Your Complete Guide to the Best Subscription Box Gift Ideas this Christmas

Updated by Amy Furr

Bells will be ringing... and Christmas is here. Finding a great gift for your loved ones can be stressful. And this year is no exception. There’s no doubt it’s been a long year, and with many of us celebrating the holidays from afar, it's even harder than usual to find the best gift.

Subscription boxes make great gifts, and you can find the right subscription for every hobby and interest. In this holiday gift guide, we’ll break down all the best subscription gift ideas for every person on your list.

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Subscription Boxes Make the Perfect Gift

Subscription boxes make great gifts for every occasion, and Christmas is no exception. You can find a subscription box for every interest, every hobby, and every person. A gift subscription is a great way to give the gift of an experience that will bring a smile long after Christmas day. And with the possibility of spending more time at home this winter, a subscription box is a great way to give them something fun to do at home. You can give a gift that introduces them to their favorite new hobby, a luxe treat to pamper themselves at home, or a fun new experience to try with their loved ones.

Subscription gift boxes are truly the gift that keeps on giving. You have the ability to choose the length of your gift with a monthly subscription or quarterly subscription. Many subscription boxes offer one, three, six, and twelve month subscription options. This year, show your special someone just how much you care with a thoughtful, personalized gift subscription. Below is our guide full of gift ideas for everyone on your list. Looking for the perfect gift for the kiddos on your list? Check out our guide to finding the perfect gift for kids of all ages here.

Christmas Gift Ideas to Make Her Feel Extra Special

Treat the lady in your life to something special this year. Subscription services are a thoughtful way to treat her to a high-quality gift that will make her feel extra loved. Whether you're looking for the perfect gift for your wife or girlfriend, something to let mom know just how much she's appreciated, a thoughtful present for grandma, or something your bestie will die for, a monthly subscription can be just the ticket. Subscription boxes are thoughtfully curated selections built by experts that are passionate about their craft, making them a fabulous option to make someone feel extra special. Looking for a little inspo? Check out our guide to the best gift boxes for women . You can't go wrong with relaxing self-care gifts , scrumptious snack boxes , or a fun plant of the month club .

Thoughtful Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Wife or Girlfriend

Take a few moments to think back on the past year and what it's meant for the two of you. What are some of your favorite moments you've shared together? What challenges have been particularly cumbersome? Has she dropped any hints about what she might love? Does she love to receive gifts or prefer to do something together? Use this information to find that extra special something this year.

Is she looking for a new job or working on taking the next step in her career? Perhaps she'll love a monthly subscription for personal and professional growth . Is she looking for something practical? Treat her to a gift subscription that is both thoughtful and useful .

Our Top Pick: Date nights at home are a thoughtful, loving way to spend quality time together while trying something new. Date night subscription boxes deliver a fun experience you can share together straight to your doorstep. What better way to let her know how much you care than with a gift that you can make new memories with, together? There are a ton of date night box options. Whether you two love to play games together, enjoy crafting, love solving puzzles and mysteries, or are looking for a more intimate date night, you can find the perfect gift idea right on Cratejoy.


Gift Ideas to Show Mom How Much You Care this Christmas

There's no denying Mom is super special. But, it can't hurt to remind her just how special she is to you. Moms have a tendency to care for and focus on others. It's part of what makes them so special. Give Mom the gift of a moment to pause and treat herself. A monthly gift subscription is a great way to give her a little pick-me-up and show her how much you care. With so many monthly subscriptions to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect gift for mom . There are even boxes curated just for moms!

Our Top Pick: Treat mom to a little extra self-care and wellness this Christmas. It's been a long and stressful year for everyone, especially Mom. You can find a thoughtful subscription for every version of self-care. From luxurious skincare and beauty subscriptions to boxes curated for mindfulness and personal growth , a monthly treat of self-care is bound to let her know just how much you care and make her feel extra appreciated this year.


Sweet Christmas Gift Ideas for Grandma

Grandma might possibly the sweetest person on your list this holiday season. She's always on your side, is the keeper of sage wisdom and advice, and knows just how to spoil you. Why not spoil her with a monthly subscription to something she loves? Whether she loves fresh flowers, adores scrumptious desserts, or is your favorite bookworm, you can find a great gift that will surprise her every month.

Our top pick: Send Grandma an absolutely sweet gift with a baking or cooking subscription box . Whether she has a sweet tooth or loves to cook with new flavors, you can find a great food subscription box to satisfy her taste. These great gifts are a fun way to treat her to a fun hobby or share a new dessert or food with them. Most food subscription boxes come with pre-measured ingredients and easy to follow instructions. Grandma is sure to have fun whipping up something new. Best of all, cooking and baking boxes are a great activity to share with others, so she can bake with Grandpa, a friend, or the grandkids.


Best Gifts for Your Best Friend

Your best friend is always there for you. Show her how much you appreciate her friendship and support with a gift subscription. Whether your girl is a foodie , a coffee lover , or would love a wine club subscription , you can find a great monthly subscription for her. Treat your trendy gal pal to a curated box of luxe skincare, wellness, and beauty products . Sign your favorite bookworm up for a book of the month club she'll be sure to love. A monthly gift might just be your go-to for your bestie from here on out.

