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Stuck for what to get that person who asks for the same thing every single year? Take a page out of Kim France's handbook and go for an unexpected gift that a) isn't something they would normally buy, and b) is a step up from the yearly jaunt to Yankee Candle. Monthly subscription services can appeal to even the hardest person to buy for, because if they have a hobby, there's a subscription service for that. Bonus: The gift is pre-packaged and it keeps coming long after the holidays have ended.

Check out 17 of the prettiest, coolest, and wackiest subscription companies we found, complete with each one's starting subscription price point and what gift services are offered.—Erika Graham

Birchbox


What it is: Monthly deliveries of sample-sized designer beauty products, tailored to the customer.
Base price: Women's $10/month; Men's $20/month
Best for: The beauty addict who's constantly trying new products.
Avoid if: She isn't a fan of lots of tiny product samples.
Gift delivery: There's an estimated two week wait on subscription orders. However, full-sized product bought on the site by 12/19 is guaranteed delivery by 12/24 and free shipping is kicked in.

Rocksbox


What it is: A jewelry borrowing service that allows customers to test drive three pieces of jewelry at a time from a host of participating designers. Customers can use and exchange jewelry as often as they like within the subscribed time period and any piece can be purchased for 20% off retail price.
Base price: $19/month for a one month subscription.
Best for: That friend who can never make a decision at Bauble Bar.
Avoid if: She has a hard time keeping track of small, shiny objects.
Gift delivery: Buyer receives a gift subscription code that can be activated by the recipient at any time.

Barkbox


What it is: Each box contains at least four toys, treats, and hygiene products customized towards the dog receiving the box. 10% of the proceeds go towards supporting a rescue group.
Base price: $29/month for a one month subscription.
Best for: The type of person who makes a Facebook account for their dog.
Avoid if: You don't want to encourage that behavior.
Gift delivery: Subscription confirmation is emailed to the gift recipient on the date that you designate, and there's free shipping.

Pen Pop Press


What it is: A vintage magazine subscription service. Choose between three different themes (Kooky Aunt, Cranky Uncle, and Digital Digest) and one vintage magazine per month will be mailed to the recipient along with an envelope of related items from that year.
Base price: $21/month for a one month subscription.
Best for: A true vintage nut.
Avoid if: She (or he) is picky about the genre—there isn't too much control over what type of magazine is mailed out.
Gift delivery: Subscription confirmation is emailed to the gift recipient on the date that you designate, and there's free shipping.

Craft Beer Club


What it is: Each package contains 12 beers in 4 different styles that are sourced from different independent breweries around the U.S. Recipes to pair with the beers can be found on the website.
Base price: $37.75/month for a one month subscription.
Best for: The beer snob in your life.
Avoid if: They aren't true enthusiasts—the pack is expensive and groomed for connoisseurs.
Gift delivery: Free shipping plus three bonus gifts on any new gift subscription. New orders are sent directly to the recipient after payment.

Bespoke Post


What it is: Geared towards guys, each package is developed around a monthly theme like cigars, socks, barbecue sauces, and other gentlemanly pursuits. The recipient can choose to either "ship or skip" each month depending on the current theme, so he only gets what he's interested in.
Base price: $55 for one box.
Best for: An adventurous guy who is willing to try new products and brands.
Avoid if: He doesn't have expensive tastes.
Gift delivery: Choose between a gift card (emailed to the recipient immediately) or a gift card plus getting to pick out their first box.

Ellie Fitness


What it is: Choose two pieces of fitness gear each month to be mailed for a discounted price.
Base price: $49.95 for one box.
Best for: The fitness guru who needs an expanded exercise wardrobe to supplement her second life at the gym.
Avoid if: She likes to go more trendy rather than classic fitness wear.
Gift delivery: No separate gift subscriptions available.

