19 Best Subscription Boxes For Last Minute Gifts That Continue Giving At Periodic Intervals

We’re getting down to the wire here for Christmas presents, which means it’s a perfect time to consider giving somebody a gift that isn’t supposed to arrive until two weeks after Christmas anyhow!


1. Graze – $6 – $10.99/box

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I’ve been getting this box for two years now and I love it. It’s perfect for people who work from home and feel exhausted just thinking about having to create themselves a lunch (like me!) and would rather snack all afternoon long. If you want to join yourself and want to use my referral code MARIEB4PP then I’ll get a free box. Just a thought.


2. Birch Box – $10/month

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It’s probably the most successful beauty box program currently on the market, with boxes filled with sample-sizes of new buzzy beauty products with an option to buy full-sized editions of your favorites.


3. Love With Food – $7.99 – $8.99/month

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Queer women are notoriously particular about the food they eat, and so are the good folks over at Love With Food, who put together monthly boxes of new organic or all-natural foods (there’s a gluten-free option, too). Plus for every box you send, they donate a meal to a food bank. Order a deluxe box or a gluten-free box and two boxes are donated. If you wanna get one for yourself, you can get get 40% off on your first Tasting Box.


4. A+ Memberships – from $5 – $20/month

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You can gift somebody the gift of Autostraddle! Plus they’ll get a sticker (gold members get t-shirts), have access to The Autostraddle Insider, the A+ Bee Community Newspaper, and lots of other fun stuff, too! There’s no actual subscription box involved but I think you should consider this anyhow. It’s for your own good. (Cobalt Memberships cannot be given as gifts, but are SO cheap you should consider getting one for yourself!)


5. Papirmass – from $5.75/month

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This “art subscription for the culturally curious” delivers a brand new print every month — fresh artwork from upcoming artists, plus access to exclusive on-line content like conversations with artists, studio visits, and glaleries.


6. Toilet Paper Hero – $5.99 – $14.99/month

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Yup. It’s uh… it’s toilet paper. You can give somebody the gift of actual toilet paper. You can pick the size of the pack based on the size of the household they’re delivering to, and they’ll never have to worry about having a regular stock of ultra soft plush strong durable two-ply toilet paper. Even the friend who has everything probably could use more toilet paper.


7. Mouth Boxes $37.50-$72/month

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Mouth is so cool, their website is gorgeous, the food they sell comes from independent makers and is certifiably delicious. Whether your loved one is a foodie or a heavy drinker or an enthusiastic snacker, Mouth has something for them. The various ways they group foods together is pretty interesting, too, and yes, there’s stuff for vegans, too, and an adorable section specifically for college students.


8. Book Riot Box – $50/package

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Get books and “bookish stuff” from the good folks at BookRiot every three months. Each package contains at least two books and other goodies have included a Grid-It Organizer, a Pop Chart Literary Genres Map, Shakespeare Candies, Books and Booze flask and Litographs Temporary Literary Tattoos.


9. Pairings Box – $25/month

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Every month get an exclusive 7″ Vinyl, Digital Mixtape, 1-2 Premium Ingredients, 3 Seasonal Recipes and Tasting Notes. It’s a “curated food and music discovery service” from the Turntable Kitchen.


10. Bespoke Post – $45/month

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Each month the fancy pantsy folks at Bespoke put together a “new collection of themed goods.” Specifically: “each box is a limited-edition, themed collection of men’s lifestyle gear from up-and-coming brands that we admire, spanning all areas of your day-to-day.” These areas include food, drink, style and grooming, so this is what happens when you outgrow Gym Tanning Laundry and become a dapper lady-gentleman or otherwise-identified human being.


11. BarkBox – $26-$39/month

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Your giftee’s special friend will receive a box containing 4-6 all-natural treats and super fun toys, created around a different theme every damn month. If their dog doesn’t like any of the items, they can send it back and get something new!


12. Purr-Packs – $24.99-$39.99/month

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Alternately, if your loved one is a cat lady and you’ve already bought her a copy of YES CATS!, then try a Purr-Pack, filled with custom-picked treats and toys for the cat themselves. You can pick flavor profiles and coat/fur color profiles, too.


13. Arcade Block – $19.99/month

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Each block from the folks at Nerd Block includes 4-6 video game collectibles and one exclusive gamer shirt, delivered monthly. Arcade is one of many themes — they’ve also got special boxes for fans of Sci-Fi, Comics, Classic Nerd Stuff and Horror, as well as kiddie boxes (“Boys Jr” and “Girls Jr” but I dare you to get a girl a boy box and get a boy a girl box!)


