Sociologists, political strategists, and marketers are still trying to get to the bottom of what it is that makes millennials tick. And while plenty of people have taken a stab at defining this large swath of the population, just like the generations that came before them, it's no easy task!
With the holiday season fast approaching, we thought we'd give it a try, tasking ourselves with finding monthly subscription boxes that would make perfect gifts for millennials -- and the Cratejoy Marketplace did not disappoint! Keeping in mind that millennials value "me time," we found just the right mix of thoughtful gifts that offer convenience, fun, and high-quality principled products. From quick-and-easy dessert kits to cutting-edge beauty goods, there’s something for everyone.
Rather than singling out the generational differences, we focused on the ties that bind, packing our holiday Gift Shop and this gift guide with unique ideas that allow millennials to express their individuality and enjoy a fun monthly surprise delivered right to their front door.
Check out more gift boxes in our Gift Shop to find the perfect pick for any millennial on your list!
Perfect Gift Ideas for Millennials
Price: Starts at $27.75/month
What's Included: Goddess Provisions is a witchy bestseller that focuses on self-care and harnessing the power that lies within. Each monthly gift box will welcome them into the ever-expanding throng of goddesses who have given it top marks for making spirituality accessible, supporting small shops and sending all-around good vibes. They'll enjoy a unique unboxing experience with a mix of gemstone jewelry, apothecary goodies, essential oil blends, and guidance on everything from mantras to moon wisdom.
Shipping: Ships in the 1st week of every month
Price: Starts at $15.00/month
What's Included: Having a houseplant addiction that borders on a home jungle is quite the millennial trend, making the House Plant Box a great gift for those who prefer to keep their decor filled with shades of green. Sending out a wide variety of healthy and vibrant houseplants, succulents, and air plants, all grown by plant-care experts in California greenhouses, each monthly box brings a new houseplant to add to their growing collection.
Shipping: Ships the 2nd week of each month
Price: Starts at $40.00/month
What's Included: While they might not have been the generation to coin the term "alcoholiday," they can certainly get in on some celebratory cocktails with a gift subscription to Shaker & Spoon. A great Christmas gift for cocktail lovers, each month showcases 3 new drink recipes from some of the world's top bartenders. Just swing by the liquor shop for the spirits, and they'll enjoy a home bar experience with all the fixings needed to serve up 12 flavorful drinks.
Shipping: Ships in the first 2 weeks of the month
Price: Starts at $24.95/month
What's Included: Enjoying and reveling in evolving perspectives of beauty, millennials who love to put their best face forward can do so with the help of the Vegancuts Monthly Beauty Box. With years of experience in the business and a strong dedication to animal welfare, each month's box promotes beauty inside and out with an assortment of face masks, serums, scrubs and more, all guaranteed to be 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and made from only the finest ingredients.
Shipping: Ships by the 17th of the month, or within 6 business days if ordered after the 17th
Price: Starts at $16.00/month
What's Included: Bringing everything from literary classics and grooming goods to high-end lifestyle accessories like tech gadgets, self-care essentials, and everyday carry items, the Culture Carton subscription box offers him a unique exploration into the finer things of life. Available in 3 different subscription options –– book only, lifestyle items only, or a combination of both –– grab your favorite millennial this fashion-forward gift.
Shipping: Ships by the 18th of every month
Price: Starts at $34.95/month
What's Included: As popular as avocado toast and cold brew, the Korean pop-culture wave has captured millennial hearts and minds, making The K-Beauty Box a great way to elevate their skincare routine. Curated by K-beauty pros, each box brings a variety of full-size products and deluxe samples straight from the peninsula, including tried-and-tested cleansers, moisturizers and serums, plus popular sheet masks and other innovative makeup products.
Shipping: Ships within 1-2 business days after ordering
Price: Starts at $57.50/month
What's Included: With the booming use of social media, this savvy generation is all about sprucing up an Insta-worthy home. Gift home decor that's designed for high style with the monthly Habitation Box. Mixing timeless classics with modern minimalism, every delivery packs in handpicked items, like pillow covers and knitted throws in trending patterns, everyday kitchen accessories, stainless steel cutlery, bar ware, picture frames and more.
