If the past year has taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected. But sometimes, even through months like these, the unexpected needs a little encouragement. If you find yourself itching for something interesting — either a monthly subscription box of cool finds for yourself or a great subscription of exciting new products you’ll be gifting — we’re here to help! At Cratejoy, you'll find the best subscription boxes for anyone seeking a unique experience or one-of-kind find.
Looking for a new subscription of Japanese beauty products? Or maybe a subscription service to a wine of the month club? You’ll find it here, along with great gift ideas for DIY beauty buffs, experimental foodies, and coffee connoisseurs, plus more uniquely themed boxes in our curated selection.
If you’re into exploring the unique or finding the best gifts for those who roam off the beaten path, read below for our top 21 unique subscription boxes you need to know about.
21 Unique Subscription Box Gift Ideas
Who It’s For: Wellness warriors who need a little TLC.
Why We Love It: It’s the perfect way to nurture your mind, body, and soul. TeaPrayLove inspires your best self with rejuvenating skincare products, monthly reading that reminds you to reach mindfulness, and top-quality tea to awaken all your senses.
What You Pay: Starting at $26.95/month
What Subscribers Say: “I really love my Tea Pray Love box and look forward to it every other month. It is just enough time to use up the products from the last box. The teas are always delicious and I love the lotions and other spa products. Everything is always very good quality. It gives me a chance to try things I’ve seen and been interested in and products that are brand new to me. I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I’ve found in my boxes. It makes me feel like I am taking care of myself and enjoying life a bit more than before!” -Ashlyn
Who It’s For: Extroverted beauty buffs.
Why We Love It: Talk about bold and beautiful...every EYESCREAM Beauty Box sends a shockwave of WOW into the everyday. These monthly beauty subscription boxes include all new and amazing products, with a palette in every shipment. It’s self expression made easy!
What You Pay: Starting at $20.00/month
What Subscribers Say: “I love this box so much! Not only do you get amazing products, but their customer service is spot on! They are so kind and actually care about their customers! The products are unique. Sometimes they will have repeat brands, but never the same product. Always something unique and exciting. I have not been dissatisfied yet!” -Amanda
Who It’s For: DIY bakers and curious cooks.
Why We Love It: It includes everything you need to make two Pinterest-perfect desserts every month. (Yes, even the refrigerated ingredients!) No need to hit the store. It’s a fun family project delivered directly to you. Learn new tricks, tips, and techniques as you create memorable experiences in the kitchen.
What You Pay: Starting at $49.42/month
What Subscribers Say: “The box was packaged beautifully! Everything was neatly sorted into a bag for each of the two recipes. So far I have only made the cookies. I was amazed at the result, I felt like a pro. My husband took them to work and they were a huge hit. I can’t wait to make the cake that also came in the box. And I for sure can’t wait for next month. Amazing job guys! I have gotten tons of different subscription boxes and this is probably the best I have ever received.” -Andrea
Who It’s For: The boldly caffeinated. The unapologetically humorous.
Why We Love It: This queer, women-owned coffee subscription company delivers top-quality, ethically sourced coffee with a bonus pick-me-up: irreverent goofiness! Talk about a perk. Change up your roast or origin preference at any time.
What You Pay: Starting at $27.92/month
What Subscribers Say: “These beans are amazing and I am able to have a monthly subscription with a small business that gives back to their neighborhood and community? Win win. Fast shipping, perfect roast - best part of waking up? Hinterland in the cup.” -Taj
Who It’s For: Admirers of Japanese culture.
Why We Love It: Each box recreates the excitement of exploring Japan! With an array of types of boxes to select from (candy, toys, paper products, etc), it’s a “choose your own adventure” take on a monthly subscription, and offers something fun for everyone.
What You Pay: Starting at $33.45/month
What Subscribers Say: “I will definitely convince my best friend to purchase a crate. I have a doki doki crate subscription, and I am so happy to say that my house is turning into an Anime paradise because of my kawaii household items!” -Marie
Who It’s For: Modern witches, plant lovers, and aspiring medicine women.
Why We Love It: It’s the best way to learn herbalism at home on your own schedule. Each delivery brings subscribers new herbs, recipes, and study guides so you can make your own medicine and grow your home apothecary.
