15 Monthly Subscription Boxes That Take the Effort Out of Holiday Shopping



Be smart this holiday season and give the gift that keeps on giving, literally. A monthly subscription will continue to surprise your lucky giftee with thoughtfully curated boxes (and zero effort on your part.) What’s not to love? We rounded up the top picks of the year, including the OG beauty box, an Amazon pick of tasty Japanese snacks, and more clever subscription boxes for everyone on your list.

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For the Amateur Sommelier

Blue Apron

Wine Box


Blue Apron is known for their meal delivery service, but did you know they had a wine club too? Skip the liquor store and let your giftee sit back and relax with a trifecta of wines delivered monthly.

For Beauty Insiders




The OG beauty box is still going strong. Give your BFF her share of full and travel-sized products to test out, helping end her search for the perfect mascara.

For the Constant Snacker

Authentic Japanese Snack & Candy Subscription



Are they tired of Hot Cheetos? Well, probably not. But this box gives an edit of unexpected Japanese snacks, like green tea Kit Kats (which are arguably better than the regular chocolate one). 

For the Stylish Kiddo

Kids Box

Stitch Fix


Stitch Fix isn’t technically a subscription box, but a personalized edit of items for your giftee to try. Whatever they don’t want, they can send back and you only pay for their faves. They recently introduced children’s clothes, which means your favorite niece or nephew is about to be the most stylish kid in school.  

For the Style Fiend

Box of Style

Box of Style


Rachel Zoe’s subscription box offers not only a keen edit of clothes and accessories, but also top beauty brands like Oribe, Missoni, and elevated home goods, too.

For the Horticulturist

House Plant Box



This box is great for budding plant parents. Every month they’ll receive a plant or plant-related item (like plant fertilizer, planters, or display stands) to help encourage their green thumb. 

For the Self-Care Guru

Handpicked Korean Sheet Masks Subscription Box



If they’re all about self-care, this box will make them very happy. Priced super low at $9 a month, they’ll receive a fun edit of Korean sheet masks that will turn Sunday scaries into #selfcaresunday. 

For the Mega Fan

Loot Crate



Know someone obsessed with Harry Potter, Fallout, Star Wars, or anything with a fan base? Well, Lootcrate has all their sci-fi and gaming needs covered. 

For the Fragrance Nerd

Frangrance Subscription Box



There’s no need to invest in an expensive fragrance if they haven’t found their signature scent yet. This box sends 3 mini spray bottles so they can experiment with their olfactory senses until they find the one. 

For Dog Lovers (Who Love a Good Pun)




Your pooch deserves some love, too. What better way to say ‘I ruff you’ than with a box filled with doggy snacks and toys, themed with a tongue-in-cheek names like ”Dogsmas in the City.”

For the Audiophile

Monthly Vinyl Subscription

Vinyl Me PLease


It can be stressful to send your Sppotify playlist to your music-loving friend, but Vinyl Me Please takes the anxiety away with this monthly subscription. They’ll receive an exclusive record a month, like a hot pink vinyl from their new favorite band. 

For the Well-Dressed Man

Tie Subscription Club

The Tie Bar


A tie is a classic gift, but why not gift them one year-round? They also offer curated gift boxes like this one, which includes all the accessories that maketh a man. 

For the Chef on a Budget

Purple Carrot

Purple Carrot


Eating vegan can be a challenge, but Purple Carrot makes it less intimidating to cook elaborate meals at home.  It’s an even greater gift if they invite you to dine with them, too. 

For the Runner

The Runner Box

The Runner Box


Marathoners are a special breed, so they will appreciate this considerate gift. Each box includes 11-14 hand-picked items tested by their team of athletes, like that weird energy gel runners eat mid-race. 

For the Do-Gooder

Globein Box



Fair trade products make for guilt-free gifting, and everything from Globein comes with a story. Their products are made by traditional artisans all over the world, supporting industries from India and Mexico. 

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