The Best Subscription Boxes Under $20 That Make Perfect Gifts

Updated by Timothy Paradis

For the times when you’re low on cash, but still want a great subscription delivered to your doorstep, the Cratejoy marketplace has you covered with some of the best subscription boxes for under $20. Whether you want deluxe samples of high-end skincare products, minimalist home decor, a book club, or a monthly delivery of small-batch snacks, our boxes will speak for themselves!

While there is no such thing as a free subscription, cheap subscription options are a great entry point to trying new products like stylist curated accessories, high-quality spices and loose-leaf tea blends. There's no need to spend the big bucks when you can get a monthly subscription box filled with luxe K-beauty products, sheet masks or adorable succulents.

What are the best subscription boxes under $20?

4-Ever Fresh

4-Ever Fresh

From $11.90 per box
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What You’ll Get: Treat yourself with FaceTory, a K-beauty subscription box filled with a new set of sheet masks every month. If you’re not familiar with K-beauty, this subscription box will introduce you to some of the best products curated by self-described “sheet mask junkies.” It’s also really affordable — just under $12 a month — so if you’re hesitant to make the leap into a new beauty routine, you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank.

Shipping: We ship our boxes within 1-4 days of receiving the order.

“I got this subscription for my wife. She says: ‘I absolutely ADORE this subscription box - it is the highlight of my month. The masks are beautifully curated and the customer service is impeccable. Shout out to the LookatMe Sweet Honey Bear mask, which feels and smells like a dream. I recommend this box to everyone I talk to!’” — Evgenii F.

STICKII Monthly Sticker Subscription

STICKII Monthly Sticker Subscription

From $12.00 per box
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When they join the STICKII Club, they can look forward to getting some high-quality happy mail every month. A kawaii box of a different sort, now they can cover all their favorite school supplies and items in colorful happy stickers! Choose from Cute, Vintage, or Pop options for a selection of 6+ sheets of stickers, a storage insert, and at least 2 stationery items like pens and notepads.

Shipping: - Orders placed by 5pm PST on the 7th of the current month will get this month's pack and be shipped on the 11th. - Orders placed after 5pm PST on the 7th will get next month's pack and it will be shipped on the 11th of the following month.

“I've been a stickii club subscriber for 3ish years now off and on, and when my stickers come its always the best part of my month! Their customer service is fantastic and have always been kind to me! I really appreciate them and I highly recommend them to anyone who might need stickers!” – Sydney D.

Balms Pack of Two (2) All Natural Lip Balms

Balms Pack of Two (2) All Natural Lip Balms

From $5.41 per box
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For those of us with chronically chapped lips, a new lip balm can be a thing of ethereal joy. But so often we just reach for the closest option while waiting in line at the checkout counter. With this subscription from Jersey Shore Cosmetics, you can receive two all-natural, organic lip-balms, guaranteed to quench even the driest lips!

Shipping: All boxes will ship between the 1st and 5th of each month. All who sign up on the first or later will receive the following month's box. Shipping charges may be slightly higher for international orders. May experience shipping delays if severe weather conditions.

“I absolutely love this subscription for lip conditioners. They are wonderful and smell amazing! Both my kiddos love them too!” – Meghan

Crystal of the Month

Crystal of the Month

From $14.50 per box
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Delve into a world of well-being with Enchanted Crystal, sending curated crystals and minerals from across the globe. Choose from the Crystal of the Month plan, delivering a single stone, or the Crystal Variety Box which includes a mix of 4 to 6 crystals and a handcrafted cloth grid. Hand-selected with intention and packaged in eco-friendly materials, both subscription options include a bonus assortment of mini crystals and minerals.

Shipping: New subscriber's first box ships within 5 business days. Our crystals and minerals are natural, as the earth created them. This means our inventory is limited and ever-changing. We may use polished or shaped natural crystals to add to your enchantment. Boxes are custom-made every month, and not all subscribers will receive the same selections. ❤️

“My daughter LOVES this subscription box. I had to stop deliveries for a couple of months around Xmas and she was SO UPSET. Great Quality and Info... Thank you. Keep up the good work!!! We appreciate you....” – Angela J.

