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The Best Box Subscriptions for Everyone on Your List

From beauty to booze and even art, these highly curated packages are filled with "you shouldn't have!" surprises.


Glossybox offers higher-end beauty products in its monthly and specialty boxes. You get deluxe-size samples as well as the occasional full-size product and even beauty tools. Recent boxes have included Sulwhasoo, Vincent Longo, Fresh and Tarte.

Cost: $15/one month gift; $60/3 months; $115/6 months


After filling out a profile, Julep will send you various products (all Julep-branded) every month. While the brand started as a nail polish company, it's since branched out to skin care and other color cosmetics, so expect a variety of products in each box.

Cost: $19.99/month; $59.99/3 months; $119.94/6 months

We Are Onyx

This subscription beauty box site is aimed at multiethnic women. You'll find tons of products for both natural and relaxed hair, as well as color cosmetics that suit a variety of skin tones. You get to choose your samples, plus they send you a few surprises on top of that. There are also tons of high-quality beauty tutorials on the site.

Cost: $15/month


For all the DIY'ers in your life, NYC's famous M&J Trimming shop just released a monthly box featuring multiple fashion-y projects, like purse baubles, jewelry and accessories. The November collection featured DIY jewelry with a definite Game of Thrones vibe. October's box included punk-inspired jewelry projects. All the equipment and tools you need are included in a starter kit in your first month's order.

Cost: $30/one month; $90/3 months; $170/6 months

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You should be able to find a box from one of the well-curated, super cool options for any guy in your life from your BF to your granddad. Currently, you can choose from a boozy option, a cigar and candle combo, a foodie box, and a pretty amazing grooming product-filled dopp bag.

Cost: $50 for an individual box; $45/month as a subscription

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If you know someone who loves indie perfume but lives in a place where it's hard to sample these small batch wonders, this is the box to give. Every month, you get three samples chosen around a theme. December's theme is "evening," and the box includes scents by niche perfumers DSH Perfumes, Sarabecca and Mark Buxton. You can apply the $18 monthly cost to the price of a full-size bottle.

Cost: $18/one month; $51/3 months; $96/6 months


This cool boozy monthly subscription box allows the budding mixologist in your life to experiment with two different drinks every month. Julibox sends adorable, airplane-sized alcohol bottles and the appropriate mixers, as well as recipe cards. The November box featured really yummy cocktails made with St. Germain elderflower liqueur.

Cost: $40/month; $114/3 months; $216/6 months

Nature Box

This box includes five full-size bags of healthy munchies every month. Think trail mix, dried fruit, yummy crackers, and granola. Plus NatureBox donates funds as well as bags of food to charity.

Cost: $19.99/month; $59.95/3 months; $99.95/6 months


Every month, you get an original art print with writing on the back. Expect different styles -- landscapes, graffiti-inspired prints, illustrations, short stories, poems -- on your print. Occasionally you'll receive items like coasters or small sculptures. An artist founded this unique service to get real art, as opposed to the ubiquitous poster of "Starry Night" that adorns everyone's dorm room, into people's hands.

Cost: $69/one year subscription (12 art prints)

Kiwi Crate

If you have a niece or nephew, or a friend with a kid (or perhaps a friend with Peter Pan-like tendencies), this is the box to give. Every month you get a few different crafts and activities. It's very old school, and parents will appreciate that electronics aren't involved.

Cost: $19.95/month; $59.85/3 months; $111/6 months


If you know someone with a four-legged baby, this is the gift for them. Every month you get four to six toys and treats, all tested by Barkbox's in-house doggie testers. They even customize the boxes depending on the dog's size (small and cute, just right, big and bold).

Cost: $29/month; $72/3 months; $114/6 months