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10 Best Graduation Subscription Box Gifts

Congrats to all the graduates this year! Graduating from college not only means leaving the dorm room, classes, and studying behind; new grads must also prepare for what’s next. Celebrate their achievement and help them transition to the “real world” with high-quality gift ideas that’ll set them up for success. Unique and useful subscription boxes let you skip the gift card, gadgets, and coffee maker, and surprise them with fabulous goodies delivered to their doorstep regularly. Whether they’re leaving the nest, spiffing up their wardrobe, or building their resume, check out the best subscription boxes to mark their momentous milestone. From stationery to self-care, home essentials to tasty treats, these monthly subscription gift ideas will help them make adulting a little bit easier and a lot more fun.

Best Graduation Subscription Boxes for Their New Space

1.  greenUP Box

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The Cost: $39.95 every other month. Subscribe here!

The Products: Vegan, eco-friendly products for the home that encourage less plastic waste and less waste in one area of your grad’s life each month.

About this Box: Set your new college graduate up to say “goodbye waste” by reducing plastic in their home and life. The greenUP Box is all about this zero-waste initiative and will send eco-friendly, plastic-swap items for their kitchen, pantry, bathroom, cleaning closet, workday lunchbox, grocery shopping, travel, and more. The items are made out of bamboo, stainless steel, and other reusable options. All items are vegan (or “beegan,” with a focus on bee products), cruelty-free, and often support small businesses with the items sent.

Read our greenUP Box reviews and details to learn more. Ships to the U.S. for $3.00.


2. HelloFresh

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The Cost: Starts at $7.49 per serving + $8.99 shipping. For example, $53.94 per week for 3 recipes a week for 2 people. Choice of 2- or 4-person plan sizes. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Save $90 off your first 4 deliveries! No coupon needed - just use this link.

The Products: Healthy recipes and pre-portioned fresh ingredients.

About this Box: HelloFresh is a popular meal kit delivery service and subscription that takes the guesswork out of planning and prepping home-cooked meals. Your grad will receive quality pre-portioned, fresh ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes they can choose week by week. The entry-level subscription feeds 2 people, but many single-person households choose the 3-meal plan for 2 people. The meals are perfect to share with friends, and they also make for a delicious lunch the next day. No grocery store trips, no fancy cooking skills, and no hassle required.

Read our HelloFresh Box reviews and details to learn more. Ships to the contiguous U.S. for $8.99.


3. Cloth & Paper

Cloth & Paper Subscription Box

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The Cost: $18.00 per month for the Penspiration subscription, $38.00 per month for the Planning & Stationery box, and $48.00 per month for both. Save with a longer subscription. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code TRYCLOTHANDPAPER to save 10% off your first box!

The Products: Stationery goods, planner accessories, hard-to-find pens, fancy lifestyle items, and Cloth & Paper exclusives. 

About this Box: Cloth & Paper offers a subscription for top-notch writing utensils, another which sends stationery and paper goods for an organized lifestyle, and a third that blends the best of both worlds. Subscribers swoon over its minimalist aesthetic and simple black-and-white color scheme throughout. This classy sub is as exciting for personal use as it is for work applications, and makes organizing life, dare we say, fun!

Check out Cloth & Paper reviews and details to learn more. Ships free to the U.S., to Canada for $7.00, and to most other countries for $12.00.


Best Graduation Subscription Boxes for Their Wardrobe

4. Trunk Club

Trunk Club June 2019 - Box Inside

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The Cost: $25.00 styling fee per box (applies to any items you decide to keep; prices typically range between $50-300.00 per item). Free shipping and free returns in the U.S. Subscribe here!

The Products: Six to twelve women’s or men’s Nordstrom clothing items hand-selected by a stylist for you to try on at home.

About this Box: Trunk Club is Nordstrom’s styling service, so you know that means high-quality clothes for the choosing, all sent straight to your new grad’s door. You take an introductory survey upon signing up, be assigned a stylist, and then receive a stack of clothing, accessories, and shoes from quality brands that are suited to the functions (work, special occasion, or every day) for which you need new looks. Try everything on at home and send back anything you don’t want to buy. What’s more, Trunk Club offers a few cool perks: use a Nordstrom credit/debit card and they’ll waive the styling fee (and price-match), and all members get to preview/edit what’s in their shipment before it heads out.

