Experience gifts are great for the adventurous spirits in your life, those who have all they want or need, or for anyone who needs a gentle nudge to try some new fun activities. But there are drawbacks that come along with gift experiences - hefty price tags, scheduling stress and even the possibility of causing unwanted social anxiety.
So while it’s all well and good to imagine friends and family having the hot air balloon ride of their life or the ultimate rock climbing excursion, at the end of the day, your wallet and their interest might just not be up for all that these adventures entail. That’s where subscription boxes from the Cratejoy marketplace come in. They provide a unique, inexpensive way to send a monthly experience right to the front door.
Instead of gifting an expensive day at the spa or a monthly cooking class, your loved ones get the spa or cooking class in the mail! We’ve put together a gift guide of some of our favorite monthly gift boxes that make amazing at-home experience gift ideas. With a broad selection of subscriptions to choose from, we've found great budget-friendly options for some of the most popular experience gifts.
Price: Starts at $35.42
About the Gift Box: Authentic Italian Experience offers a unique monthly subscription that delivers the taste of Italy in every box. Give a gift that brings family and friends together to enjoy a meal Italian style. Delivering a meal kit that features all that's needed to prepare a traditional Italian dinner for 4, savor 1 starter, like bruschetta or antipasto, a pasta paired with the perfect sauce, and chocolate for dessert.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. between the 4th-11th of the month
Price: Starts at $22.50
About the Gift Box: The Deadbolt Mystery Society subscription delivers a murder mystery experience straight to you! A popular box that appeals to anyone's competitive spirit, each month brings suspense, entertainment and quality writing with a stand-alone mystery that's filled with immersive scenes and intriguing characters. Working with a group or flying solo, use the hints and clues to unravel each month's mystery.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. during the 1st full week of the month
Price: Starts at $40.00
About the Gift Box: Turn someone on your list into a bartender for the evening with Shaker & Spoon, a monthly gift box that features 3 tasty drink recipes from some of the best bartenders out there. Delivering all but the booze to make 12 cocktails, 4 of each recipe, unbox syrups, bitters, mixers and garnishes, then gather a group of close friends and serve up some deliciously flavored cocktails for the ultimate at-home bar experience.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. in the 1st week of the month
Price: Starts at $23.23
About the Gift Box: Bring an authentic New York City deli experience to anyone around the world with Best New York Bagel. From Broadway to the BX, bagels are one of the Big Apple's famed culinary treats, so prepare the cream cheese and lox and unpack a premium mix of bagels in an assortment of the most popular flavors, like cinnamon raisin, everything and plain. Choose from 7 different subscription options for a fresh batch made from the finest ingredients.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. the week the order is received
Price: Starts at $34.95
About the Gift Box: Instead of spending a small fortune on a local pub crawl, get all the best brews delivered right to the front door. The HopHeads Beer Club delivers the ultimate 12-pack, bringing carefully packaged 12oz craft beers, 3 bottles of each featured beer, along with an info-packed newsletter featuring beer profiles and food pairings. Curated by hoppy beer lovers, get the best IPAs, Pales, Imperial IPLs and more, from American and international brewers!
Shipping: Only ships to eligible states in the U.S. to arrive in the last week of the month
Price: Starts at $49.00
About the Gift Box: While wine tastings are definitely a lot of fun, it can be difficult to find the perfect time to fit it in. Take the scheduling stress out of the equation with He Wines, She Dines, a bi-monthly wine box that sends delicious handpicked wines from around the world. Available in 3 subscription options, all personalized to individual tastes, each box includes a complementary gift item perfect for enhancing any home tasting.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 9th of the month
Price: Starts at $57.99
About the Gift Box: Flavor Noire Inc. is a monthly food tour in a box. A premium subscription box that's perfect for foodies, family members and friends, unpack 9-11 themed items, including everything from recipes and hard-to-find ingredients, to cooking tips, kitchen tools and digital activities, all bringing a unique culinary experience from a different country or region from around the globe.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 3rd of the month
Price: Starts at $38.00
About the Gift Box: What's a perfect gift for bibliophiles prone to wanderlust? Send them on a great globetrotting adventure in book form with The Wordy Traveler. Available in 2 subscription tiers, the Backpacking or the Full Suitcase, each quarterly box delivers novels that bring a new destination to life, along with scene-setting add-ins, like art prints, loose-leaf tea blends and other bookish accessories.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. the month of receipt of order
Price: Starts at $9.95
About the Gift Box: Just as fun as a trip to the salon at a fraction of the price, the Fearless Nail Art subscription by The Nailed It Box arrives with all that's needed to complete any look. Get all the goods and gear to add trendy nail art to any home mani or pedi, from glitter and decals, to stamping plates and holo powders. Develop new skills and top up the supplies to keep the nails stylish and up-to-date month after month.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. between the 4th-7th of the month
Price: Starts at $27.99
About the Gift Box: Among the most popular of all experience gifts is a spa day, but a day of pampering treatments and relaxation can carry a high price. Sweet Escape is a monthly gift box that provides the perfect budget-friendly alternative. Available in 2 different options, light some candles and create a relaxing environment with either 2-3 or 5-6 full-size handmade spa items, including lush body butters, foot soaks, face masks, along with a good read, and a recipe for the obligatory spa day drink!
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 4th of the month
Price: Starts at $19.99
About the Gift Box: A great option for engagement gifts and anniversary presents, Crated with Love is a box that makes date night a guarantee. No need to make a reservation or arrange a sitter, because each box delivers 1 creatively themed date each month. Created by a pro team of marriage and family therapists, each box packs in 4-5 challenges or activities designed to strengthen any relationship with an evening of fun and togetherness.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 1st or 15th of the month depending on the date of order receipt