Shipping: Ships on the 4th of each month
Price: Starts at $54.95/every 3 months
What's Included: Focused on green initiatives and conscious consumerism, younger Americans today are embracing more sustainable, eco-friendly products. Earthlove is a quarterly gift subscription that aims to cultivate a positive lifestyle that's focused on a brighter future. Curated to do right for mind, body and planet, each box brings a mix of full-size goodies, including informative books, zero-waste accessories like reusable straws, vegan body care items, and useful pro tips.
Shipping: Ships within 14 days of ordering
Price: Starts at $30.00/month
What's Included: Don't wait till the last minute to do that holiday shopping when you can pick up a gift like The Stoney Babe Box and support small, women-owned businesses in the process. Created for those 21 years old and up, this women's smoke box lets your besties have a little fun with their favorite hobby, curating a themed assortment of smoking accessories and hemp products, including papers, grinders, decorative storage jars, pipes, pouches and other lit lifestyle goodies.
Shipping: Ships between the 1st-4th of the following month
Price: Starts at $23.00/month
What's Included: Any millennial in the music scene knows that despite what’s trending now, there's always new music just waiting to be discovered. VINYL MOON is a monthly music subscription that has been noted by Billboard as being one of the best gifts for music fans of all ages, delivering the latest volume of Vinyl Moon, a custom-colored vinyl album that features the talents of 10 new musicians, along with original jacket and insert artwork.
Shipping: Ships around the 17th of every month
Price: Starts at $25.00/month
What's Included: With plenty of at-home time ahead of us, encourage them to ditch the latest Netflix docu-series for an amazing mental challenge with Finders Seekers. A great gift option for anyone who enjoys a fun and engaging game night, each box delivers a new mystery that uses thoughtful storytelling to bring a new city and culture to life. Working solo or as a group, enjoy the challenge of cracking complex codes and puzzles to unravel clues and make an escape.
Shipping: Ships on the 23rd of the month
Price: Starts at $20.00/month
What's Included: Give a gift that's all about establishing a strong connection with the natural world and finding inspiration in earth medicine with a monthly subscription to the Tamed Wild Box. Bringing a mix of premium full-size apothecary and spiritual items, they'll unbox an assortment that includes rejuvenating crystals, ritual accessories, whole herbs, teas, jewels and original spells, all intentionally selected to promote mindfulness and mental clarity.
Shipping: Ships between the 18th and the last day of the month
Price: Starts at $28.17/month
What's Included: No matter if they prefer a strong espresso, frothy cappuccino, or milky latte, Son of a Barista can make it happen! Sending a free high-quality espresso coffee maker with the first order, they'll be able to fill their favorite coffee mug with some of the best brew coffee in the world. An ideal gift for espresso connoisseurs, each box sends 60 pods for 60 cups, 30 pods filled with a smooth, cremoso blend and 30 pods filled with a puro 100% arabica grind.
Shipping: Ships on the 7th of the month
Price: Starts at $45.00/month
What's Included: Comma Vintage is on a mission to infuse some retro fashion sense into every OOTD by sending unique and stylish garments from days gone by. Perfect for men who want to add classic vintage pieces into their everyday wardrobe, each quarterly box contains a curated selection of vintage menswear made by high-quality American brands. Handpicked to coordinate, they can expect all types of apparel, along with a one-of-a-kind accessory!
Shipping: Ships 2-4 weeks after ordering
Price: Starts at $39.99/month
What's Included: Despite what some may think, millennial interests go far beyond meme-making and iPhone-upgrading, so branch out in a fun new direction by sending the Monthly Herbal Study Box from Apothecary at Home. Diving into the wonderful world of plants and herbs, each themed kit includes DIY medicine-making projects, complete with herbs, study guides, easy-to-follow recipes, seeds to start a personal medicinal garden, art prints and other fun extras!
Shipping: Ships on the 1st of the month
Price: Starts at $42.75/month
What's Included: Help a loved one find a new direction or follow their dreams with CoachCrate, a monthly box that doubles as a skilled life coach! All about personal growth, each month focuses on a specific topic such as habits, creativity, or follow-through, combining effective business strategies with sustainable self-care practices. In addition to online coaching sessions and a supportive online community, they'll unpack a self-help book with a reading guide and an assortment of productivity products.
Shipping: Ships between the 23rd-25th each month