Check out our Trunk Club reviews and details to learn more! Ships free to the U.S.


5. Spiffster Tie Club

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The Cost: $10.00 per month for the Original Tie, Bow Tie, and Skinny Tie Subscriptions, $16.95 for the Silk Tie Subscription + shipping. Save with a longer subscription. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MYSUBSCRIPTIONADDICTION to save 20% off any subscription!

The Products: Handcrafted neckties and bow ties made from high-quality materials like silk, microfibers, cotton, and wool.

About this Box: The Spiffster Tie Club is a premium subscription box that sends one necktie each month. From pandemic-era Zoom interviews to in-person meetings, job seekers and young professionals need a fresh tie collection to jump-start their wardrobe. Your college grad will receive a quick profile survey, which allows them to set their necktie preferences: Business Mix, for the office and formal occasions; Bold Mix, for a fun and funkier look; or the Variety Mix for the best of both worlds. Spiffster ties come in solids, plaids, foulards, stripes, pin dots, polka dots, paisley designs, animal prints, and quirky prints.

Check out our Spiffster Tie Club details to learn more. Ships to the U.S. and Canada.


6. MeUndies

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The Cost: Pricing starts at $14.00 for Women’s, $16.00 for Men’s, and $8.00 for socks, and varies depending on style selected. There’s no cost for membership. Members can select add-ons to their monthly shipment, and enjoy member pricing on additional styles. Subscribe here!

The Products: Ethically made, sustainable, high-quality MicroModal underwear or long-staple Supima cotton fiber socks in a variety of cuts, colors, and patterns. Women’s undies run from size XS-4XL, and men’s undies run from size S-4XL. Socks run in unisex sizes S-XL.

About this Box: You’ll never have to worry if your freshly minted grad has enough undies or socks on hand again with this graduation gift idea. MeUndies is an underwear subscription service that sends a new pair of high-quality, breathable MicroModal underwear or a pair of socks every month. MeUndies offers several cuts of men’s and women’s undies, plus three different options for colors and limited-edition patterns: Classic (for neutral tones like black, navy, and white), Bold (for vivid brights like pink coral and candy apple), and Adventurous (for wacky, colorful, out-of-the-ordinary prints). Think shamrocks, emojis, hearts, plaid, tigers, hedgehogs, plants, and more catchy themes.

Check out our MeUndies reviews and details to learn more! Ships free to the U.S., to Canada for $3.00 for members ($6.00 for nonmembers), and to other international countries for $12.00.


Best Graduation Subscription Boxes for Self-Care

7. Birchbox

Full Contents for Birchbox February 2021

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The Cost: $15.00 per month+ free shipping. Save with a longer subscription. Subscribe here!

The Products: A new mix of 5 beauty samples such as makeup, skincare, haircare, and fragrance items each month.

About the Box: With its amazing assortment of high-end samples, Birchbox is a hands-down favorite sure to primp and pamper your recent high school or college graduate alike. Each month, subscribers get a new mix of 5 beauty samples, such as makeup, skincare, haircare, and fragrance items. Birchbox lets you choose whether you’d like a box of items picked just for you (including one item you get to pick out yourself), or a “curated” box fully chosen by Birchbox. You can also shop full-size items to add to your box, if you’d like. Expect new discoveries as well as familiar names, like MAC, Sunday Riley, Kiehl’s, Ouai, Beauty Blender, and more.

Check out our Birchbox reviews and details to learn more. Ships to the U.S., France, Spain, and the U.K.


8. Dollar Shave Club

Dollar Shave Club shave essentials kit

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The Cost: You only pay for the products in each shipment. Shaving Essentials Kit $26.00. Shipping is free for all orders containing razor blades; orders under $18.00 may have a $4.00 shipping fee. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Get your first Starter Set for $5 plus free shipping! No coupon needed - just use this link.

