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The Best Subscription Boxes That Make Unique, No-Brainer Gifts

Francesca Krempa

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Thanks to the internet, you no longer have to leave the comfort of your own home to stock up on wellness essentials, new clothing, and even unique pantry staples and snacks. No, I'm not talking about online shopping—I'm talking about subscription boxes—the themed boxes shipped straight to your door on a monthly or quarterly basis.

About a decade ago, when subscription boxes first became the trendy new thing, there were only a handful of select themes to choose from. Now? There are literally thousands of subscription boxes for women to shop and subscribe to.

Some are general lifestyle boxes, like Beachly and FabFitFun, which ship all sorts of goodies to your door four times a year. Others are more specific. There's themed boxes for beauty buffs, expecting mothers, outdoor lovers, aspiring yogis, coffee drinkers—you name it. If you can think of it, there's probably a box for it.

With so many subscription boxes to shop and so little time, treating yourself (or picking out a box to gift) can be a daunting task. That's why we did the heavy lifting for you. Scroll to see the best subscription boxes for women—trust us, there's something for everybody.

Best subscription boxes for makeup

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus — $28.00

Ipsy is a beauty subscription service that sends personalized makeup, skin care, and beauty gear straight to your door. Its most basic plan, Glam Bag, is just $13/month, however, we recommend the Glam Bag Plus, which offers five full-sized products for a fraction of the regular price. Everything comes in a themed drawstring bag, and it’s extra personalized because you get to pick three of the five products in your bag.

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BirchBox — $15.00

BirchBox is one of the original beauty subscription boxes. Founded in 2010, BirchBox “set out to make the world of beauty and grooming simple.”

For $15/month, you can try samples of the latest and greatest in beauty trends that are curated to match your personalized “Beauty Profile,” which you complete upon signing up. From tried-and-true top dogs in the beauty game, to up-and-coming change-makers, BirchBox lets you sample five new brands each month. Then, if you find something you like, you can buy a full-sized version on the BirchBox store (and similar to Sephora, you can earn Loyalty Points which get you even more discounts).

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Allure Beauty Box — $23.00

For $23/month, Allure will send you a box of six editor-approved beauty products, three of which are full-sized. Like all the boxes, you’ll never get the same product twice. It’s convenient, affordable, and a foolproof way to stay on top of the ins-and-outs of the beauty world.

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Walmart Beauty Box — $7.00

The Walmart Beauty Box is a hidden gem. For just $7 per quarter, Walmart will send you seasonal beauty goodies four times a year, with at least one full-sized sample in every box.

To sign up, you fill out a personalized profile so you can receive hand-picked beauty items to match your skin tone, hair type, and general beauty practices. Next, sit back and sample budget-friendly beauty you can find right at your local Walmart.

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Petite Vour — $15.00

If you want all things vegan, non-toxic, and cruelty-free, look no further than Petit Vour.

Using your custom profile and preferences, the brand will send at least $50 of curated, carefully vetted, and plant-based products straight to your door for just $15/month. Expect samples and full-size products, and rack up brand points to spend the Petit Vour store every time you leave a review.

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Best subscription boxes for foodies

Universal Yums — $15.00

Taste the world without ever leaving your living room with Universal Yums, a snack-based subscription box featuring cookies, candies, and crackers from around the globe.

With 1,3,6, and 12 month subscription options, Universal Yums sends you a country-themed box of global goodies that are equally delicious and adventurous. Past boxes include Greece (which included baklava and pomegranate jelly), the UK (clotted cream fudge and pickled onion rings), and Thailand (banana coconut roll and salty pineapple candy.) Yum.

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UrthBox — $20.00

UrthBox is all about natural, organic, non-GMO snacking, so you can save the trip to Whole Foods.

Start by choosing your box size, which range from mini (which include more than seven full-sized snacks for $20/month) to large (27+ snacks for $50/month). Then, get to snacking—from granola and trail mix, to juices and cleanses, UrthBox is an easy way to try new brands and make snacking that much easier.

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Trade Coffee Club — $15.00

Caffeine lovers and wannabe baristas: If you want to expand your coffee palate, then join the Trade Coffee Club.

Trade partners with 400+ independent, sustainably sourced roasters, so you’re bound to get the best of the best. There are two subscription tiers: The Hookup, which features adventurous flavors at $15-$22 a bag, or The Classics, which ships “approachable, easy-to-love coffees at unbeatable prices.” Everything is personalized, hand-selected by Trade’s team to match your personal flavor profile, drinking preferences, and delivery cadences.

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Vegancuts — $25.00

Whether you’ve been a vegan for half your life or are just starting to dabble in plant-based foods, Vegancuts has something for you.

Each month, Vegancuts will send at least 10 sweet and savory vegan treats to your home. Think: plant-based snacks, protein substitutes, healthy drinks, and more. At just $25/month, it’s an affordable service that won’t break your monthly grocery budget.

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Bake Eat Love — $32.00

Want to make artisan cakes and bakery-worthy pastries? Let Bake Eat Love show you how.

Each box includes pre-measured dry ingredients, easy-to-follow recipe cards, and a bonus (for example: spatulas, flavorings, ladles). As for the recipes, these aren’t your basic chocolate chip cookie kits. They’re unique and seasonal, encouraging bakers to cook outside of their comfort zones for some serious treats.

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Best subscription boxes for moms

The Dashing Squad — $50.00

A box for Baby and Mom?! Oh yeah.

The Dashing Squad is a “Mommy & Me” box full of artisan products from small business vendors. There’s something for Mom (organic beauty products, candles) and something for your little one (organic onesies, books, toys). It’s shipped quarterly and makes for an unboxing experience you both can enjoy.

