Practical Gifts for Women With Busy Lives

There are only so many hours in a day, and between work, life, and running around the little ones, sometimes it's hard to squeeze in some precious "me time." This is true for everyone, but especially the women in your life: While working from home can be a blessing, reports indicate that this has meant more and more work for women at home. A fancy dinner means hiring a babysitter and a family vacation can cost more than your mortgage; so rather than adding to your stress levels, why don’t you give the woman in your life a more practical gift?

Skip the Amazon gift guide or Nordstrom sales this year and dive into our curated list of simple yet versatile gift ideas that are sure to speak to her heart and nourish her soul. While gadgets and the newest apple products seem practical, sometimes it's the little things that make a lasting impression. So show her some gratitude and save her some time: Send the extraordinary women in your life the best gifts straight from the Cratejoy marketplace that will indeed treat and take a few tedious tasks off the list along the way.


Explore Local Box Monthly

From $45.00 per box
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Travel across the country and explore a new U.S. city with a subscription to Explore Local Box. Each month, your loved one will receive a box filled with unique goodies that are special to that featured city produced and crafted by local artisans and small businesses. Enjoy well-known and famous locally produced items from New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle that will have her feeling like she’s on a mini trip.

“GREAT GIFT, GREAT BOX. They support small businesses all around the country and choose the very best locally made items for each month. 10/10 recommend!” – Gene E.

Shipping: The first box ships within 3 days of purchase, and all subsequent boxes will ship the first week of the month.


SnackSack Classic

From $26.91 per box
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Inspire her to not only live her best life but also her healthiest with a subscription box from the SnackSack Classic! Send her a box with 12+ surprise snacks a month that she can throw in her tote bag to take with her wherever she goes. With vegan, gluten-free, or vegan and gluten-free box options to choose from, she’ll be raving about her new favorite chocolates and go-to chip substitutes with a monthly delivery of flavorful and seasonal treats she won’t have to go to the store to grab! Each curated box includes healthy options that she can enjoy after a session on her yoga mat.

“We love the variety in our SnackSack! We can't wait for the next one!!!” – Jamie P.

Shipping: Only ships within the United States beginning on the 18th of every month.


Spice Madam Monthly Subscription

From $20.00 per box
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If she loves "Chopped"—Cooking can be a therapeutic activity as much as it is delicious! Go on a culinary world tour right from the kitchen with the Wanderlust Select Culinary Spice Kit. If she loves a good cooking challenge, this kit will have her exploring a unique array of cuisines like French quiche lorraine, Japanese yakitori, or Pakistani Kadhi Pakora. Giver the option of exploring up to 1000 different flavor combos that she can whip up using her finest cookware or in her comfiest leggings right at home.

“Believe me when I say our family has tried all kinds of kits and this one is hands down our favorite. The kids are learning more about the world without even realizing it and the best part is seeing them actually try new flavors because they are involved in making it. Get this for your family now!” – Lauren L.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the United States between the 2nd and the 3rd week of every month.


The Best Organic Coffee Box with Gourmet Cookies (FREE SHIPPING)

From $23.95 per box
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If she can't miss her afternoon pick-me-up—Splurge on a gift set that will satisfy your favorite lady’s sweet tooth. Spoil her with a craft coffee and gourmet cookie box that will satisfy all of her sweetest cravings. Each box includes 4oz of craft coffee and 2 baked cookies that will keep her company while she burns the midnight oil or indulges in some quality reading time.

“This was a wonderful gift for my mom! Each month the coffee and cookie were delicious. It always shipped on time with no issues. Customer service was helpful and quick in response time ! Highly recommend.” – Bethany D.

Shipping: Ships only within the United States around the 20th of each month.


The Personalized Tea Subscription Box

From $43.00 per box
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If she's sworn off coffee—Free Your Tea is an affordable, practical, and fun gift set that aims to create perfect brews that are customized for every tea lover. After subscribing, 6 samples are sent out to provide a taste of what the future holds. Enjoy the personalized tea taste test, then rate individual favorites and preferences, and a team of in-the-know tea enthusiasts will choose 1 large bag of fresh, premium loose-leaf tea every month, bringing enough to savor a daily cup of tea, hot or cold.

“I love this subscription! The first shipment is a sampler to respond to specialize your subscription. This is a solid purchase and it will not disappoint you.” – Victoria G.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the United States the third week of every month.


