Gift season is upon us, and if you don’t have a clear idea of what to buy friends, family, and co-workers, it can be an absolute minefield. If the thought of endlessly trawling websites and wandering department store aisles makes you want to skip the holidays altogether, consider a gift box.
A number of stylish companies have put thought into carefully sourcing and styling custom gift boxes so you don’t have to. From custom collections to masterfully assembled ready-to-ship staples, there is a little something for every occasion, all beautifully packaged and on demand. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite leading brands to inspire your generous spirit.
You can close all those browsing windows—These ready-made and custom gift boxes are just what you’re looking for.
Who: Simone LeBlanc
What: Based in Los Angeles, Simone LeBlanc offers fine gift boxes and specialty gifting services, both custom and personalized. Her curated collections include both collaborations with top tastemakers and distinctive holiday editions. From small-scale gifts to ring in a milestone or shower to professional-volume gifting or tackling your full holiday list, the expansive offering includes luxury products like baby alpaca throws, hand-poured candles, and thoughtful details hand-plucked from around the globe. What’s more is that if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, the company will make it for you.
What: This modern gift-giving company aims to help you build and customize the ultimate personality-packed gift. Choose from high-quality individual products, including a Stagg pour-over kettle and Canvas Home finds, or choose from its ready-made packs, like this coffee-themed set. You can further customize the set by choosing the merchants you support, including women entrepreneurs and companies with less than 10 employees.
What: Founded by owner and CEO Dana Ashmore, Gratitude Collaborative offers specialized gifting services and customized boxes stocked with artisan goods and seasonal musts. The proceeds of every sale go to charity, fueling local nonprofits working to create sustainable food sources, feed the hungry, and advocate for the arts. From sweet nothings in the way of flowers and boutique wines to gourmet chocolate and luxe bath soaks, the company prides itself on a high level of customization, insisting no request is too small. In addition to the gorgeous boxes, Gratitude Collaborative also sells limited-edition artwork and hand-printed cards created by a network of artists. With a charitable cause at its backbone, what could be more in the spirit of the giving season?
Who: Bklyn Larder
What: Foodies will love the gourmet selection of sustainably produced goods from NYC provisions shop Bklyn Larder, where you can create custom gift boxes filled with homemade prepared foods, artisanal cheeses, and high-end deli favorites. The site offers up a variety of pre-packaged options, from chocolate samplers to spreads perfect for group parties. You also have the option to assemble your custom curation in one of its signature tote bags.
What: Best-known for its pop-bright hard shell luggage, Away has released a lineup of mini gift sets just in time for the holidays. Take your pick from five unique themed sets—wellness, beauty, field, amusement, and essentials—all encased in a mini suitcase.
Who: Vessel Brooklyn
What: Julia Burns-Alexander’s Brooklyn-based event planning and specialty gifting company has everything under one roof to make any occasion turnkey. The gift box selection is impeccably driven, packed with small-batch luxury items and personal details hand-selected by Burns-Alexander. Vessel also offers experiential gifts, allowing boxes to include anything from a romantic getaway to an intimate date night. Highly customizable, the staff will collaborate with you on multiple revisions just to ensure every detail is covered.
Old Joy Gift Boxes
Who: Old Joy Gift Boxes
What: This thoughtful Canadian company exclusively includes ethically sourced luxury goods from the Pacific Northwest in its beautifully curated creations.We love the company ethos. By supporting local artisans, the selection is wildly distinctive and often includes handmade essentials. Shipping throughout Canada and the United States available with pricing upon request.
Who: Box Fox
What: Box Fox allows you to build your own box in minutes with its easy shopping layout. Assemble just the right alchemy of goods for holiday, weddings, or special events with just a few clicks. If you’re looking for a quick go-to, it also offers a selection of prepacked, themed boxes. We’re loving the pamper box with Compartes chocolate, hand cream, a soft pashmina and more.
Who: OneHope Wine
What: The California-based social enterprise, vineyard, and winery by Rob Mondavi, Jr., OneHope sells wine, gift products, and services aimed to boost awareness and fund charitable organizations and social causes throughout the world. The OneHope foundation donates to a spectrum of nonprofit partners, from pet rescues to autism awareness. The company’s gift boxes and crates are beautifully packaged and reasonably priced. You’ll find perfect wine pairings, tea, and coffee gifts, offering the ideal elixirs for every occasion.
Have you ever sent a specialty gift box? Tell us what companies you’d add to this list.
This story was originally published in November 2015 and updated in November 2017.