21 Unique Subscription Boxes You Definitely Have to Try

Updated by Amy Furr

If the past year has taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected. But sometimes, even through months like these, the unexpected needs a little encouragement. If you find yourself itching for something interesting — either a monthly subscription box of cool finds for yourself or a great subscription of exciting new products you’ll be gifting — we’re here to help! At Cratejoy, you'll find the best subscription boxes for anyone seeking a unique experience or one-of-kind find.

Looking for a new subscription of Japanese beauty products? Or maybe a subscription service to a wine of the month club? You’ll find it here, along with great gift ideas for DIY beauty buffs, experimental foodies, and coffee connoisseurs, plus more uniquely themed boxes in our curated selection.

If you’re into exploring the unique or finding the best gifts for those who roam off the beaten path, read below for our top 21 unique subscription boxes you need to know about.

21 Unique Subscription Box Gift Ideas

Tea & Tranquility Box - Premier

Tea & Tranquility Box - Premier

From $38.65 per box
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Shipping: January, March, May, July, September, and November are box months. Orders placed by the 1st of the box month will ship by the 21st of that month. Orders placed after the 1st of the box month will ship by the 21st of the next box month. (In rare cases, we may ship your box earlier if you miss the box month deadline.)

EYESCREAM Beauty Box Monthly

EYESCREAM Beauty Box Monthly

From $29.99 per box
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EYESCREAM Beauty Bag is a monthly subscription box filled with new makeup items and skincare goodies that she can add to her growing beauty collection. This budget-friendly Sephora alternative includes 3-5 items that’ll add a little shimmer and shine to her makeup routine with a mix of products including eye shadows, brushes, and other beauty products.

Shipping: All boxes are shipped by the 15th of every month. Shipping times vary depending on location, but typically take between 2-5 business days. Order by the end of the month to receive current box. First box is shipped within a week of subscribing. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us! We usually respond within the same day!

Customer Review

“Beautiful products. Loved the queen eye shadow palette. And the eye shadow stick. In agua my favorite color. Awesome” - Robin M.

Krush: Date Night in a Box

Krush: Date Night in a Box

From $64.33 per box
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Nothing is more precious than time together to truly connect, which is why Krush’s Date Night in a Box makes for a romantic gift for a significant other. Make each other a promise: put away your phones, your apps, and lengthen your attention spans together in order to deeply connect.

Shipping: The date night boxes ship around the 5th of each month Our date night boxes are the perfect solution for couples who want to enjoy a romantic evening together from the comfort of their own home. Each box is expertly crafted with a unique and exciting theme, such as camping, Tuscan pottery making, chocolate fondue, spa and massage, and many more.

Customer Review

"We look forward to our monthly date nights after putting the kids to sleep. Such a great idea packaged awesomely in a date night box. Everything is packaged neatly and comes with great quality items. Everything you need is right in the box. Great ideas for a fall date night at home. Seller is friendly and easy to communicate with. Thank you!" - Vanessa M.

Baking fun!

Baking fun!

From $49.41 per box
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Simplifying the baking process from start to finish, each kit contains pre-measured whole-food ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions to create picture-perfect cakes, pies, and cupcakes for all to enjoy!

Shipping: Orders placed before the fourth of the month will ship that month's box. Orders placed after the fourth of the month will receive the following month's box. Don't hesitate to reach out to let us know when you want to begin!

Customer Review

“These ginger cookies were fun and easy to make. They came out perfectly! They were soft and delicious, and I really liked the added touch of the white chocolate and sprinkles.” – Kelsey S.

Take-er-Easy : 1lb.

Take-er-Easy : 1lb.

From $30.00 per box
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Shipping: We ship in the middle of every month.

Herbal Apprentice Box

Herbal Apprentice Box

From $39.05 per box
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Ideal for any person who loves learning something new and having a little DIY fun, the Herbal Apprentice Box is a subscription that's just waiting to expose them to the wide and wonderful world of home apothecary. Eco-friendly and holistic, each box brings DIY medicine-making projects complete with study guides, easy-to-follow recipes, seeds to start a personal medicinal garden, essential oils for aromatherapy, and more.

