Best Subscription Boxes for Christmas Gifts!
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It’s here! The Official Subscription Boxes Canada’s Holiday Gift Guide for 2020! Christmas is just around the corner (hard to believe as I write this in early October), and everyone is gearing up for an extra-busy online shopping season. It’s also worth while to note that many subscription boxes need to be purchased a month early to be shipped out in time for Christmas. The great news is that subscriptionboxes.ca can be a one-stop shopping destination for everyone on your list from Kids, Friends, Husband, Wife, Grandparents and more. There are so many types and styles of subscription boxes, you will be sure to find one that fits everyone on your list. To help you get started, I have compiled my personal favorites for the many people and personalities in your life!
*As always, check the official website of each subscription box (links provided) for the latest prices and shipping dates/restrictions, as these may change given the holiday rush.
(Alphabetically listed to help you find the perfect box!)
1. Angels’ Cup – for the ‘don’t talk to me before my morning coffee’ person
Photo credit: Angels’ Cup website
Angels’ Cup isn’t your ordinary coffee subscription box, it’s a coffee tasting experience. With this subscription you become a coffee hunter. Each month you are sent samples of coffee and and through a blind taste test you decide for yourself which flavours you like best, without bias. There is a number on the bag that will help you identify the coffee after you’ve tried it. The Angels’ Cup app lets you learn from the pros, record your tasting notes and compare answers with other roastmasters to develop your taste preferences. Each coffee is excellent, but one might become your new favorite!
Subscription Box Choices:
- The Cupping Flight – 4 x 32g samples (8 cups total) – $10.99 USD
- The Black Box – 4 x 2.75oz samples (20 cups total) – $22.99 USD
- Angels’ Cup All Stars – 1 x 12 oz bag (22 cups total) – $19.99 USD
Cost: The Cupping Flight – $10.99 USD monthly, The Black Box – $22.99 USD monthly, Angels’ Cup All Stars – $19.99 USD monthly
Shipping to Canada: The Cupping Flight – $6 USD, The Black Box – $11 USD, Angels’ Cup All Stars – does not ship Internationally
2. Annie’s Kit Clubs – for the crafter
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Annie’s Kit Clubs is the parent company to 13 different crafting subscription boxes and 1 book club. Choose from crocheting, card-maker, quilters, girls, women, afghan, beads, young woodworkers, books and hook & needle. There are so many options to choose from for moms, grandmas, daughters, sons, yourself… something for everyone! The perfect way to excite your passion, learn something new or create wonderful memories as a family together! I have been able to try a few of these boxes myself and each one was a great experience. See the reviews here.
What’s in the box: Each box is different, but you get all the items you need to create a great new project – you will just need household items, such as glue and scissors.
Cost: $19.99 – $23.99 USD Monthly
Shipping to Canada: $6.95 USD
3. BarkBox – for man’s best friend
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The cutest subscription box just for your dog! If you have a pup you need to check out the amazing new themes each month and those adorable stuffy toys designed by BarkBox! Each box includes 2 innovative toys, 2 all-natural bags of treats and a chew, all curated with the month’s unique theme – can be tailored to fit your dog’s needs. All treats and chews are made in the USA and Canada from domestic and imported ingredients.
What’s in the box: 2 toys, 2 all-natural bag of treats, & 1 chew
Cost: $35 USD/month, $26/month – 6 month plan, $23 USD/month – 12 month plan
Shipping to Canada: $8 USD and Free shipping in the contiguous USA (Hawaii and Alaska $8 USD)
4. Bespoke Post – for the trendy man
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A monthly men’s lifestyle subscription box that includes cool, up-and-coming trends in food, drink, fashion, travel and so much more. When you first subscribe you will take a quiz about your likes and dislikes. Then on the first of each month you will get a sneak-peak of your box and you have five days to customize items, switch boxes or cancel this months box all together. This is one of the awesome men’s boxes out there, comprising a mixture of the latest fashion trends, unique curated items, and down to earth tools. Bespoke Post is the perfect balance for all men.
