25 Brilliant Subscription Boxes For Everyone on Your List

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Selecting the perfect present can be tough—so why not leave it to the pros? Each of these 25 subscription boxes—for everyone from the wine lover to the makeup junkie—is curated by a team of experts. So whether your bestie is obsessed with coffee or really into knitting, you can find a gift that will make them sing your praises.

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Book of the Month Club

Give the gift of polished prose. Subscribers receive an email on the first of each month detailing five books selected by a panel of judges. They input their choice and the tome arrives at their door a week later. Want to join in the fun? When you purchase a subscription for a pal, you get half-off your own three-month membership.

Find It at Book of the Month Club.


Isle Box

Here’s what to get that sporty pal who’s always conquering a new mountain or setting up camp in a remote place you’ve never heard of. Each season—they’ll pocket a crate of outdoorsy loot (think: a backpack or an inflatable hammock) they can put to good use. For newbies, add the $200 starter box filled with essentials such as a headlamp, stove, and medical kit.

Find It at Isle Box.


Winter BarkBox

Don’t leave Spot off your list. Sign your four-legged pal up for this service and they’ll score a monthly gift brimming with up to six healthy treats and toys the company vows are “crazy dog person-designed and dog-approved.”

Find It at BarkBox.


Loot Crate

Chock full of lust-worthy, pop-culture collectibles, this gift will thrill the proud geek in your life. Monthly deliveries are theme-oriented. But if your pal is fixated on a particular franchise, you can opt for a one-off limited edition crate like the ones dedicated to Gears of War 4 or South Park.

Find It at Loot Crate.



Deliver a monthly perk-me-up: A coffee curator will work with your java-loving pal to determine their preferences. Then, every 30 days they’ll open a new 12-ounce bag of whole beans thoughtfully selected from more than 300 fresh-roasted blends.

Find It at Misto Box.


Dubbed the subscription club for men, Bespoke Post delivers carefully curated themed collections of home goods, accessories, grooming products, food, and alcohol. Your bud gets to preview the selection each month so if Copper (custom hammered mugs, crushed ice and ginger syrup to make a perfect Moscow Mule) or The Barber (a razor and other shaving goodies) isn’t for them, they can opt out.

Find It at Bespoke Post.

7. For the one who always puts his or her best foot forward: SAY IT WITH A SOCK; From $12 Per Month

Say It With A Sock

This service is perfect for those that put thought into accessorizing from head to toe. (Emphasis on the toes.) Once they share if they prefer patterns (i.e. polka dots and stripes), graphic designs (say, pizza slices?), or both, they get a monthly shipment of up to four pairs of snazzy socks.

Find It at Say It With A Sock.

8. For The Candle-Obsessed: VELLABOX; From $10-30 Per Month


Help your luminary-loving friend burn, baby, burn. You choose the gift—a 4-ounce candle, an 8-ounce, or both—and every 30 days they’ll get a new scent to light up plus a surprise gift!

Find It at VellaBox.

9. For The Smart Snacker: Graze; $14 a Box

Meet the answer to the 4 p.m. cravings. Delivered weekly, bi-weekly, or once a month, the eight-snack pack is filled with perfectly portioned bites that are free of artificial flavors, preservatives, trans fats, and high fructose corn syrup. On their menu of more than 100 good-for-you, 150-calorie-and-under treats: berry compote with shortbread dippers and apple and cinnamon flapjacks.

Find It at Graze.

10. For The Stylish Woman: PopSugar Must Have Box; $75 Per Quarter

The editors at celebrity and lifestyle site POPSUGAR—who test-drive countless beauty products, accessories, and foods—curate these seasonal arrivals. Expect boxes packed with over $250 worth of gluten-free treats, on-trend cosmetics, and fun conversation pieces like emoji cocktail napkins and an inflatable swan drink holder.

Find It at POPSUGAR Must Have.

11. For Curious Kids: Kiwi Crate & Tinker Crate; $20 per month each

Kiwi Crate Inc.

Inspire budding innovators. These kits—the Kiwi Crates are for ages 5 to 8; Tinker is age 9 to 16—are designed to get kids engaged in science, technology, engineering, art and math. Each includes a kid-tested, expert-reviewed project, instructions and a magazine to stimulate more ideas.

Find It at Kiwi Crate Inc.

12. For Your Favorite Feline: KitNipBox; $30 per month


These packages will please even the finickiest of felines. Shipments are stocked with all-natural treats and toys (see: a wool felt bell stuffed with catnip), with a side of largesse. A portion of proceeds go to shelters, rescue groups, and other cat-related causes.

Find It at KitNipBox.

13. For The Wine Enthusiast: Winc; $50 per month

For your pal with the discerning palate, opt for this three-bottle-a-month service. Pre-delivery, they’ll be quizzed on their taste preferences so they’re ensured vintages they’re eager to uncork.

Find It at Winc.

