17 of the Best Creative Gift Ideas You Don't See Often

If you’re searching for creative gift ideas for your loved ones, here are some subscription gift boxes that are sure to deliver a delightful surprise direct to their doorstep every month.

No matter their interests, Cratejoy has a great gift box that’s sure to fit any lifestyle. From houseplants and mod design to clever candles and classic cocktails, there are so many cool subscriptions out there.

Packed with intrigue and plenty of fun, whether you're looking for an amazing birthday gift, a lovey-dovey Valentine's Day gift, or a care package for your favorite college student, we've got gift subscriptions to cover all the bases. Use this creative gift guide to add a little flair to your gift-giving with some our most creative gift ideas for men and women alike.

1. The Inky Box

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Price: Starts at $12.17/month

What's Included: Expand your gifting horizons by sending The Inky Box, a unique monthly subscription service that's all about perfecting your hand-lettering and calligraphy skills. Featuring all the necessary tools plus a few extras, each box is filled with handpicked items that aim to help subscribers create and get inspired, including colorful pens, inks, and prints from favorite lettering artists.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. in the 1st week of the following month

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2. Zine-o-Matic

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Price: Starts at $17.50/month

What's Included: Zines are definitely one of the most creative gifts out there, but good quality zines can be pretty hard to get your hands on. Let Zine-o-Matic do the legwork for you by sending a collection of curated Indie zines from cities across the States right to their front door. They'll get thoughtfully selected and beautifully created original content with a few surprises in every box.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 1st of the month

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3. House Plant Box

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Price: Starts at $15.00/month

What's Included: "The more the merrier" definitely applies when it comes to houseplants. If you have a plant-loving friend, family member, or coworker, gift them the House Plant Box, a curated selection of healthy houseplants, air plants, and succulents to get their indoor garden growing in no time. Opt for an upgrade to send them large plants or more than 1 new plant every month.

Shipping: Ships within the U.S. in the 2nd week of each month

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4. American Cocktail Club

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Price: Starts at $32.79/month

What's Included: Help that special someone relax and take the edge off after a long, hard day when you gift them the American Cocktail Club. Delivering 4 servings of a creatively crafted cocktail, choose the Everything but the Booze box for those with a well-stocked liquor cabinet, or the Everything box that sends all they need to mix things up and unwind for the evening.

Shipping: Ships within the U.S. during the 3rd week of every month

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5. The Burlap Bag

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Price: Starts at $6.42/month

What's Included: Somewhere between traditional and modern lies The Burlap Bag subscription, a box that delivers a limited-edition candle every month. Putting a spin on a home decor staple, each candle comes sporting a new scent and a witty name (think Crazy Cat Lady or Gimme Coffee). These hand-poured candles give over 70 hours of burn time and make it easy to add some softly scented shine to any space.

Shipping: Ships within the U.S. around the 27th of the month

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6. Sleuth Kings

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Price: Starts at $14.95/month

What's Included: Here's a monthly gift perfect for armchair detectives! In each month’s Sleuth Kings box, subscribers gain a spot on the force and get the chance to work with the lead detective –– making their way through the case file and reading the evidence to solve puzzles, crack codes, and uncover the truth. There’s even a surprise in store after successfully solving 4 cases.

Shipping: Ships within the U.S. by the 4th each month

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7. Culture Carton

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Price: Starts at $16.00/month

What's Included: The Culture Carton sends a fresh infusion of fashion, sophistication, and creativity to the main man in your life. Choose to send a book-of-the-month club, a box filled with lifestyle essentials, or the lifestyle items with a book, and he’ll enjoy a monthly mix that may include everything from leather goods and EDC items, to stylish accessories and a good read.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. by the 18th of the month

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8. Chocolate and book

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Price: Starts at £14.67 GBP/month

What's Included: What’s better than kicking back and reading a quality book? Reading that book while sipping a hot beverage and munching on a delicious chocolate treat, of course! The Chocolate and book monthly subscription box comes with the permission to spend an afternoon just like that, sending a new book from a preferred genre, a relaxing hot drink, and a scrumptious treat.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.K. between the 17th-20th of every month

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9. Merkaela

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Price: Starts at $75.00/quarter

What's Included: When it comes to all-natural health and wellness gift box ideas, the Merkaela Deluxe Wellness Box is the cream of the crop. Each quarterly box is curated around a seasonal theme, bringing a selection of organic, cruelty-free bath and beauty products including handmade soaps, bath soaks, lotions, premium loose leaf teas, and more.

