Everyone loves getting gifts during the holidays and on birthdays, but what if the unwrapping didn’t have to come with a reason?
Subscription boxes are the perfect way to extend the season of giving to all year long, and treat yourself or a friend to a surprise in the mail, as even if they know that a box is coming, the contents change each month.
Subscriptions are also great for those that have products they love, but hate running out to replace them each month, like clothing finds, foods and drinks and even underwear.
We broke it down for you, compiling a list of the best boxes for him, for her, for the kids, and even for couples looking to share some unboxing time together, as well as more niche categories for foodies, interior design lovers, home chefs and more.
Best subscription boxes for women
FabFitFun, $49.99/quarterly seasonal box
The name says it all with this one.
Treat yourself or a friend to eight to 10 full-size items worth over $200 for just $49.99 per box. The subscription is unique in that instead of monthly, it runs seasonally four times per year, so you always get topical items to help you keep warm over the winter or stay fresh in the summer.
There is usually a discount code for first-time subscribers, so check the website for details. For the seasonal plan, customers can choose up to three items guaranteed to be in the box, as it is billed $49.99 quarterly. The annual box costs $179.99, comes with five customizations, and includes access to faster shipping and early access to customize your box’s contents.
We smell a good deal on a great gift for any perfume lover on your list.
LUXSB is a monthly perfume subscription box that offers designer fragrances for a fraction of the price. For just $15 per month ($9.95 for your first month) customers get a 30-day designer or niche fragrance supply of their choice every time; one of the largest sizes out there when it comes to perfume subscriptions.
Fragrances include designer scents from Prada, Versace, Gucci and more, and the subscription comes in both men’s and women’s brands. Take the fragrance survey before choosing your scents to find out what they recommend, perfect for new perfume lovers or for gifting to someone else.
Underclub, starts at $15/month
Help curate the sexiest underwear drawer in 2021 — with a monthly subscription to Underclub.
The luxury underwear club sends either one or two pairs of designer undies, bras and bodysuits per month, expertly curated based on a style quiz and Underclub stylists. The one-pair signature membership costs $15 or two pairs for $28, while the fancier Luxe Plan costs $21 for one item and $35 for two. The plans automatically renew, and members can choose to skip any month or cancel anytime.
Petite Ave, prices vary, exclusive 10% off code NYP10OFF
Are your vertically-challenged or need a gift for the shortie in your life? This one is perfect for all the ladies under 5-foot-5 who love style and hate baggy clothes.
Petite Ave saw the need for a subscription-based curated styling system, where after filling out a personal style quiz, one of the Petite Ave stylists will choose a one-of-a-kind box for your exact height and shape. The $25 styling fee goes toward the items you decide to keep after receiving and trying on the box of five unique wardrobe essentials. Simply try on, and decide what you love and what to send back in a prepaid box with no extra hassle, and pay only for the items you keep. Box items include everything from tops and pants to shoes and accessories, all of which are fully customizable during the quiz portion of the process.
As an added bonus, New York Post readers can enjoy 10% off their first box with the exclusive code NYP10OFF at checkout.
Birchbox, $13/month for 12 months
Do the beauty aisles at the drug store stress you out? Never again struggle to find quality makeup products again, after signing up for Birchbox.
Subscriptions start at just $13/month for an annual commitment, or start off slow with a $15 monthly box and see how you like it. After you subscribe, fill out a beauty preference profile to help the Birchbox team fill your box with products you’ll love, from hair care to skin care, makeup to fragrances. A typical box will include four to six deluxe beauty sample products spanning each category, but until the box arrives at your door, it’s a fun surprise every time.
Best subscription boxes for men
Dollar Shave Club, $5+ starter set
A perfect subscription for any bearded bro, Dollar Shave Club is for you.
The shaving and men’s wellness company has crafted a foolproof way to discover new products and maintain the best beards and mustaches through even the driest of winters.