Our top pick: Coffee subscriptions and tea boxes make great gifts because they're thoughtful, warm, and bring a little extra delight to any routine. Plus, you can find a quality coffee or tea box at any price point if you're shopping with a budget in mind. Coffee and tea crates are the perfect way to treat your bestie to a warm cup of love in the morning, give her a special cup for a virtual coffee or tea date, and make for a fun way to change up her routine. Plus, they make great gift ideas for folks looking for an alternative to cocktails.


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Unique and Thoughtful Christmas Gift Ideas for Him

Looking for a gift for the guy who has everything (or thinks he does)? Subscription services are the perfect way to find a unique, yet thoughtful gift that will surprise him in the best way.

Whether you're looking for that perfect present to surprise your husband or boyfriend , something to let dad know he's still your #1 , or a fun present for grandpa , you can find a monthly subscription gift to rock his world. Not sure where to start? Check out our guide to the best gift boxes for men . You can't go wrong with unique food subscription boxes , mystery and escape room puzzles , or a cool cocktail kit.

Thrilling Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Husband or Boyfriend

You know your man best. What are some of his favorite activities? What is something he'd never buy for himself? What are the experiences he's missing most with this year's social distancing and quarantine regulations? Gift subscriptions are a fun and easy way to bring those experiences he's missing most right to your home for you to share together.

Our top pick: DIY escape rooms and at-home mystery puzzles are one of our favorite gifts for him this year. These fun games have really taken off since we've all been spending extra time at home, and they are seriously fun . These crates are a great way to have fun at home with the family, are just right for a safe game night with friends, and are super fun to do as a couple. You'll get a fun new puzzle or adventure delivered to your door, ready for you to crack the code, solve the mystery, or escape the room.


The Best Gift Ideas for Dad this Christmas

Finding a great gift that Dad will actually love can be tricky, especially for the Dad who has everything — or worse, the Dad who claims he " wants nothing ". Dads typically treat themselves less, which can make giving him a great gift all the more thoughtful. Monthly subscription boxes are a great way to show Dad how much you care and to treat him to something a little extra special well beyond Christmas this year. Whether you're looking for something great for your dad , a thoughtful gift for a single dad , or a gift idea for a new or soon-to-be dad , you can find a great gift subscription they'll actually use.

Our top pick: Spice and Sauce boxes are a fun and unique gift. Perfect for Dads that love to grill or for the guy who is looking to spice up his dinner routine. From hot sauce clubs to BBQ boxes and Grill Master crates, there's a curated box for every man's taste. Each box comes with high quality sauces or spices each month, giving Dad something to look forward to and, perhaps, a new hobby.


The Greatest Christmas Gift Ideas for the Greatest Grandpa

Grandpa. Grandpop. Pop. Gramps. PawPaw. No matter what you call him, finding the greatest gift for the greatest Grandpa can be a bit of a challenge. If you're looking for a gift that goes beyond the realm of golf gear, gifts cards, and handy gifts for the home, a subscription box service is the perfect gift idea. Gift boxes are a great choice, whether you're looking for a gift that can double as a new hobby for Grandpa or for something he and Grandma can do together .

Our top pick: Book subscriptions make great gifts that deliver the joy of a good book right to your door. With book-of-the-month clubs for every genre, you can set Grandpa up with a fun, unique gift he'll love. Whether he enjoys the the thrill of a good mystery novel , escaping to new worlds in fantasy and sci-fi books , or enjoys exercising his intellect with the literary classics, there's a book subscription for him. Bonus: a monthly book club makes for a great (and safe) activity he can enjoy well beyond the holidays as we all spend more time at home.


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The Best Gift Ideas for Your In-Laws This Christmas

Shopping for your in-laws can be tricky, and even stressful at times. Whether you're still settling in with your new family members or you've been in the family for awhile, monthly gifts are perfect for every in-law. Still trying to win your in-laws over? Looking to surprise them with a fun, unique gift they'll love? Searching for something special for your daughter- or son-in law? You can find a subscription box gift for nearly every interest, making it a great way to give a thoughtful and personalized gift. They'll love that you've picked up on their hobby or interest, and be even more delighted to get such a thoughtful gift every month!

Gift Ideas to Delight Your Mother-in-Law

Shopping for your mother-in-law can be just as stressful as shopping for your own mom. You want to give her something she'll love, and the holidays are a great time to remind her how much you care. Shopping for the MIL who has everything? What's the one thing she will never buy herself? What's something she doesn't have, but really wants? Why not give her the gift of an experience she'll love? Whether she enjoys treating herself with a luxe bath , cultivating a gorgeous garden , or whisking up a sweet treat , you can find a gift subscription she'll adore .

Our top pick: Give your MIL a gift she'll love with a monthly craft box subscription . These fun boxes make the perfect gift with a new project and all the supplies delivered every month. They're great activities to do at home, and your MIL might just find her new favorite hobby. She can work on each project solo when she's looking for a little "me time." They also make fun group activities, so she can get crafty with her partner, the whole family, or her bestie.

