Whether you're shopping for a recent grad, a friend's birthday or Mother's Day -- the pressure to find the perfect (and personalized) gift can be tough. Do you opt for the tried and true gift card or do you chance it on a risky purchase for your recipient?
With the help of subscription boxes, there's no more guess work in gift giving. The boxes thrive on niche markets by catering to very specific interests. Are you a dog lover? Check out BarkBox, a monthly shipment full of goodies tailored for your four-legged friend. Not sure what to get dear old dad for Father's Day? Try Dollar Shave Club, a subscription just for the grisly guy in your life. The possibilities are endless.
With many of the boxes offering up a monthly or annual subscription, there are an abundance of options that will satisfy your budget.
Even Walmart has gotten in on the action with their "Goodies Co." box, a food-based subscription that launched last November. If you're overwhelmed with the sheer volume of boxes to choose from, you're not alone.
Weekend Express (along with Jen Westhoven) is taking a closer look at a new box each week.
For the mom or crafty kid: Kiwi Crate
For the manly man: Dollar Shave Club
For the foodie: The Love With Food
For your four-legged friend: BarkBox
For the new homeowner: UmbaBox
For the fashionista: StitchFix
For the makeup mavens or renaissance men: BirchBox