elle

    For the music fan, VNYL ships 1 or 3 curated vinyl records based off of the user’s account preferences and Spotify history each month. Regular price is $39/mo but it is cheaper with a longer subscription and there are currently deals for about half off. I pay $19.99 each month for 3 brand new records shipped to my door that would typically cost about that much for one…feels like Christmas every month!

    • Elle

      Also, if anyone is interested in signing up, send me your email address and we’ll each get a $10 credit! 🙂

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      Oh wow – good to know! Thanks!

    • sherry

      question- are these vintage albums or new?
      Thanks!

  4. Jo28p

    Boxy charm should have been on there for the make up lover!!!

    • Tiff

      I agree. Love boxycharm!!

    • Jamie Rist

      BoxyCharm is the best cosmetic box that I’ve tried. I’ve had Macys, Sephora, Target, Birchbox, Ipsy and the only one I’ve continued with is Boxy. Loot Crate has also gone really down hill the last couple years. I finally quit my regular Loot Crate and the Hello Kitty Crate after being disappointed too many times.

      • Hyedi

        Boxycharm? Never heard of them…thanks! I’ll take a peek at their site.

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      Glad to hear you like them! 🙂 We do have it listed under the Birchbox section as other ideas – but sounds like it is a great subscription box!

    • Nik

      Do you have a referral link?

      • Karen

        Nik email me and I’ll give you my link.

        kessined08 at gmail

  5. ecroston

    I purchased my sister an annual subscription to CauseBox for her birthday and it is absolutely amazing. Everything is socially conscious, fair-trade, ethically made, etc. Just a great selection of beautiful, thoughtful products. You can also customize some of the options (if you do the annual) – like the Winter box has 3 different poncho wrap color options (worth $115) and either a necklace or earrings. There’s even $100 ear buds this time! It’s a quarterly box, $49.99 each but if I remember correctly, there is a discount for purchasing an annual subscription. Highly recommend it!

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      Wow good to know! Thanks for the recommendation!

  6. Jamie

    There’s also tons of coffee subscriptions. We got my father in law one last year for 6 months and he loved it. They came from a different country each month

  7. Jenn

    I can’t say enough about how awesome the Kiwi Company Crates are! We did the Tadpole Crate for a year (they actually only have a newborn version and then 12 kits for 2-3 yo) until my son got all and they moved him to Koala (he’s 3 now). They often have sales on kits w/ free shipping for members, so we’ve stocked up on other things that I know he’ll enjoy once he’s a bit older (and they said they make sure not to send kits he already has).

  8. vanessa

    Lavish box for the bath lover

  9. Summer

    Boxycharm is hands down the best beauty box – all full size , mostly high end products. $21/month but always well over $100 value

    I cancelled both Birchbox and Ipsy

  10. Cindy

    I can highly recommend BarkBox for your furbabies! We love it. There are two well-made chew toys, two bags of treats, and one other food item like a beef stick or pig ear in every box. We get the one for tough chewers and my lab has yet to rip one of them up like she does with other toys. The treats are grain free and no allergens. It’s the only box we receive every month. My Bella even knows the words “Bark Box” and will jump around and bark until we get it open.

    • Jennifer

      I agree the Heavy Chewer boxes are great for our 60 lb pitbull baby dog. And Dollar Shave club is great! No running out last minute, and I use the blades, too. Better than any women’s blade.

    • Amber

      I go through the Animal Rescue site and get their Rescue Box, same as BarkBox, but each box shipped helps feed and vaccinate animals. Its like Christmas every month at our house for the critters 🙂

      https://www.rescuebox.com/

    • Edie

      I tried to sign up and didn’t see the option for the heavy chewers box. My boy is a 125# Shiloh Shepherd,do you think he would get toys that he could use or are they small?

  11. Jenny

    If you know anyone who likes to sew or quilt, a Cotton Cuts subscription would be perfect!
    http://www.cottoncuts.com/
    They have monthly boxes of fabric. You can pick your preferences too! They also have a Puzzle Mystery Quilt that is monthly. Each month for 9 months, you get a clue to put together. On the 10th month, you get the final clue and the instructions on how to put all of the pieces together to finish it. It’s really fun!

    • Rachml

      I love shopping Cotton Cuts’ scrap store – I bought 4 lbs of scraps from the puzzle mystery quilts last month for less than $20-all just extra pieces they had cut I guess, plus some end of bolt pieces! You should also look into QuiltyBox & Culcita.

  12. Alison

    CatLadyBox for Cat lovers is great too!! Gifts for yourself and your feline friend

  13. Micki

    I have been LOVING my FabFitFun boxes!

  14. Natalie

    Here is a new one we barely signed up for today… Bondingbees.com, it’s a date subscription box. It arrives and has fun things for you to connect with your spouse.

    • ambersteph

      Thanks for sharing! I just ordered as a Christmas gift for my sister & her husband

  15. Barbara Y

    Got my impossible to buy for teenagers a Tokyo Treat Box subscription. Shipped from Japan and they love them! Really ideal for my college kiddo. Care package every month with all kinds of fun weird snacks from Japan. We get the deluxe with the drink. $39.99 mo. Always a fun day with roommates and friends!

  16. Lisa

    If you specifically enjoy Young Adult books OwlCrate is an amazing subscription box. They jam pack each box with the coolest items and the books are almost always hand signed by the author with dust covers exclusive to OwlCrate. They even have a box for kids too. Was never disappointed.

  17. Jessica

    Dang, I want to sign up for all of these…

  18. Jamia

    The Mighty Fix through mightynest.com is my favorite and sends eco-friendly and health conscious items for the kitchen, home, or personal care. It is only $10/month or $99/year including shipping and item(s) are always worth at least $10. “Fixes” have included wool dryer balls, several plastic-free reusable kitchen items, a non-toxic cleaner that works great, and a petroleum-free healing balm.

  19. Melissa

    I just signed up for barkbox. This month you get double in your box for free if you purchase the 6month or 12 month. Also if you pay for the entire subscription at once, you save an extra 5% .

    • Edie

      And 11% back from Ebates!!!!

  20. Diptid

    vegancuts.com has a few different subscription boxes. I get get the monthly beauty box and vegan snacks! Love them both!!

  21. Kay

    I love Allure for mid to high end beauty samples. It s $10 a month for the first month, then $15 after. I always love everything in each box and I love trying all the new beauty products.

    • Kay

      Sorry, Actually, for a limited time you can get your first box for $7.50!

  22. Kim

    Causebox is my all time favorite subscription box. I’ve received 3 of their quarterly boxes and can’t say enough good things about them. If there were items I already had or weren’t my style I would give those items as gifts. https://causebox.com

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