Not sure what type of craft she'll love most? You can find crates that send a new type of project each month, like wood burning, shelf-making, and marbling clay projects to name a few. Already know her favorite creative hobby? There are tons of subscription boxes for every craft: painting, knitting, candle making, scrapbooking, calligraphy — and much more.


Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Father-in-Law's Taste

Not sure what to give your father-in-law this Christmas? While some FILs are super easy to shop for, others can be pretty hard to read. Shopping for the FIL that has it all? What's a new hobby you can surprise him with? Subscription boxes make great gifts when you're not quite sure what to get because they're built for you by experts and hobbyists passionate about their craft. Gift subscriptions are a great way to surprise your father-in-law with a thoughtful gift that shows you care without the pressure of having to put the gift together yourself.

Our top pick: Grilling and foodie subscriptions are perfect the dads in your life. You're bound to find something for every taste, so you can easily pick a box that's put together for their palette. You can find father-in-law-ready grilling, jerky, and hot sauce kits. You can even pair these gifts with a beer, wine , or cocktail gift subscription for a complete dinner party gift. There are tons of foodie-approved subscriptions that deliver the tastebuds global flavors , and plenty of boxes for foodies that are keto , paleo , or protein-focused , too. No matter his taste, you can show how much you care this year with a crate full of his favorites.


Perfect Gift Ideas for Your Daughter-in-Law

Looking for something extra special for your daughter-in-law this Christmas ? Searching for something that will stand out from years past? Celebrating Christmas from afar this year? Send your daughter-in-law something a little extra special this year with a monthly gift subscription. If she's a mother herself, perhaps give her a fun craft or baking gift subscription she can do with the kids. Or, give her a deluxe box of self-care for a little pampering and "me time." We could all use a little more of that this year.

Our top pick: We've all been spending more time at home than usual this year, so why not give her a monthly gift with comfy and cozy ways to spruce up her space . With so many home decor options to choose from, you can give her a gift that absolutely fits her style. Help her add a little greenery to her space and nurture her green thumb with monthly plant boxes. You can gift her a subscription to start a veggie and herb garden, add a pop of color with a new succulent each month, or send her a bouquet of freshly cut flowers. Or, treat her to a monthly gift of cozy goodies, from home decor boxes curated with artisanal pieces to candles and more.


Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Son-in-Law

Stumped over what to get your son-in-law for Christmas this year? Look no further than these totally unique gifts that are sure to surprise your SIL. Whether he's into cooking, reading, or a particular fandom, you can give a monthly gift for nearly any hobby or interest. Show him how well you know him with a thoughtful, personalized gift that's put together for you.

Our top pick: Monthly game subscriptions are great for gifting. Your son-in-law can host a game night with his pals or dive into his favorite fandom. These gifts are great for family game night, too. With so many games and puzzles to choose from, there's surely something for your SIL. Give him the gift of a DIY mystery adventure, the thrill of an at-home escape room , or a monthly gift dedicated to his favorite fandom . There's crates for the ultimate D&D player , Harry Potter fans in every house , comic book subscriptions , and much, much more.


Christmas Gift Ideas Your Sister-in-Law Will Adore

Looking for a great gift your sister-in-law will absolutely adore? What better way to show her how special she is to you than with a monthly treat just for her? No matter her age, you can find a great gift subscription she's sure to love. You can find great book subscriptions for all ages and interests, crystals and spiritual tools , eco-friendly crates , or a decadent chocolate box sent right to her front door. She'll be extra delighted by the thoughtfulness and you'll brighten her day with an extra smile every month.

Our top pick: Monthly beauty boxes make great gifts for your sis-in-law. Monthly beauty boxes are curated by makeup and skincare experts and include new beauty and skincare products each month. She can try new products every month, find her new favorites to add to her routine, and take a little extra moment of pampering each month. You can find boxes with cruelty-free products, monthly kits for a spa-day at home, bath bombs and shower steamers, and more. Treat your sis to a little extra rejuvenation this Christmas.


Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Brother-in-Law

Not sure what to get your brother-in-law? Is he a guy who has everything? Notoriously picky? Is he so easy going that you're not sure what gift will actually excite him? Give him a gift that supports his hobbies. You can find great subscriptions for the outdoor enthusiast , EDC and tactical gear crates for the survivalist, and men's lifestyle boxes , and crates curated for beard care .

Our top pick: Treat your brother-in-law to a little extra cheer this year with fun and festive cocktail, beer, and wine subscriptions. You can send him a little extra cheer each month with this gift and treat his palette to new flavors with his favorite beverage. He can share this gift with his spouse, host the next happy hour with a new drink on the menu, and kick back and relax with this gift. The cocktail kits can be made as delicious mocktails, too.


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Give the Gift of Joy and Cheer this Christmas

No matter who you're shopping for, you can find a perfect gift subscription for nearly every interest on . Monthly gift subscriptions are a great way to support small and local sellers, too. Give the gift of joy, love, and fun new family traditions to your nearest and dearest this year. Happy holidays!

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