Behold! Blow your gift recipient away with these thoughtful, creative gift subscriptions.
Men of CMC pay attention. If you’re stumped and want to try something new for the holidays; this is a worthwhile list.
Good for: The paper lover in your life
Recently launched OliveBox is one of my favorite things and will be yours too if you enjoy writing letters and sending and receiving snail mail. The cover photo is actually my first Olive Box.
Curated by Grace Kang, owner of New York stationery shop Pink Olive, OliveBox offers recipients the best items in letterpress and stationery goods.
Gifts so far have included: signed first edition books, letterpress cards, original artwork, writing utensils, washi tape and (of course) cards of all varieties. Also included is a lovely, uplifting letter to get you energized for the month ahead.
Gifted: Monthly. Boxes are $25 a month plus S&H. You can buy one at a time or in increments of 3, 6 and 12 months – deeper discounts are offered when you sign up for 6 and 12 month subscriptions.
Good for: Crafty, DIY types
Whimseybox is a favorite at our office. It offers all the materials, instructions and tools needed for a craft project or two – AND a collectable art print each month – all in one box. Their projects are all Pinterest favorites (or inspired). The box is also sturdy and pretty enough to be a keeper of other crafting valuables. Watch their video below to learn more.
Gifted: Monthly at $15/month. This gives you access to their online community portal where you can talk process and projects with other Whimseybox crafters. Boxes are available at 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions.
Good for: Expecting or new moms & baby
Expecting mothers or recent moms deserve a treat too. Bluum does this nicely by providing deluxe sample items for mom and baby. Bluum subscriptions include membership to their Bluum online community where you can discuss best, new baby and beauty products that are right for you with other moms and dads.
Gifted: Monthly. Rates depends on monthly membership but fall under $15 a month. Parents magazine is included in some subscriptions.
Good for: Pets and their parents
Imagine monthly treats for your and your four-legged family members. Barkbox delivers both while 10% of the proceeds go to animal rescue groups. Contents of the box range from leashes, shampoos, toys, snacks and dog-approved gadgets.
Gifted: Monthly. $17 a month gets you a box and a chance to help animals in need. You can order in increments of 1, 3 or 6 months with deeper discounts the longer you order.
Good for: Toddlers and Under
Citrus Lane provides a variety of goodies for newborns to 3 year olds; but useful goodies like: things for bath time, books, healthy snacks, toys, teething tools and more. You can select your child’s age to get the most appropriate gifts.
Gifted: Monthly. Plans start at $21/month. You can also shop previously released boxes but that costs much more than the membership.
Good for: Teenage girls or any makeup and beauty lover
Remember makeup expert Michelle Phan? (of Lady Gaga eyes fame) Of course you do! She’s part of the team behind Ipsy Glam Bags – a monthly beauty product subscription that include full and sample size products, tips and a case to tuck it all into.
Gifted: Monthly. At $10/month this subscription has the lowest price tag on our list and increments are from 3, 6, 12 and 24 months at a time.
So tell us what you like or what we missed below.
There are tons of services like this out there. Just go a little Google-ing you’d be surpised at all the cool stuff you can find. You’ll also look like the most thoughtful, give-giver ever.
Photo Credits: 1. Photo by Alice Gao from www.myolivebox.com | 2. Video from Whimseybox | 3. Photo from Bluum | 4. Photo from BarkBox | 5. Photo of April 2012 Bath Box from Citrus Lane | 6. Photo of bag from Ipsy.com