In the spirit of organizing & simplifying, I decided to put together a clutter-free gift guide this year. How is it clutter free? So glad you asked! These gift guides are all composed of monthly subscriptions, so if you have limited storage space, you can just have them sent directly to the recipient! AND they’re all very useable items — no random knick-knacks to sit and collect dust, and no whining about returning ugly Christmas sweaters. You’ll be everyone’s favorite elf this year!
I scoured the internet to find some of the coolest gift subscriptions available — no worries about boring gifts here! There’s sure to be a good match for just about everyone on your list. Did I mention how much time you’ll save by shopping online & having someone else take care of the gift wrap? Yeah. Good stuff.
Clutter Free Gift Guide For Him
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1. The Bachelor
Manpacks are awesome gift subscriptions for any college guy or busy bachelor. Their automatic delivery schedules keep guys stocked with all of the bare essentials: underwear, socks, razors, and soap. Can you think of any single guys who DON’T need this service??
2. The Ron Swanson
For the manly-men in your world, consider a gift subscription to Boccalone’s Salumi Society. You can have a 3, 6, or 8 month subscription of various “tasty salted pig parts” delivered directly to your favorite carnivore’s door.
3. The Zoolander
Always put together, never one hair astray, the aspiring male models on your list will love a subscription to Birchbox Man. Tons of new sample products for the über-groomed guy are delivered each month, and he can earn points toward free full-sized products! They even have tips and advice on how to use each item he receives, so he’s never left feeling clueless.
4. The Brewer
Okay, you guys know that we brew our own beer at home, right? When I saw this gift subscription, I immediately thought of Leif! If you have a brewer in your life, they are sure to love this Kit of the Month club from Midwest Supplies! It comes with all of the ingredients needed & a different ale or lager every month — so rad!
5. The Gentleman
Any man who enjoys the finer things in life will appreciate this Box of Awesome subscription from Bespoke Post. Every month, he’ll have something cool to check into. They cover the gammot — everything from high-end shaving kits to insanely stylish ties to tequila kits — it’s a new adventure every month!
6. The Dude
Okay, first of all, if you haven’t seen the fabulously snarky commercial for Dollar Shave Club, check it out (warning: NSFW)! Do I even need to explain this one? Unless you’re shopping for Chewbacca, the dudes on your list will probably appreciate a subscription, and I’m sure the rest of us will appreciate the gift of uninterrupted manscaping as well.
Clutter Free Gift Guide For Her
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1. The Trend-Setter
Don’t we all know someone who loves to get creative with their clothing? For the Makers is a fantastic gift for any DIY fashionista, sending a monthly box with all of the materials & expert instructions for FOUR different projects! With projects including accessories, home decor items, and paper crafts, they’re sure to suit any aesthetically addicted loved ones on your list!
2. The Etsy Addict
For the hipster who loves all things handmade, Umba Box will make their days merry and bright! They “scour the handmade community to find the freshest handmade goods from a wide variety of categories including home goods, women’s accessories, jewelry, stationery, and bath products.” It’s basically like getting a surprise delivery from Etsy every month!
3. The Girly Girl
Oooh, I LOVE BirchBox!! My mom, BFF, and I all got subscriptions for each other last year and it was so much fun! It’s a monthly delivery of tons of fun beauty and health samples, and they even customize the items to fit your style and beauty needs. Any product junkie will adore it! I also found a similar service called GlossyBox. It looks like the grown-up version of BirchBox, with luxury-sized samples of high end brands. I am crossing my fingers that I get to try it out soon! (Hint-hint, hubby!)
4. The Giver
Do you know a do-gooder or a foodie with a big heart? Check out the amazing things happening over at Love with Food. “Get 8+ NEW gourmet foods delivered to your door for $10/month and we’ll donate a meal to a hungry child.” They’re also working to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. They’ve been donating two meals to the New York & New Jersey Food Banks for every Love With Food box purchased in November & December! Who wouldn’t love to be a part of this gift??
You guys know how much I love the folks over at Whimsey Box! Any crafty lady on your list will adore this gift subscription. Every month, a new project with all of the instructions & supplies will appear at her doorstep. Every delivery also includes a 5 x 7 art print, and their boxes are totally cute & reusable (click here to read a blog post about how I repurposed my WhimseyBox, and you can see more ideas on their blog by clicking here!)
6. The Dog Lover
If you know a gal who loves to spoil her pup, she will absolutely ADORE a subscription to BarkBox! You can choose small, medium, or large based on the dog’s size, and they’ll ship a big ol’ box full of ” anything from bones and treats to shampoos, leashes and innovative new gadgets!” And the best part? BarkBox donates 10% of all proceeds to local shelters and rescue programs — because all dogs deserve to be spoiled!
Okay guys, that’s all for today, but stay tuned because I have more awesome gift guides to share with you next week!! It’s about to be a Holiday-a-Palooza up in here!
What’s your favorite way to stay organized & clutter-free during the holidays?
P.S. I was not paid or perked for recommending any of these services. I just thought they looked awesome & wanted to share!
P.P.S. If you don’t know who Ron Swanson is, go back and click the “manly men” link. Or if you’re feeling lazy, just click here. It’s worth it. Trust.
What a great guide! I laughed when I saw the “Dollar Shave Club”. I saw that a few years ago and had forgotten about it! It’s funny but totally legit. Thanks for sharing
Haha thanks!! Leif actually reminded me about it! Had to include it
Such fab ideas – I love the idea of a subscription, lots of gifts in one!
Love Barkbox and Birchbox – will have to check the rest out.
Thanks, Serena!! I knew you’d probably heard of Barkbox, haha If you guys haven’t seen Serena’s gift lists, she has some really adorable gear over on her amazing blog, Pretty Fluffy!
Great ideas! Just wondering if I can find similar services here in Italy… I’ll look around. You are so inspiring!
Thanks so much!! Here’s info about international delivery from Quarterly (on part 2 of this blog post) https://quarterly.co/help. ManPacks will ship if you have an FPO or APO address. Which services are you most interested in? I can try to help you find more info If you find anything else, please let me know!
I was looking at the Conscious box and the Healthy surprise, but even if they do international shipping it’s too pricey… Maybe there are similar services in Italy, I’m going to check. Thank you, Casey!
I just found one: http://sugarbox.it, that delivers beauty products… I didn’t know about this kind of services, cool!
Awesome!!! Thanks for sharing!!