At Cratejoy, we care that you find that perfect gift for every loved one on your list, so we're coming at you with unique gift ideas for those fun-loving, die-hard hobbyists in your life. You probably know just who we’re talking about: young (or young at heart), independent, and super into his (or her) latest hobby or interest.
It doesn’t matter what they’ve jumped into. When they jump, they dive into the depths, be it games, geekery, foodie gadgets, a new fitness regimen, or anything else that lights a fire under them. And whether their latest passion is popular or not, they love sharing the fun and bringing you along on their quest for more.
Now you can meet them where they’re at with a monthly subscription box curated to serve up unusual gift items in any number of cool niches. Whether they’re delivering the top picks from the global zine scene or sending them deep into an interactive whodunit, we’ve put together a gift guide of 9 cool gifts for people who love to take the unbeaten path!
What are the quirkiest gift boxes of the year?
What's Included: Sleuth Kings is a great gift that taps into the need to geek out and challenge the mind. Perfect for birthday gifts and holiday gifts, each month's box brings an immersive mystery that packs in hours of fun. Join the police force under the direction of the lead detective and plunge into the most recent evidence-packed case file to work through difficult clues, puzzles and ciphers, and watch the case come to a successful conclusion.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. by the 4th of each month
Price: Starts at $13.00/month
With a goal to deliver small gifts and big smiles, the Oddball Club monthly subscription box comes packed with fun and quirky trinkets, oddities, and tchotchkes. Each box includes a kitschy featured item plus 4-10 other small gifts like nostalgic stickers, candy, pens, and jewelry. Plus, boxes are carefully curated to feature female makers and artists, and a portion of each purchase is donated to Planned parenthood.
Price: Starts at $35.96/month
Have you ever celebrated National Penguin Day? How about Appreciating a Dragon Day? Unboxing the Bizarre helps you celebrate the wacky, weird, off-beat holidays you may have never heard of before. Everyone in the family will love unboxing funny and interesting novelty items, t-shirts, magnets, and more, plus get a kick out of discovering the story behind each holiday with a trivia card about its origins and authentication.
Price: Starts at $16.66/month
ParaBox Monthly is a t-shirt subscription box with a twist. Each box centers around a theme involving mysterious legends, and paranormal superstitions. But hidden in each month's soft t-shirt and info card are clues to finding secret webpages and puzzles. Crack the code, and you'll be entered into a raffle to win free merchandise. If you're interested in the strange and unusual and like a good mystery, check out ParaBox Monthly.
What's Included: The depths of their interest-of-the-day knows no boundaries... so if that interest just happens to be their ever-expanding comic collection, The Comic Garage is the gift for them. Fellow comic lovers take into account subscribers' favorite comic universes and characters and custom-tailor a mix of 10 or 24 premium comic books to personal preferences. Each near-mint vintage comic is then boarded, bagged and shipped in water-resistant packaging right to the front door.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 2-4 days following receipt of order, with renewals shipping every 30 days thereafter
Zine-o-Matic is one of the best gifts for those who appreciate unique perspectives, off-key humor and original artwork. Often limited to the city where they're created, zines are a hard-to-come-by commodity. Finally, there's a solution! This subscription is dedicated to showcasing original content and creativity from underground scenes from around the world by sending a handpicked collection of top-quality zines every month.
Price: Starts at $42.50/month
Do you sometimes find yourself thinking you should have grown up in a different decade? One with pink tile bathrooms, Formica counter tops, and wood-paneled walls? This niche subscription box is for those who adore the aesthetic of retro-modern homes, and mid-century style. Offering accessories, small home decor items, and useful items like drink stirrers, calendars, and umbrellas, your home will be looking like the Jetson's in no time with this vintage-inspired box.
Have you ever wondered how exactly balloon animal artists twist and form those balloons into dogs, ponies, crowns, and swords? The Vika Twist Beginner Balloon Box will show you just that with step-by-step guides and lesson plans (on paper and video) each month. Boxes include 4 different plans, over 100 balloons to practice with, and other fun surprises to help you make impressive balloon creations.
For any real-deal Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts fans, it won't matter that GeekGear is a bestseller, just that it taps into their desire for exclusive designs and uncommon goods. Each monthly gift set delivers an assortment of 6-10 unique licensed products that are guaranteed to notch up their fan status. Open to find wizarding magic in the way of limited-edition T-shirts and collectibles, like wands, keychains, coffee mugs, and original fan art.
Price: Starts at $36.67/month
This subscription box is like a party delivered to your door every month. The Quirky Crate celebrates everything not-so-basic and includes items like enamel pins, funky socks, sarcastic cards, and colorful diy crafts. Anything you don't keep for yourself makes a great unexpected gift for a friend.
Got an aspiring archaeologist -- or a passionate goth -- on your gift list? Skulls Unlimited is the perfect gift for those passionate about history, zoology, or biology, with a surprise animal skull sent directly to their door each month. In every box, they'll receive information about that month's featured animal, an art item, collectible trading cards, and more!
Explore snacks from around the globe with a monthly gift subscription to Worldwide Treats. Offering up Asian, European, Middle Eastern or a global mix of goodies, each box delivers a snack selection that includes at least 10 high-quality snacks that are local favorites from the selected region. Bringing an assortment of salty and sweet, send them out on a tasty journey into what the world is snacking on!
Price: Starts at $40.00/month
Bigfoot, Sasquatch, ghosts, UFOs, and the likes take center stage in this cryptozoology and paranormal-themed crate. This box of oddities is filled with t-shirts, figurines, wall art, books, and collectible items made by indie artists. For anyone intrigued by the mythical and mysterious, this box is for them.
Price: Starts at $35.00/month
Another unique box based on travel, the Celebrate States crate lets you experience the flavors and curiosities of each individual state in the U.S. Try Georgia peach jam, Texas chili mix, and Carolina sweet tea without ever leaving home. Each box is customized with a survey at checkout, and loaded with an assortment of goodies from locally-sourced ceramics, hand-poured candles, and gourmet treats, to interactive activities and information about each state. Fun for everyone in the family, and makes a great gift, too!
Price: Starts at $23.49/month
Here's something you don't see everyday--a tinned fish subscription box. Great for people who love seafood, international food, trying new things, or are just looking to up their Omega-3s, this unusual box is more than just tuna and sardines. Each monthly delivery comes with a variety of tinned fish as well as items like crackers, condiments, seasonings, and tasty recipes to try. Pair with wine, take them on the go!
Price: Starts at $7.00/month
Perfect for your drinking buddy or college roommate, Cooler Can Monthly delivers high-quality koozies featuring pop culture references, parodies, and limited-edition koozies from quirky mom-and-pop shops and shady bars across North America. You'll have the coolest can around, and spark conversations at every party and backyard BBQ!
Price: Starts at $14.58/month
These funny, hand-drawn, sometimes slightly inappropriate greeting cards are great to keep on hand for birthdays, Valentine's Day, anniversaries, Halloween, or just to add to your oddity collection. Your friends and family will love getting one of these witty illustrations, and you'll never need to run to the store last minute to pick up a card again.
Price: Starts at $30.00/month
If you know someone who wishes Halloween was celebrated year-round, or has a penchant for darkness, the Bats and Bones Box is for them. Receive goth, occult, and horror products every month, from witchy candles, to ouija-themed art, to real animal bone jewelry. There's no shortage of oddities to add to your curio cabinet with this box.