The best subscription boxes really are the gift that keeps on giving. And if you don't know what to get someone for Christmas, then there are options for everyone including bookworms, foodies and proud plant parents. With boxes for every budget too, it could be a great way to spread the cost of Christmas and give them lots of little gifts instead of one big one.
What's more, not only is it fun to get a new treat every month on your doorstep, but this is very practical gift this year – especially when gifting in person may be hard. So we have rounded up our favorite subscription boxes below. Some offer a one off box so you aren't tied in, and they are pretty good for self-gifting too by the way...
If you are after the best food delivery boxes too, we have rounded up our faves over in our buying guide.
Best subscription boxes US
Did you know Amazon does subscription boxes? Loads of them in fact, whatever your hobby you'll find a subs box for you. Most are really affordable too. This craft box has great reviews, and means you can DIY something new and stylish every month. You can purchase one off boxes too as a gift, just check out the Adults & Crafts (opens in new tab) storefront.
Who knows maybe you'll find a subs box on sale on Amazon Prime Day (opens in new tab), keep up to date on all the deals over on our page.
Wine, every month? Yes please! And that's exactly what you get with Winc. You take a pallet quiz before you sign up so you only get sent wines you are going to love. Then just like magic, four bottles of delicious wine turn up on your doorstep. You can then rate your wines after you've tried them so your deliveries will get even more specific to your tastes. Oh and there's $20 off your first box right now! What are you waiting for?
For those of you who haven't heard of Glossybox, it's a really affordable beauty subscription box that allows you to test out some of the most hyped about products in the industry. You get five products in each monthly box, and the whole lot is always worth at least £50 if you were to buy separately, and often there are full-size products in there too. There are so many subs options too, it's really flexible – you can pick to sign up and pay monthly, or for the whole lot in one go, meaning you can gift a subscription too. Oh and look out for the advent calendar that's coming soon!
A few examples of brands that have previously been in Glossybox are Nails Inc., Iconic and Bare Minerals. Oh, and they ship to the UK too, just visit glossybox.co.uk (opens in new tab).
This is such a cute box as it's based on the seasons, so you get it four times a year but in each box are products to see you through the upcoming months. You also get some choice as to what is in your box, you can choose 3-5 products of the 8-10 that are in the box if you wanted to. This means you are always guaranteed to love the larger items and get a surprise with the rest. Just some examples of what comes in a FabFitFun box, this month you can choose a Michael Kors Passport Wallet, a Botkier New York Trigger Backpack or a Pottery Barn Mason Diffuser.
There are more benefits to signing up to the subs box too, 70% off box add-ons and exclusive offers brands, access to hundreds of workouts and recipes and you become part of a cute community. You can gift this box too – you send them an e-voucher that they can use to buy their boxes.
Want to become more green-fingered? This is the best subscription box for you. With The Sill's Plants for Beginners, you get a new, easy to care for plant every single month (imagine your home after a year!) It comes with everything you need to keep your houseplant healthy, plus an adorable planter.
There are so many great book subscription boxes out there, but we like that this one as it encourages you to read books that you might not otherwise (but should!) The Feminist Book Club includes a new book every month plus 3-5 products from women owned small businesses. They also donate 5 per cent of sales to a new feminist organisation each month too, so you are giving back with this box, something we always like to see.
Best subscription boxes UK
We have sung the praises of Bloom & Wild many a time, they just make such lovely bouquets. With the subscription box, you get a bunch of blooms that will fit through your letterbox so you don't have to be in to receive them. They arrive in bud so will bloom a few days after arrival so they really do last ages.
How often and for how long you want your flowers delivered for is really flexible too. You can pick to subscribe for three, six or 12 months and then whether you want your flowers every week, every two weeks or every months. You can also gift a subscription too.
If you are a lover of stationery, this is the best subscription box for you. Each month you will receive a super cute box of stationery in the most gorgeous packaging. You get five to eight exclusive items, including notebooks, greeting cards, pens and pencils, art prints, and much more. Also, there is world wide delivery available on this box too.
We love this idea! Bake a cake a month with a brand new recipe and all the dry ingredients delivered to your door. Each box contains all the dry ingredients weighed out plus any equipment you might need like baking paper and measuring spoons, all you need to is stock up on the wet ingredients and get baking.
Previous recipes have included, Blueberry & Cashew Squares, Bakewell Tart, Pear & Frangipane Tart, Lemon Shortbread Squares and Custard Creams. Yum yum!
Imagine, gets to a Friday, you open the fridge and oh dear, no wine, you drank it all on Tuesday night. But oh wait, your cocktail subscription box is here! Sounds good to us. Each of these boxes contains an amazing quality craft spirit, and a classic recipe, then guides you through the technique to create two classic cocktails, and then up to four more modern cocktails based on that classic. We are talking Espresso Martini, Margarita, Old Fashioned, Manhattans, Long Island Iced Tea, Gin Martini, Mojitos and more!
If you love creativity and trying new crafts, or want to delight your favourite crafter, then Craftiosity is the perfect subscription box. Each box includes all the tools and supplies you need to discover a new craft. Previous boxes have included everything from book-binding and linocut print cards to needle-felted birds and clay candle holders. It's a great way to discover a new hobby!
If you know a vegan or someone trying to cut down on animal products, TheVeganKind subscription boxes (opens in new tab) are a great way for them to find new food and beauty items. You can choose from a lifestyle box which includes treats, food and a cleaning or healthcare item that shows how easy (and tasty) going vegan can be. Or opt for the beauty box to discover new cruelty-free cosmetics. One off boxes are available, but you can gift three months, six months or a year, contract free,