Subscription boxes make great gifts any time of year, but especially when you're shopping for a bunch of family members or friends at once -- like, say, around Black Friday. (Hint, hint...) And thankfully for the gift-giving crowd, it seems like every day there's a new kind of monthly subscription box that would make the perfect gift for someone we know.
Here's what we recommend if you want to cross off everyone on your list in a single online shopping session: Make a list of loved ones you're shopping for this year, then find the match below based on their interests and hobbies.
If you know someone who's an avid Prime shopper, gift them Amazon's personal shopping service, Personal Shopper by Prime Try Before You Buy (formerly Prime Wardrobe). Every month for $4.99, a stylist will compile a selection of clothing and accessories suited to your preferences. Choose up to eight items to try on at home for free for a seven-day period. What really seals the deal? You only pay for what you keep, and returns are free! (And, just so you know, a Personal Shopper user does not have to be an Amazon Prime member.)
If you've got a friend who seems to have been everywhere and done everything, then here's a thing: a curated box of authentic Japanese snacks shipped monthly from Japan. Every Bokksu subscription begins with the "Seasons of Japan" box, featuring Hiroshima Seaweed Tempura Chips. (Ask your friend is she's tried that!)
Celebrity stylist turned fashion icon Rachel Zoe curates a selection of elevated essentials every season; each delivery includes luxe fashion, beauty and lifestyle items. Choose from a one-time annual payment of $349.99 or a $99.99 payment per seasonal delivery.
Lovevery offers a subscription box plan for its The Play Kits -- boxes with child-safe and sustainably-made play essentials and toys curated for different age ranges, including 0-12 months, 1 year, 2 year and 3 year. The Play Kit is delivered every three months with free shipping, and members can skip a month or cancel anytime. Parents also get access to expert research, tips, ways to play and activity ideas.
New coffees from small farmers around the world every month? Sounds, tastes and smells like heaven. To nail your recipient's particular coffee preferences, each Driftaway subscription begins with a tasting kit. Subsequent deliveries are tailored to the flavor profiles they like, and all coffee bags are personalized with their name.
BarkBox offers several pet subscription box options, including ones for "Super Chewers," and each includes two toys, two bags of natural treats customizable for any allergies or diet preferences) and a meaty chew based on a theme -- October's is "Mischief Mutts." Personalize a monthly delivery for a friend's beloved pup based on their size and name.
Surprise a beauty product junkie with this jam-packed delivery every one, three, six or 12 months. Each LookFantastic Beauty Box contains six treats that range from skincare to body care to makeup to beauty tools, all in line with the month's theme and at major savings for you.
If you have a friend who's trying to eat healthier but doesn't have the time or patience for weekly shopping trips, Daily Harvest's deliveries of clean and convenient food will ensure they stay on track. With the gifting option, your recipient can choose nine fresh, delicious items to arrive on their doorstep -- the DH menu includes bowls, flatbreads, smoothies, soups, lattes, snacks and desserts. (You can also keep it simple and send them a gift card.) There's also a sweet new way to treat your gift recipient with pints of Daily Harvest's decadent ice cream. Mmm.
With a KiwiCo crate, you can give children the gifts of learning -- and fun. Their stretched-thin parents will definitely thank you. Choose the age of the gift recipient -- from infant to 14+ -- and the kind of stuff they're interested in, like geography and culture or science and engineering. You can have the crates shipped directly to the family or to you so you can deliver them yourself.
Give an expecting friend one less thing to worry about: her daily wardrobe. Armoire is a clothing rental company that ships capsule collections every month with four, seven or unlimited pieces tailored to your custom style. In addition to maternity-wear, Armoire offers sizing from 0R to 24W.
Anyone who drinks vino will appreciate a quarterly delivery of wine from 90+ Cellars. A shipment of three, six or 12 bottles will arrive at their doorstep four times per year, each with a handpicked selection from wineries and vineyards around the globe.
Has someone on your holiday shopping list been talking about needing a wardrobe refresh? Rent the Runway is an excellent way to borrow designer goods from Christian Siriano, Jonathan Simkhai, Reformation, DVF, A.L.C., Pyer Moss and more. Choose from three monthly subscription plans where you can rent four pieces at a time for a maximum total of eight, 12 or 16 items per month. Categories include all kinds of workwear, loungewear, accessories and handbags from more than 750 designers and in sizes from 00 to 22.
Looking for the perfect gift for the friend or family member who enjoys the finer things? That's exactly who the aptly named Vices box was made for. From fine wines to handmade leather goods to exquisite foods to high-tech gear, each box contains a variety of luxury items that will keep them satisfied -- until the next monthly shipment arrives.
Thank goodness for flowers, the ultimate catchall gift. The Bouqs has blossomed into a direct to consumer business model that sources fresh flowers, plants and wreaths from eco-friendly farms around the world and delivers them straight to your (recipient's) door. The company offers subscriptions and one-time orders, meaning you truly never have to fret over finding a gift again.