Gifting is no easy task, but when you’ve left it to crunch time, it all can get a little overwhelming. Maybe a family member’s birthday just snuck up on you, or you’ve decided that this year, instead of the obligatory Starbucks friend date with your bestie, you’d like to step up your game and get them something extra special, but their birthday is just around the corner.
It doesn’t really matter the reason why you’re down to the wire, you need to find just the right last-minute gift, and we’ve got the solution for you. Whether you want to treat them to a fun surprise that just appears on their doorstep, or you prefer to choose one of the many great options that ship just days after placing an order, subscription boxes make some of the best gifts, hands down!
Sure to be a unique, one-of-a-kind gift, there’s a monthly subscription from the Cratejoy marketplace that appeals to all ages, men and women, and every personality type. With everything from K-beauty goodies and DIY cocktails, to mystery games and tasty treats, here are some front runners for the best last-minute birthday gift ideas.
Price: Starts at $16.00
About the Box: A last-minute gift idea that's pretty much a guaranteed winner is a monthly subscription to Jessie’s Nutty Cups. Available in 2 budget-friendly subscriptions, get either 8 or 15 delicious peanut butter cups, handmade and crafted using a mix of homemade peanut butter and rich Belgian chocolate. Each box sends a mouth-watering assortment of flavors, including Oreo, PB&J and Dark Sea Salt.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 2nd Mon-Wed of the month
Price: Starts at $31.99
About the Box: Hot off the press and ready to brew, the first box from My Coffee and Book Club gets prompt two-day shipping treatment, making it an ideal last-minute gift. Each monthly box features a unique 12-oz bag of micro-roasted gourmet coffee, in a choice of whole bean or ground, plus 2 hardcover books in a preferred genre and a convenient e-Book for easy reading while on the move.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 48 hours from receipt of order
Price: Starts at $12.25
About the Box: Affordable and fun, Succulents Monthly makes a great gift for both gardening pros and newbies. Curated by experts, this monthly gift subscription sends 1 large and 2 medium succulents that are thoughtfully packed, healthy, and vibrant. Arriving with perfectly paired planters in a range of sizes and colors, each box will add to a growing collection of easy-care plants, including a wide variety of cacti, aloe and jade.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. around the 25th of the month
Price: Starts at $7.56
About the Box: Heading out within 4 days from the order date, FaceTory is a great gift box for lovers of trendy K-beauty products and quality skincare. Available in 2 well-priced subscription tiers, the FOUR-ever Fresh Kit and the SEVEN Lux Box, self-professed sheet mask junkies send either 4 or 7 high-quality and innovative Korean sheet masks. It's a birthday gift that really helps everyone put their best face forward!
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. 1-4 days following receipt of order
Price: Starts at $13.99
About the Box: Far better than the stuff you can find on the grocery store shelves, the Hot Sauce of the Month Club sends only the best of the best. Curated by hot sauce aficionados at the Heat Hot Sauce Shop, each month these spicy sauce experts select and deliver 1 full-sized bottle of extra-special award-winning hot sauce in a pre-selected heat range, making it the perfect gift for those who really like it hot.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 1st of the month
Price: Starts at $29.00
About the Box: Grow a gallery wall of personal favorites with the Art Crate, a monthly subscription that delivers 1 custom-curated art print. Choose 1 of 8 different subscription levels, all representing a range of print sizing and framing options, to send a truly customized gift. After completing a style survey that helps identify unique individual tastes, each subscriber is assigned a personal art curator to help them select art that is just right for them.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. within 5-7 days after the recipient makes selections
Price: Starts at $16.67
About the Box: Shipping out quick and getting right down to business, Basic MAN is one of the best gift ideas for a last-minute birthday gift for any man in your life. Backed by plenty of positive experiences, this monthly box is all about practicality and style basics, sending 1 new pair of high-quality underwear, durable socks, and a super soft tee. Each month provides the perfect opportunity to say out with the old and in with the new.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. in 1-2 business days following receipt of order
Price: Starts at $25.00
About the Box: Tea Runners makes a great gift for all tea lovers and is perfect for anyone who enjoys exploring new flavors and award winning brews. Delivering a curated collection of 4 of the top small-batch loose-leaf teas, enough to brew 30-50 cups, along with tasting notes and brewing instructions, select to send either the All Black, Herbal Tea, Pure Tea or the Original Box which includes a combo of all the different types.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. in the 1st week of each month
Price: Starts at $27.00
About the Box: With over 100 positive reviews from other players, Finders Seekers Mysteries brings a monthly challenge that's filled with loads of well-made game cards that contain clever puzzles and complex codes. Perfect for working solo or as a group, every box features a new theme, accompanied by a wordy mystery that's intricately woven into the culture of a unique city from around the world.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 23rd of the month
Price: Starts at $31.00
About the Box: If you're looking for a last-minute birthday gift that's simple and straightforward, then Coffee Hot Chocolate is the box for you. In fact, the name says it all. Shipping out within days of placing an order, each monthly box delivers either 2 premium coffees or 1 premium hot chocolate mix with a package of deliciously flavored fluffy marshmallows right to the front door.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. within 1-2 business days from receipt of order
Price: Starts at $8.49
About the Box: Bauble Mail makes a stylish, thoughtful gift for less than $10 a month. In the mail and on its way in 3 days or less, unpack a beautiful pair of boutique earrings, in either silver or gold tones. From simple and modest, to bold, colorful and intricate, each pair is well made and can easily be matched with everything from a pantsuit to jeans and a tee.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. within 3 days from receipt of order
Price: Starts at $13.75
About the Box: Plenty of subscribers attest to the quality and versatility delivered in every box of the Southern Scholar Socks subscription. Perfect for that birthday that just slipped your mind, this monthly box is bound to please any man in your life, delivering 1 pair of stylish, comfortable men’s dress socks sporting timeless designs and classic colors that make it a breeze to style them like a boss.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. 2 business days after sign up
Price: Starts at $49.00
About the Box: Weekly shipping and delicious flavors make the SaloonBox DIY Cocktail Kit a fun gift for any birthday. Perfect to throw a little celebratory get together or to enjoy alongside a tasty meal, each monthly box brings all that's required to craft 4 servings of a flavorful mixologist-created cocktail recipe, including all the necessary supplies, ingredients and spirits.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. once per week throughout the month
Price: Starts at $41.65
About the Box: Nothing says happy birthday more than a farm-fresh bundle of blossoms, and Enjoy Flowers delivers plenty of smile-worthy bouquets. Sending freshly cut flowers either once or twice each month, every bunch is shipped just 4 days after cutting to extend the life of the blooms and offer a guaranteed 7 days of sweet-smelling floral enjoyment from every delivery.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on Tuesdays throughout the month