Monthly gift boxes make great options for friends and relatives who live too far away to receive your presents in person.
Monthly gift boxes come in dozens of varieties and all price ranges. What’s the best monthly gift box for your loved one? As with any gift, it’s important to know what you’re signing up for. Do the monthly gift boxes contain samples or full-size products, or a combination? How many items generally come in a box, and how often? Is there an extra charge for shipping?
You might also want to consider using a gift card Visa or setting up a temporary number through your credit card. Bank of America still offers this service, called ShopSafe, with their credit cards, and many credit unions sell Visa gift cards for a very small fee to members.
Monthly gift box subscriptions renew automatically, and you may forget to cancel after the amount of time you chose for the gift recipient to receive boxes. If you use a gift card or temporary credit card number with a limit slightly above what you plan to spend on the monthly boxes, it won’t be able to auto-renew if you forget to cancel.
You’ll also want to order subscriptions soon and pay attention to the next ship date, to make sure your intended recipients receive their first monthly gift box as close to Christmas as possible. Here are some monthly gift box ideas for the loved ones on your Christmas list.
For the health conscious recipient who likes to try new supplements and snacks, try Bulu Box. Costing only $10 per month (or $110 annually), Bulu Box offers a nicely sized monthly gift box of samples and some full-size items, such as nutrition bars and energy shots.
Recipients who like geeky products might enjoy Nerd Block (also available in a children’s edition). Items include TV and movie tie-in figures and cool toys. The grown-up monthly gift box features a T-shirt among the products in each package, and costs $19.99.
Women who love trying new beauty products would enjoy receiving a Beauty Box 5 subscription. Costing $12 a month or $30 for three months, Beauty Box 5 includes an assortment of high-end beauty samples and a full-size product, such as a nail polish. I consider this among the top choices in a monthly gift box for a woman who uses beauty products.
For folks who hanker for natural, non-GMO snack and health products, try Conscious Box, which costs $7 a month for the smaller “Taster” box or $16.95 for the “Plus” box. Each monthly gift box features a nice assortment of sample-sized items.
Those who enjoy trying new and unique snack items would be thrilled to receive a Graze Box, which includes four snack packs for $6.49 each or five sharing bags for $25 each. Graze includes salty and sweet snacks and arrives every week or every two weeks, rather than monthly.