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Whether your recipient already has everything or just loves a fun surprise every month, these top subscription boxes make a unique and playful gift.
Gifts That Keep on Giving: Best Subscription Boxes for Travelers
These 17 easy-to-gift subscription boxes are perfect for travelers.
Apollo Box Surprise Box
Look forward to the mail every month, with Apollo Box’s Surprise Box. Simply fill out a short survey about your likes/dislikes, and Apollo Box will deliver a fun box full of unexpected treats to your doorstep. Sign up for a monthly or quarterly shipment, and get ready to be surprised!
VeganCuts Beauty Box
Discover new, cruelty-free skincare and makeup brands through VeganCuts’ Beauty Box. This monthly delivery sends you 100 percent vegan and Leaping Bunny-certified brands (which means absolutely no animal testing) to try. Each box includes a minimum of $50 in skincare, makeup, and other fun beauty items.
Know someone who just can’t keep a plant alive? Help them grow a green thumb with Horti’s subscription box. Horti’s boxes start at just $18 a month, and will send you a hard-to-kill plant, along with a pot, and simple instructions for planting and caring for your new greenery. You can even choose to receive pet-friendly plants, for households with curious cats or dogs.
Tour the world via your taste buds with Atlas Coffee’s subscription, which chooses beans from a new country every month to send to you. Pick from one, two, or three bags of coffee per box; how often you want to receive a shipment; the level of roast you’d like your beans; and ground or whole bean. In addition to the bags of coffee, you’ll receive a postcard from the origin country, tasting notes, and brewing instructions.
Gift your favorite foodies the Spice Madam subscription box so that they can bring culinary travel home to their own kitchens. They’ll receive a curated box of global spices, recipes, a downloadable soundtrack to cook to, and fun facts every month.
Match Made Coffee
What makes coffee even better? Cookies. Match Made Coffee sends coffee and fresh-baked cookies that are designed to pair perfectly together every month. Gift subscriptions are available in three and six month increments.
Frank And Oak
Let someone else do the shopping for you with the Style Plan by Frank And Oak subscription box. You’ll fill out a survey about your fashion preferences, and then each month, a curated box of up to four eco-conscious clothing essentials are sent for you to try on. Keep some, none, or all of the picks, and send back any unwanted items for free. (You’ll pay for what you keep.)
This is among the best subscription boxes for travelers. With Wanderpak, you can give a gift card or a specific destination box (if your recipient has an upcoming trip). To create a box as a gift, simply pick the continent of their trip and travel style, and you’ll see their customized box, complete with a mini-travel guide. Or, BYOB (build your own box) with travel essentials.
Send the vino-lover on your list a subscription to VINEBOX. The service delivers three glasses (yes, 10 cl glasses, packaged as individual vials) of wine each month, sourced from small vineyards across the world. This lets your recipient taste each wine without committing to a full bottle. VINEBOX then will recommend full bottles for purchase based on favorites.
This is one of the best subscription boxes for frequent flyers. Each month’s box includes five sample-sized, TSA-friendly products tailored to hair, skin, and personal style. Birchbox curates both niche and luxury brands, so your recipient can travel in style. And don’t forget about the guys in your life: Gift BirchboxMan for the latest grooming products for men.
Target Beauty Box
For a one-time box or stocking stuffer, the Target Beauty Box is the way to go. Available at the beginning of the month, Target offers both a men’s and women’s box with seven travel-sized products. And at $7, it’s one of the more affordable boxes to gift travelers.
For the trendy traveler on your list, this is one of the best subscription boxes to give. Delivered quarterly, each FabFitFun box contains beauty, wellness, and “just for fun” products. Each box (priced at $50) contains more than $200 worth of full-sized products. You can purchase a gift card for any traveler to put towards their membership.
The Wordy Traveler
If you have a bookworm on your list, then consider this subscription box. Choose from either the “Backpacking” or “Full Suitcase” subscription and your recipient will receive either one or three destination-inspired books quarterly. The full subscription from The Wordy Traveler includes three books, one fine art print, and ethically-sourced tea to transport you to a far away place.
Little Passports World Edition
Give the gift of travel to any kid on your list. The Little Passports World Edition subscription box starts with the “Explorer Kit” and continues for six or 12 months. Items include a wall-sized map, activity sheet, passport, souvenirs, and access to online games. It’s recommended for ages six to 10.
True wanderers will love WanderAway‘s bi-monthly box. You can gift either a single or family subscription (based on two adults and two children). Each box has a destination theme, with items sourced from or about the monthly destination. You can also shop the store for a one-time box featuring different themes, like “Coffees & Teas from Around the World” or the “Inspiration Bundle.”
Explore Local Box
Travel the U.S. without leaving your house. The Explore Local Box provides the perfect inspiration to those who are always itching to go on their next trip. Subscription boxes are sent monthly and include locally made and sourced food and specialty items from that month’s city. The box also includes a fact sheet about the city and an add-on option for kids.
Thread & Flourish
We all know that a scarf is the ultimate travel accessory, so gift your favorite traveler a bi-monthly scarf subscription box. Included in the Thread & Flourish box is a Fair Trade scarf, plus two additional surprise items.
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