Everything Box

From $52.08 per box
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If she loves a stiff drink & her couch more than a bar—Some of the most practical gifts are those that keep the to-do list short and simple! Send the special woman in your life a subscription service to the American Cocktail Club, which delivers all the ingredients to curate the perfect drink concoction with home-delivered juice blends, low-calorie syrups, and natural garnishes that will wow the crowd. Choose between the “Everything” or “Everything but the Booze” option to help host the perfect cocktail night or a night in with her spouse lounging in their pajama set.

“We were gifted a 3-month subscription and the first package arrived last week. My husband, at first, was skeptical. That changed when I told him the cocktail was a bourbon one. We shared with friends, which added to the enjoyment. Anxious for next month’s delivery!” – Your G.

Shipping: Ships only within the United States the third week of every month.


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

From $59.99 per box
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If she loves a good movie night in—Giver your wine lover a holiday gift set that she can pour and enjoy. The Standard Wine Club by "He Wines, She Dines" delivers 3 hand-selected bottles that match her taste preferences and includes a featured item that pairs the beverage perfectly. Toast to the new year or celebrate a milestone with a wine club that delivers.

“Love the wine box delivered monthly and personable service!” – Karla B.

Shipping: Boxes ship between the 15th and the 21st of every month.


Smelly Club

From $24.00 per box
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If she's always burning candles—If you have a loved one who loves a little humor to her extravagant buys, the Burlap Bag may be the perfect gift that will surely spark a giggle. Each box includes one limited edition soy candle with a funny name attached to it. Whether they are unboxing “unicorn puke” or “baked bread” each scented candle will have the whole house smelling refreshed and new!

“These were a gift from my son and his family. They know I love candles. These were fun!! From the packaging to the scents. Made me smile from the moment they arrived!” – Dianne O.

Shipping: The initial box ships 3 days after purchase, while all additional boxes ship on a monthly basis.


Habitation Box

From $80.00 per box
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If she swaps home decor with the seasons—If she's one to love browsing through the Anthropologie catalog for the season's cutest home decor, send her a subscription service from the Habitation Box which sends decorative pieces straight to the door. Curated by experienced interior designers and those who understand mixing and matching patterns and classy aesthetics, each box includes timeless and practical pieces to add an extra pop to any living space.

“After remodeling our home, I was struggling to find decor that I loved. Luckily I discovered Habitation Box. The items in each box are so thoughtfully put together. They are unique and aren't items that I can find in local craft supply stores.” – Heather K.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the United States on the first of every month.


greenUP box | Sustainable & Plastic-Free

From $49.95 per box
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If she's gone zero-waste—Now she can join in the mass movement to reduce unnecessary waste and reduce the impact of the throwaway culture with the bimonthly greenUP Box. Focused on delivering zero-waste alternatives to everyday products, each box is filled with a mix of eco-friendly items, including everything from shopping totes and reusable sponges to water bottles, tumblers, and silicone straws. It's a unique gift to encourage mindfulness when it comes to waste!

“Got this subscription for my ecology-minded daughter, and she loves it!” – Karen P.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the United States within 3 to 5 business days of order, and thereafter on a quarterly basis.


Penspiration by Cloth & Paper

From $20.00 per box
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If she always carries a notebook—CLOTH & PAPER is one of the best gifts to keep the women in your life organized and well-stocked with luxe office goodies. Promising to bring high-end style into the daily grind, choose from 3 unique monthly options: Penspiration for a mix of top-quality writing instruments, the Planner Stationery box for paper and office supplies, including stationery, note cards, stickers, and more, or the Penspo+Planner option for a winning combo!

“I love the pen selection each month! I am always on the hunt for my perfect pen and I love that this lets me test out various ones!” – Divya P.

Shipping: Ships to most countries from the United States the second week of each month.


Work • Space • Spark: Your Career Growth & Office Decor Subscription Box

From $52.99 per box
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If she's stepping up her career game next year—From beautiful, themed office decor and tech gadgets to helpful productivity and career tools, Work • Space • Spark is a monthly box that's designed for both the home worker and the office dweller! Each box features a new, themed mix of practical goodies, along with access to expert career videos, webinars, and online training sessions that can help any driven woman meet her loftiest career goals.