14. For The Music Enthusiast Who Wants to Revisit Their Favorites: Vinyl Me Please; $99 For Three Months

Skip the iTunes gift card: With this service your old-school pal scores a limited edition vinyl LP each month along with a 12-inch-by-12-inch print inspired by the album and a recipe for a cocktail meant to be enjoyed as they listen. They’ll also get a $25 coupon to purchase more albums. Record player not included. Choose from themes like the Rap & Hip-Hop or Classics, which features blues, jazz, and soul artists.

Find It at Vinyl Me Please.

15. For The Music Enthusiast Who Wants to Feel Like An Insider VINYLMNKY; $30 per month


Thanks to you, your giftee will be able to say they’ve been listening to that hot new artist for years. Vinylmnky keys in on emerging musicians before they become the next big thing and sends their subscribers a vinyl copy of their album, a custom lithograph, and a special add-on like an autographed poster.

Find It at Vinylmnky

16. For The Makeup Maven Who Wants to Do Good: Vegan Cuts Beauty Box; $23 Per Month

Vegan Cuts

Perfect for your BFF who refuses to eat meat and gets teary-eyed at the thought of cosmetic companies testing on adorable bunnies. Each month, they can up their beauty game with between four and seven makeup and skincare products (retail value: roughly $50) that are all cruelty-free.

Find It at Vegan Cuts.

17. For The Well-Groomed Gent: Sprezza Box; $28 Per Month

Sprezza Box

Nudge your boyfriend into a more stylish 2018 or keep your sartorially inclined brother in the loop. A team of in-the-know trendsetters curates this monthly delivery of designer goodies (valued at more than $100), so they can rest assured that their new tie, pocket square, or shiny cufflinks are stylist-approved.

Find It at Sprezza Box.

18. For The Home Bartender: SaloonBox; $55 per month


Rather than spring for another bottle of whisky, surprise the aspiring mixologist in your life with this DIY cocktail kit. Their monthly arrival includes recipe cards (the fancy mixes are created by top bartenders) and small batches of the necessary liquors, syrups, bitters, and garnishes.

Find It at SaloonBox.

19. For The Newbie Knitter: Knitwise; $29 And Up Per Month

Knit Wise

Gift this now; reap a handmade scarf next year. Each month, wannabe knitters are sent a project in a box—all of the supplies they need to craft a certain item, plus step-by-step instructions for getting it done. And if they hit an, er, knotty spot, they can head online for video tutorials.

Find It at Knit Wise.

20. FOR THE KNITTING QUEEN: Yarn Crush ; $36 per month

If your pal’s knitting hobby is firmly established, opt for this service that delivers a full-size skein of premium yarn (suited to their color preferences) plus a knitting or crochet pattern. (And they’ll usually throw in fun extras like a “My Hobby Takes Balls!” pin.) They also have a Sock Crush option for those dedicated to cozy feet warmers or you can spring for the one-time-only $75 Holiday box with yarn, patterns, books, and handmade trinkets.

Find It at Yarn Crush.

21. For The Trendsetter: FABFITFUN BOX; $50 Per Box


Fashionable goodies for all seasons! Every three months, members collect a virtual swag bag of full-size products hand-selected by the FabFitFun tastemakers as well as a compact guide that details each brand and features interviews from pros. In vogue items include adult coloring books, eye shadow palettes, and yoga towels.

Find It at FabFitFun.

22. For The Baking Fanatic: Whisk & Flour; $28 Per Month

Whisk & Flour

You know that friend who always has the most Pinterest-worthy holiday cookies? Treat them to this monthly service. They’ll receive a new dessert recipe each month along with the pre-measured dry ingredients, including hard-to-find artisanal eats like matcha and dulce de leche. You’ll receive a steady infusion of pecan covered cinnamon rolls and poppy seed shortbread.

Find It at Whisk & Flour.

23. For The Party Planner: Mostess; $150 per box

mostess subscription box
Mostess Box

Perfect for the hostess with the, well, you know. Shipped every two months, the curated crate includes up to seven entertaining must-haves such as a decorative wine stopper, a gold cocktail shaker and strainer, and porcelain coasters. Potential buyers are able to check out the contents before they order, guaranteeing they’ll never be stuck with something they don’t want.

Find It at Mostess Box.

24. For The Person Looking For A Wardrobe Upgrade: STITCH FIX; $20, plus the cost of clothes

A personal shopper at your fingertips: Users fill out a style profile, detailing their size, price and trend preferences, then receive five clothing items, from designers like Citizens for Humanity or Joie, hand-picked by their personal fashion guru. They can buy the pieces they like—the $20 style fee goes toward the cost—and ship back the rest (for free!). And if they don't need a monthly update to their closet, your giftee can schedule deliveries on-demand, at whatever frequency works best.

Find It at Stitch Fix.

25. For The Crafter: Adults and Crafts Crate; $96 for three months

Adults & Crafts Crate
Adults & Crafts

Consider this a monthly reminder to unleash their inner Martha Stewart. Kits come stocked with everything they’ll need to complete a cute DIY project such as a wine caddy or wine and cheese chalkboard serving tray. They simply use the included supplies, craft, and then show off their work on Instagram!

