If you’re shopping for someone who has everything this holiday, a subscription box might be your answer to a fun and unique gift. This trend caught on a few years ago and has stuck around largely because people love the ability to try new products without making a big purchase commitment. Plus, getting a package every month is a little like celebrating the holidays all year long. Give a gift that keeps on giving with one of these eight subscription gifts for some of the hard-to-shop-for people on your list.
For people who love to cook but hate to grocery shop, Blue Apron delivers everything a chef needs to make gourmet meals at home. Subscribers get a weekly delivery of pre-portioned ingredients and recipe cards for three chef-created meals. Cost: $10 per person, per meal.
Hammock Pack offers a quick “doorstep getaway” for people who want to experience a new place without leaving home. Each month, the company chooses a theme or a specific destination and puts together a box of snacks and home goods from local vendors to make you feel as though you’re there. Cost: $32/month.
Stitch Fix combines the convenience of e-commerce with the personal touch of in-store shopping by sending subscribers five pieces of clothing and accessories based on their style. After they try on their items, they can keep and purchase what they love and send back what they don’t. Cost: $20/box, plus the cost of what’s kept. (The $20 styling fee is applied to the amount owed).
This fairly new service ships boxes filled with snacks, food items, beverages and personal care products and offers gluten-free, vegan and low-calorie options for its subscriptions. Cost: $19 to $49/month.
This service mails out monthly projects that spark creativity and curiosity for kids ages 3-7. All materials are included, and each child receives a box with a craft project appropriate to his or her age. Cost: Depends on subscription length, from $12.95 to $19.95/month.
For new parents, this service sends what they need month-by-month. Whether it’s bath time essentials for a one-month-old or teething toys for a six-month-old, Citrus Lane is on it. Cost: Depends on subscription length, from $22 to $29/month.
For the single man who just can’t seem to make it to the store for the essentials, Manpacks will rescue him. Subscribers can sign up to receive things like undershirts and socks, razors and underwear. Cost: Varies by products chosen for each box.
Birchbox was one of the first major companies to offer this kind of service. Each monthly box contains sample sizes of everything from mascara to lip balm for women and deluxe grooming and lifestyle samples for men to the occasional edible treat for both. Cost: $10/month for women; $20/month for men.