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NEED A GIFT?

Things Women Want | Contributor | Ilene Miller

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Ilene Miller

How many times now or in the past, have you found yourself presented with the dilemma of needing a gift for someone or some special occasion and you are left at a loss?  What is appropriate?  What is her/his favorite color?  What is their taste?  Do they have it already?  How much do I spend?

The answer is clear.  SUBSCRIPTION BOXES!  They are a fabulous way to gift items since you can focus on exactly what the individual likes without picking out one thing and finding yourself “boxed in” (no pun intended).  There are a plethora of choices for men, women, kids, teachers, neighbors, family members and friends.  Whether you are shopping for a specific occasion or just needing to buy a “pick me up” for someone, subscription boxes are the gift that keeps giving.  Most of the time, depending on the company, theses boxes are mailed to the recipient monthly.  They consist of different products that are appropriate to the box that you chose.  For instance, if you know that an individual loves perfume, then a subscription box would be great as they would be mailed different perfumes to try.  Each box would specify whether the products sent are full size, trial size or a combination of both.  Prices for these boxes range so this allows you to pick which one fits best into your budget.  Each time the recipient receives a box, they are reminded of your thoughtfulness and kindness that you have shown them.  Perhaps they do not like all the products, then the unused items can be re-gifted at a later date.  Just make sure that if YOU receive a subscription box with items you do not care for, keep track as to who sent it to you.  You certainly do not want to be embarrassed and mortified if you re-gift those items back to that specific individual.  I have never come across anyone who does not appreciate and use the items in a subscription box.  The subscription box allows for individuals to try items that they would not normally think of trying or perhaps would not be accessible in their area.

Following is small list of subscription boxes that cover a wide range of interests.  I will be following up at a later date with additional boxes, so keep an eye out for them.  Consider the season now with graduations, Father’s Day and as always birthdays, anniversaries, get well and “just because,” these boxes are a phenomenal gift.

Stitch Fix (www.stitchfix.com) – $20/month – a personal styling service – no 2 shipments are alike, keep what you like – return the rest in a pre-paid envelope

Ipsy (www.ipsy.com) – beauty products – 5 products – $10/month + free shipping

Love with Food (www.lovewithfood.com) – Junk Free Food – 16-20 all natural or organic snacks – cancel anytime – no cancellation fees – gluten free options available

Birch box (www.birchbox.com) – 5 samples for your skin, hair and style – $10/month or $110/year includes 1 month free – free gift with subscription

Gwynnie Bee (www.gwynniebee.com) – monthly subscription for sizes 10 – 32 – unlimited free shipping – one item at a time – $49/mo, 2 items – $69/mo, 3 items – $95/mo

Allure Beauty Box (www.mysubscriptionaddiction.com) – $15/month – monthly subscription includes deluxe and full sized beauty and makeup items

Popsugar (www.musthave.popsugar.com) – $39.50/month – each box has “must have” products for beauty, fashion, home, food, fitness and more. Each box has a value of $100+

Scent bird (www.scentbird.com) – $14.95/month – perfume sampling subscription box. When you subscribe, you get a $15 monthly credit towards purchasing a full size bottle

Beauty DNA (www.beautydna.com) – $25/month – new beauty subscription box – fill out questionnaire for skincare preference, body products and hair products.  Receive one full size product each month

Beauty Fix (www.beautyfix.com) – $24.95/month – contains $100+ worth of beauty products – mix of deluxe and full size products

Yogi Surprise (www.yogisurprise.com) – $44.95/month – monthly health, wellness and fitness box. Each month receive 6-8 full size products.  Variety of items from handcrafted yoga accessories, natural beauty items, herbal tonics, organic snacks

BoxyCharm (www.boxycharm.com) – $21/month – drugstore beauty brand box.  Every month receive 5-6 drugstore beauty items that include nail care, skin care, make up, hair care, fragrance + more.  At least 4 items will be full sized

Beauty Box 5 (www.beautybox5.com) – $12/month – one of the most inexpensive beauty and makeup subscription boxes. For a 3 month subscription – $10/mo, Annual subscription – $8.25/mo

Fabletics – (www.fabletics.com) $49.95/month – this is a monthly workout clothing subscription.  They put together looks based on your style and exercise preferences after filling out a survey.  Complete looks start at $49.95.  You can buy the looks or skip a month.  Shipping is free in the US.

Cate & Chloe VIP (www.cateandchloe.com) – $39.99/month – monthly jewelry subscription.  Each month you get $200 worth of C&C jewelry – 2 pieces are shipped separately

Loved & Blessed (www.loveandblessed.com) – $10/month – a faith based monthly box

Amazon Luxury Beauty Box (www.amazon.com) – $8.99 – Amazon releases a luxury beauty box a few times a year with 13+ samples

Wantable Fitness (www.wantable.com) – $20/month – 5 athletic wear pieces based on your preferences.  Keep 3 or more save 20%, keep all 5 save 30%

Monthly Express (www.monthlyexpress.com) – $29/month – new high end women’s luxury subscription service

The Planner Addict Box (www.theplanneraddictbox.com) – $15/month – handpicked planner supplies

Sock Fancy (www.sockfancy.com) – $11/month – monthly sock subscription for men and women.  Starter price is $9/mo + $2 shipping for 1 pair of socks, you can also subscribe to 2 pair of socks/mo

Unclutterer Quarterly Box (www.unclutterer.com) – $50/month.  Shipping is free to US – $20 Canada, $30 Worldwide.  This box offers useful and aesthetically pleasing organizing and productivity solutions

Smart Art (www.smartbox.com) – $49.95/month – Each box features an artist that highlights their time period.  Contains 8 – 11 trial/full size art supplies, suggested projects and a detailed pamphlet

Underclub (www.underclub.co) – $19.95/month – designer underwear (fill out questionnaire regarding fit and style).  Pairs of underwear from Cosabella, Commando and Natori

Prize Candle Club (www.prizecandle.com) – $24.99/month – monthly jewelry surprise candle subscription.  Each month you get a new scent candle – once it burns down it reveals a ring worth anywhere from $10 to $5,000.  First candle subscription is $14.99

Adult Color Book (www.adultcolorbox.com) – $30/month – includes 5-8 full size items.  Free Shipping USA, $10 Canada, $15 Worldwide

The Hair Bow Fairy (www.hairbowfairy.com) – $25/month – Hair accessory box for girls

Elementary Box (www.elementarybox.com) – $29/month – includes something for students, classroom and teacher.  Each box includes a class set of stickers, pencils or erasers, bookmarks, etc. as well as a game puzzle, learning activity etc.  The box also includes a personalized gift for the teacher (monogrammed glass, notebook, clipboard, etc.)

I hope this list has given you some wonderful ideas as to gift giving for that special someone.  Who doesn’t love to receive a new box of something each month which provides the element of thoughtfulness and surprise.  Be the one who stands out in the crowd because you thought of something that others did not.

Happy Shopping!

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