This is the ultimate gift for the person who cannot do anything in the morning without a steaming mug of caffeine. Give the java junkie in your life this monthly box of curated coffees. Every month they’ll have fun trying out unique coffees from around the world—and possibly finding a new favorite go-to morning cup of joe. Each shipment contains two or three full-sized bags of whole bean coffee and some information about the selection. It’s enough to get through the whole month—eliminating any caffeine withdrawals.
To Buy: From $60 per month for a three-month subscription; mouth.com.
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Whether she’s a beauty maven or someone who has a five-minute makeup routine, this box will be something she’ll look forward to. Each month, she’ll get five beauty samples (from fragrances to lipsticks to lotions) to test out. It’s the perfect way to try out new beauty products without the commitment of buying the full-sized version and then hating it. And it’s a personalized shipment, which means that after she fills out a Beauty Profile, she’ll get products that work with her skin tone, hair type, and makeup style.
To Buy: $10 per month for a monthly subscription, $110 per year for a yearly subscription; birchbox.com.
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The fashionista can get her shopping fix every month without even leaving the house. If she’s hard to shop for, she’ll get exactly what she wants by browsing the site’s inventory to choose the items in her “tote.” The monthly box contains three garments and two accessories. She can mix and match the items with her existing wardrobe. When she’s done trying them all out, she can buy the items she likes and return the rest. And she doesn’t have to worry about washing the clothes after she’s worn them—Le Tote will take care of the laundry for her once it’s shipped back.
Any foodie will appreciate this gift box from Mantry, which proclaims itself the “Modern Man’s Pantry.” Each month he’ll get to try out artisanal food items sourced from all over the United States (think gourmet barbecue sauce, bacon spread, smoked meats, and more). They’re full-sized products, too, so he can serve the snacks during poker night or football Sundays. There’s a manual included with each Mantry box with information and photos about each product, plus recipes ideas. The first delivery comes in a handmade wooden crate, which can be repurposed for a stylish storage box to be used indoors or outdoors.
Consider this a win-win for both of you. Each month they’ll get a shipment of two, four, or 12 boutique wines—and hopefully they’re willing to share with you. There are two wine club options: a curated wine club subscription, where the recipient will receive a batch of wines made of different grape varieties and from different regions; or the grape variety subscription, which is designed for lovers of a specific kind of wine, like Cabernet, Pinot Noir, or Sauvignon Blanc. Each shipment will come with tailored tasting notes and recipe pairings.
Each FabFitFun box comes stocked with beauty, fashion, and fitness/wellness products. She’ll be able to use the variety of products to head to the gym, snack on the go, get ready for a girls’ night out, or relax at home. The products are full-sized, too, so she’ll get a lot of use out of them. The box comes every three months, so each item inside is geared toward a specific season and curated by the FabFitFun team (past boxes have included a candle, nail polishes, granola bars, and makeup palettes).
This monthly was made for the adventurous eater—you can explore the cuisines around the world in the comforts of your home. Each box is curated by a celebrity chef and contains food items from a specific country. Inside the box, there are seven to eight products including ingredients, drinks, and snacks. You’ll also get a culture guide that gives you the scoop on each product and some recipe ideas. If you don’t want to give them one of the country boxes, you can opt for a snack box (starts at $19), which features a selection of snacks from around the world.
Any accessories queen will appreciate this subscription box. It’s also ideal for the friend or significant other who wants to update her jewelry collection, but doesn’t like to commit. She’ll fill out a profile and Rockbox’s team of stylists will handpick three items from the inventory (featuring designers like Kendra Scott, Kate Spade, and House of Harlow 1960) to create a personalized box that will be sent to her door. When she’s finished with them, she can return the items to get new pieces—as many times as she likes.
To Buy: $49 for a 3-month membership (plus $10 gift card); rocksbox.com.
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You might think that Stitch Fix is just for the ladies, but there’s also a subscription box for the guys, too. It’s perfect if the man in your life would rather do anything but head to the mall to shop for new clothes. Like the women’s subscription box, he’ll fill out a style profile and be matched with a stylist who will send five pieces of clothing, accessories, and shoes to his door. He’ll try them on and keep the ones he wants, while returning the others. There’s a $20 styling fee involved, but it can be credited to his purchase of any items he decides to keep.
This clothing subscription box is specifically for women sizes 10-32—and includes pieces for every type of occasion for work, everyday errands, and dressier events. She’ll choose her favorite styles from a wide variety of brands to add to her online closet, and then she’ll get a selection of those items delivered to her door. She can wear the items as many times as she likes and once she’s done with them, she can return them for more pieces. If she likes any of the items, she can opt to buy them for a discounted price. The member service includes free shipping, unlimited exchanges, and free dry cleaning.
To Buy: $79 (two items at a time, part of the Give a Gift promotion) for two months; gwynniebee.com.
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Even a beauty queen with a treasure trove full of products will be surprised by the selection in these boxes. Each month she’ll get a pretty pink box of five handpicked beauty products to try out, from lipsticks to skincare to nail polishes based on a beauty profile she’s filled out on the site. If her preferences change at any item, she can update her profile accordingly. Brands featured include Benefit, Kérastase, and Tarte, plus niche, emerging companies to discover. Inside the box is a description card that features some expert tips for application and use.
Now, she won’t have to trek to the craft store for her next DIY. She’ll be all set for her weekend afternoon craft project with the “To DIY For” box. Every month, she’ll get a limited-edition kit with materials and directions for a stylish DIY project. Past boxes have included projects like metal stamped jewelry, wood burned cutting boards, ink blot coasters, and Valentine treat toppers. With this box, it’s all about the surprise—since she won’t know what’s inside until it gets to her front door. And don’t worry if she’s not a DIY aficionado, each box’s craft is easy to complete.
Choosing a signature fragrance can be surprisingly difficult—there’s so many to choose from, and they can cost you a pretty penny, too. Rather than buy a big bottle she’ll be stuck with for months, give her the gift of experimentation. This unique subscription service sends perfume to her doorstep (there are plenty of scents available for men, too!) every month. Best of all, it’s never a surprise—she gets to choose exactly which fragrance to try. The company offers more than 450 popular designer and lesser-known niche brands. Once she makes her selection, she’ll receive an 8-milliliter travel-friendly spray bottle.
To Buy: $15 per month; scentbird.com. (For 25 percent off, use the code REALSIMPLE25)
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