Tuesday Ten: 10 Subscription Boxes and Meal Delivery Systems That Make Great Last-Minute Holiday Gifts

Did you forget buy holiday gifts this year? Don’t worry, there’s still time.

Subscription boxes are perfect for friends and family who like little surprises. An annual membership to a subscription box service will allow goodies to be delivered to your loved ones throughout the year, making it the perfect gift that keeps on giving. Best of all, it can all be purchased last-minute!

These days, there are hundreds of subscription boxes and meal delivery systems that cater to almost every need and interest. Shop our favorite picks — below!


For the makeup maven…


Birchbox, $10 per month. Based on personal preferences, the service will send subscribers five samples every month to try out. Subscribers then can also review the products to earn points that can be used towards future purchases on full-size items. It’s the perfect way to try out that new lipstick or mascara everyone’s been raving about! If an annual membership is too much commitment, Birchbox also offers limited edition boxes filled with beauty and home decor items — like the “Good as Gold” package ($45) above.


For the bookworm…


Book of the Month, $8.99 a month with 12-month subscription. Each month, subscribers will select one new hardcover book from a collection of fiction and non-fiction works chosen by five curators. Past judges who’ve participated include Whoopi Goldberg, Andy Cohen, Ellie Kemper, Josh Radnor, Allison Williams, Abbi Jacobson, Hoda Kotb, Anthony Bourdain and Mayim Bialik. Basically, you’re in good hands!


For the foodie…

Home Chef

Home Chef, pricing varies depending on meal. Forget the grocery store! Customers can now have fresh, pre-portioned ingredients delivered right to their door on a basis that cater to their schedule and palette. Delicious offerings include everything from adventurous dishes like Shrimp Maki Bowl and Pork Chop alla Pizzaiola to a twist on the classics like Mac N’ Cheese Flatbread and Festive Lemon Cheesecake.


For the fashion and fitness lover…


FabFitFun, $49.99 per quarter. Enjoy a surprise every season! Subscribers will receive a box full of goodies worth at least $100 every three months. Carefully selected, the products are all full size items suited for the changing weather. The brand’s Winter 2016 box — seen above — include a Moleskin planner for the upcoming year.


For the practical one…


Dollar Shave Club, pricing begins at $1, then varies from $3 to $9. Let’s face it: buying new razor blades is always a pain in the butt. Now, subscribers to this service can receive a full cassette of cartridges for their 2, 4 or 6-blade razor every month for as little as $3. Never shave with a dull blade again!


For the fashionista in the making…


KidPik, pricing varies. The ultimate fashion box for girls, this subscription box service delivers head-to-toe outfits for sizes 4 to 14. Each ensemble is hand-picked to fit the customer’s unique style and tailored to their budget. Whatever the subscriber doesn’t want to keep can be sent back free of charge.


For the candle-obsessed…


Vellabox, $10 to $30 per month. Every month, subscribers will receive small-batch, toxin-free, hand-poured candles beautifully wrapped in a different fabric swatch. Each candle is made by artisans and varies in sizes depending on the level of subscription.


For the shoe addict…


King & Stone, $75 per quarter. This one’s for the man who is constantly updating his wardrobe. Subscribers  choose one new pair of shoes from a highly curated selection of styles each season. Customers can also choose to skip the quarter at anytime if they don’t see anything the like.


For the girl who has everything…


POPSUGAR Must Have, $39.95 per month. Subscribers will receive a box of the coolest “must have” products for women every month. Ranging from fashion and beauty items to home decor and food, everything is curated by POPSUGAR editors. The service also offers limited edition boxes — seen above — as well as an annual collaboration box with Neiman Marcus ($250) that boasts luxury items.


For everyone else… 


Thoughtfully, pricing varies. While not technically a subscription, the idea of receiving a box of well-thought-out goodies is still there. This service prides itself on packaging an “assortment of hand curated adventures,” according to the site. Have a baker friend? Try their “Sweet” Holiday set (above; $48.99). Know an artist? Their Cheers to Art gift set ($59.99) will surely delight any budding Picasso. For the ultimate surprise, we recommend selecting a few different boxes with varying themes that can be sent out throughout the year.

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