Is there someone on your list who you just can’t find a present for? Don’t throw your hands in the air just yet—consider a subscription box. There are boxes for nearly every interest, and your giftee gets to try a bunch of stuff that would be far too expensive for you to compile yourself. You can buy them one month, but we think three months makes the perfect gift because they’ll get that warm giddy feeling again and again.
None of the options below require contracts, so you can cancel at any time. (Just check the fine print for how many days prior to billing you need to notify them.) If you purchase a multiple-month subscription, you can cancel the auto-renew, but you won’t get money back for the boxes that didn’t ship yet. We’ve noted when the boxes have separate gift options, which typically cost a little more, but you won’t have to worry about canceling.
Keep in mind that subscription boxes tend to ship at a very specific time every month, so they won’t mail out immediately upon ordering if you’re rushing for a last-minute gift.
Updated November 2022: We’ve added Breo Box for techies, Undiscovered Artisan Box for travelers, and Curdbox for cheese lovers. We’ve also updated prices and links throughout.