Team Picks: Boxes We’re Thankful For

Thanksgiving is a beloved holiday for many reasons, only some of which have to do with food. Don’t get us wrong: we love feasting on once-a-year family favorites. (Stuffing? Yes, please. Homemade pie crust? Don’t mind if we do! Gravy? Pour it on!) But the real reason so many of us cherish this time of year has everything to do with gratitude. In the midst of our stressful, busy lives... we yearn to find time to give thanks.

Perhaps you’re looking for ideas for how to thank the people who did their most to make your life better, more exciting, easier, and happier in 2019. We’ve given some thought to the subscription boxes the Cratejoy team is thankful for this year and we’re eager to share these personal picks with you, along with why these boxes matter so much to each of us. Every one of these picks enhances our lives in little and big ways! And we bring these to you in hopes that you, too, can find ways to connect, take a moment and breathe, and just have a little fun and a lot more joy this holiday season.

1. Shaker & Spoon

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Who Loves It: Blake

Why: "I really love hosting with Shaker & Spoon! I can quickly throw together the kind of aspirational bartender experience from my kitchen that gives guests the false impression that I really know what I'm doing when it comes to fancy cocktails. It’s perfect if you love throwing dinner or holiday parties."

This Box is Perfect For: Foodies, people who love entertaining, or those who love midcentury modern (and everything that comes with it)

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Want to explore? View more cocktail boxes here.

2. Marshmallow of the Month Club - Edible Opus

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Who Loves It: Rebecca

Why: “I love this box because I love my mom, but she’s very hard to shop for — not only does she have everything, she’s also verrrrry particular. One thing she loves? Marshmallows! And these are no ordinary marshmallows — this unique box is curated with loving care and filled with delicious homemade marshmallows in different flavors and themes each month (plus other goodies, too!). I’ve signed up for a recurring gift subscription, so I know my mom will get a great gift from me each and every month full of expertly crafted treats she is sure to enjoy.”

This Box is Perfect For: Those who are hard to shop for, people with a sweet tooth, or the office Secret Santa

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Want to explore? View more desserts and sweets boxes here.

3. Dog Mom Box

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Who Loves It: Sam

Why: “Each month when this box arrives, our dogs get beyond excited and can’t wait to get their paws on the awesome goodies inside. I love that you can match with your dog’s bandana and that the box is intended for both humans and doggos. By getting the Dog Mom Box, you’re supporting small businesses, and each product is great quality. It’s obvious that the Dog Mom Box curates each month’s box with love and care.”

This Box is Perfect For: Devoted dog moms (and dads, and aunts, and uncles)

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Want to explore? View more dog boxes here.

4. Laurel & Reed

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Who Loves It: Erin

Why: "Laurel and Reed is a treat to myself. Each box is a surprise but I always know the products will be high-quality (and nontoxic) self-care items I’ll enjoy. It’s a stress-free way to try out high-end products from a variety of brands... and also makes for the perfect last-minute gift if I receive something I won’t use myself."

This Box is Perfect For: Beauty junkies, people who love to treat themselves, or those who just need a little break

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Want to explore? View more natural and organic beauty boxes here.

5. Cape Cod Calling

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Who Loves It: Eliza

Why: "I love Cape Cod Calling because it brings me back to summers with my family vacationing on the Cape. I enjoy discovering the products from local artisans, and the quality and curation of the box is amazing. When I receive this box, it brings me back to the sunshine and salty air no matter where I am!”

This Box is Perfect For: New Englanders, those in search of wanderlust, or people who love to discover local artisans

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Want to explore? View more artisan and handmade boxes here.

6. Red Velvet NYC

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Who Loves It: Heather

Why: “As someone who’s always looking to try something new in the kitchen, I couldn’t ask for a better baking box that Red Velvet NYC. This came with two baking projects for the month, and they were delicious: pumpkin pie and chocolate-dipped biscotti with dark chocolate, orange, and pistachio. Everything is included (and I mean everything), so you’re ready to go right out of the box -- literally. For each project, you get easy-to-follow instructions with beautiful illustrations of each step. This made biscotti, a baking project that would normally feel daunting, into something I could do in an afternoon, giving me both a sense of accomplishment and tasty treats! And what's more, I had plenty of cookies to share with the rest of the team that Monday.”

This Box is Perfect For: Aspiring bakers and home cooks, people who like to treat themselves, or anyone attending a holiday potluck

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Want to explore? View more baking boxes here.

7. International Meal Kits by Takeout Kit

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Who Loves It: Crystal

Why: “My family is always excited when International Meals by Takeout Kit arrives! Not only does it make making dinner easy - it’s a fun way to try new things with my family. The box contains everything you need to make some really great recipes! Everything is already measured out, so it’s easy for my son to help me cook as well. Highly recommend this box!”

This Box is Perfect For: Newbies in the kitchen, foodies short on time, or people looking to expand their palette

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Want to explore? View more meal delivery boxes here.

8. Louisville Vegan Jerky of the Month Club

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Who Loves It: Luca

Why: "All the cool kids get jerky, and even as someone to tries to eat plant-based, I want some too. LVVJ is the best vegan jerky, and has lots of excellent flavors. Even if you’re a meat-eater, you won’t be able to tell the difference. My favorite? Pepperoni.”

This Box is Perfect For: Vegans and others who eat a plant-based diet, athletes, or people always on the go

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Want to explore? View more jerky and snack boxes here.

9. Scribbler

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Who Loves It: Riah

Why: “I’m trying to write a novel this November, and Scribbler has been really inspiring. it is all year round. The box is run by successful published authors, so they know exactly what writers like me need. Every box focuses on a specific aspect of writing a good story, like setting, character development, or finding your voice. Plus it includes a new novel, self-care items, snacks, and (coolest of all) a behind-the-scenes look at the publishing process.”

This Box is Perfect For: The aspiring writer in the family, bookworms, creators looking to learn a new craft

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Want to explore? View more book boxes here.

10. My Garden Box

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Who Loves It: Alex

Why: "My Garden Box makes my house a little nicer every month. The projects only take 5 minutes to complete, but they color and texture my place in a way I've come to love. It helps the place feel like mine, no one else’s."

This Box is Perfect For: New (or old) homeowners, those with green thumbs, or plant parents

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Want to explore? View more gardening boxes here.

11. The Burlap Bag

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Who Loves It: Courtney

Why: "I love that The Burlap Bag is local to Austin! And I love that you get exclusive seasonal scents that aren't available in the store when you subscribe to their box. Their (hilariously titled) room sprays and wax melts make my home smell great, and it also makes a perfect holiday gift."

This Box is Perfect For: Introverts, those that make their home their haven, or your quirkiest friend

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Want to explore? View more home boxes here.

12. Bitsbox

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Who Loves It: Mario

Why: “My young nephew is really into gadgets and computers, so I wanted to find something that could really engage him. Bitsbox was perfect! He loves building his own apps now and has really started to understand how to ‘talk’ to computers. I couldn’t be prouder.”

This Box is Perfect For: The curious kiddos in your life, beginning coders, or little ones that need a creative outlet

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Want to explore? View more educational boxes here.