14. Harry & David Fresh Fruit and Cheese Club – $33/month

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Sometimes my Mom would send me just one Harry & David basket at boarding school (I always wanted the fruit-of-the-month club but alas) and Ingrid and I would smash that shit in like two days it was so delicious. Apples! Cheese! Nuts! REAL HUMAN FOOD! No but really, Harry & David has been sending you food every month before anybody else ever did…

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…which means at this point in the development of their business, their selection at this point has spiraled wildly out of control. They’ve got Organic Fruit ClubBULB OF THE MONTH CLUB! Crystal’s favorite, The Cheesecake Factory Club! Chocolate Covered Fruit Club! Wine, Cheese and Fruit Club! You name the type of food you can put in your mouth and these folks will bring it to your door. If anybody wants to get me a fruit of the month club membership though the offer for you to give that to me still stands.


15. PowerUp Geek Box – $16.95-$25.45 / month

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Catered to Geeks and Gamers, two demographic groups undoubtedly close to your heart,  every month brings 4-9 items and a t-shirt, depending on the box you choose.


16. The Hatchery – $20/box

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Another good pick for foodies, monthly Hatchery boxes introduce subscribers to independent makers around the country through small-batch ingredients and condiments — and each box comes with a booklet about the maker and the ingredient, as well as recipe ideas.


17. Scent Trunk – $15 – $18/month

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The recipient will get a card directing them to the website where they’ll fill out their own personal scent profile, and get three personalized scents delivered every month. Perfect for blood hounds.


18. Bean Box – $17-$20/month

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Bean Box sources from small-batch independent roasters in Seattle and offers a variety of ways to gift your over-caffinated friend with the monthly joy of really good coffee.


19. The Remedy Rush – $59/month

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This is a good one to give your mom: all-natural and organic spa & body products delivered four times a year, one for each season.

Riese is the 38-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key Jewish power lesbian and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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38 Comments

    • That’s amazing. I may manage to resist the $50/quarter boxes but there’s no way I can resist this! I’m a feminist, I like getting stuff in the mail, and I use stickers all the time in my journal–it’s like this was made for me. Thank you for sharing the link!

  1. I’m a pretty big fan of Ipsy! It’s basically like Birch Box, from what I’ve heard. It sends everything in cute little bags and it’s also $10 a month. I occasionally look up the prices of some of the stuff I get and I’ve received full-sized products that range anywhere from $15-$39!

  2. I’d like to suggest the Dollar Shave Club if you are someone like me that isn’t too fond of mass amounts of body hair. Their boxes can range from $1 dollar a box, with $2 dollar shipping to $6 dollar boxes with free shipping and $9 dollar boxes also with free shipping. This box includes a handle (in your first box) and 4 razor cartridges each box. You can also add shaving creams, after shave, face wipes and ever hair products for additional costs but it is all reasonably priced. There are bundles ranging from $14-$22 dollars, with free shipping, that allow you to save money by getting shaving cream and after shave along with the razor. What I really like is that you don’t have to get a box each month but you can schedule it so that you get one every other month, every couple of months or other personalized box options. The advertisement can be very “bro-y” but I think the product is worth suffering through it. The blades are great, the handle is heavy duty (I get the Executive bundle) and I have not had an ingrown hair since using the creams and after shave.

    This comment probably sounds like I’m on their payroll. I just stand by the quality product.

    • Right? I don’t do Christmas anymore really, but when I did I was always amazed to see things advertised as “stocking stuffers” that were Actual Gifts to my family.

      (Now I just use these gift guides to shop for myself, and I have to say, I have dug on Birch Box & Graze this year, though I let my subscriptions lapse this fall when I got a new debit card. Consumable subscription boxes are the best.)

    • there are also 3 and 6-month subscription options at most places! which is sliiiightly more affordable? this year i asked my mom to get my kids 3-month subscriptions to a couple of boxes (specifically nerd block jr and lootcrate) and i’m getting eli a 3-month subscription to tinkercrate. TINKERCRATE LOOKS SO COOL.

  3. I got my girlfriend a NatureBox subscription this year for Hanukkah/Christmas (she celebrates Hanukkah, I celebrate Christmas), and she loved it. And I loved picking out the snacks for her! They have so many great snacks!

    • Ditto. Penny actually treats one of her BarkBox toys (a blue crinkly “Pawxford” pennant” like a teddy bear – she brings it to bed every night. And when she destroyed one of their toys inside of 5 minutes, they sent a more durable replacement free of charge.

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