Sociologists, political strategists and marketers are 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, this is no easy task!
We gave it a try ourselves and set off on the task to find subscription boxes that would make perfect gifts for millennials, and the Cratejoy marketplace didn’t disappoint! Keeping in mind that millennials value me-time, we found just the right mix of boxes that offer convenience, fun, and high-quality principled products. From boxes that deliver a quick and easy dinner to those that bring cutting-edge beauty goods, there’s something for everyone.
While the pros might want to single out the differences, we chose to focus on generational similarities with gift ideas that allow millennials to express their individuality and enjoy a fun monthly surprise delivered right to the front door. Here’s a gift guide with subscription boxes that are sure to appeal to any millennials on your list.
Perfectly Trendy Gift Ideas for Millennials
Price: Starts at $35.83
Why We Love It: Forego the usual boring gift card and send a unique gift that encourages embracing those offbeat personality traits with Quirky-Crate. Designed to help women explore and express their individuality, each crate comes packed with 6 or more eccentric lifestyle items, like funky novelty bags and socks, witty stickers and unusually cool accessories, along with a limited-edition collectible enamel pin from a featured artist-of-the-month.
Shipping: Ships worldwide around the 15th of the month
Price: Starts at $34.00
Why We Love It: Looking for a thoughtful gift that's all about self-care? The Hygge Box is a monthly subscription dedicated to a Danish lifestyle trend that's all about being comfy cozy. Something that millennials can surely get behind, each subscription tier sends a delightful mix of 4-7 items, including soft lighted elements, like hand-poured candles, Scandi-style home accessories and soothing drinks and treats.
Shipping: Ships between the 15th-18th of the month
Price: Starts at $11.25
Why We Love It: Having a houseplant addiction that borders on creating a home jungle is quite a 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 1 new houseplant to add to the collection, along with an occasional surprise extra.
Shipping: Ships within the 2nd or 3rd week of the month
Price: Starts at $40.00
Why We Love It: Backed by plenty of happy subscribers, Shaker & Spoon is a monthly subscription box that's serving up plenty of flavorful cocktails. Each month's box showcases 3 new drink recipes from some of the world's top bartenders, delivering everything that's needed to mix up 12 cocktails, 4 of each recipe. Just swing by the liquor shop for the spirits, and enjoy a home bar experience with all the provided mixers, syrups, bitters and garnishes.
Shipping: Ships during the 1st week of the month
Price: Starts at $8.66
Why We Love It: Available in 4 unique subscription tiers, Natural Vegan Body Care is a bath and body gift box that sends all-natural products that are guaranteed to be 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and biodegradable. Healthy for body and planet, eco-conscious young adults will love exploring all the goodies, like fan-tested and approved natural deodorant, hand soap, hair products, lip balms, and zero-waste bath accessories.
Shipping: Ships every 30 days
Price: Starts at $45.00
Why We Love It: Bringing a curated mix of products that offer convenience and preparation, each monthly All He Loves Box is filled with over $70 worth of high-quality products for just a fraction of the price. A unique gift for everything from Christmas to graduation, unpack survival gear and all-in-one tools, smartphone accessories, headphones, heavy-duty water bottles and more, curated specifically for practicality and everyday usefulness.
Shipping: Ships between the 5th-10th of the month
Price: Starts at $33.24
Why We Love It: Caffeine and Legends is a monthly book club that ditches fluff and box fillers for good books and beverages. Curated by book and coffee enthusiasts, each monthly gift set delivers 1 high-quality fantasy book and a choice of premium roasted coffee or loose-leaf tea, plus 1 or more book-related items. It's a simple subscription that promotes monthly reading and makes a great gift for any book-loving millennial.
Shipping: Ships during the first week of each month
Price: Starts at $29.95
Why We Love It: The Korean pop-culture wave has captured millennial hearts and minds, making The K-Beauty Box the perfect gift to elevate any skincare routine. Curated by K-beauty pros, each monthly box brings a wide variety of goodies straight from the peninsula. With a mix of 4-6 full-size items and deluxe samples packed into each box, unbox everything from cleansers, toners and moisturizers, to popular sheet masks and innovative makeup products.
Shipping: Ships within 1-2 business days after orders are placed
Price: Starts at $57.50
Why We Love It: With the booming use of social media, this savvy generation is all about sprucing up an Insta-worthy home. Send a gift that's designed for high style with the monthly Habitation Box. Mixing timeless decor classics with trendy modern minimalism, every delivery packs in handpicked items, like pillow covers and knitted throws in trending patterns, everyday kitchen accessories, fancy stainless steel cutlery, bar ware, picture frames and more.
Shipping: Ships on the 4th of each month
Price: Starts at $54.95
Why We Love It: Focused on green initiatives and conscious consumerism, young 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 6-8 full-size goodies, including informative books, zero-waste accessories, cruelty-free body care products and plenty of practical tips.
Shipping: Ships quarterly on the 15th of the month
Price: Starts at $29.99
Why We Love It: A great gift for the busy holiday season or to bring some extra convenience into the day-to-day, International Meal Kits make it easy peezy to serve up a flavorful meal in under an hour. Highlighting the unique flavors from a different country's cuisine each month, every box is open-and-go, delivering pre-measured ingredients, tasty recipes, and simple step-by-step instructions to prepare a from-scratch dinner for a family of 4.
Shipping: Ships within 4 days after orders are placed
Price: Starts at $6.00
Why We Love It: Loot Pin is a fun, budget-friendly gift that really captures the simple style aesthetic of today's young adults. Choose either the Original option for 1 minimalistic enamel pin for everyday wear, the Premium option for 1 finely detailed, gold-plated pin, or an option that sends both pins every month. From cute and mystical, to quirky and original, each pin is perfect for adorning any stylish bag or relaxed T-shirt + denim jacket combo.
Shipping: Ships on or before the 7th of the month
Price: Starts at $23.00
Why We Love It: 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 color-vinyl album that features the talents of 10 new musicians, along with original jacket and insert artwork.
Shipping: Ships on the 17th of each month
Price: Starts at $27.00
Why We Love It: Ditch the latest Netflix docu-series for an amazing mental challenge with Finders Seekers Mysteries. A great gift option for anyone who enjoys a fun and engaging game night, each monthly box brings a new mystery that's intricately woven into the setting of a new city and culture. Working as a group or going solo, enjoy the challenge of cracking complex codes and puzzles to successfully unravel every clue and solve the mystery.
Shipping: Ships on the 23rd of the month
Price: Starts at $29.00
Why We Love It: 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 Apothecary. Bringing 7-9 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 15th-21st of the month