“I have to admit I wasn't really sure about this subscription box but I was amazingly impressed. The items that were inside are were very useful and can't wait to see what next month's box will contain.” – Cher M.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the United States between the 15th and the 20th of each month.


TheraBox | Self Care Box

From $35.00 per box
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If she could use some stress relief—Nothing says self-care than a box with everything she needs for a day of lounging and pampering. TheraBox includes a day's worth of good to take a wellness day off with all the essentials like cooling eyes and face masks, scented lotions, mani/pedi tool kits, soaking salts, and a happiness activity. Each box includes 6 to 8 goodies curated by therapists aimed to increase happiness and lower stress levels.

“I’m always amazed at the size and quality of the products I receive each month. They’re not the small sample sizes many subscription boxes send you. The products are always amazing and things I would never think to buy for myself but end up loving!” – Lauren M.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the United States the last week of every month.


FaceTory: K-Beauty Subscription Box

From $11.90 per box
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If she's new to K-beauty—Ever wonder how k-pop stars have dewy and glowing skin? If so, send her a different skincare experience than the typical Sephora goodies and treat her to easy-to-use Korean skin masks that she can incorporate into her morning or nightly routine. Each box includes a variety of Korean beauty masks that aim to hydrate, tackle skin concerns, and even give a little golden shimmer. With this budget-friendly skincare box, she'll be grabbing her jade massager and tuning in to a Korean Netflix series.

“Love the new collection of masks each month. Highly recommend for anyone who wants a beautiful complexion.” – Julie G.

Shipping: Boxes ship 1 to 4 days after placing your order.


Monthly Bath & Body Ritual Box - Over $100 retail value in every box!

From $30.99 per box
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If skincare is her highest priority—If she's one to take the extra steps to protect her skin she'll love a box of customized organic bath and body products. Modern Skyn Apothecary specializes in creating the ultimate pampering experience with skincare items that revitalize the face, body, and soul. She'll receive 5-7 high-quality full-size products like floral milk baths, Tumeric moisturizers, and herbal essential oils that will hydrate dull skin and protect hair from the damaging heat from hairdryers!

“I signed up for this and a few other boxes as a present to myself as a RN working ICU during Covid. I eventually cancelled all the others but not this one. I still get happy to see my Modern Skyn box arrive. I've even taken advantage of sales to stock up on extras of my favorites.” – Amy N.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the United States around the 1st of every month. The first box ships within 6 days after order.


Coloring And Classics

From $15.00 per box
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If she's known to doodle during meetings—Help recharge and refocus the brain with simple activities that are also stress-reducing. Spend a quiet afternoon unboxing a box from Coloring And Classics packed with a hard-cover book from a chosen genre, an adult coloring book, and a fun activity book. Give her all the tools that she needs to re-shift and re-focus her attention on her.

“My March box was high quality, including 2 hardcover books. Still working on February's book. Cannot wait to start these. I am so thrilled with my monthly boxes, that I am looking at other genres.” – Vicki S.

Shipping: Ships only within the United States between the 1st and the 3rd of every month.


Paletteful Pack Monthly Premier

From $35.50 per box
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If she posts Instagrams of "relaxing nights" with a paintbrush—If she’s an artist, skip the gift cards to the art supply store and send her a gift set from Paletteful Packs that will challenge her to try an art medium each month. As one of the most popular art subscription boxes from the Cratejoy market, this box includes a range of quality art tools and supplies from coloring brush pens to watercolor postcard sets to acrylic paints. Each box caters to the beginner, hobbyist, and art enthusiasts in your life that will keep them entertained with a curated prompt of the month.

“My daughter loves this box. She loves the variety of new mediums that she has always wanted to try but never wanted to invest in. Let me just say if you are not sure weather to go for the one with or without the paper, absolutely go with the one with the paper.” – Lori B.

Shipping: Ships to most countries from the United States around the 1st of every month.


The Adults & Crafts Crate

From $32.00 per box
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If she loves crafting but never knows where to start—Some of the best memories are those that you can enjoy creating with others. The Adults & Crafts Crate quality time with trendy DIY projects you can do with your loved ones. Make Etsy-worthy projects like wooden wine caddies, scented candles, or matte plates with a monthly subscription box she can use as decorations during Christmas, Easter, or any time of the year.

“It's been a really nice stress reliever after a long day at work! I'm looking forward to my next box already!” – Katelyn S.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the United States around the 25th of every month.