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Holiday gift guide 2018: 15 subscription box gifts that do all the work, so you don’t have to

Shopping for holiday gifts can be stressful and time consuming. Subscription boxes are the easiest gift to give, with the biggest reward.

These boxes are already carefully curated and packaged, making them the perfect stress-free gift. All you have to do is click, buy and send. With endless options on the web, it’s the perfect present for everyone on your shopping list: parents, relatives, significant others, friends and even kids. You can choose to send boxes that curate a monthly wardrobe for your stylish girlfriend, a box of perfectly measured by-the-glass wines for your favorite vino-loving friend or even charitable boxes for your socially conscious cousin. While you’re at it, why not treat yourself to a subscription too! After all, who doesn’t love that bubble of excitement you feel when you receive a surprise package in the mail?

Below, shop our favorite subscription boxes to gift this year.

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Stitch Fix 

Stitch Fix box gift. (Photo: StitchFix)

Stitch Fix offers curated wardrobe boxes for the entire family. It is the perfect gift for someone who loves to look stylish, but doesn’t have the time to shop for themselves. Stitch Fix’s in-house stylists will curate each box based on a style quiz taken by the recipients and will deliver it on their schedule (on demand, biweekly, monthly or every three months). There’s a $20 initial styling fee, but it goes directly toward any purchases made, plus returns are free.

Shop it: starting at $20, 


Vinebox gift. (Photo: Vinebox)

For your gal pal who always loves to have a glass of wine at dinner, you can gift her a box of personalized wine flights with all the best wines of the moment. Each box comes with nine wines by the glass (10 cl each), for that perfect pour every time.

Shop it: $158 (two boxes over six months), 

Copper Cow Coffee 

Copper Cow Coffee Classic Coffee Subscription. (Photo: Copper Cow Coffee)

For any caffeine addict, this is a must. Every coffee drinker knows that Vietnamese coffee is a bit stronger, a bit richer and a bit creamier since it uses condensed milk, but the process to make it can be a little tedious. Copper Cow Coffee makes this beloved Asian-style coffee not only easy to make, but also an easy one to give. Don’t be fooled though, this is not instant coffee. The coffee beans are grown and roasted in Vietnam, plus the milk is made from real California milk and has no artificial flavors or preservatives.

Shop it: $35 (20 coffees and 20 creamers), 


Hawthorne box gift. (Photo: Hawthorne)

If you never know what to gift your husband, boyfriend or brother each year, Hawthorne is your answer. You’ll be able to send him the gift of two personalized colognes — one for “work” and one for “play” — tailored to his taste by Hawthorne’s team of expert perfumers who won Fragrance of the Year 10 times in the past. All he has to do is take a quick quiz to create his signature scents, or if you think you know him well enough, you can fill out the quiz for him and a gift box will be waiting at his door.

Shop it: starting at $60, 


Causebox gift. (Photo: Causebox)

For your socially conscious cousin or friend, Causebox is the gift they never knew they wanted. Each box is carefully curated with lifestyle products like apparel, jewelry, beauty and more. But what’s unique is that each product included has a bigger story, whether the brand empowers artisans, is eco-friendly, supports local artists or creates opportunities for women. On top of this, Causebox works with several charities to support, empower and affect them for the greater good.

Shop it: $50/box, 


Mishibox beauty gift. (Photo: Mishibox)

This is the perfect gift for your friend who loves self-care and K-Beauty. It’s no secret that South Korea has become the global hub for skin care. Now, you’ll be able to gift her a box of special Korean beauty products so she can keep her skin glowing well into 2019.

Shop it: $20/month,


Kidbox gift. (Photo: Kidbox)

Kidbox is a super-easy way to make shopping for kids’ clothing 10 times easier. It’s an ideal gift for any mom who always has too much on her plate and could use one less thing on her checklist. The process is simple. The parent takes a simple quiz, which determines the kid’s style, and then the kid  will receive a box of six to seven items handpicked by Kidbox’s team of stylists in the mail.

Shop it: $68 to $98 (per box), 


FabFitFun subscription box gift. (Photo: FabFitFun)

FabFitFun has a little bit of everything. It has fashion, beauty, wellness and fitness products in every box. It’s a great evergreen gift for someone you’re just not quite sure what to buy, but will be pretty much guaranteed to love. Choose to give one box or an annual subscription of four boxes.

Shop it: $50 (per box),


Birchbox gift. (Photo: Birchbox)

For someone who loves to try the best and latest beauty products, Birchbox is the must-have holiday gift. Each box includes five beauty samples, delivered straight to that person’s door. Because these are sample size, they are perfect for traveling with too! Choose three, six, or 12-month subscription options.

Shop it: $10/month,

Blue Apron 

Blue Apron meal box. (Photo: Blue Apron)

Get this for your dad who is obsessed with watching Top Chef. Now he can become a chef of his own with Blue Apron’s easy meal boxes. Each box contains recipe cards and fresh, responsibly sourced ingredients in perfectly portioned amounts.

Shop it: $60 (one-week delivery for two-person meal plan), 


Barkbox gift. (Photo: Barkbox)

Grab this for your friends who are just a tiny bit obsessed with their dog. With Barkbox, they’ll receive two treats, toys, and a chew item in every box. The excitement continues every month, because there is a new themed box.

Shop it: $22/box, 

Bon Appétit  

Bon Appetit Paris Apéritif box. (Photo: Bon Appetit)

Bring Paris home with a Bon Appétit box. Surprise your girlfriend with a box of gourmet French goods and re-create a romantic Parisian picnic at the park or on date night.

Shop it: $150 (two-month subscription), 

Just the Right Book!

Just the Right Book! subscription. (Photo: Just the Right Book!)

For the bibliophile who is always searching for a page-turner, Just the Right Book! is a great gift. You can specify from hard- or softcovers; books for adults, teens or children; and how frequently you want it delivered.

Shop it: $48 to $96 (four paperback books), 

Dollar Shave Club

Dollar Shave Club box. (Photo: Dollar Shave Club)

This one’s for your hubby, who probably uses his razor well past its “expiration date” until it becomes a bit too dull to recover. This box comes with everything he needs, a razor, cream, scrub and after-shave. His skin will look and feel so soft, it’s basically a gift for you too!

Shop it: $50,

Cat & Jack

Cat & Jack Baby Outfit Box Subscription. (Photo: Target)

For all new parents, Target is offering a subscription box from its stylish kids line: Cat & Jack. Each box includes six to seven different items for newborns and for babies up to 24 months old. New parents already have enough on their plate, so this is an easy, time-efficient way to get them all of the adorable clothes they need for their little one without having to lift a finger.

Shop it: $40 (girls),
Shop it: $40 (boys), 

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