What You Pay: Starting at $34.98/month
What Subscribers Say: “Can't recommend this subscription enough. You get the learning resources and knowledge to dive into the herbs of the month, as well as ingredients and tools to make something with them. In my opinion, this blows any herbal study program out of the water - especially if you're new to growing or don't have many herbs you can wildcraft. This is especially helpful because you don't feel overwhelmed learning every herb at once and can take your time getting to learn 3 herbs at a time.” -Christy
Who It’s For: Anyone who loves to refresh home decor.
Why We Love It: If you’re seeking truly cute home goods, this monthly box of versatile, stylish items is curated by a professional interior designer with an eye for pieces that evoke a sense of calm. It’s the best way to outfit your favorite space!
What You Pay: Starting at $65.83/month
What Subscribers Say: “Everything that I received in this box is BEAUTIFUL and really high quality. This was my first month and I am so excited to see what the following months bring. There was also a hand signed thank you card included. It's the little things that really create an amazing experience.” -Charlotte
Who It’s For: Bookworms who enjoy a little self-care.
Why We Love It: Who doesn’t love a little R&R (reading and relaxation!). Bubbles & Books combines a book subscription with a bit of bath time pampering, making it the perfect way to unwind at the end of a busy week. Boxes include bath bombs, artisan soaps, bubble baths, teas, candles, lip scrubs, whipped soaps, face masks, bath salts...and of course a book of the month!
What You Pay: Starting at $26.67/month
What Subscribers Say: “The book in this was surprisingly one I have never read, I read A LOT. So that's great. And all the bath products are all good quality and smell amazing!” -Alycia
Who It’s For: Korean skincare connoisseurs.
Why We Love It: There are few things as satisfying as treating yourself to a new and novel face mask. It’s like a personal slumber party every time! FaceTory brings you a curated box of top-quality sheet masks and more holy grail, innovative K-beauty products affordably, conveniently, and monthly. What’s not to love?
What You Pay: Starting at $11.90/month
What Subscribers Say: “I love trying different masks and I’m so glad that I’ve found facetory! I’ve only tried three masks so far, and they’re high quality masks. I especially love the cut of the mask, it’s fitted and not too big as other cheap ones. These are well curated high quality masks and I highly recommend this subscription box to any mask fanatics out there :) it just feels so special to receive a box of masks for yourself, especially during quarantine, let’s do not forget self care❤️” - Disi
Who It’s For: Those with their fingers on the pulse of all things fabulous.
Why We Love It: Because fancy fingernails say so much: I’m fun. I matter. I make time for myself. And the fearless designs that come in this monthly subscription never go unnoticed!
What You Pay: Starting at $14.99/month
What Subscribers Say: “Thank you. This was such a beautiful box. I love the items i got. Beautiful decals and wraps. Sequins and powder. Definitely worth the price.” -Sandra
Who It’s For: The proudly Irish and Ireland aficionados.
Why We Love It: It’s the best way to wear your Irish pride and Ireland appreciation! This monthly T-shirt subscription sends an authentic, high-quality t-shirt from unique pubs across Ireland. Instead of “top of the morning” it’ll be “top of the month!”
What You Pay: Starting at $23.00/month
What Subscribers Say: “Great! My family has spent time in Ireland and wonderful pubs. Lovely reminder of that time. Thank you!” -Judith
Who It’s For: Hotheads who can take the heat!
Why We Love It: There’s hot sauce...and then there’s serious hot sauce. Sure, Hot Sauce of the Month brings the heat, but it also delivers artisanal taste experiences with award-winning spice concoctions curated by actual hot sauce experts. Subscribers get the choice of Mild, Classic, or Extra Hot heat levels, as well as monthly or quarterly subscriptions.
What You Pay: Starting at $14.99/month
What Subscribers Say: “On the classic plan, super great, super tasty. Not just heat but spice. Very happy with the variety and curation. Not one loser in the bunch. One of the easier gift boxes to give to the hothead in your life.” -Andrew
Who It’s For: Refined wine lovers.
Why We Love It: It’s like visiting your own personal wine paradise! He Wines, She Dines is a wine club that sends you hand-selected wine based on the time of year and your flavor preferences. No box is the same so it’s a new experience every month!
What You Pay: Starting at $49.00/month
What Subscribers Say: “This box is amazing. I was sold based on the 3 bottles of wine but it also included a recipe book, a bonus steak recipe, wine glass markers, note cards on each wine, and a personal note from the seller! I loved this box so much! It's absolutely worth the price.” -Ryan