Attention last-minute shoppers! These subscription boxes will save the day – no shipping required

Anna De Souza

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The holidays are here folks! If your scrambled 2020 brain is having trouble coming up with creative gifts as the clock ticks by, don’t fret. We’re on it. One of our favorite things to give this year—especially last-minute—is a subscription box; there are more options than ever before, so you can tailor your picks perfectly, plus people are sure to be home to enjoy them.

We rounded up the best options out there so you can be the ultimate holiday hero.

The Family Culinary Adventure Box, from eat2explore

A meal kit with international flair, lots of learning, and lots of play. (Photo: Eat2Explore)
A meal kit with international flair, lots of learning, and lots of play. (Photo: Eat2Explore)

Perfect for parents who are foodies (or would-be globetrotters), Eat2Explore is a family cooking kit that delivers cultural education along with everything you need to make dishes from more than 15 different countries. Each box features essential spices and sauces, fun cooking tools, collectibles, activity sheets, and a passport to track your travels. Pretty much the best-ever gift for parents of little ones on the cusp of this very indoor winter to come.

Shop it: Family Culinary Adventure Box, $30, eat2explore.com

The craft crate for grownups

Crafting for adults (wine is permitted). (Photo: Desiree Johnson Photography)
Crafting for adults (wine is permitted). (Photo: Desiree Johnson Photography)

2020 inspired lots of crafting, thanks to so much time at home. As we enter this winter, plenty of folks would love to craft but don’t really know where to begin. The company Cratejoy makes this “Adults & Crafts Box,” a monthly or one-time delivery with a different project each time. There’s clock-making, glass-etching, and more—with everything needed, from A to Z. Treat yourself and a friend. You can do the project together over Zoom and sip something nice at the same time.

Shop it: Adults & Crafts box, $30, cratejoy.com

Fruit of the Month Club

Ah, the bliss of Harry and David fruit at home. (Photo: Fruit of the Month Club)
Ah, the bliss of Harry and David fruit at home. (Photo: Fruit of the Month Club)

Let’s be honest, winter comfort foods are already threatening to take over our diets completely. But when you have nice fresh produce, you eat it, yes? That’s what makes this the perfect gift—both indulgent and practical: a gorgeous Fruit-of-the-Month delivery from the iconic gourmet company Harry and David. Choose from a 3, 6, 9 or 12-month subscription and your loved one will receive a batch of juicy Royal Riviera Pears, Cara Cara Oranges, Oregold Peaches, and more. Perfect for young people with less-than-stellar diets; folks who have trouble getting to the store—and just about anyone you love. Especially right now.

Shop it: Harry and David Fruit of the Month Club, $80 for 3 months, harryanddavid.com

Sago Mini Box for Kids

Lots to make, lots to do. Keeping hands busy and kids happy. (Photo: Sago Mini Box)
Lots to make, lots to do. Keeping hands busy and kids happy. (Photo: Sago Mini Box)

We’ve all had a tough year, but parents of little ones have a unique challenge—keeping kids entertained all day long, sometimes with no change of scenery. The Sago Mini Box ships make-and-play activities perfect for 3 to 5 year-olds. Each box is full of fun and learning. The Ocean Swimmer box (above) comes with everything needed to build a snorkel or a whimsical seashell bed for a special mermaid—and the box itself transforms into a playful blue whale. Made with durable, recycled materials and designed to build skills like empathy, creative problem solving, and emotional intelligence. Parents will love you, and kids will jump for joy. They can even go online for more activities.

Shop it: Mini Box for Kids, $10, sagominibox.com

The Next Big Idea Club

Smart nonfiction picked by thought-leaders. (Photo: Next Big Idea Club)
Smart nonfiction picked by thought-leaders. (Photo: Next Big Idea Club)

For the curious, creative thinker in your life. The Next Big Idea Club selects two nonfiction books each season, with the help of world-famous curators, and sends them to your recipient. Members then receive access to bonus course materials and an invitation to an online forum, where they can chat with fellow members, the authors of the selected books, and even the celebrated curators—great thinkers like Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, and Adam Grant. Choose hardcover or e-books. A really stimulating gift for the right people on your list, and something they’re unlikely to buy for themselves.

Shop it: Next Big Idea Club, $17, nextbigideaclub.com

Video produced by Kat Vasquez

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