Although sometimes a bit of a splurge, subscription boxes can be quite the little lifesavers. You can discover a wide world of fresh fragrances with Scentbird (from $9), new styles curated by your own personal shopper at Stitch Fix (from $20) and international coffee blends—all without ever having to leave your couch.
And while we totally recommend treating yourself to a box or two, subscription services also make excellent last-minute gifts for those friends and relatives that are hard to shop for (we’re looking at you, Dad). Plus, sending a subscription box feels a touch more personal than simply putting a gift card or check in the mail. With monthly deliveries fit for everyone in your life—from your BFF who loves wine to your aunt who picked up painting recently or your skincare-obsessed sister—choosing a specific subscription box shows you put thought into the present even if it wasn't hand-selected from a store shelf. Even better? Most of these brands offer gift certificates that arrive in your recipient's email so there's no need to worry about shipping delays.
Since you can’t possibly sort through the hundreds of options out there, we've rounded up the absolute best subscription boxes in the clothing, beauty, food, home, wellness, kids and pets categories to help you make the best choice. You're welcome.