gift idea: subscriptions.

by Janetha on December 5, 2013

in tips

hi! wow, awesome feedback on my last post. thank you all for chiming in! sounds like we all like to spike our egg nog and eat our weight in christmas cookies when the opportunity arises. ;)

i had promised to bring you a few online gift ideas so you can do your shopping from the comfort of your couch, so that’s what my post of the evening is all about! if you haven’t yet, make sure you enter to win a datevitation gift certificate on my first gift idea post. the giveaway runs until tomorrow.

Holiday gift ideas  meals  moves

if you are like me, you LOVE to get mail. i am not talking about junk mail or bills.. but real live mail that you look forward to! i am subscribed to several magazines and i always look forward to new issues. i am also subscribed to a few product boxes (there are a LOT out there) and it’s always fun to see the odds and ends in each box every month. it’s a great way to discover new products and see what you like (or don’t like!)

subscriptions—whether it be magazine or product box ones—are an awesome gift idea because the recipient receives a new gift from you every month! magazine subscriptions are great because they are super affordable. you can typically snag a year subscription for less than $20. additionally, you can choose a magazine that caters to your recipients interests.

i personally subscribe to oxygen, clean eating, and real simple. i would say real simple is the best subscription for any ladies out there, because it has everything from food to fashion to house tips—it’s really got it all.

as far as product boxes go, there really is a wide variety out there. i won’t share ALL the food ones, just because i WANT all the food ones doesn’t mean everyone else does! but i do want to share a few from various interests.

for the dog owner (or for your dog!)

of course i put this one first. i have seen barkbox advertised EVERYWHERE and i am thinking penny and randy need to get it for christmas! it’s a monthly box of toys, treats, bones, and other doggy items like hygiene products and innovative new gadgets.  prices are listed here.

for the beauty babe.

birchbox is already super popular so it could have gone without mentioning, but i really think it’s the best for beauty stuff. there is a women’s and a men’s box. you receive a wide variety of beauty and lifestyle samples in every box. it’s one of the less expensive boxes—the women’s box is just $10 a month. prices are listed here.

for the gym rat.


jacked-in-a-box (love the name, haha) is a monthly box of supplements! i actually receive this myself and enjoy several of the items. they have preworkouts, protein powders, protein bars, and other items to take your workouts to the next level. prices are listed here.

for the small business supporter.

i actually really want to subscribe to the indie gift box! they curate unique handcrafted items in themed monthly boxes. they are committed to promoting independent artists and small businesses, and want to help you discover what they have to offer. prices are listed here.

for the frisky friend.


blush box is for those wanting to embrace the sexy side of life! the boxes come annually or quarterly and are filled with fashionable intimates, bedroom accessories and beauty products. prices are listed here. you can also shop for specific themed boxes here, which i think is pretty cool since you know exactly what you’ll get (for a great deal.)

for the extreme foodie.

fancy pants food boxes provide curated samples of smaller batch foods. for only ten bucks a month, you get to try new things one box of bite-sized deliciousness at a time. prices are listed here.

for the craft junkie.

lullubee craft-of-the-month boxes provide ideas, inspiration, quality supplies, easy to understand instructions, and an artistic surprise in every monthly kit. it’s a great way to get creative and would be fun to do with kids, too! prices are listed here.

also.. if you want to see a MASSIVE (i am talking MASSSSSSIVVVEEE) list of subscription boxes for ANYONE and EVERYONE, you have to look at this post. it’s ridiculously amazing.

ok! i am off to have dinner with my friend lindsay! we are trying a new-to-us restaurant, plum alley. can’t wait! have a wonderful night. YAY, friday tomorrow!!


1. what is your favorite magazine?

2. what type of product box subscription would you love most?

xo. janetha g.

*note: this is not a sponsored post. there are no affiliate links. i just like boxes.

Print Friendly
Livi December 5, 2013 at 9:13 pm

these all look so cool! i am already planning who to give them to!

Momma b December 5, 2013 at 9:24 pm

I still love oxygen but would probably like Real Simple.

I’m going to check out the boxes. What great gift ideas!!

Hope you ladies have a fun night!

Love you

Megan @ MegGoRun December 6, 2013 at 6:40 am

I like Good Housekeeping and Redbook. Can’t forget People!

betty December 6, 2013 at 8:01 am

we just recently signed up for bark box for the dogs! we only got one (for large dogs) for all 4 of the dogs, but i’m really impressed with how many treats came in the box! we’ve been giving the dogs a crazy amount of treats this month and they still haven’t gone through all of them! there was only one toy, but scout and yogi are the only ones to play with toys anyways, plus they destroy them within 2.5 minutes so I didn’t really do it for the toy anyway.

i’d like to try birchbox, but i’m still not sure.

Linz @ Itz Linz December 6, 2013 at 9:34 am

ok you HAVE to check out mizzfit’s fitness & fashion quarterly box!!! i LOVE boxes (and mail!) too so i was all over it!! (i posted about the first box today!)

kristen @ livinlifeinlouie December 6, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I have never used a boxed subscription, but there are a few on here I would love to try!

Marilyn December 6, 2013 at 7:40 pm

The link to that extensive list of subscription boxes is awesome! Mind blown.

Janetha December 9, 2013 at 10:54 am

I know, I was so impressed! Such effort!

Cassie December 7, 2013 at 8:34 pm

I have been doing Birchbox for almost two years… and used to get Birchbox Man for my ex (but not at the time haha) boyfriend. I want to try the foodie one… it looks so yummy and I LOVE trying new things but hate buying the full size.

Sanaz@Run for Cake December 9, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Great list. I use the honest company too for household cleaning products.
Favorite magazine right now is fitness magazine and runner’s world. Favorite!

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post:

FTC Disclosure. Disclaimer.