Goat Milk Soap of the Month

Goat Milk Soap of the Month

From $12.50 per box
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While lathering your skin with GOAT milk may be a new trend you might not have heard of before, there are many benefits especially for those with eczema or psoriasis. Blue Heron Farm makes small batches of goat milk bath products like soaps, lotions, and sugar scrubs straight from a farm in Southern Indiana. Add that extra moisturization and discover new scented products and seasonal items.

Shipping: Tracking details will be emailed when your subscription ships.

“I love my soap deliveries!! But honestly, my fav part might be the cards from the goats themselves!! I get such a hoot out of it. And thanks for the bonus chapsticks!!!” – Abigail D.

Piquant Post Flavor Kits

Piquant Post Flavor Kits

From $10.99 per box
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It's no secret that flavorful healthy recipes require high-quality, freshly-ground spices. Piquant Post Flavor Kits is the perfect way to nudge them out of their cooking comfort zone, and create exciting and delicious meals. Each box delivers 4 spice mixes and 4 chef-developed recipe cards inspired by different cultural cuisines. Making everything from Vietnamese pho to Indian tandoori chicken is easier than ever!

Shipping: Now shipping the April box! An order today ships in ~2 business days** Subsequent months always ship on the ~15th of each month.** Use Cratejoy gift email feature to select a date to send a gift message. Join 10's of 1000's of customers across the globe with best spice club on the market and take your home cooking global!

“This is by far my favourite spice subscription, I’ve tried a few different ones. The recipes are extremely easy to follow and delicious & I love that they have the spices for sale on their website in case you want to buy more for future recipes! I’m basically a pro chef now thanks to Piquant Post!” – Sarah S.

Jerky Snob

Jerky Snob

From $15.49 per box
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Jerky Snob takes dried meats seriously. Beef jerky makes for the perfect snack for road trips, while watching Netflix, and even on the way to the gym. Whether they're a dried meat connoisseur or looking for another source of protein, Jerky Snob curates premium handcrafted jerky from small-batch artisans. Choose between 3 different levels, sending from 2 bags up to a full pound, for a variety of protein-packed tasty products.

Shipping: **Shipping not included. Ships to the U.S. ONLY (all 50 states, 5 territories, and APOs.) New orders ship in 1-3 business days, or the date specified. (Gifts ship in logo package via USPS). Regular shipment is 12-16th of each month. No pork allowed? Dietary restrictions? Questions? Scroll to the bottom and click "Contact Seller."

“My S.O. loved these! I got this for him for his birthday and he thoroughly enjoyed looking forward to a new delivery each month. The jerky was really good, exceptionally fresh! Even his least favorite jerky's, the sugar free ones, were pretty good. They just need some kin of sweetness to balance out the flavor. All in all this was a wonderful experience and will be my first stop for future gifts!” -Donna H.

Hot Sauce of the Month Club - Monthly

Hot Sauce of the Month Club - Monthly

From $14.99 per box
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Aficionados at the Heat Hot Sauce Shop are bringing the heat to everyone who claims hot sauce as their favorite condiment with the Hot Sauce of the Month Club. The atomic-sauce experts put their skills to good use, selecting 1 or 3 full-size bottles of award-winning hot sauces in a preferred heat range.

Shipping: Orders placed now will ship January 1st. You can use our printable gift notes or send a gift email to notify the recipient. If you'd like to have your box shipped early, let us know by replying to the confirmation email.

"I bought this as a gift for my boyfriend and so far it’s amazing! He loves putting hot sauce on his eggs in the morning and this subscription is such a fun way for him to try different kinds of hot sauce and so far he’s loving it!" - Emma P.

You don't have to break the bank to get trendy skincare, gluten-free hot sauces, or eco-friendly hair care goods. While committing to full-size products can be costly, especially if you don't know if it's suited to you or not, our list of budget-friendly options will introduce you to new beauty samples, self-care tools, and tasty goodies for cheap. And, they make great gift ideas, too!

If you've never purchased a themed box or you just love saving money, cheap subscription services allow you to enjoy budget-friendly beauty subscription boxes, book-of-the-month clubs, and even healthy snacks for under $20! Be sure to click any coupon codes to enjoy even more savings on your first box.