Updated 10/28/20 to include information about a bonus box Birchbox is now offering with gift card purchases!
The only thing better than giving (and receiving) a subscription gift box is making the holiday season last 6 months – or all year round – without breaking the bank. Subscription gift boxes are a fun gift for loved ones or your secret Santa, they also work as stocking stuffers, and not only are they great holiday gifts but depending on how long you subscribe, they could even double as birthday gifts or Valentine's Day gifts. Subscription boxes really are the best gifts that keep on giving. That's why we've scoured our list for boxes that are regularly $15/month or less, and picked our top favorites and bestsellers for gifting to your BFF, white elephant gift recipient, and the whole family. Get your gifting done on-time and under budget!
Best Subscription Gift Boxes Under $15
Cost: $12/month + free U.S. shipping and Canada for $2.95. Sign up here.
About This Box: Ipsy is one of our readers’ most-loved beauty and makeup subscriptions! Each month, you get a personalized assortment of deluxe samples and full-size beauty items from big-name bestsellers and up-and-coming brands. From moisturizers to lip balms, mascaras to shimmering highlighters, there's something for every beauty lover with this thoughtful gift.
Gift It: Share the gift of Ipsy here! Note: You’ll need to set up a new account for the gift recipient. They can update their beauty profile later.
Ships to the U.S. and Canada. Orders ship out mid-month in batches. So your Glam Bag could arrive the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th week of the month. Learn more about shipping here.
Cost: $8.90 per month + free U.S. shipping for the Four-ever Fresh subscription (or check out their pricier boxes if you'd like to up the ante). Sign up here.
About This Box: Facetory is a monthly face mask subscription. The company aims to provide its members with the latest cult faves from the Korean sheet mask trend. The FOUR-ever Fresh subscription level ($8.90 per month + free U.S. shipping and international starting at $9.95.) includes 4 curated sheet masks made from traditional materials like cotton and cellulose.
According to the FAQ, "FaceTory orders are processed immediately and shipped daily Monday–Friday. Your order should be shipped within roughly 24-48 hours of your processed charge. Once your order has been processed, you should get a confirmation email with your tracking information. Tracking for international orders may take about 3-4 days to show movement."
Cost: $12.99 a month per month + free US shipping, Canada for $3, and Australia for $4. Sign up here.
ACTIVE DEAL: Get your first MightyBody box for $5!
About This Box: MightyBody is the perfect gift for the eco-beauty obsessed loved one in your life. Each month, you receive one hand-picked and MightyNest-tested body care product that is safe, effective, and natural and never compromises on safe ingredients. You get a full-size product along with tips to help you find the healthiest, greenest solution that works for your body.
According to the FAQ, "All in-stock orders will be processed within 1-2 business days. Please allow 7-15 business days for shipping depending on the service level you selected and where you are located."
Cost: $13 per month + free U.S. shipping. Sign up here!
About This Box: Simple Loose Leaf is one of the original (and most affordable) tea subscription boxes. Their monthly sampler is $13 plus free shipping and includes 4 different teas each month, plus 4 linen tea filters and information on each tea. Choose from the original sampler, herbal decaf, black teas, or green teas (or buy a gift card to their shop and let your giftee decide.)
Gift It: Buy a Simple Loose Leaf Tea Club gift here. Subscription gift cards are available for $25+, or simply subscribe on behalf of your gift recipient.
All subscription boxes ship on the first business day of each month. Order by noon of the last day of the month to receive the very next tea box. All memberships purchased between the 1st of the month and the last day of the month will get the next month’s box.
Cost: $15/month + free U.S. shipping. Ships internationally for $10. Sign up here.
ACTIVE DEAL: 35% off all orders over $50
About This Box: New phone case, who dis? With Casely, you can treat your favorite gal or guy to a stylish new iPhone case each month. We love the bright, get-noticed designs Casely comes up with. It's like giving your phone a whole new outfit every month! Shopping for a teen? This is one of our top picks. (Though we adults dig these cases, too!)
Gift It: Buy a Casely subscription here.
According to Casely, "Your first order will be processed within 24 orders of purchase (excluding holidays and weekends). Please allow 3-5 business days for your box to arrive."
Cost: $12.99 per month with free shipping. Sign up here!
About This Box: Each month, Say it with a Sock delivers a high-quality pair of fun socks to your door. Subscribers get selections from top brands like Happy Socks, Richer Poorer, Bokkie, Sock it to Me, and Zulu Zion. Choose from options for men, women, or kids. All of these socks are packed with pizzazz and personality, plus they make the perfect gift!
Gift It: Buy a Say It With A Sock Gift subscription here. (Say It With A Sock has great gifting options, including the ability to schedule your first delivery ahead of time and include a gift note and bonus bundle.)
Cost: $15 per month + free shipping. Discounts on prepaid subscriptions. Sign up here!
About This Box: Birchbox is one of the easiest beauty boxes to gift: simply buy a gift certificate for 3, 6, or 12 months, and your gift recipient can set up their own account and preferences to receive beauty, makeup, haircare, and skincare products tailored just for them.
Gift It: Buy a Birchbox gift here. You can purchase a virtual gift card for 3, 6, or 12-month subscriptions, which can be redeemed by your gift recipient anytime. For a limited time, Birchbox is adding a bonus Beauty box to any 3, 6, or 12-month gift card purchase (no coupon code, just link here to purchase). Brands featured in the box include Benefit, Sunday Riley, and bareMinerals.
