The 13 Best Beauty Subscription Boxes That You Can Give as Gifts
There’s something for everyone, and you can buy them at the last minute.
The verdict is in: Subscription boxes are one of the easiest last-minute gifts to give. But with the ever-growing list of options, finding the best box for the people in your life can be tougher than ever.
Beauty gurus looking to amp up their skincare or makeup routine will appreciate a monthly delivery of everything from full-size products to samples of pricey creams and serums to test before buying. Alternatively, for those who haven’t shopped outside the drugstore, beauty subscription boxes are a great way to find new favorites when you run low on the essentials.
And while you might think that beauty subscription boxes only offer skincare or makeup products, these days, you can find a box for just about anything! New companies like natural deodorant brand Myro (it comes in a refillable container!) and Billie, the shaving subscription box, deliver monthly supplies straight to your door.
Plus, it’s so easy to give a digital subscription—you can literally buy it and give it in the same day! For the next time you find yourself buying a gift for a hard-to-shop-for friend or family member, we’ve rounded up the best subscription boxes for every type of beauty enthusiast in your life.
Best for the Mask Maven: Facetory
K-beauty junkies, come one come all. The Facetory box is jam packed with seven Korean beauty face masks to test out each month.
To Buy: from $20 per month; facetory.com.
Best for the Bargain Hunter: Birchbox
One of the O.G. subscription beauty boxes, Birchbox has earned its spot on the list as a perfect intro to new brands. Starting at $13 a month, customers receive five mini samples of prestige beauty products specific to a beauty profile you set up to help discover new brands without a hefty price tag. Bonus: There's a box for your man, too!
To Buy: from $13 per month; birchbox.com.
Best for the Fragrance Fan: Scentbird
Buying fragrance for a friend is always hard, but with Scentbird, it's become much easier. This beauty box lets you choose from a number of top perfume brands and sends you a sample every month. With over 450 brands to choose from, everyone can find their perfect scent.
To Buy: from $11 per month; scentbird.com.
Best for the Sephora Loyalist: Play! by Sephora
The Play! by Sephora box encourages you to do just that–and at $10 a month, the price cannot be beat. The box contains five trial-size samples, a shopping guide to help explain how to use each, and 50 Beauty Insider points.
To Buy: $10 per month; sephora.com.
Best for the Practical Decision Maker: Walmart Beauty Box
Ready to get all of your drugstore favorites in one place? The Walmart Beauty Box does all of the work for you. This beauty subscription box compiles a bunch of your tried-and-true drugstore products and sends out samples four times a year so you never have to restock. Plus, it only costs $5.
To Buy: $5 per quarter; beautybox.walmart.com.
Best for the Friend Who Has Everything: FabFitFun
Beloved by reality TV stars everywhere, the FabFitFun box includes the latest and greatest from the beauty world, but also throws in a few additional fun treats like duffel bags, mugs, and jewelry.
To Buy: $50 per month; fabfitfun.com.
Best Variety of Beauty Brands: GlossyBox
With GlossyBox, you can choose between a three, six, or 12 month subscription that all include five premium beauty products each month. With hundreds of brands in GlossyBox’s arsenal, you could receive Amore Pacific skincare in one box or ColourPop Cosmetics eyeshadow in the next.
To buy: from $21 per month; glossybox.com.
Best for the Eco-Conscious: Myro Deodorant
What’s so unique about Myro’s monthly deodorant delivery is that you choose one case that’s refillable, so you only receive the refills each month, and you can mix and match your case color and scents to your liking. Not only are you cutting down on waste thanks to this refillable model, but the deodorant formula itself is vegan and gluten-, soy-, and mineral oil-free.
To buy: $30 for three refills per month; mymyro.com.
Best for Luxe Samples: BeautyFix by Dermstore
Handpicked by beauty experts each month, expect to receive a curated selection of makeup, skin, and hair products in Dermstore’s beauty box. Out of the six products each month that have a total retail value of $100, you can expect to get both samples and full-size products of top brands, including Tarte, Murad, Dermalogica, Klorane, and more. For $25 per month, it’s a steal in our book. But in case you don’t want to subscribe monthly, you can also decide on a one-time purchase for $35.
To buy: $25 per month; dermstore.com.
Best Box for Shaving Products: Billie
You’ll never have to run to the drugstore again for a last-minute razor thanks to Billie’s handy starter kit that includes the Billie handle, two five-blade razor cartridges, and a magnetic holder. Each month after you’ll receive four replacement cartridges for only $9.
To buy: $9 for the starter kit; mybillie.com.
Best Box With a Value More Than $50: Macy’s Beauty Box
With Macy’s beauty box, you can expect five deluxe samples each month of either fragrance, skincare, or makeup from top brands like Kiehl’s, Peter Thomas Roth, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and more. Plus, with each box you’ll receive a $5-off coupon toward your next beauty purchase, so you can buy your new favorite products once you run out of the sample.
To buy: $15 per month; macys.com.
Best for Frequent Target Shoppers: Target Beauty Box
Launched with a theme each month, you can receive up to seven samples of cult-favorite products that Target shoppers can’t get enough of. Not only is this $7 box a great way to test out new brands and products, but you can stock up on travel essentials after just one box.
To buy: $7 per month; target.com.
Best for the Beauty Guru: Allure Beauty Box
As one of the best beauty boxes for your buck, the Allure Beauty Box is filled with both full-size and sample-size products that are editor-tested and loved. Choose among a monthly, three-month, or yearly plan to get started. New members will also receive a special gift upon sign up—previous gifts include hard-to-pass-up items like Hot Tools’ one-step styling brush.
To buy: from $15 per month; beautybox.allure.com.