Hammock Pack


What it is: Receive a monthly staycation through a box of goodies curated around themes like "Colorado" and "Lake House".
Base price: $25 for one box.
Best for: Anyone who needs a monthly mini-vacation.
Avoid if: You're looking to buy for a guy. The vacations are typically curated with women in mind.
Gift delivery: Start a gift subscription by sending the package directly to the gift recipient at check out, with a complimentary note inside.

Hungry Globetrotter


What it is: Get all the ingredients (minus fresh produce) for an international meal delivered four times a year from this food-obsessed subscription service. Each kit is designed to serve four people.
Base price: $34.95/box for a quarterly subscription.
Best for: Adventurous foodies.
Avoid if: The recipient has special dietary needs.
Gift delivery: Gift ordered boxes are sent directly to the gift address after payment.

Julep


What it is: It's primarily a monthly subscription of nail polishes, but the boxes can include makeup and skincare products as well.
Base price: $19.99 for a one month subscription.
Best for: Nail art diehards.
Avoid if: Lots of color and shimmer isn't what she typically goes for.
Gift delivery: Give gift cards online via email or arrange to send one of the boxes from a personal subscription to a friend for the month.

Tattly


What it is: A monthly pack of 8 temporary tattoos.
Base price: $60 for a six month subscription.
Best for: Friends who still harbor an inner 10-year old self.
Avoid if: The recipient isn't known for having a sense of humor.
Gift delivery: Gift cards are available for subscriptions, one-time tattoo sets, individual tattoos, or custom designs. You'll have to move fast if you want the subscription, it's only available for order during December.

Julibox


What it is: A complete box of ingredients for two different types of cocktails each month, including cute recipe cards.
Base price: $40 for a one month subscription.
Best for: The budding mixologist.
Avoid if: The recipient prefers his or her drinks straight up.
Gift delivery: A gift code is sent to the recipient via email after the purchase is made. Order before Dec. 12 to get the first box by the holidays.

Loot Crate


What it is: The ultimate geek box: Comic books, Space Invaders candy, Star Wars paraphernalia—you'll find it all here.
Base price: $13.37 for a one month subscription.
Best for: Your brother.
Avoid if: It connects to bad high school memories.
Gift delivery: No separate gift subscriptions available.

Panty by Post


What it is: Literally, panties by post. Subscribe to one panty a month from options in either the signature or bridal line of panties.
Base price: $25 for a one month subscription.
Best for: Taking advantage of the bridal line and knocking out two birds with one stone, since engagement season is also upon us.
Avoid if: She's not an overly adventurous lingerie shopper.
Gift delivery: Gift cards or gift subscriptions are available. The recipient is notified via email if you're giving a gift subscription.

Quarterly


What it is: Subscribe to different celebrities and "cultural icons" (i.e. Nina Garcia, Pharrell Williams, Bill Nye the Science Guy) and get boxes of unique items curated by that person every three months.
Base price: $25–$100 for a one time subscription.
Best for: Scoring a niche gift.
Avoid if: They're against celebrity endorsements.
Gift delivery: Quarterly will send the most recent box from the chosen curator within 7 days of ordering the gift subscription.

StyleMint


What it is: Each subscriber curates an individual showroom, then StyleMint recommends pieces for purchase each month. Customers can choose to buy or skip during each month.
Base price: Depends on the clothing purchased each month.
Best for: The constant shopper.
Avoid if: She's overwhelmed by a steady stream of clothing options.
Gift delivery: Take 25% off any of their "holiday gift ideas" now, and purchases through the showroom are shipped at the beginning of each month.

Svbscription


What it is: Internationally curated boxes of high end goods, revolving around a monthly theme. It was introduced as just for men, but they just curated their first women's parcel.
Base price: $149 for one parcel from the lowest tier of membership.
Best for: The person on your list who you have to impress.
Avoid if: You're a procrastinator. The boxes are only produced in super limited runs, and they go fast despite the price tag.
Gift delivery: No separate gift subscriptions available.

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