What’s in the box: A collection of themed items introducing you to something new
Cost: $45 USD monthly
Shipping to Canada: $10 USD
5. BREO BOX – for the techie
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BREO BOX is a seasonal subscription box for both men and women featuring all the coolest stuff you never knew you needed… until now! Each season you will get high-end and boutique brand name products hand-packaged in a custom made wooden box. Items revolve around everyday essentials, fitness/health and tech, curated to fit the season. Some brands you may receive are Fujifilm, OXO, Amazon, TRX, ember, and more.
What’s in the box: 5-8 cool and unique tech, lifestyle, fitness and home goods
Cost: $159 USD seasonal plan, $579 USD annual plan
Shipping to Canada: $35 USD
6. Candy Experience – for the person who has a big sweet tooth
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Candy Experience is a monthly Canadian candy subscription box. Get 4-9 delicious, mouthwatering types and flavours of candy delivered right to your doorstep. If you are a huge candy fan, like me, then this is the box you will want to get! It has up to 3 pound of candy inside each box…yum! I would absolutely love to get this for a Christmas present!
What’s in the box: 4-9 different types of candies: sweet, sour, spicy and fruity
Cost: $24.00 – $45.95
Shipping to Canada: Determined at checkout
7. Chefs Plate – for the person that hates to cook
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A meal prep, delivery service that delivers fresh pre-measured ingredients and simple recipes to your home every week. Each of the recipes takes 30 minutes or less to make and follow step-by-step instructions to prepare a delicious, healthy meal in no time! Chefs Plate meals are the perfect solution for any lifestyle! I love how easy they are to make, especially with the kids in extracurricular activities in the evenings, we still manage to sit down as a family to a nutritious meal together.
What’s in the box: Pre-measured ingredients sent in an insulated box with a simple recipe, that anyone can follow, no matter your cooking skill level
Cost: Meals start at $8.99 per serving
Shipping to Canada: FREE
8. CURATEUR – for the fashionista
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CURATEUR (formerly The Box of Style from Rachel Zoe) has recently rebranded with a new name but still includes everything you love about Box of Style! Get coveted name brand fashion, beauty and home essentials right to your door four times a year. Each box valued between $400-$500 USD.
What’s in the box: A curation from Rachel Zoe with five luxury fashion and beauty must-haves – one customization choice, the rest of the items are a surprise.
Cost: STAR – $99.99 USD quarterly, ICON – $349.99 USD annually
Shipping to Canada: $25 USD plus an duties and taxes
Promotion: Save $25 off with code WINTER25
9. FabFitFun – for the beauty and fashion guru
FabFitFun is one of my favorite subscription boxes to get in the mail each season (4 times a year)! It includes high-end, trendy and celebrity endorsed beauty, fashion, home decor, and fitness products. These items are often things I would never be able to afford myself, as the total value of the box retails for more than $200, but costs me only $39 USD with the coupon code. The FabFitFun box is such a fun, affordable surprise. I wish it came monthly because the content is so awesome! See my reviews of previous boxes here.
What’s in the box: 8-10 premium full-size products ranging from skincare, make-up, fashion, home, fitness and more
Cost: $49.99 USD quarterly
Shipping to Canada: $8 USD
Promotions: Save $10 off your first box, use code FAB10
10. GlobeIn – for the world traveler
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GlobeIn Artisan box is a monthly subscription box featuring handmade ethically sources and fair trade products from makers around the world. By shopping ethically you are creating jobs and fair wages to communities and people all around the world. The artisans can share their crafts and expertise with GlobeIn customers, while providing them with a platform to sell their goods. GlobeIn places orders and negotiates pricing directly with artisans.
What’s in the box: 4-5 rare hand-crafted items (ceramics, glassware, textiles, food products, etc) with a value of $70-150 worth. Choose from more than 5 themes available each month or choose ‘surprise’, for them to choose the box for you.
Cost: $40 USD monthly or less for longer subscriptions
Shipping to Canada: FREE for your first box!
11. KiwiCo – for any kid aged 0 to 101
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A popular monthly kids educational subscription box featuring 8 different boxes to choose from. There is a subscription box for any boy or girl, no matter what their age or interest, KiwiCo has a box you will love! The main focus of all the boxes is STEM, STEAM and Science while working hands-on and creating something super cool. A KiwiCo subscription box is the perfect way to enhance your child’s learning while having fun! Now the only question is which subscription line will you choose? Panda Crate, Koala Crate, Kiwi Crate, Atlas Crate, Doodle Crate, Tinker Crate, Maker Crate, or Eureka Crate. My kids have been able to build, play and create with these boxes and they’ve loved every one! Check out the reviews here.
