Subscription boxes are the ultimate Mother’s Day gift—unique, curated packages chock full of goodies that show up in Mom’s mailbox month after month. From plants for mamas looking to grow their green thumbs to specialty coffee for caffeine junkies, we’ve rounded up 12 under-the-radar and new options. Read on to find one perfect to give to the mom on your list, or treat yourself to a subscription all your own.
1. ChocoCurb Gourmet Boxes
Chococurb's delicious, gourmet chocolate-filled boxes are made for mom's sweet tooth. Boxes come filled with goodies like salted caramel truffles, gourmet peanut butter cups or cherry espresso bars that will introduce her to new handcrafted treats. By filling out a flavor profile, she can get a unique subscription crate that's sure to satisfy.
Why She'll Love It: No more sneaking stale Halloween candy for a chocolate fix.
Available at chococurb.com, from $20 per month for minis with 3 treats to $35 for regular-sized boxes with 5-7 items
2. Grow and Make DIY Kits
Crafty mamas—or those who want to be crafty—will love the DIY kits from Grow and Make. She can try her hand at making her own hot sauce, oatmeal soap, candles and even mozzarella cheese. Don't want to commit to a subscription? Grow and Make also sells individual boxes perfecting for gifting.
Why She'll Love It: Each subscription kit includes two hands-on projects for hours of hands-on creating.
Available at growandmake.com, $29.95 per month.
3. Horti's House Plant Club
Give mom a gift that'll keep on growing. Horti's houseplant club sends hardy, easy-to-grow plants that'll bloom indoors, like succulents and air plants. Each month, she'll get a single six-inch plant or two or three smaller plants in an elegant, hand-painted pot. Choose from a pet-friendly option to keep from accidentally getting her fave kitty sick, plant hoarder for gardening experts, or the newbie version.
Why She'll Love It: Helpful directions combine with sturdy plants to turn her brown thumb green.
Available at heyhorti.com from $35 bimonthly including shipping.
4. Olive Box
Pack an old-fashioned paper product surprise in her mailbox each quarter with a subscription to Olive Box. This stationery store in a crate comes packed with lovely notebooks, new desk pads, hazelnut-scented candles and cards ready to pop in the mail to her cross-country besties.
Why She'll Love It: It offers the thrill of getting new school supplies four times a year!
Available at myolivebox.com, from $50 per quarter plus $7.95 shipping.
5. Bonding Bees
Set mom up for a date night every month, with no planning involved. Bonding Bees provides the themes, the gear (the current box is an Italian theme, so think supplies to make pizza, an Italian card game, facts about Italy) and even prompts so that instead of just another "Netflix and chill" night, there's an actual opportunity to have meaningful conversation with your partner.
Why she'll love it: Finding free time is hard enough. A pre-planned date night eliminates all the logistical stress.
Available at bondingbees.com, $32/month for six months, $35/month for three months, or $39 for a single month.
6. Nudo Adopt Subscription
Nudo Adopt takes the “know where your food comes from” concept to another level. Your artisanal food-loving gal will totally dig cooking with olive oil that’s been harvested and pressed from a tree she’s adopted in the Italian countryside. The standard gift includes a welcome pack, one year’s adoption, and three beautifully packaged tins of cold pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The subscription also includes additional discounts on other Nudo items, such as aprons, infused oils, and even a kid-friendly olive oil tailored for little taste buds. Choose between one, two, or four deliveries.
Why She’ll Love It: Mom will get to choose and register her very own olive tree.
Available at nudoadopt.com, $79 and up.
7. Smart & Sass Subscription Box
If Mom likes a good chuckle, the Smartass & Sass box delivers. Each one has a hilarious (and sometimes crass) theme—Mama Bear Box, Inappropriate AF Box, Treat Yo Self Box—and is filled with 4-8 items designed and crafted by artisans and small business owners. Jokey mugs, fun notecards and punny pencils are only the beginning.
Why She’ll Love It: A good belly laugh is the best medicine for a tough day!
Available at smartandsass.com, starting at $32.95 per month plus shipping.
8. Vinely Market Wine Club
If mom enjoys a good glass of wine, the unique subscription boxes from Vinely Market will be a hit. Choose from the champagne and rosé wine club with two bottles each month, or the adventures club with three boxes from wine regions around the world. Each box of artisanal wines comes with cards that explain the history of the wines and winemakers.
Why She’ll Love It: Each delivery means being able to discover quality wine at a friendly price, selected by expert sommeliers.
Available at vinelymarket.com, $59 a month for Bubbles & Rosé, $79 a month for the Adventurer's Wine Box
9. Sparkle, Hustle & Grow Entrepreneur Box
Boss ladies in your life will appreciate receiving a box from Sparkle Hustle Grow. Each delivery includes four to six items designed to inspire mama-preneurs: books, planners, fun office supplies, access to online courses and more. There’s no contract so mom can cancel at any time. Budget-conscious mamas can also choose the mini-mailer, with a business-building book and online courses.
Why She’ll Love It: Each member is invited to join the Sparkle Hustle Grow Facebook group. Mom can discuss the contents of each box, swap ideas, and collaborate with other female entrepreneurs.
Available at sparklehustlegrow.com, $39.95 a month for the full box, $24.95 for the mini-mailer with a $5 flat shipping rate.
10. Driftaway Coffee
Perk up mama's morning with a coffee subscription! Driftaway tailors each subscription to match the customer’s palate; the first shipment includes small samples of four different roasts and once you’ve offered feedback the rest of the shipments will be catered to your taste. You can choose between a weekly, bi-weekly, or once-a-month shipment and can skip, pause, or cancel at any time.
Why She’ll Love It: Driftaway works with small-batch roasters and adds one new coffee to each coffee profile each month.
Available at driftaway.coffee, 7 oz for $12.30, 11 oz for $16.30 or 16 oz for $22.50 with free shipping.
11. One for the Books
Your book-loving mom never has enough time to pick out her own reading material, so this cool literary box from Quarterly is a perfect fit. Designed to connect real authors with real readers, each shipment includes three hand-selected books—one of which includes hand-written notes by the author-curator. There are also other fun, bookish goods thrown into the mix, like mugs, coffee, or chocolate, and you can pick between YA and adult fiction options.
Why She’ll Love It: Author-curators include The Mothers author Brit Bennett, The Devil Wears Prada author Lauren Weisberger, and others.
Available at quarterly.com/literarybox, $49 a quarter, $8 flat shipping rate in the U.S.
12. Love Goodly Beauty Box
Deliver a little pampering with a subscription to Love Goodly. The highly curated selection of beauty and wellness essentials are 100 percent free of toxins and cruelty-free. A peek at a past boxes reveals a lovely youth preservation serum from One Love Organics, a plummy lip gloss, and a super-squishy, bamboo charcoal cleansing sponge designed for delicate and sensitive skin.
Each box is filled with products worth at least $80 and, with every purchase, a portion of the proceeds goes to four nonprofits: Farm Sanctuary, Cure Cervical, Paw Works, or Beagle Freedom Project.
Why She’ll Love It: If mom wants more of something, it’s easy to order from the online store.
Available at lovegoodly.com, $29.95 bi-monthly, shipping between $4 - $5
Will you order one of these boxes for mom? Share with us in a comment.
— Oz Spies with Gabby Cullen
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