25 Brilliant Subscription Boxes For Everyone on Your List

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iStock, Melpomenem

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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1. FOR THE BOOKWORM: BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB; $45 FOR THREE MONTHS

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.

2. FOR THE ADVENTURER: ISLE BOX; $125 FOR ONE QUARTER

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.

3. FOR THE PAWSOME PUP: BARKBOX; $39 PER MONTH

Winter BarkBox
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.

4. FOR THE SELF-PROCLAIMED NERD: LOOT CRATE; $20 AND UP PER MONTH

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.

5. FOR THE HOME BARISTA: MISTO BOX, $20 PER MONTH

MistoBox

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.

6. FOR THE TRENDY GUY: BESPOKE POST; $45 PER MONTH

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

VellaBox

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

KitNipBox

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

Vinylmnky

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

SaloonBox

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


FabFitBox

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.

These Grass Straws Are an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Plastic

Kickstarter
Kickstarter

We know plastic straws have created an incredibly serious environmental issue, and while many alternatives have been introduced, there are definitely some drawbacks to each of them. Paper straws, for example, tend to dissolve faster than you can finish your beverage. Some companies have tried to get around the issues paper and plastic straws present by introducing a special lid to sip cold beverages through. But they’re still made out of, well, plastic.

A Kickstarter campaign is offering a solution by producing sturdy grass straws that work perfectly in hot or cold drinks and decompose in just 15 days. With $3606 raised, the startup La Couleur Monochrome is still working toward a $27,877 goal, but you can back this project until January 31. For as little as $6, you can receive 100 straws in a reusable, eco-friendly zip-up bag, and the more expensive tiers offer bigger rewards.

The straws are made from hollow-stemmed grass that is grown and hand-harvested in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. After the grass is harvested, it is cut into 20-centimeter pieces and disinfected through a boiling process, rather than with harsh chemicals. Buyers have the option of selecting either dried-out straws, which can last for up to one year when stored at room temperature, or fresh straws, which can remain in the fridge for up to six weeks. According to the startup, both straws are suited for hot and cold drinks, but when using the fresh straws, you’ll get “a slight scent of fresh cut grass without changing the drink's taste.”

Grass straws
Kickstarter

If you’re worried about the environmental impact of harvesting the field, there’s no need. According to the campaign, the grass regenerates itself within a year. Currently, the startup is producing 1 million straws a month, but they hope to up it to 10 million by July 2020. Also beginning in July, the company plans to only send out orders once a month to create a more sustainable shipping program.

With so many large-scale changes that need to happen to help the environment, starting with a simple straw may seem inconsequential, but it’s not. Estimates have put the number of straws littering the world's coastlines at anywhere from 437 million to 8.3 billion.

If you want to visualize how much plastic humans have produced, it's equivalent to 25,000 Empire State Buildings or 80 million blue whales. And of all that plastic, only 9 percent has been recycled. At this pace, some have predicted that the amount of plastic in the ocean may outweigh the ocean's fish by 2050.

Cutting out straws is a great way to start reducing single-use products in your everyday life, and you can head here to find out more about the Kickstarter.

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Attention Movie Geeks: Cinephile Is the Card Game You Need Right Now

Cinephile/Amazon
Cinephile/Amazon

If you’ve got decades worth of movie trivia up in your head but nowhere to show it off, Cinephile: A Card Game just may be your perfect outlet. Created by writer, art director, and movie expert Cory Everett, with illustrations by Steve Isaacs, this game aims to test the mettle of any film aficionado with five different play types that are designed for different skill and difficulty levels.

For players looking for a more casual experience, Cinephile offers a game variety called Filmography, where you simply have to name more movies that a given actor has appeared in than your opponent. For those who really want to test their knowledge of the silver screen, there’s the most challenging game type, Six Degrees, which plays like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, with the player who finds the fewest number of degrees between two actors getting the win.

When you choose actors for Six Degrees, you’ll do so using the beautifully illustrated cards that come with the game, featuring Hollywood A-listers past and present in some of their most memorable roles. You’ve got no-brainers like Uma Thurman in Kill Bill (2003) and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall (1990) alongside cult favorites like Bill Murray from 2004's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Jeff Goldblum in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). Of course, being a game designed for the true film buff, you’ll also get some deeper cuts like Helen Mirren from 1990’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and Sean Connery in 1974's Zardoz. There are 150 cards in all, with expansion packs on the way.

Cinephile is a labor of love for Everett and Isaacs, who originally got this project off the ground via Kickstarter, where they raised more than $20,000. Now it’s being published on a wider scale by Clarkson Potter, a Penguin Random House group. You can get your copy from Amazon now for $20.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we choose all products independently and only get commission on items you buy and don't return, so we're only happy if you're happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!

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