Monday, December 2, 2013

2013 Gals Holiday Gift Guide: Subscription Boxes

Happy December, Gals! Hanukkah is in full swing and Christmas is just a few short weeks away, but I still have lots of gift shopping to do. If you're like me and are a little behind on your lists this year, you may want to consider gifting some monthly subscription boxes! Unlike a single item that gets unwrapped right away, these boxes keep delivering new treats each month (for 3, 6, or 12 months, depending on the subscription you choose). It's the gift that keeps on giving, and the recipients will be thankful all year long for your thoughtfulness! There are tons of monthly subscription boxes available for all different interests, so here is a round-up of some of our favorites that will make great gifts this holiday season.

This subscription box will keep your pampered pooch up to date on the latest and greatest dog care products. Each box contains 4-6 items such as toys, bones, hygiene products, and special treats that are carefully selected based on the size of your dog. Additionally, 10% of the proceeds from each box is donated to support dog rescue centers.

The bookworm in your life will love receiving a hand-picked book each month, selected by a literary expert based on the recipient's personal reading preferences. You just need to answer a few simple questions about what kinds of books you like to read, and they will do the rest!

This club isn't exactly a subscription "box," but we think you'll forgive us since it offers a variety of hilarious shirts that the gift recipient can hand select and have delivered to his/her door every month. I gave my brother a membership for his Christmas gift last year, and he loved it! The shirts tend to be a ironic and witty, so this gift is probably a good pick for your favorite hipster.


The foodie in your life will be thrilled to sample a variety of gourmet snacks each month (and at $10 a box, it's one of the most reasonably priced subscription boxes on the market). In addition to receiving a care package of snacks, your giftee will feel warm and fuzzy because Love With Food donates a meal to a local food bank for every subscription box that they ship.

As M can attest, it can be challenging for new parents to discover the perfect products for their new baby. Enter Citrus Lane: this monthly box gathers an assortment of items for your baby (or young child - it is customized based on age) so you can test them out and find some new favorites.

If you're as nail-obsessed as we are, this is the box for you! Julep Maven allows you to build a style profile and will then send you trendsetting new colors and cutting-edge beauty products each month to keep your mani up to date. Best of all, Julep Maven will send you a preview e-mail each month of the items you'll be receiving so if for some reason you're not a fan, you can skip that month and simply defer to the following month.

Do you know a crafter who is in need of some inspiration? Whimseybox will send them a new DIY project each month with complete instructions and supplies - this is a great way to spark some creativity and try some new projects that may be outside of your crafting comfort zone!


We've previously sung the praises of  Birchbox, so it's no surprise that a few of these subscriptions will be wrapped up under our trees this year. Birchbox brings you the best new beauty samples each month (along with some reliable classics), so it's a great way to test out new makeup and skincare products without making a large financial commitment. Go ahead, try it out - we promise you'll be hooked!

Every January, I always pledge to be healthier and get into better shape - if anyone on your shopping list makes that same resolution, Bulu Box could be the perfect gift! This monthly box contains health and nutrition products designed to make you look and feel your best. Let's all start the new year off on the right foot!

I hope these subscription boxes will make your holiday shopping a little bit easier, and that they bring some big smiles to your loved ones' faces! I know that I love receiving surprises in the mail each month, and will definitely be exploring some new subscriptions soon.

Which subscription box would you most like to receive in your mail this holiday season?



  1. I'm acting on this suggestion today!! I know that I would love to be on the receiving end of one of these subscriptions :) Thanks for another great idea, Gals!

    1. So glad you like it - a few of these boxes are on my wish list, too!

  2. As an added bonus, BarkBox is offering a cyber Monday deal where they are discounting their monthly box to just $14! Lucky for Miss Fred since I just couldn't pass up that discount!

    1. Today is definitely a good day to snap up some boxes! Miss Fred deserves a little extra love this holiday season!


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