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Mama Needs — $36.00

Mama Needs is a mom-founded self-care subscription for tired parents.

Each box is themed based on what “Mama Needs.” For example, in March’s “Mama Needs Coffee” box, subscribers received their coffee fix plus caffeinated—themed products to enjoy it with. In July’s “Mama Needs a Vacation” box, everything was summer-themed. At just $36/month, it’s a great way for parents to get a little self-care delivered right to their doors.

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Stitch Fix Maternity — $20.00

Like the original version, Stitch Fix Maternity sends hand-picked maternity clothes as much or as little as you want. From the first trimester to postpartum, stylists will pick out clothing for you to try. Whatever you like, you buy (the $20 styling fee is credited to your selections). Everything else, you send back, free of charge.

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Ecocentric Mom Box — $38.00

Like its name suggests, the Ecocentric Mom Box is all about natural, organic, and pregnancy-safe products. Boxes all contain hand-selected, healthy products that match every phases of pregnancy, and beyond. Think: organic bath salts, belly bands, natural pre-natal vitamins, etc. It’s a great gift for the eco-conscious mom in your life (or for yourself!)

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Oh Baby Box — $36.00

Another pregnancy and postpartum box, Oh Baby Boxes contain 6-8 full-size pregnancy-safe products in each shipment. Product range from beauty and wellness to maternity fashion, so it’s sure to keep you on your toes. Best part is, it’s customized to your due date, so every box meets the unique phase of whatever phase of pregnancy you’re in.

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Best subscription boxes for fitness

Fabletics — $50.00

While technically not a subscription box, Fabletics offers a unique VIP membership model for shopping athleisure wear. To join, you’ll be charged $50 monthly, which can be redeemed for an outfit or item up to $80 online or in-store. Once you choose, it’ll be shipped straight to your door. And if you don’t want to shop that month, you can skip or roll over credits as you like. VIP members get 20-50% off everything and free access to the Fabletics FIT app.

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Cairn — $35.00

Hikers, bikers, climbers, and outdoor enthusiasts: Cairn is the box for you. Its monthly collection plan starts at $35/month, which includes up to $50 of best-in-class outdoor goodies. It’s not just trail mix and protein bars—there’s emergency gear, navigation essentials, camping accessories, and more.

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Dia & Co. — $50.00

Dia & Co. is a super cute apparel brand known for its inclusive sizes and trendy pieces. While you can shop for clothes like at any other retailer, it also has two subscription boxes, one of which ships select activewear pieces to your doorstep each month.

Similar to Stitch Fix’s “pay for what you want” model, the Dia Activewear Box sends 5 hand-picked selects for you to try on based on a quiz you initially take. You pay for what you keep and send back whatever you don’t want free of charge. Yep—it’s that simple.

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YogaClub — $79.00

If you’re tired of wearing the same old yoga pants and flowy tanks during your flows, checkout the YogaClub box.

You’ll start by completing your personal style profile which helps YogaClub’s team of stylists select $200 worth of the right apparel for you. Curated boxes arrive once a month, and include a cute new outfit, plus premier savings on other yoga essentials. It’s an easy way to give your studio look a refresh.

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RunLocker — $40.00

RunLocker is the running box designed by runners for runners. Each box includes all your road and trail-running essentials, like energy goods, protein mixes, running accessories, and athletic apparel. The brand “selects the best products from well-known brands and small independent companies,” so you know you’re getting the best of the best.

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Best subscription boxes with full-sized products

FabFitFun — $50.00

FabFitFun is a favorite for full-size beauty products and just about everything else. The seasonal subscription box ships quarterly, sending you themed goodies from premier lifestyle brands across beauty, wellness, tech, home décor—you name it. Before each send, you’ll be asked to select a few products to include In your box, but the rest is a total surprise. It’s a fun way to treat yourself, or it could make for an amazing gift.

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COCOTIQUE — $25.00

COCOTIQUE is a WOC-founded subscription box designed for other Black, brown and women of color. The monthly subscription service starts at just $25/month and includes 5-8 full-sized and deluxe samples from top and emerging brands that cater to women of color. Everything is curated to meet your unique hair texture, skin tone, and other preferences. COCOTIIQUE takes the guesswork out of beauty for WOC.

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Beachly — $99.00

Sun seekers—get a dose of summer delivered to your door four times a year with Beachly. For $99 that’s billed quarterly, Beachly will send you a box that’s packed to the gills with seasonal beach themed goodies. From surf-centric home decor, like pineapple candles and shell-patterned ring dishes, to ocean-inspired beauty products, it’s the ultimate box for beach lovers. Available in women’s, men’s, and beauty-focused boxes, too.

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The Detox Box — $40.00

The Detox Market’s subscription service is dedicated to bringing “exceptional green beauty” straight to your door. Starting at $60/month, each box includes at least $90 of full-sized clean beauty products that meet the brand’s high expectations. From powerful peels and silky serums, to heavenly hair cleanses and rich body lotions, you’re sure to unbox something you love.

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Love Goodly — $35.00

If you’re on the hunt for plant-based beauty products, Love Goodly is worth a look. Boxes contain four full-sized vegan, cruelty-free products from brands that take clean, nontoxic beauty seriously. The bimonthly subscription ships every two months, and you’re billed accordingly, too.

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Alltrue — $50.00

Another seasonal subscription box, Alltrue is all about impact. The box contains only sustainably-sourced, ethically-made products, including jewelry, homewares, wellness products, skincare, and more. Each quarter, you customize your box to your liking (all from socially-good vendors). You can also add on products for up to 70 percent off the normal price in the members-only market.

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Editor's note: While we suggest subscription boxes for both women in this article, we only do this based on search results. You can wear whichever box want, however you identify.

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