Advice | May 5, 2022 11:43 am

The Best Subscription Boxes to Give This Mother’s Day

Because last-minute gifts don't have to feel last-minute

The Best Subscription Boxes to Give This Mother’s Day
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Oh, helllooo person who waited until the last possible second to get something nice for the darling mother in their life. How are you?

Stressed? Understandable.  

Well, relax because there is still time to give a super thoughtful gift and have it delivered in time for Sunday.

Online subscription boxes make for the perfect last-ditch-effort gift. For those unacquainted, a subscription box is basically a recurring delivery of hand-picked products that cater to the recipient’s interest. And there are subscription boxes for pretty much everything now: alcohol, food, home goods, fitness items, beauty products — you name it, and there’s a service that wants to deliver a box full of it to your doorstep every month. 

So what makes subscription boxes good Mother’s Day gifts or good gifts in general? For starters, there’s no heavy lifting on your part. Most services allow you to gift a subscription or gift card, where you can select the number of months you’d like the service to be delivered to the recipient, directly from their site.

A subscription box is also a great way to discover and try out new products. Again, it isn’t a box of random stuff. Most subscription services will tailor their boxes to the recipients’ likes and dislikes (often via an online quiz), then an expert will hand-select items that fit their preferences. 

Besides the product itself, subscription services also offer an experience. These are boxes full of surprise goodies that appear on your doorstep every month. It’s exciting!

So below, we’ve pulled together some of the best subscription boxes we think would make for stellar Mother’s Day gifts, and that don’t read I totally dropped the ball and am getting you something super last-minute

FabFitFun

For the mom who deserves to be pampered: FabFitFun

The most versatile subscription box on the market, FabFitFun sets her up every season with products from name brands spanning nearly every category: fitness, beauty, style, home, wellness and more. 

For the mom who always smells nice: Scentbird

Whether she’s a fragrance enthusiast or an eager beginner, she can explore, learn and experience over six hundred different fragrances from unique indie brands and luxury labels with Scentbird. 

For the beauty-obsessed mom: Allure Beauty Box

Each month she’ll receive six or more expert-approved picks in makeup, skincare, hair care and more from the editors over at beauty magazine Allure, including at least full-sized products. 

Firstleaf

For the mom who loves a glass of (good) wine: Firstleaf

Firstleaf works with some of the world’s finest wine producers to deliver members award-winning wines at a lower price. We recently tried the service and were impressed with the selection of bottles, which were accompanied by thorough tasting note cards.

For the mom who prefers a cup of tea: Sips by

The female-founded startup matches tea drinkers with tasty teas from over 150 global brands. Every box comes with four premium teas that will make around 16 cups (more if they re-steep), plus reusable and biodegradable tea filters as well as tasting notes. 

Sunbasket

For the mom who wants to cook unique, healthy meals at home: Sunbasket

There is a deluge of food subscription services on the market, and we’ve tried our hand at a few of them. Sunbasket was the first to really impress us. Priding itself on clean, sustainable and always scrumptious meals, the San Francisco-based brand makes cooking healthy and flavorful dinners easy and exciting. 

Book of the Month

For the mom who can’t pick her head out of a book: Book of the Month

The OG book subscription service will send mom 5-7 thoughtfully curated new book recommendations each month. Then all she has to do is choose the book she wants to dive into, read and repeat. 

Beachly

For the mom who just wants to be at the beach: Beachly 

If mom won’t stop posting beach-related memes on Facebook then she needs Beachly, a premium surf subscription service that provides coastal-inspired apparel, beauty products and accessories. Think bright-colored towels, woven beach bags, clean hair and skincare and other items that elicit good vibes. 

Mistobox

For the highly caffeinated mom: Mistobox

With more than 600 coffees from over 60 roasters on its roster, Mistobox is a coffee-lovers dream. 

For the mom who likes her bling: Rocksbox

Unlimited jewelry? Say less. Rocksbox operates as a jewelry rental service. She gets access to an ever-rotating selection of chic jewelry from top brands like Kendra Scott and Gorjana, receiving three hand-selected pieces each month to parade around town in, then only pays for what she wants to keep. 

Breo Box

For the mom who geeks out on the latest tech: Breobox

Combining the latest tech, fitness devices and home goods in one exciting, nerdy box, the quarterly subscription service will introduce her to all the gizmos and gadgets she likely hasn’t even heard of yet.

Goldbelly

For the foodie mom: Goldbelly

The online marketplace that offers regional and artisanal foods from around the U.S. has the ultimate monthly food subscription service where she can get the country’s most sought-after, beloved foods delivered every month to her doorstep. 

BarkBox

For the mom who loves her dog more than her human children: BarkBox

Sometimes treating mom means treating her favorite child. BarBox offers a completely customizable box of fun dog toys and scrumptious treats for her sweet little fur baby. 

For the mom who always has fresh flowers: Bouqs

You could surprise her with flowers for Mother’s Day or she could be wowed every single month by a gorgeous bouquet of farm-fresh flowers with the best blooms of each season. 

Nurtured 9

For the new mom: Nurtured 9

Nurtured 9’s New Mom/Postpartum Gift Box Subscription will send her three separate boxes throughout her fourth trimester (which begins as soon as her baby is born). These thoughtfully curated and beautifully packaged gift boxes will include everything a new mom would want and need during her postpartum period. 

For the mom who starts every day with a smoothie: Daily Harvest 

Moms are busy. Daily Harvest makes it easy for her to get her daily intake of fruits and veggies with a variety of frozen meals, snacks and smoothies that are are plant-based, vegan, gluten-free and require minimum preparation. 

Jeni’s

For the mom who ends every night with a bowl of ice cream: Jeni’s Pint Club

The artisan ice cream company based in Columbus, Ohio offers flavors of ice cream her mouth likely has never tasted before. From “powdered jelly donut” to “everything bagel” (yes, they make a pint of ice cream that tastes exactly like an everything bagel with cream cheese), Jeni’s is sure to impress any ice cream fanatic (and no worries, they offer more traditional flavors, non-savory flavors all well.) All in all, if she loves her ice cream she needs a Pint Club membership. 

For the mom whose home is always decked out for the holidays: Ready Festive

Save her a couple of trips to Home Goods with Ready Festive, a first-of-its-kind home decor subscription service that offers personalized, on-trend decorations for every holiday and season.