First, take the quiz to see what type of products you and your facial hair need. Then choose from full-size products, or shop the starter kits that start at just $5 for three products, a razor and refill blades. Restock boxes ship out every two months, but can be postponed or changed at any time, and with a 30-day money back guarantee, there’s nothing to lose but your quarantine beard.
Battlbox, starts at $29.99/month
Are you prepared?
Prepared for the best survival gift subscription out there, we mean. Battlbox is a subscription box filled to the brim with outdoor gear, survival tools and camping must-haves that will help you survive the holidays and him survive the great outdoors.
Boxes come in many sizes, including a basic box for $29.99 all the way up to the pro plus for $159.99/month, including full-size and name brand equipment. Gifting these boxes is easy as well, as once you choose your size, simply sign up for a six-month or yearly subscription and the rest is up to him and the elements.
Best subscription boxes for couples
DateBox Club, starts at $33/month for 12 months
Date night will never be just a movie on the couch again, thanks to the offerings from DateBox Club.
The subscription box service brings fun back into date night, sending themed boxes right to your door every month, including everything you’ll need to have the most fun or romantic night with your partner in the comfort of your own home. Some past themes have included a spicy hot sauce-themed box with games and candy, and a nostalgic and creative journaling box to record what you love about each other and then play a flirty and fun version of Truth or Dare.
Subscriptions range from monthly to package deals of three months, six months, annual, or even larger boxes for the whole family to have some bonding time. Perfect for the pandemic, digital dates are also being offered in some packages, so make sure to check those out for a COVID friendly date, or if you have a long-distance relationship and could use some togetherness.
The Adults & Crafts Crate, starts at $30/month
Arts and crafts are not just for the kids anymore.
Get crafty with your significant other with an adult crafting subscription box from CrateJoy. The box starts at just $30/month and enjoy free shipping with the code GETCRAFTY at checkout.
Some past kits have included a build-it-yourself wine caddy, an engraving kit to honor a special date with your loved one, and a wood-burning kit to make your love permanently known. The box has over 250 reviews on CrateJoy and an almost perfect five-star rating, so get some wine and a baby sitter and embrace each other’s artistic side.
UrbanStems, starting at $55 per delivery
Add some color to your home with a plant and flower subscription from the UrbanStems.
Becoming plant parents together has never been easier, with many different subscriptions to choose from, for those who want fresh flowers in the home all year long. Subscriptions start at $55 per delivery, and can be dropped off weekly, bi-weekly or monthly depending on how many arrangements you want. They also have a seasonal flower plan for $75 and a luxe option for $105 per delivery.
Green Chef, starts at $79 for two portions of three meals/week
There’s nothing more romantic than cooking a meal together, and now you and your partner can do so without having to bother with the grocery store or measuring portions.
Green Chef offers a subscription package perfect for couples that includes three perfectly portioned meals for two per week, at only $79. The weekly membership can be changed at any time to include more portions for the hungry couple, or more meals per week for those who want to have date night every night.
All the meals are healthy and fit with every lifestyle, including Keto meals, plant-based, vegetarian and more.
Best subscription boxes for kids
KiwiCo, starts at $9.95/month
Learning through play is the best gift you could give your child, and KiwiCo is making it more fun and easier than ever.
The subscription boxes start at just $9.95 per month and can be tailored to your child perfectly, taking age, interest and price into account before selecting the perfect box. Crates start at birth and go up through 16-year-olds and older, making this a company you’ll want to stick with for life. And with over 20 million crates sold, ask anyone and get a positive review of any box, from STEM-focused kits for the elementary schoolers or an art-centric kit for your creative middle schooler.
Little Passports, starts at $15.95/month for 12 months
Have passport, will travel. And now they don’t even need one to experience all the world has to offer from their own playroom.
Little Passports starts little ones as young as 3 learning about the world around them, providing a subscription box filled with cultural and educational toys and materials for all ages. Check out the Early Explorers kit for your 3 through 5-year-olds and watch them become fascinated with the ocean, dinosaurs and more. The older crowd 9 and up may enjoy the Science Expeditions set, which includes an age-appropriate experiment to help them discover new passions and delve deeper into old ones.
