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Yuletide YOLO: 8 Subscription Box Gifts Worth the Money

Mary Zubritsky
ByMary ZubritskyDec 1, 2021 | 2 comments

Looking for epic holiday gifts that'll wow all your favorite people? Look no more...you should up your gift-giving game with a splurge-worthy subscription box!  

So, why should you gift a subscription box? For starters, there are subscription boxes for just about anything, so everyone on your list is covered, and instead of receiving just one small gift, a subscription box is the gift keep on giving (for as long or as little as you like!).

Hey, it's the holiday season, and YOLO, right? Treat your friends and family (and maybe even yourself) to one of our tried-and-true subscription box favorites. They might be considered a bit of a splurge, but trust us...these high-end subscription boxes are worth the money. Besides, everyone deserves a little luxury every now and then!

Splurge-Worthy Subscription Boxes for Holiday Gifting

1. FabFitFun - Subscription for your Bestie or Sister


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The Cost: $49.99 per quarter. Gift it!

About this Box: Give the gift of fun, fitness, and fabulousness! Founded in 2010, FabFitFun, is a lifestyle subscription box that's one of the world's most popular- and most-loved subscription boxes out there today. 

Each quarter a box is sent out to members that includes beauty products, fashion accessories, home goods, wellness and fitness items, and more. And to ensure you get the most bang for your buck, each delivery has a retail value of at least $200 or more, and members will always receive full-sized products. 

FabFitFun members get lots of perks too such as access to the FabFitFun TV, special discounts (up to 75% off retail), and many boxes allow members to customize the products they choose to receive. By logging into their account, your bestie (or sister) can choose from a selection of hand-picked products to make sure they get just what they want and exactly what they need! 

While not as pricey as other boxes, this subscription box is still considered a splurge for many, but it is absolutely worth it. Nothing beats a steady supply of useful, high-quality stuff, and FabFitFun delivers the goods. Plus, you can skip a month or cancel anytime. 

Check out our FabFitFun reviews to learn more! Ships to the U.S. and Canada.

2. GQ’S Best Stuff Box - Subscription for Your Man or Brother

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The Cost: $50 per quarter. Or save more with an annual subscription. Gift it!

About this Box: When you're low on ideas, but your man gets high on style, the GQ Best Stuff Box makes gift-giving a breeze. This quarterly men's subscription box from GQ Magazine is packed with essential guy goodies and some of GQ's favorite products delivered right to his door — magazine subscription not required. Since GQ is all about offering the latest tips, tricks and advice on style, grooming, fitness, travel, wellness, and more, you know their subscription box offers nothing but the latest and greatest products and services. 

Sign up now and he'll receive over $200 worth of products, curated for the sharp-dressed man (or those trying to up their style and grooming game). He'll unpack accessories, apparel, grooming products, and electronics, along with how-to articles and video tutorials to make sure he gets the makes the most out of this investment.

From socks to tees, and coffee to sunnies, GQ delivers. While some items can be considered unisex, this box is geared towards men.

Check out our GQ Best Stuff Box reviews to learn more! Ships free to the U.S. 

3. ButcherBox - Subscription for the Meat Lover

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The Cost: Plans start at $129 per month for one of their curated boxes — Beef, Beef & Chicken, Beef & Pork, or The Mixed Box — or you can have it your way and customize for $149. Gift it!

About the Box: Carnivores and omnivores can't get enough of ButcherBox, a food subscription service that delivers premium, high-quality meats including grass-fed and grass-finished beef, heritage-breed pork, 100% organic free-range chicken and wild-caught seafood. Subscribers can select cuts of meat to fit their tastes or go for the pre-curated subscription.

ButcherBox delivers "Better Meat for a Better You" and they're committed to making sure high-quality meat is easily accessible to as many people as possible, and that means your meat lover will have a freezer full of the best meats around. We recommend you send a mixed protein box, because while their beef is incredible, the chicken is just as tasty, and the company has recently added wild-caught seafood to the menu.

So yeah, ButcherBox is absolutely worth the subscription box splurge!

Learn more at our Butcher Box reviews page. Ships free to the continental US.

4. Norlii - Subscription for the Homebody


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The Cost: $69.95 per box (bimonthly). Gift it!

About the Box: Since we all became homebodies in 2020, there's a good chance many people on your holiday list could benefit from Norlii. This bi-monthly Nordic-style home décor subscription box delivers a luxe collection of interior and lifestyle home goods from Scandinavia, directly to the front door — passport not required.

You've probably heard of hygge, a concept that Scandinavian homemakers often embrace to balance form, function, and comfort. The goal is to bring feelings of coziness, comfort, wellness and contentment into each living space, and Norlii Box is one of the best ways to bring some hygge into everyone's home. 

A modern, warm and welcoming subscription box that features dishware, kitchen tools, home accents, snacks, tea, and more, Norlii offers a way to embrace minimalism, relaxation, and easy-living. You simply can't put a price tag on peace of mind and therefore it's easy to justify its cost.

Check out our Norlii reviews to learn more! Ships to the U.S. and Canada

5. Margot Elena Discovery Box - Subscription for the Beauty Junkie

The Cost: $59.99 per quarter. Gift it!