What’s in the box: All the items you will need to build or create an awesome project and step-by-step age appropriate instructions
Age Range: 0-16+ years old
Cost: $27.33 – $41.03 monthly
Shipping to Canada: $6.95
Promotions: Shop now to save 30% off your first month’s subscription! Use code LEARN30 to start saving! Choose more than one line and save 30% off each box!
12. Loot Crate – for the nerd or gamer
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One of the most awesome gamers and geek gear boxes out on the market. With over 20 different boxes to choose from, whatever you geek about they have a box for you. If you are into pop culture, anime, Harry Potter, Marvel, Deadpool, Hello Kitty, WWE and so many more, then you need to subscribe to these subscription boxes with your favorite fandoms. Which box will you choose?
What’s in the box: Exclusive collectibles, figures, home goods, apparel, gear and more
Cost: Prices vary greatly from $17-$100 depending on the type of box
Shipping to Canada: FREE for some more expensive boxes, otherwise you pay shipping & handling
13. MEL Science – for the future scientist
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MEL Science is a totally cool chemistry experiment subscription box for kids, delivering up to 3 science experiments monthly. This educational box is best for kids ages 9 -14 who are interested in science. Each month you will get family time and education that is disguised as entertainment. With MEL Science they make Science interesting while being completely safe!
What’s inside the box: Everything you need to complete 2-3 successful science experiments! All necessary chemicals, components and instructions. *Free Starter Kit, VR (Virtual Reality) headset and VR lessons in the first month!*
Age Range: 9-14 years old
Shipping to Canada: $1.90
Promotions: Get up to 3 months free, click here!
14. Mickey Monthly – for the Disney addict
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Mickey Monthly offers Disney themed mystery subscription boxes for Disney fans delivered to your door each month. Items may include Disney Pins, Authentic Disney Parks items or Officially Licensed Disney items. Take the MyBox Quiz for personalized box recommendations.
Subscription Box Choices:
- Original Series – Classic ($19.00) or Magic ($39.00)
- Theme Park Edition – Fairy (29.99), Mickey ($49.99), Castle ($79.99), Kingdom ($199.99)
- Pin Edition: Authentic Disney Trading Pins – PinPro ($13.95), PinCollector ($29.95)
- Snack Edition: Main Street Disney Parks Snacks – Fairy ($29.99), Mickey ($49.99), Castle ($79.99)
Cost: $13.95 – $199.99 USD monthly
Shipping to Canada: Calculated at checkout – Food not shipped to Canada
15. Once Upon a Book Club – for the bookworm
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If you are looking for a unique and interactive reading experience like no other… Once Upon a Book Club is the perfect fit. Inside each book subscription box you will receive individually wrapped gifts that are labelled with a page number. These gifts are to be opened at the most important moments, bringing the book to life.
What’s inside the box: 1 new release adult (ages 18+) or YA (ages 14+) book, 3 to 5 wrapped gifts intended to be opened when you reach certain pages in the book., a 5 x 7 quote print, discussion questions, read-a-long dates for live discussions and gift opening with fellow readers (adult box- ages 18+)
Age Range: 14+ (young adult) and 18+ (adult)
Shipping to Canada: Calculated at Checkout
16. SinglesSwag – for the single and lovin’ it woman
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SinglesSwag is a monthly lifestyle subscription box for amazing single women (or any women)! It is a box all about loving yourself. Each month you will receive full-sized, hand-selected, fun and fabulous products for single women.
What’s inside the box: Items may include: organic bath and beauty products, trending fashion accessories, artisan-crafted snacks and treats, best selling books and other fun surprises!
Cost: SinglesSwag – $39.99, SinglesSwag Petite – $24.99
Shipping to Canada: Calculated at Checkout
17. Sips by – for the avid tea drinker
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A personalized tea subscription box that matches tea drinkers with over 150 global tea brands. Brand partners range from large international brands to local tea shops and farms. Begin by taking the free profile quiz, choose loose leaf or bagged tea, caffeinated or herbal, or a mix of each, then each month four teas will be chosen for you based on your unique preferences.