Best subscription boxes for the home
GlobeIn, $33/month for 12 months (shorter subscriptions available)
Fill your home with items from around the world, even if you can’t physically travel right now.
GlobeIn is the perfect subscription box to remind you of the wonders of the world while getting new and exciting artisan-made home decor from around the globe. The subscriptions come in a three-month for $38/month, the most popular six-month for $35/month, and the yearly subscription for $33/month.
Each box has a theme, so it is a surprise every time. Past boxes have included the “Cozy Box” with blankets and mugs, and the “Bonjour Box” filled with everything you need for a breakfast in bed.
Earthlove, $59.95 per season (originally $230)
Get a subscription both you and Mother Nature would approve of with Earthlove.
The subscription box ships out every season, with items that are always sustainable and ethically sourced. Each box contains 10 products that span houseware, self-care and more, with a guaranteed value of $150 or more.
Right now, the Summer box is on major discount, offering seven full-sized products for just $59.95, valued at over $230.
Decorated, starting at $65.62/box quarterly
Celebrate each season in style with a curated box with home decor for summer, fall, winter and spring.
Decorated is a quarterly subscription box that helps you get in the holiday mood every season of the year, be it with spooky signs for Halloween, snowflakes and cozy trinkets for the winter or a spring and summer bouquet. Each box contains six to eight full-sized items, plus with a membership, you gain access to the online shop to pick and choose even more items priced a la carte with an additional 50% off.
Best subscription boxes for foodies
Goldbelly Monthly Food Subscription, $79/month (originally $89/month)
Get the best of the best, delivered monthly for as long as you want with the Goldbelly monthly subscription.
The Best of Goldbelly package is a refillable subscription that sends you a curated box of the nation’s most craved foods every month. The box varies each month, switching between savory and sweet options that feed a minimum of four people, for a country-wide feast without ever having to leave home.
Bokksu, starts at $39.95/month for 12 months
Say konnichiwa to the best Japanese snack on the market, sent right to your door no matter where you live.
Bokksu box is a treat for any foodie who loves the fun and unique flavors of Japan, even if we can’t travel at the moment. Boxes start at $39.95 for the annual subscription, or go with less frequent deliveries at a rate of six months, three months, or go one month at a time. Each box comes full to the brim with 20 to 24 snacks, candies and tea pairings, as well as a 16+ page cultural magazine with details on the snacks you received. The treats are sent directly from Japan and in the case you ordered more than you can chew, simply pause or cancel at any time.
Cusa Tea and Coffee, prices vary
Is coffee part of your personality?
Fuel their addiction and expand their beverage horizons with a subscription to Cusa Tea and Coffee. They carry tons of different blends of both tea and coffee, from herbal to chai, vanilla latte and even cold brew. The best part is, all the drinks are instant, as they come in a pre-measured powder packet and are ready to be mixed into water or milk, hot or cold.
Butcher Box, starts at $129/month
There’s no way to butcher this gift if you have a meat-lover in your life.
Butcher Box is the ideal gift for the person that loves to cook and grill quality meats, but hates going to the store and dealing with quality or quantity issues. The subscription box starts at $129 per month for 8.5 to 11 pounds of premium chicken, pork, and beef, or $149 for nine to 15 pounds of a choose-it-yourself box from more then 25 different cuts of meat.
The fresh food is all well-sourced, including 100% grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken, heritage-breed pork and wild-caught seafood options. All the boxes also have built-in free shipping and with cancelation available at any time, grilling at home is risk free and oh so tasty.
The Mantry Company, starts at $75 per crate
Is his pantry looking a little empty? Upgrade it to a mantry.
The Mantry Company is a food subscription service on a mission to find the best artisanal foods and snacks and send them to your door in a handmade wooden crate. Each delivery contains six full-sized products, which all fit a fun theme each time. Past boxes have included grilling essentials like barbecue sauces and spice rubs to a German biergarten box with pretzels, salami and dipping sauces.