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



Give the gift that keeps on giving, literally. A monthly subscription will continue to surprise your lucky giftee with thoughtfully curated boxes doled out throughout the calendar year—with zero effort on your part. If they have an interest in anything, there’s a box that for that! Are they into beauty beyond your budget? There’s the OG box that includes brands like Sunday Riley and Oribe for a fraction of their price. Have a do-gooder on your list? Globein provides guilt-free giving with items that support artisans around the world. We even included a box for marathoners, because lord knows their brains work differently and we need experts to do their holiday shopping. Click through for our favorite subscription boxes of 2019, here.

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For Beauty Insiders




The OG beauty box is still going strong. Give your BFF her share of full -and travel-sized products to test from top-shelf brands like Oribe, Sunday Riley, and Estée Lauder.

For the Amateur Sommelier

Blue Apron

Wine Box


Blue Apron is known for their tasty 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 vino, delivered monthly. 

Clothing Rental Gift Card

Rent the Runway


Rent the Runway is revolutionizing the way we shop—we chronicled tips on how to shop it and dissected their sustainability claims—and they’re not slowing down anytime soon. Your friend’s style is about to get so much better. 

For the Do-Gooder

Globein Box



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

For the Constant Snacker

Authentic Japanese Snack & Candy Subscription



Are they tired of hot chip? 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). 

Get the Winter Box



FabFitFun is for the person who is all about self-care. Their adorably loaded boxes are filled with beauty loot, fitness accessories, and even cozy loungewear. 

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 Lorac, elevated home goods from designers like Missoni, and chic, high-quality clothes (of course). 

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.  

Audible Subscription


$15 per month

Have someone who loves to read but can never sit down with a book? Audible will be their savior, offering up an endless supply of audio books for them to absorb on their commute. 

Bespoke Post



Bespoke Post originally started out as a male-focused subscription box for those with gentlemanly interests, hence this cigar collection. They’ve since expanded to include things that will pique the interest of all, like an edit of products for a bath night in. 

Produce Subscription Box

Misfits Market


If your person wants to level-up on subscription meal prep, get them this. They’ll receive fresh and organic mixed fruits and vegetables—all the produce is charmingly marred or misshapen—for them to experiment with on their own terms. 

Toy Subscription



Get your tyke ready for speaking tongues like Python by gifting a STEM-focused subscription box. You can gift this according to age, meaning they can grow with it. 

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.”

Beauty Box Subscription



If you’re looking for a box with a tad more luxury, try Glossybox. They are similar to Birchbox, but skews more expensive. 

Coffee Subscription

Blue Bottle Coffee


The caffeine-fiend is going to love you. Blue Bottle Coffee, the brand loved by hipsters worldwide, offers an easy coffee program that will ship them a bag of coffee every other week. 

Classic & Votive Subscription

NEST Fragrances


Their wicks will never go out if you get them this luxury subscription. Candle snobs, unite! 

Plant-Based Dinner Plans



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. 

Loose-Leaf Tea Subscription



These ain’t your mama’s Lipton. This subscription sends them hand-packed teas so they can explore flavors like Mao Zen Hair Needle (a green variety!).  

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 fertilizer, planters, or display stands) to 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 rabid 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 three mini spray bottles so they can experiment with their olfactory senses until they find the one

For the Audiophile

Monthly Vinyl Subscription

Vinyl Me PLease


It can be stressful to send your Spotify 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 favorite old-school band. 

For the Well-Dressed Man

Tie Subscription Club

The Tie Bar


A tie is a classic gift for a damn reason, okay? This take also offers up all the accessories that maketh a man. 

For the Runner

The Runner Box

The Runner Box


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

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