About the Box: Have you heard of brands like Infinite She, Lollia, TokyoMilk, or Library of Flowers? They're all part of Margot Elena, and we have a feeling the beauty junkie in your life is not only aware of these brands, but they're probably obsessed too!

Margot Elena’s mission is simple: To help its subscribers discover “the world of all things beautiful” with their deliveries. Inside, your beauty queen will discover over $200 worth of hand-picked full-sized Margot Elena luxuries such as floral soap dishes, moisturizing hand lotions, relaxing bath salts, bubble bath, lip balm, and an expertly-curated collection of lifestyle gifts. 

Margot Elena's subscription box of beautiful little luxuries are seasonal, so there are a limited number of boxes and they sell out quickly. If you'd like to gift the Winter Box for your beauty guru, we suggest you order it right now! Ever heard of supply and demand? That makes the Margot Elena Seasonal Box worth the money. 

Check out our Margot Elena Discovery Box reviews and info to learn more. Ships to the contiguous U.S.

6. Rent the Runway - Subscription for the Fashionista

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The Cost: Rentals for a single item starts at $30, $99 per month for up to 8 items per month (2 shipments), $129 per month for up to 12 items per month (2 shipments), or $149 per month for up to 16 items per month (4 shipments). 

About the Box: If fashion is their passion, Rent the Runway will make all their designer dreams come true, without a commitment. RTR was the first clothing subscription platform that provided the everyday woman with access to authentic, luxury fashion. Since its launch in 2009, RTR has gone through many iterations, some of which were the result of the pandemic, and now it’s also a sustainable resale platform where shoppers can rent, buy, or subscribe to secondhand clothing.

Just know that RTR of 2021, is NOT the gala, black tie, and prom dress destination of the last decade — you’ll find sweaters, leggings, leather jackets, bell bottoms, mini skirts, and more by designers like Proenza Schouler, Ulla Johnson, Diane von Furstenberg, Alexis, and Rag & Bone. Items arrive in immaculate condition — RTR handles all the dry cleaning, and mending, and even removes damaged items from circulation. Each shipment comes in a RTR garment bag with a return label, so when it's time to say goodbye, simply zip it up and send it away so you can get something new!

Unlike many other rental services, you can also rent or purchase designer handbags, jewelry, and sunglasses.

Check out our Rent the Runway details and reviews to learn more! Ships to the U.S.

7. Wine Down Box - Subscription for the Wine Lover

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The Cost: $70.00 per month.Gift it!

About the Box: Wine Down Box is a monthly subscription box for those interested in discovering new wines and uncovering delicious pairing options. With each Wine Down Box, members receive hand-selected premium wines along with delicious cheese and charcuterie. 

Each box includes a bottle of the best small-batch Californian wine, fresh artisanal cheese, handcrafted charcuterie meats, and made-from-scratch crackers making it totally worth it—even if subscription gifts aren't usually your thing.

Treat your oenophile to this gourmet wine, charcuterie and cheese subscription and help them wine down and impress their guests.

Check out our Wine Down Box details to learn more. Ships to the U.S.

8. Vivrelle - Subscription for the Designer Handbag Lover

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The Cost: Vivrelle has three tiers of subscriptions — the Classique plan is $99/month (one item per month worth under $4,000), Couture for $199/month (one item worth over $4,000), and Couture+ for $279/month (one item from Classique and one item from Couture). Gift it!

About the Box: If you know someone who dreams of getting their hands on the Cartier Love Bracelet, the Chanel Classic Flap Bag, or the Louis Vuitton Twist, Vivrelle is for them. The designer rental company where they'll uncover luxury fashion accessories like handbags, jewelry, and diamonds by Chanel, Gucci, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Chopard, among others. 

All items can be rented for as long as you choose, with no set return date. Renters are also allowed to purchase these items at a members-only discounted rate. This luxury fashion membership comes with additional perks that will be revealed once someone signs up. 

While it's a bit pricier than other gifting suggestions, just remember rental items allow for more affordability and sustainability. And since buying a brand new or pre-owned Chanel Bag will cost around $6,000, with Vivrelle the same Chanel Bag can be rented for as low as $199.

Which subscription boxes will you splurge on this holiday? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! And if you're curious to know what other readers love from the $50 and over box offerings, don't miss our Readers' Choice Awards for Luxury Subscription Boxes!

Mary Zubritsky
Mary Zubritsky

If shopping were an Olympic sport, I’d be a gold medalist. And while my bank account often feels the crunch, I just can’t stop buying secondhand clothing and accessories, under-the-radar designer goods, stuffed animal unicorns (I have about 75), and toys for my pet bunny rabbit. After 20 years of city slicking in NYC and DC, I now have a car and love to tour the Virginia countryside looking for vintage shops, undiscovered wineries and breweries, historic sites, and Thai restaurants—I’m addicted to Thai food. I never leave home without a spare phone charger because I love horror movies and therefore have an irrational fear of being stranded somewhere with a dead battery.

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Lisa B

Mary I feel like I just fell down the rabbit hole, seriously Vivrelle?!?! Pray for me as I go in, and thank you for giving me a new way to play with beautiful designer bags!

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Mary Zubritsky

Yeah, I’m obsessed. I really want to try it out!

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