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Our Favorite Subscription Box Items from December 2021

Christen Russo
ByChristen RussoJan 14, 2022 | 2 comments

Have you been following along with our monthly round-up of favorite items from the past month's subscription boxes? After a bit of a hiatus, monthly favorites have recently returned, and this month we're revamping how they look. Rather than splitting our faves up into four categories published as separate posts, they're all going to be celebrated in one spot. (Right here!) So, you'll see beauty, fashion, kids, food, and more subscription box picks all in this one post.

We're also adding a sister post each month: it's called Forever Faves, which will be a monthly round-up, but we'll be looking beyond what arrived in boxes in the most recent month. It'll explore items that have stood the test of time, be it a few months or a few years. Be sure to check out December's Forever Faves post!

December 2021 Favorites

Jessica's Picks


The Item: Fried Egg and White Cheddar Burgers with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

The Cost: starts at $39.96 +$9.99 shipping

From: Blue Apron

Why I love it: Blue Apron was onto something when they added these to their menu for the week of New Year's Eve. The full title is a mouthful, so I just called these beauties brunch burgers. And when we woke on New Years Day and finally rolled out of bed, I headed straight for the kitchen to make these. The roasted fingerling potatoes were tossed in a parmesan, green onion, and salsa verde mixture that had a delightful mix of fresh flavors, while the prime ground beef burgers were juicy and tasted so good when paired with the dijonaise, white cheddar, and fried egg on top. I am a huge fan of my Blue Apron subscription and we have ordered burgers from them before, but this was the best burger from them that I have ever had (and a top ten meal from them in general).

Jessica subscribes to Blue Apron on her own, but check out our Blue Apron details for more info about this meal kit subscription.

The Item: Erborian CC Dull Correct

The Cost: $24 for 15 mL

From: Skinstore Selects Limited Edition Skincare Box

Why I love it: This tinted CC cream makes my skin look a lot better than it should. Like, when I look back at selfies of when I used this, I questioned if the photos were taken with a filter even though it was just the front-facing camera on my iPhone. I can’t be bothered to apply a full face of foundation every day, but I can handle rubbing this in (make sure to blend out the edges, the first time I wore this I didn’t and my neck did not match my face) and adding a setting powder on top. It makes my skin look super polished without having to spend a lot of time on it, and I have fallen in love- so much so that I’ve already repurchased a backup.

Read our full Skinstore Selects LE box review.

The Item: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Cheat Lip Liner

The Cost: $24

From: Allure

Why I love it: This came in my personal Allure subscription and I could not be more thrilled about it. I really love Charlotte Tilbury’s products and have paid full price for them before (even though I try really, really hard not to) so to get a full-size lip liner in a shade I already use and love felt like an absolute massive win.

Read our full December Allure review & more reviews by Jessica!


Nicole's Pick

The Item: High Rise Skinny Jeans in Starkey Wash by Madewell

The Cost: $128

From: Dia & Co

Why I love it: I have seen every plus-size blogger rave about Madewell jeans and I had to see if I should believe the hype. As Lizzo once said, “all the rumors are true!” These jeans are perfectly constructed and truly live up to the brand’s name. They have just the right amount of stretch– they look and feel great! I absolutely love the darker rinse too; these will go with everything and become a true wardrobe staple!

Read our full December Dia & Co review & more reviews by Nicole!


Becca's Picks

The Item: Winter Glow Cottage Kit

The Cost: $24.95

From: Little Passports: World Edition

Why I love it: My boys love crafts, and anything with the word “glow” in the title is sure to be a hit. This box utilized patterns from other countries, giving them a bit of a geography lesson while creating their little cottage. Looking darling under our Christmas tree, this little addition will be enjoyed for years to come.

Read our full December Little Passports review.

The Item: Define High Waisted ⅞ Cheetah Leggings

The Cost: $69.95

From: Fabletics

Why I love it: I am legging obsessed, and though I find black leggings to be the most versatile, I just can’t resist a fun pattern, and when this cheetah version showed up under my outfit picks, I just had to order. Because it came as a set, both the legging and bra were heavily discounted, which is great for a thrifty gal like myself!