Cost: $12.99 per month for Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ or $6.99 for just Disney+. Sign up here.
About This Bundle: New subscribers can take advantage of a 3-streaming service bundle that includes Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ all together for just $12.99/month! (Disney+ alone costs $6.99/month, Hulu alone starts at $5.99/month, and ESPN+ alone costs $4.99/month.) The bundle will save about $5 per month if you subscribe to all three streaming services.
Gift It: Sign up for the Disney+ bundle here.
Cost: $3.49/month + free US shipping. Sign up here.
ACTIVE DEAL: Get your first box for $1.75!
About This Box: Earfleek is a subscription box that sends you one pair of nickel-free earrings in a tiny envelope mailer each month! You can choose from four different styles ranging from boho to minimal to fun, or mix it up to get something totally random each month. It even ships free, making it the perfect affordable Christmas gift or stocking stuffer.
Gift It: Buy an Earfleek subscription gift here. Take note that Earfleek gifts auto-renew, so you'll need to cancel later if you wish to stop the subscription from billing and shipping.
According to the FAQ, "On the checkout page, you have the option to give as a gift. Be sure to check the box "This is a gift", and enter the recipient's name and email address! After checkout, they'll receive a generic message saying "someone has given you the gift of EarFleek. EarFleek ships at the beginning, middle, and end of every month to new subscribers."
Cost: $9.99 per month + free shipping. Sign up here!
ACTIVE DEAL: Get your first Tasting box for $5.99 No coupon needed - just use this link.
About This Box: For the health-conscious foodie in your life, Love with Food Tasting Box is a monthly healthy snack subscription. Each month they send natural and organic snacks and sweets to sample, and for every box they send, they donate a meal to a food bank! $9.99/month, with discounts for longer subscriptions.
Gift It: Buy a Love With Food gift here. Gift options are available in 3, 6, or 12-month prepaid plans.
According to Love With Food, "We will be sure to send a message (via email) to the gift recipient right when you place the order. If you don't want to let them know about the gift, don't fill out that note section! Leave it blank! Also, all tracking and shipping information will be sent to the gift recipient's email address when the box ships on the 10th of the month. Our customers usually receive their package between the 15th and the 24th of the month."
Cost: $11/month + free shipping. Sign up here.
About This Box: MightyFix is an eco-friendly subscription that will introduce subscribers to a single green product for your household each month. Items might include reusable water bottles, silicone food stashers, or stainless steel straws. Make healthy changes to your home, one month at a time, with an average 30% savings over retail prices.
Gift It: Buy a MightyFix gift card or subscription here. Choose from 3, 6, or 12-month gift subscriptions. Once the last gift is sent, shipments will be automatically paused. You can choose to schedule and send the first box directly to your gift recipient or send them a gift card via email or print out for your giftee to redeem at any time.
Cost: $10/month plus shipping. Sign up here!
About This Box: Stickii is a fun sticker subscription that makes a unique gift for kids or adults. We like Stickii because you can choose between "cute", "retro", or "pop" packs to personalize for your recipient. Each pack includes 5+ big sticker sheets, 10+ small-medium single stickers, and 1+ washi tape sample.
Gift It: Buy a gift subscription to Stickii.
"Orders placed by 5pm PST on the 7th of the current month will get this month's pack and be shipped on the 11th. Orders placed after 5pm PST on the 7th will get next month's pack and it will be shipped on the 11th of the following month."
13. Smartass & Sass
Cost: Starting at $15.95 + $6.95 U.S. shipping. Save with longer subscriptions. Sign up here.
About This Box: For the sassy human in your life with a killer sense of humor, give them a subscription to Smartass & Sass for irreverent goodies each month. The shirt-only subscription is $13.95 for a 3-month subscription, or the box with 5-7 items like coffee mugs, bags, notebooks, and more starts at $32.95 per month.
"Your shirt and/or box will ship on the 18th of every month. Please order by the 12th to get the current shipment."
Cost: $9 to $20/month (depending on the style) + $2 U.S. shipping and $4 for Canada. Sign up here.
ACTIVE DEAL: Take 30% off your first month!
About This Box: Wohven is a subscription for high-quality, tagless basic and graphic tees. It's a great gift idea for men, women, teens, and children – basically the whole family! Choose from several different subscription options starting at $9 for a blank tee or $13 for a graphic tee (their most popular option). Select from v-neck or crew neck styles, plus short or long sleeve. In addition to tees, they also offer briefs and socks and even matching kid's shirts.
Gift It: Buy a Wohven subscription gift here. Gift subscriptions available in 3 or 6-month prepaid plans. Your first order will ship in 3-5 business days.
Best for Green Thumbs:
Cost: $10 per month + $6.50 US shipping. Sign up here!
About This Box: Succulent Studios is a plant subscription box that ships you two Southern California-grown succulent plants each month. We love this gift idea for new homeowners or anyone who loves to collect and care for plants!
Gift It: Buy a Succulent Studios gift box. Gift subscriptions available in 3, 6, or 12-month prepaid plans. You can pick the day you want to ship their first box and include a personalized note.
If you enjoyed this round-up, check out our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for the best subscription box gifts for everyone on your list!