The Products: Razors and grooming products like shaving supplies, body and face wash, haircare, skincare, toothpaste, deodorant, wipes, and spray. You (or your grad) decide which products are in every shipment.

About this Box: One of the original razor cartridge subscription services, Dollar Shave Club has expanded its subscription service to multiple unisex grooming products including shaving, skincare, haircare, oral care, and deodorant. First-time customers can fill out the grooming plan questionnaire to receive a fully customized starter set or select items – from shave butter and shaving cream, to body wash, prep scrub, and razor handles – a la carte. Customers select shipping frequencies and can add or remove items as needed. DSC even includes its own quirky newspaper with interesting grooming and self-help(ish) articles that make perfect bathroom and anytime reading.

Check out our Dollar Shave Club reviews and details to learn more. Ships to the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia.

Best Graduation Subscription for Convenience

9. Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime gift subscription image

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The Cost: Membership fee 3 months for $39.00, 12 months for $119.00. Subscribe here!


The Products: Amazon Prime subscription with free 2-day delivery on millions of items, access to Prime Video, Amazon Music Prime, Prime Gaming with monthly Twitch channel subscription, Prime Day discounts, free Kindle e-books, free upgraded shipping at Zappos, and more benefits.

About this Subscription: Whether your grad is decorating their new home or enjoying the latest in entertainment, give them the ultimate gift of convenience with an Amazon Prime subscription. They’ll enjoy fast, free delivery, access to thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, streaming millions of songs and thousands of playlists, free Kindle e-books, unlimited photo storage, exclusive access to deals, Twitch, and much more. Amazon Prime also comes with additional benefits including Alexa voice deals for members with an Amazon Echo speaker. Ask “Alexa, what are my deals?” and Alexa will let you know which Prime deals are available and how much you’ll save, then let you add to cart. Prime members can download two free titles from Audible’s premium section (instead of one for non-Amazon Prime members) when you sign up for a free Audible trial. If you have an Amazon Echo Show, you can stream movies and TV shows from Prime Video. If your recipient is already a Prime member, the gift can be exchanged for an Gift Card in the value of the original gift purchase price.

Amazon Prime is available in the U.S., Canada, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the U.K.


Best Graduation Subscription to Spark Creativity

10. Skillshare

Skillshare Premium subscription classes and workshops

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The Cost: Skillshare Premium $19.00 per month, or Annual Membership $99.00 (or $8.25 per month). Keep an eye out for annual membership special offers. New members can get their first 14 days of Skillshare Premium for free. Free membership offers access to free classes, projects, and discussions. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Get 2 FREE Weeks of Unlimited Classes! No coupon needed - just use this link.

The Products: Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, business, entrepreneurship, marketing, and more.

About this Subscription: If your college grad is a creative or would like to get in touch with their creative side, Skillshare makes an amazing college graduation gift. It offers video classes in just about every subject taught by real people who are really good at that subject. A Skillshare free membership features access to free classes and the option to create projects and participate in discussions for classes. With Skillshare Premium, your recent grad will get unlimited access to billions (ok it’s more like 1000s) of classes, which you can download for offline access on the Skillshare app. While most Skillshare classes are self-guided, they also offer workshops. Workshops are a curated set of classes hosted by Skillshare staff that you complete on a set calendar with prompts to keep you on track. Students in workshops also exchange feedback to help everyone improve. Recent offerings include Dream It, Do It: Build Your Creative Business; Create a Successful YouTube Business: From Concept to Camera; and Design a Space You Love in 4 Weeks: Easy, Fun, Fabulous.

Check out our Skillshare reviews and details to learn more.

Are you looking for a great gift or subscription box for your graduate? Which subscription boxes do you think would make a perfect graduation gift? Tell us in the comments!


Written by Caragh Taylor

Caragh Taylor

Caragh loves the surprise of opening a box and discovering an amazing new product or fun brand, especially when it involves beauty, coffee, or fashion. She joined MSA in 2020 and enjoys hearing about everything our community likes, too. In her spare time, she can be found snacking, running, or driving her two kids to their sporting events.

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