Read our full December Fabletics review.

The Item: Exfoliating Dual Texture Scrubber 

The Cost: $5.00

From: Walmart Self-Care Limited Edition Beauty Box

Why I love it: My dry winter skin is looking dull and rough, so a little exfoliating paired with a good lotion has revived it to almost pre-winter status. This particular scrubby pad has a little handle on the back to easily use on your body, though because it is only mildly abrasive, I also used it on my face. I felt this manual version worked better than some high-tech ones, and is definitely more budget-friendly.

Read our full Walmart Self-Care LE box review & more reviews by Becca!


Brandi's Picks

The Item: The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox

The Cost: $14.49

From: Book of the Month

ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! Get your first book for $9.99 (reg. $16.99/month)

Why I love it: There’s nothing better than curling up by the fire with a cheesy holiday romance in the winter and I love that Book of the Month gave me that option. December is always so busy and hectic, but this easy read was the perfect way to escape it all for just a little while. It was a classic twin switcheroo story, but not one that was overdone. It may have been a bit predictable at times, but overall, it was enjoyable and one that I would recommend for a light read if you want something Christmas-themed!

Read our full December Book of the Month review.

The Item: Cassia Hoodie by Sovereign Code

The Cost: $59, or $28 through StitchFix

From: StitchFix Kids Girls

Why I love it: My daughter has been wearing this jacket non-stop. (As you’ve probably seen in our reviews!) She loves the soft feel of the fuzzy fabric and it has provided the perfect amount of warmth for heading out when paired with a scarf and hat. She loves that it has a built-in hood and it’s cozy enough that she wears it around the house, too. I think this would definitely be her favorite kid's discovery this month!

Read our full December Stitch Fix Kids review.

The Item: Herbal Eye Balm by Laguna Herbals

The Cost: $60

From: Essentials Crate

ACTIVE DEAL: Get 15% off your first order!

Why I love it: This herbal eye balm is nice and light, providing just the right coverage for under my eyes before applying my concealer. It is hydrating and it smells so lovely and herbal with just a hint of rose. It also works so well to remove eye makeup gently without being too greasy for a contact-wearer like me. I have been incorporating this into my daily routine and so far I have been loving it. It’s great for these winter months when my skin tends to get dry, so hopefully, with continued use, my under-eyes will stay nice and hydrated!

Read our full December Essentials Crate review & more reviews by Brandi!


Christen's Picks

Margot Elena Winter 2021

The Item: TokyoMilk Radiant Gem Parfum

The Cost: $42

From: Margot Elena Discovery Box

Why I love it: I love Margot Elena perfumes, particularly TokyoMilk ones. They’re so complex and unique! I’ve never been much of a perfume-wearer, but since beginning to receive them through this subscription I often find myself spritzing some on just to set the day off right!

Read our full Winter Margot Elena review.

Wearing the Posture correction device from BREO BOX Winter 2021

The Item: Upright Go 2 Posture Trainer

The Cost: $79.95 (on sale for $63.95)


Why I love it: This gadget is so cool and something I really needed. It coordinates with a free app to help remind you to sit upright by gently vibrating when it senses you slouching. You start by entering some basic info about yourself and it creates a 2-week plan that involves increasing daily training goals (mine started with 6 minutes and went up to 21). The goal is to have a new habit in the end!

Read our full Winter BREO BOX review & more reviews by Christen!


Sanna's Pick

Image via Sakara.

The Item: Sakara Detox Water Drops 

The Cost: $39

From: Sakara

Why I love it: I’m obsessed with these detoxifying chlorophyll drops and look forward to my nightly tall glass of what I’m calling pond water. Seriously, the drops turn your water a terrifying deep green color and it tastes like a pond as well. But I love it! You only get a sample size in your Sakara meal delivery but they’re enough to last you a week or more. I’m definitely purchasing these bottles when I pause my meal subscription.

Sanna subscribes to Sakara on her own, but check out our details page here. See more reviews by Sanna!


