Beauty Box Subscription Gift Guide

This holiday season, take the guesswork out of the gift shopping and get your loved one the ultimate gift that keeps on giving – a subscription box full of glamorous goodies! Whether you sign your lucky giftee up for a full year of boxes, or just a month, subscription boxes are a fun, no-hassle gift idea that can be catered to your special someone.

While there are TONS (literally, hundreds) of various subscription boxes ranging from food, to craft, and even to pet boxes, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites that focus on beauty and lifestyle for that special lady in your life who just loves to stay fabulous.

So this year, skip the hectic holiday shopping and order your loved one the perfect beauty subscription box to fit her personality. All it takes is the click of a button and your lovely lady can be the belle of the ball with the help of one little box!

Our beauty box subscription guide is organized in price order - from lowest to highest - so whether you want to get a gift for someone you're just getting to know, or someone you really want to wow, you can find the right beauty box to fit your budget.


  • For the Trend Setter

    Birchbox

    Probably the most well-known of the beauty subscription boxes, Birchbox provides subscribers with an average of 5 products per box – 4 samples and usually at least 1 full sized option – all delivered in a recyclable box. Users can even fill out a beauty survey to get the products most relevant to them! With a price point of $10 a month, you can afford to gift a full year of monthly samples to keep her beauty on point year-round. Their website also offers beauty tips, current trends, and instructional videos. Subscribers can even leave reviews in exchange for points which can be redeemed for purchasing full-sized products in their online store.

    Highlights: Affordable price, good variety of samples, exchange reviews for points towards full sized products, extensive online magazine full of tips, tricks, and trends.

    Great For: The fashionista who loves trying the newest beauty products and being ahead of the game in terms of beauty trends.

    Frequency: Monthly

    Price: $10/ Month; $110/ Year

  • For the Selective Shopper

    Beauty Army

    Created by engineers from NASA, the Beauty Army product selection process is what makes it stand out from the rest. First, create your beauty profile with details such as skin type, hair type, fragrance preference, and even favorite type of manicure! Using your particular concerns, they then curate a selection of 9 products to choose from (you get to choose 6 for your box). Along with tips on beauty trends and product uses, they have various rewards available for reviews, referrals, and even for simply subscribing! One of the top highlights of this box is that if you do not like the offerings of the current month, you can easily opt out of that particular month without any penalty. The products are beautifully presented in a reusable cigar-box type package which can then be used for storing and DIY-ing!

    Highlights: Innovative product personalization and selection, wide variety of beauty products ranging from hair to nails, reusable monthly box, option to easily opt out of month

    Great For: The picky woman with specific beauty needs and preferences such as skin care concerns and healthy hair issues.

    Frequency: Monthly

    Price: $12/Month

  • For the Calculated Risk Taker

    Beauty Box 5

    Delivered in a “Tiffany Blue” box, the Beauty Box 5 is one of the more affordable subscription boxes, complete with 5 sample sized products from a variety of brands – from drugstore to luxury to vegan. Inside you’ll find on-trend beauty products from facial care to nail polish, specific to the season. Have your giftee complete the online beauty profile for a more customized box. If your giftee loves getting more bang for her buck, she’ll love the accompanying information card which includes the value of each product included so you know what the box is worth.

    Highlights: Variety of brands from luxury to drugstore to eco-friendly, brightly colored box (imagine getting a turquoise package in the mail), free shipping, product variety, discounts on package subscriptions

    Great For: The beauty buff who loves testing out the season’s hottest new products, and has a wide beauty taste (from drugstore to vegan products).

    Frequency: Monthly

    Price: $12/ Month; $30/3 Months; $99/ Yearly

  • For the Natural Beauty

    Goodebox

    Rather than going for glam, the Goode Box is the ultimate box for healthy and natural basics for day-to-day living. Each month has a theme which is reflected in the product selection and can be further customized when you fill out a member profile. August’s box was travel themed – filled with healthy and eco-friendly tools for on-the-go beauty such as bamboo cleansing cloths and even a recycled toothbrush! Each box even comes with an information box with discount codes for every brand included so you can get the most out of your sample and travel-sized products. Make sure to have your giftee create their own personalized member profile to get the most out of their subscription boxes!

    Highlights: Healthy, natural and eco-friendly products, on-trend monthly themes, can sign up for monthly or bi-monthly membership, giveaway opportunities for members

    Great For: The beauty diva with a concern for sustainability and healthy, eco-friendly products.

    Frequency: Monthly or Bi-Monthly

    Price: $16/Month

  • For the Lady who Loves a Little Extra Luxury

    GLOSSYBOX

    Once you open the beautifully packaged GLOSSBOX, you’ll find a selection of high quality, versatile beauty products that will kick your day-to-day beauty up a notch. You can except several full to travel sized basic beauty tools and products that will add a little extra oomph to your daily look. This is perfect for the shopper who loves a little added luxury to her beauty regiment. Each box comes with a little info card with product information and pricing. I’d have to say this was one of my personal favorite subscription beauty boxes that I’ve seen, as I loved every product inside of it (variety, quality, color).

    Highlights: Chic packaging, quality samples, good variety .

    Frequency: Monthly

    Great For: The on-the-go woman who could use a little added luxury to her day.

    Price: $21/ 1 Month; $115/ 6 months; $220/ 12months

  • For the Smart Shopper

    NewBeauty TestTube

    If boxes full of tiny samples aren’t her thing, why not opt for the NewBeauty TestTube? Besides the fun and unique packaging, this subscription box even comes with an issue of the lengthy New Beauty Magazine, so she can catch up on the latest trends while playing around with her amazing deluxe to full-sized products. She’s sure to be thrilled with the selection of high-end products from brands like Moroccan Oil and BioSilk, to name a few. Readers can get tips and tricks from informational videos as well as leave and read user reviews on the products included in the box.

    Highlights: Larger samples, more deluxe and full sized-products, accompanying magazine, quality brands, online videos and reviews

    Great for: The woman who prefers full-sized to samples with a concern about quality products.

    Frequency: Bi-Monthly

    Price: $29.95 + shipping

  • For the All Around Beauty Queen

    Blush Beauty Box

    For the beauty diva who hates tiny samples and would trade quantity for quality, the Blush Mystery Beauty Box is the ultimate choice. You can expect a wide variety of high quality goods, several full sized and some travel and deluxe sample sized. Unlike the other beauty boxes, this monthly subscription comes packaged in a chic black bag which you can reuse to store your favorite beauty products or just some odds and ends around the house! The products range from facial care to nail polish to simply seasonal products, and the total value of the box is always at LEAST $100.

    Highlights: Great value (Over $100 worth of product for $24.95/month), many full sized products, quality brands, unique packaging

    Great For: The beauty guru who prefers full sized to sample with a concern for quality products.

    Frequency: Monthly

    Price: $34.95/one time; $24.95/monthly subscription

  • For the Stylish Sophisticate

    POPSUGAR Must Have

    This lifestyle box is for the stylish and sophisticated lady in your life, covering products from beauty to home décor. They’ve included items to make your day-to-day tasks from organizing to going out so simpler and more fabulous! The the back-to-school themed box included items such as a beautifully crafted chevron planner and trendy Bentgo containers for taking meals on the go. This box is the perfect little treat to make each month a little more special.

    Highlights: Trendy products specific to each month, mostly full sized products, some travel sized samples, quality brands, variety of lifestyle products

    Great For: The lovely lady who appreciates “the little things” that make every day special; this box will take her day-to-day and make it a bit more stylish and fun.

    Frequency: Monthly

    Price: $35/1 month, $95/3 months, $190/6 months, $380/12 months

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