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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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…
…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 Club! BULB 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
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
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
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
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
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.