By looking at the title it is safe to assume that I am going to suggest getting a 3,6 or 12 month Birchbox subscription to gift to someone for Christmas. I would not blame you if that is what you assumed, however that is not what this post is about. Gifting a Birchbox subscription is not the worst thing in the world, I mean I would like to get one myself, but I would prefer it as an impromptu gift rather than an actual Christmas gift.
Anyway, I thought I should share this now just in case you need to get one extra gift that you were not expecting to have a need for. I know exactly what this is like and just how difficult it is to buy something for someone you don’t know and with no time to spare. If you are in need for one and you live in London or are in London at the moment, you should visit the Birchbox pop-up boutique in Soho.
I had no idea the boutique was there, but once I saw it I had to go in. However, I will tell you more about that in a later post. For now I just wanted to bring your attention to the little boxes you can build.
At the moment you can build Birchbox beauty boxes with 5 products inside, similar to the classic subscription boxes, but you get to pick the products from a small selection. This is something you do not get to do when you order your box online. The only thing is that for each product you need to choose one from either 2 or 3 options which can be a bit disappointing when you do not like any from a group or you like multiple from another. I guess that is just an incentive to buy multiple boxes.
The Birchbox beauty boxes come beautifully wrapped and in a gift bag thus making them the perfect gift for someone you do not have an attachment to and who you do not know very well or at all. There are five products inside each box so unless you are dealing with someone who absolutely hates beauty products, there is a chance they might enjoy at least one of the samples. Even better, the boxes are around 15 pounds each if you get one or if you buy multiple, the second box and all that follow would be slightly less. I wish I could tell you all the details, however they did not let me keep the pamphlet so I would rather not give you inaccurate information. This means that you can show that you made an effort and yet you haven’t invested a small fortune in a gift for someone who is basically a stranger.
In my opinion this a great solution for this kind of problems. I do not want to sounds cheap, but I prefer not to spend a lot of money on someone who might not be around for much longer. Once you have a relationship with someone, one such gift might not be appropriate, but before, I think it is fair game. Think about it!
Would you consider a Birchbox an appropriate gift for someone joining your Christmas festivities for the first time?