Shipping: Ships to the U.S. and Canada within 3-5 business days from ordering, then in the last week of Dec, Mar, Jun and Sept

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10. Modern Skyn Apothecary

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Price: Starts at $30.99/month

What's Included: From all-natural cleansers, serums, and mists to face masks and salt soaks, each box from Modern Skyn Apothecary promotes soft, supple skin with high-quality, good-for-you products. From the first box onward, your lucky recipient will be wowed by over $100 worth of handcrafted organic body products and skincare, while you'll appreciate the budget-friendly price point!

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. within 2-4 days after ordering, then between the 25th-27th of future months

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11. Feeling Fab - A Box of Wellness, Self-Love and Self-Care

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Price: Starts at $21.00/month

What's Included: Rest and relaxation are crucial for wellness, no matter what life is throwing at you. Send a self-care gift that will help your loved ones find balance, self-love, and inner strength. Every Feeling Fab box is mindfully curated to bring an assortment of body care items and spiritual essentials like holistic beauty items, healthy teas, a weekly self-care tracker, and positive affirmations.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. between the 10th-15th of every month

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12. Dog Mom Box

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Price: Starts at $34.99/month

What's Included: Spoil your fur babies with a bark box packed with toys, treats and gifts with a monthly subscription to the Dog Mom Box. Doting dog moms can enjoy alongside their four-legged friends with a unique gift box curated specifically for this lovable duo! Unbox a little bit of everything including accessories, apparel, dog-mom swag, top-quality treats, and durable pup toys.

Shipping: Ships within the U.S. on the 4th of the following month

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13. Bombs and Bubbles

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Price: Starts at $17.00/month

What's Included: When it comes to warm, fragrant bubble baths, go all-in and have no regrets! Send all they need to indulge to the max with Bombs and Bubbles. Each box serves up the goods for a simple self-care escape, such as handmade, fizzy bath bombs and colorful, scented bubble bars. All they'll need to do is draw up a bath, pop one in, and watch the stress melt away.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 10th of every month

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14. Beauteque Monthly

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Price: Starts at $13.00/month

What's Included: Beauteque Monthly is a month-to-month subscription ideal for anyone on your list who's obsessed with beauty products. Give the gift of radiant, glowing skin with themed boxes that are packed with classics, bestsellers, and new-to-the-scene K-beauty goodies including makeup, sheet masks, and more. Shopping for a mask junkie? Send them Mask Maven for 9 of the best!

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. between the 24th-31st of every month

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15. Lash Me Monthly

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Price: Starts at $18.33/month

What's Included: Know someone who suffers from lash envy? Send them a DIY gift that's all about helping them find their best lash match. Showcasing different shapes, sizes, and brands, they'll get 3 pairs of lashes to try, along with 3 full-size beauty and makeup products to perfect their look. Fill their makeup bag with some of the best palettes, lipsticks, serums, and more.

Shipping: Ships to the U.S. and Canada between the 10th-15th every month

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16. Bath Bevy

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Price: Starts at $34.95/month

What's Included: How can you gift a spa day that doesn't even require them to leave the comforts of their home? It's simple. Bath Bevy! This monthly subscription delivers a relaxing at-home spa experience complete with artisanal scented soaps, body washes, bath salts, lotions, and body butters.

Shipping: Ships within the U.S. in the 1st week of the month

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

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Price: Starts at $49.00/month

What's Included: Wine enthusiasts and new wine drinkers alike will appreciate the expertise served up from He Wines, She Dines. Joining the Standard wine club ensures they'll get delicious wines that match their unique tastes. First, they'll take a survey outlining their likes and dislikes, then a team of experts will handpick 3 bottles of wine from some of the best vineyards in the world––just for them!

Shipping: Ships within the U.S. within 5 days of ordering, and then on the 21st of future months

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