Find It at Adults & Crafts.

The New York Times's Latest Book on Travel Will Help You Plan the Perfect Weekend Getaway


Getting a full sense of a new city while traveling can be tough—especially if you only have a weekend to explore it. But since 2002, The New York Times’s "36 Hours" column has been breaking down destinations all over the world into bite-size pieces, allowing travelers to see the big attractions while still experiencing the city like a local. Now, you can get the best of the column's North American destinations with the fully updated and revised edition of 36 Hours: USA & Canada for $40 at TASCHEN or on Amazon.

Even if you have the original, it’s worth purchasing this updated copy, as this version features 33 new itineraries from Anchorage, Alaska; the Berkshires in Massachusetts; Boulder, Colorado; Miami; Oakland, California; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and many more.

36 Hours: USA & Canda from the New York Times

The 752-page book also offers more than 5400 hours of travel itineraries, 600 restaurants to dine at, and 450 hotel options. Each city featured includes a brief history, a list of popular destinations, and tips on how to experience it all like a local. For example, the New Orleans guide encourages travelers to start at the French 75 Bar for happy hour and order a Sazerac, a cocktail close to an Old-Fashioned that's a local favorite. Whereas the Miami guide takes you to the Buena Vista Deli, a bistro known for its take on classic French dishes. The travel book also features detailed city maps that pinpoint all the stops, and it's accompanied by nearly 1000 photographs.

Once you've picked your destination, check out some tips on how to craft the perfect itinerary.

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9 Brilliant Gifts for the Gardener in Your Life


A proven method of relaxation, gardening can ease the stresses of daily life and provide a rich resource for giving homes a unique and colorful identity. If you know someone with a green thumb, consider these nine gift ideas sure to plant a seed of gratitude.

1. Succulent Gardens Living Picture DIY Kit; $105

Succulent planter DIY kit

Vertical gardening is a conversation-starter, and you can help a friend ignite one with this do-it-yourself kit. The redwood frame uses a thin layer of mesh to keep succulent plants—included in the kit—hanging in there.

Buy It: Amazon

2. Burgon & Ball Coated Galvanized Steel Long Reach Indoor Watering Can; $46

Watering can
Uncommon Goods

Sure, your loved ones could use an empty jug to water their plants—if they enjoy drowning the greenery. But this watering can has a slender spout that prevents the needless mess that cans with wider openings can make. Plus, that longer spout makes it easy to get water to those hard-to-reach plants you may have hanging indoors.

Buy It: Amazon

3. Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller; $115

If you know someone looking to seize more control over their sprinkler system to help conserve water, the Rachio system is the one to beat. The module can replace virtually any existing central command center, connecting to the Rachio app and allowing for on-the-go control of the timer. Rachio will even sync the system to weather forecasts, easing up when it’s expected to rain.

Buy It: Amazon

4. Gardener’s Tool Seat; $36

Foldable for storage, this seat cures two of gardening’s most annoying demands: not having a place to sit and not having the right tool within reach. A small stool saves wear on the knees, while 21 pockets and a large pouch under the seat offer room for any implement you need.

Buy It: UncommonGoods

5. "The Taxonomy of Fruits & Vegetables" Poster; $40

This sprawling 24-inch-by-36-inch guide, detailing more than 300 varieties of produce, can be hung on a kitchen wall for easy reference. Your giftee will never again have to guess how a cantaloupe or mangosteen is related to other fruits and vegetables.

Buy It: Amazon

6. Aerogarden Harvest Elite 360; $130

the indoor AeroGarden
AeroGarden / Amazon

If you know someone who wants to keep a supply of fresh herbs for the kitchen but gets lost in the details, AeroGarden's indoor growing system is a perfect solution. The soil-free bed can grow basil, parsley, dill, and other seasonings using a fool-proof on-board display that offers care instructions in real time.

Buy It: Amazon

7. Hanging Terrariums; $13

This set includes two glass plant homes plus rustic jute rope for hanging them from the ceiling or window frame. And the flat bottom also allows them to sit on desk. Your giftee will need to supply the plants and other decor—may we suggest a couple of Tillandsia, a.k.a. air plants? They can thrive with almost no water or soil, making them ideal for these petite orbs.

Buy It: Amazon

8. Bokashi Kitchen Composter; $55

If making compost from food scraps sounds unappealing, it’s probably because you haven’t come across the right tool for the job yet. This Bokashi-style composter fits neatly under a kitchen sink and accepts food waste to mix with an all natural accelerator to create topsoil for gardens. The airproof lid guarantees no funky smell; the included spigot can also produce liquid fertilizer for houseplants.

Buy It: Uncommon Goods

9. Pine Tree Tools Bamboo Work And Gardening Gloves; $10

The biggest inconvenience of gardening: trying to scrub the dirt off your hands. The second-biggest: dealing with the sweat produced by rubber-coated gloves. Solution: bamboo, which allows the gloves to breathe, is naturally antibacterial, and ensures a snug fit.

Buy It: Amazon

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