What’s in the box: 4 teas = 15+ cups
Cost: $15 USD monthly
Shipping to Canada: Approximately $9.50 USD
18. Smartass & Sass – for your best girlfriends
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Smartass & Sass is a fun gift for a smart, sassy and totally classy gal! What better gift for that friend that loves to laugh or has a potty mouth. Each month Smartass & Sass sends hilarious items we know only she will love! These gifts are perfect for the, say it like you mean it, take no bull girlfriend!
What’s in the box: Regular box with 5-7 full-sized items, T-shirt only box or the Big box filled with a T-shirt and 5-7 full-sized items.
Cost: $15.95 – $49.95 USD monthly
Shipping to Canada: Shirt subscription – $6.95 USD, Box/Big Box subscription – $16.95 USD
19. Sock Panda – for the bold sock wearer
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Sock Panda is the sock subscription that gives back! For each new subscription purchased, they will donate one pair of socks to those in need. Eye-catching, colourful socks made from soft Peruvian cotton for the whole family: adults (men’s and women’s), tweens (ages 8-11) and kids (ages 3-8). I’ve received this box and I’m wearing my socks as I type! See my review here.
What’s in the box: 1 or 2 pairs of fun, cool socks
Cost: $13.00 – $20 USD monthly
Shipping to Canada: $3.00 USD
Promotion: Save 15% off, use code SUBBOXCA15
20. SoKawaii – for the Japanese Kawaii lover
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SoKawaii is a monthly subscription box full of cute and kawaii items sent straight from Japan. All of the items are 100% officially licensed and only available in Japan. This box is a must have for the lover of all things cute! Some of the favorite characters you might find in a SoKawaii box include: Pokemon, Sanrio, Sailor Moon, Rilakkuma, Studio Ghibli, Kirby, MyMelody, gudetama, and Sumikkogurashi.
What’s in my box: 5-8 products selected from everything kawaii – Plushies, Kawaii figures, Lifestyle goods, Wearable & accessories, Collectibles, Stationery, Kitchenware, Bags & pouches, and more
Cost: $35 USD monthly
Shipping to Canada: Calculated at Checkout
21. The Barbell Box – for the gym rat
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The Barbell Box is a Canadian fitness inspired monthly surprise box. Each month you will get items that you need to crush your next workout, from your favorite workout supplements to fitness gear. The Barbell Box Team puts a great deal of thought and research into each box, taste testing and trying the best products on the market to help you create epic training sessions. Search all of the competition and this one stacks up great!
What’s in the box: $85+ worth of fitness gear, apparel, workouts, recipes, training tips, and fitness supplements
Cost: $54.99 monthly – The more months you subscribe to upfront the more you save!
Shipping to Canada: FREE shipping Worldwide
22. The NOMADIK – for the active outdoor lover
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The NOMADIK is a monthly outdoor adventure themed subscription box. Each box is build with purpose and designed to get you outside to enjoy your favorite activities. When you first sign-up you will complete an online profile, which will allow the boxes to be tailor to your specific activities. Then each month you can wait in anticipation for the new brands and high-quality gear that you are about to discover in your NOMADIK box.
What’s in the box: Quality outdoor adventure gear delivered each month from top brands. Up to 7 full-size premium gear pieces.
Cost: $32.95 USD monthly
Shipping to Canada: Calculated at checkout
23. Urthbox – for the healthy snacker
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Urthbox is a monthly collection of organic and non-GMO healthy snacks, beverages perfect for your home or the office. All the snacks are full-sized and boxes can be customized for gluten-free, vegan and other diet options. Each of the snacks must pass strict ingredient, sourcing, calorie, nutrition and manufacturing standards. If you’re looking for a healthy snack box this one is perfect!
What’s in the box: 7-27+ organic and non-GMO snacks
Cost: $14.99 – $44.99 USD monthly
Shipping to Canada: $6.95 USD
Promotions: Save $10 off & get a FREE bonus box on multi-month orders & summer surprises in each box with code SUMMERLOVE – $15 off a 3 month subscription – $48 off a 6 month subscription – $120 off a 12 month subscription