Julie's Pick

The Cost: $19.95 (currently sold out - find more sizes here)

From: Cairn “Packable Performance” Box

Why I love it: Technically, this cute mini-towel arrived in the November 2021 Cairn “Packable Performance” box, but since I received the box so late in the month, I didn’t get a chance to include this in the November Monthly Favorites. But this little towel deserves some love! While it’s not a big beach towel, it IS the perfect size to keep handy for wiping down my surfboard after a session or wrapping my hair up for the drive home. It’s so handy! (Pun not intended but appreciated) I’m already eyeing the changing ponchos from Nomadix – I love the patterns and this would be the perfect thing to wrap myself in for a little extra warmth after a winter surf day.

Read our full Cairn review & more reviews by Julie!


Naomi's Picks

Front of Skin Research Labs neuREFLECTION Complexion Perfecting Polish for GlossyBox December 2021


The Cost: $52.00

From: GlossyBox

ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! Get first box for $16 (regularly $21)

Why I love it: I absolutely adore how superfine the exfoliator in this polish is. Every time I use it, it leaves my complexion looking clearer and brighter. It delicately sloughs off the dead skin cells, oil, and grime from the surface of my skin until the only thing left is baby soft, smooth skin. While it does smell a bit like paste, the reward is definitely worth it!

Read our full December GlossyBox review.

Slipper Socks for Pusheen Box Winter 2021

The item: Pusheen Box Cozy Gripper Slipper Socks

The cost: Exclusive to subscription

From: Pusheen Box

Why I love it: These slipper socks are not just adorable but also they do an awesome job of keeping my feet nice and toasty. They are perfect for the chillier months. The socks are the perfect thickness because they provide warmth while feeling lightweight and not at all bulky. The furry white texture around the top of each sock is key to making me feel extra cozy, and I love it. I very much appreciate the grips on the soles as well. On the type of floor I have in my house, socks can sometimes be a bit of a deathtrap… But thanks to the grips on these, I haven’t had any issues.

Read our full December Pusheen Box review & more reviews by Naomi!


Abby's Pick

The Item: Earth Harbor Balancing Gel Hydrator

The Cost: $28

From: Kinder Beauty Box

Why I love it: Not only do I thoroughly enjoy applying this product but just looking at it sparks so much joy. I am burdened with dry skin, so winter is extra hard on my complexion. It is difficult finding the right textures and mixing the right products to find happiness for my face, but adding this step to my routine has really been the cherry on top. Botanical hyaluronic acid and marine probiotics put in that extra kick of hydration that my skin really, really needed.

Read our full December Kinder Beauty Box review & more reviews by Abby.


What do you think of our favorites from December subscription boxes? And what were your favorite discoveries this month?

Christen Russo
Christen Russo

Hi there, I'm Christen! I've been writing with MSA since 2017. I am all sorts of things: a writer, a mother, an outdoors-lover, a low-maintenance self-carer, and general hungry person.

You'll find me collecting stationery and squirreling away stickers, riding bikes and swimming with my family, creating outfits in colors and silhouettes that make me feel amazing, wearing big earrings, drinking beer and asking my husband to feed me harmonies to sing, taking my vitamins, living for live music, roping everyone into a craft, being human and vulnerable, and celebrating the phenomenon of being alive.

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I wasn’t quite sure where to post this, but I wanted to apologize to Jessica (again) for my foot in mouth disease that I seem to catch a lot 🥵. Sometimes I get a little overzealous about recycling and I posted a comment several days ago that I fully admit was pretty petty (something about spray pumps and aerosol cans….I can’t bear to read it again). So again I am truly sorry for my words. I do have a passion for recycling, but I realize that my comment wasn’t the best way to bring attention to this cause and I will try to do better next time. ✌️♥️♻️

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Jessica Hapak

Hi Snow!
I can assure you I took no offense to your comment. I have no control over what products are included in boxes, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing if a reader tries to drop educational tidbits in the comments if I say I like something that may be harmful to the environment. Feel free to push this out of your mind, but thank you for being so considerate to begin with 🙂

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