Shipping: If you select the Herbal Starter Kit as your first box, it will ship immediately. If you choose to wait for the next box, it will ship on the 15th of the month. Herbal Starter Kit Only: If you select a month-to-month subscription, your account will renew 14 days after your Herbal Starter Kit ships, to reserve next month's box for you.

Customer Review

“The Happy Heart box was my first monthly box from Apothecary at Home, and I'm so impressed! The artwork is beautiful, the treats delicious, and the herbs smell heavenly. I look forward to seeing how my herbal garden grows with the seeds provided each month. I highly recommend this monthly box to anyone on their path of healing with plants.”- Nicole O.

The Clean Beauty & Skincare Box - by Laurel & Reed

The Clean Beauty & Skincare Box - by Laurel & Reed

From $43.95 per box
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Everyone from skincare novices to Sephora addicts can get behind the luxurious beauty and skincare products packed into Laurel & Reed. Guaranteed to be clean, each box features a selection of 3 or more non-toxic, all-natural, and cruelty-free products. Plus, it’s also beautifully gift-wrapped, making it the perfect last-minute gift.

Shipping: For first time purchases we ship immediately if current box is available - or you will receive the next box in our shipping cycle - 15th of the month. You will always receive an email from CS to confirm. DELAY: Due to COVID we have seen a delay in shipments WW due to customs, 4 wk+.

Customer Review

“Love love love Laurel & Reed. It is by far my favorite subscription box. Wonderful products you can never go wrong with this one.” – Martin K.

Bubbles & Books

Bubbles & Books

From $26.91 per box
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Romance readers, rejoice! Bubbles & Books sends a slew of romance novels to subscribers each month, with 1-2 paperbacks, 5+ bonus romance ebooks, and an assortment of premium bath and spa products for a truly relaxing evening. Each month is a welcome surprise, delivering luxe items such as sheet masks, bath salts and bombs, handmade and whipped soaps, candles, teas, and (of course) bubble bath.

Shipping: Boxes ship between the 18th and 21st of every month.

Customer Review

"Great subscription for reading and relaxing! Perfect for those who love to soak!" - Juliana J.

Cratejoy Fruit For Thought Subscription

Cratejoy Fruit For Thought Subscription

From $47.99 per box
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What You’ll Get: Unbox a sensory experience with Fruit for Thought, a subscription box with a new fruit theme each month. Each full-sized box includes 5 to 8 fun and unique gifts including jewelry, accessories, home decor, stationery, etc. Fruit for Thought sends unusual gifts that are beautifully wrapped and fun to discover!

Shipping: Now taking subscriptions to start with the August Pineapple Coconut Lychee Theme which ships August 17. Monthly subscriptions renew the 1st of each month.

Customer Review

“I purchased this box as a gift for a co-worker and she was absolutely delighted! The box was fun & fabulous! She loved that so many items were sourced in the USA and were of excellent quality! This box has a WOW factor for sure and is clearly curated with thoughtful care! Will purchase again!” -Sydney

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.

Customer Review

“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.

Date Night Box Subscription

Date Night Box Subscription

From $23.33 per box
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The creation of a team of marriage and family therapists, each monthly box is designed to strengthen any relationship, delivering a themed date that includes challenges and activities to give couples a night of intimate fun and laughs!

Shipping: Your first box will ship within 5 business days of the order being placed. Your subscription renews on the same day of the month as your first order based on your subscription type (month-to-month, three-month, or six-month). All renewing shipments (your second shipment and onward) will ship within 10 business days of the renewal date.

Customer Review

“We loved our date with Date Crate. It took a moment to get over the awkward feeling of trying something new but it ended up sparking lots of conversation and laughter we otherwise wouldn't have had. We're trying out our second date crate tomorrow!” – Surrey A.

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.

Customer Review

"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.

The Standard - Wine Club (Monthly) By "He Wines, She Dines"

The Standard - Wine Club (Monthly) By "He Wines, She Dines"

From $64.99 per box
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Shipping: Orders are renewed on the 15th of the month. Subsequent boxes ship on the 21st of the month. *We are not allowed to send wine to PO Boxes.

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