Move over, Fruit-of-the-Month Club. Boxed subscription services have sprouted new gifts, for everyone, not just fruit lovers. Do you need a gift for a college student living away from home? Is there a new mom in your extended family? Does your teen niece love receiving mail? And what do you get that friend who has absolutely everything? There's a boxed subscription service for everyone on your holiday gift list. When you're not sure what to buy this year, pick the gift that keeps on giving monthly.
Goodies Co. - Unofficially, you can call the service Walmart's Goodies. Ravi Raj, Vice President of products at @WalmartLabs, calls the service a "great value combined with a community of food lovers and the sheer surprise of what a box might hold." Treat your favorite college student or favorite foodie with a box of eight, sample-sized snack foods. The foods and beverages are sometimes organic, sometimes ethic, and always tasty and interesting. The monthly subscription is a mere $7 a box (includes tax and shipping). Each month features a new theme and products to match. If you review the samples, you earn points which you can use to buy more boxes or shop in the store.
Loot Crate - Finally, there's a gift for the gamer or self-proclaimed geek on your list. You won't chance purchasing a game she already owns. "While we do sometimes have caffeinated items in the box, we like to think we are appropriate, and strive to be so, for all geeks and gamers of any age and have subscribers across a wide range," says Matthew Arevalo, Co-Founder of Loot Crate. Cost: $19.37/month (includes S&H); three months is $55.11 and a six-month subscription is $105.99.
Julibox - The motto at Julibox is "May We Never Be Out of Spirits." Everyone has someone on their gift list that could use a Julibox. For the cocktail connoisseur in your life, send the Julibox. Spirits and mixers for two cocktails (two servings each) come each month. Consider this gift for newlyweds or your favorite gal pal. Cost: $40 if paying month-to-month, a three-month subscription is $38 per month, six months or more is $36 per month.
Le Parcel - This ingenious company sends a package "once a month without fail." This is one monthly event she won't mind receiving. The discreet and pretty package is filled with tampons (panty liners and pads are also available) and a monthly gift like chocolates or cosmetics. You can pick when it arrives, so the recipient will always be prepared. Consider gifting Le Parcel to a teen girl, a college student, or a busy friend. Cost: $20 per month (includes shipping).
Umba Box - We all have them. Those fabulous friends who really do have everything. They have impeccable taste and love handmade items not found at the local box store. Enter Umba Box. Each monthly box contains two or three handmade items like stationery, handmade jewelry, bath products, and more, curated for women. Cost : The month-to-month price is $25 (plus $5 for shipping), $75 for three months (plus $5 for shipping), $150 for six months (free shipping), or $275 for 12 months (includes one free month and free shipping).