Subscription boxes are becoming an incredibly popular way for time-strapped people to find new products and get the favorite things they love and enjoy delivered. This saves them time and, often, money too.
In addition to saving time, they make a great gift idea for older adults to show that you are thinking about them! You think of them often but get busy in your own life, right?
So, to help you choose the best subscription box for a senior or elderly person in your life, here are my top recommendations that’ll put a smile on the faces of your senior parents, grandparents, or other senior citizens you love!
My 5 Favorite Subscription Boxes for Seniors and the Elderly
I am laying out lots of options for you in the following article. So, for those in a hurry or just wanting to see what I think are the best subscription boxes for seniors, here you go! Keep reading to see all my recommendations by category.
General Subscription Boxes and Care Packages For Seniors
The following boxes are more general in nature or specifically designed for seniors, like care packages. Others can be customized to fit the recipient.
The Send Seniors Love box is a fun monthly care package that elderly people will find fun to open and enjoy. Inside each package is a pair of cozy socks, something to do, something sweet, lotion, and a handcrafted card. Every month has a different theme, so they will always have something to look forward to.
Because of the types of items in this subscription box, it is a wonderful way to show someone in a nursing home or assisted living community that you care. Because many of the items are more general and helpful in nature, it also makes an excellent gift for someone you may not know well.
You can even donate the box to be sent to a nursing home resident or use their “Envelopes of Love” program to send cards to an entire nursing home.
The Golden Age Gifts box has many of the same items you would put into a care package for your favorite senior or elderly person.
Each month, your recipient will receive treats, drink mixes, a variety of comfort items, and an activity or project. And each box has a theme, and the month’s items are chosen accordingly.
You can even make modifications for medical or dietary restrictions as needed. There is also a religious option that includes faith and religious items too.
Because of the wide variety of items, this subscription box is a great choice for seniors who live far away and whom you aren’t able to visit very often.
Looking for something other than socks and puzzles to give your senior loved one? The Appalachian Mercantile box is a great choice for older adults who love food, crafts, and home goods with a homemade flair.
Each box contains 6 or 7 “home-spun” items from the Appalachian region with recipe cards that tell you all about the creator. These curated items help support small businesses too!
This monthly box is a thoughtful gift for an older adult with whom you would like to develop a deeper relationship – whether that is an older family member, an elderly neighbor, are the little lady that sits in front of you at church.
Each box contains a conversation card with questions that lead to more impactful and deeper conversations. You can even add a handwritten note if you prefer!
Your recipient will also receive an activity, something practical, plus some tasty snacks. Dietary substitutions can be provided upon request for seniors on special diets.
My next recommendation is designed to help people learn to care for plants and build their confidence in their green thumb. Each box contains a well-researched, hardy plant along with detailed instructions on how to plant and care for that month’s selection. They even offer customer service to answer your plant-growing questions.
Pet-friendly selections are available! Plus, you can choose from multiple subscription levels and receive only one or multiple plants in each month’s box. They even have a “plant resurrection” guarantee if you lose one!
This self-care box promotes positive mental health with a therapeutic activity accompanied by six to eight stress-relieving and life-enhancing goodies. The products in each box are curated by therapists and chosen specifically to feed your mind, body, and soul and promote happiness and a positive self-image.
This award-winning box was chosen as the Best of 2021 by CrateJoy! It’s a great choice for older adults who may be having a bit of a tough time or dealing with bouts of loneliness especially.
My next recommendation touts itself as a “seasonal book club subscription box for travelers who want to make a difference.” Each box revolves around a geographical location theme looking to transport you there. Higher cost subscription levels even include backpacks and suitcases!
Each box contains new books from local authors or travel authors and a selection of tea to enjoy while reading. Plus, you’ll also receive a limited edition art print highlighting the current theme’s location.
Purchasing this box will help others also because a portion of the proceeds supports the nutritional needs of children and pregnant women.
For seniors who love reading and are looking for relaxation, the Peace & Pages Box might be just what they want. Every box has a new book from your chosen genre, along with bath, body, and aromatherapy products. Products are chosen only from small businesses in the US to keep the choices unique.
You get your choice of more than ten genres of books so that you can be sure the book will appeal to you or your recipient. Plus, each book will not be more than three years old to reduce the risk you might have already read the title.
Think of it as a book of the month club and your favorite spa all in one!
Themed Activity and Craft Subscription Boxes
Looking for activities to keep idle hands busy and mind activities? Here are my recommended craft kits and activity subscriptions.
This subscription box has craft projects that seniors and beginning crafters will love. Each themed box is planned around a particular season or holiday and usually consists of home decor items that the recipient can make themselves and then show off!
Each box includes complete instructions and all accessories needed, including paint, embellishments, etc. The only thing you might need is a pair of scissors and a glue gun.
While not technically a box service, Magazine Agent offers a monthly subscription of more than 25 different puzzle books that would make an excellent subscription gift for seniors. Prices start at $3.00 per issue, so it’s an affordable option too!
They have a large selection for even the most shrewd puzzle solver: Crosswords, Circle-a-Word puzzles, Sudokus, Number Fill-Ins, Cryptograms, and more.
For seniors with vision problems, there are even large print editions available that are easier to see.
This seasonal/quarterly box contains sensory jigsaw puzzles that are designed to use multiple senses: sight, touch, and smell. Plus, it’s a fun activity!
There has been lots of research on using activities that stimulate the senses in dementia patients to improve memory. But, we believe these types of activities are good for all seniors and elderly folks.
Who wouldn’t enjoy a puzzle with a pleasant aroma and a texture you can actually feel? There is a reason scratch and sniff stickers have been so popular for years.
For creative seniors and people who enjoy engaging and focusing their brains, take a look at the Coloring and Classics Monthly box. This affordable box includes an adult coloring book, an activity book, and a hardback book to read. You can even choose your favorite genre!
Plus, the box comes with colored pencils for the first month to get you started on your adult coloring book journey. This box is a great choice for people looking for a no-frills but engaging monthly activity.
Do you or the senior in your life enjoy a good mystery? Can’t put down an Agatha Christie novel once you get started?
Then HuntAKiller.com may be just the subscription service for you. Think of it as a board game that came to life!
Each month you get a box of clues to help you solve a murder. These monthly boxes are laid out like an episode of a TV show and tell a bigger story. Six episodes complete a season. There are puzzles and ciphers to solve, too, for the puzzle lover.
Each box takes between 90 min and 3 hours to complete and can be used as a group experience too. Worried about content? The boxes are “PG-13” because some clues may be graphic (autopsy reports and such).
Many seniors can benefit from an Audiobooks.com subscription: from active seniors who like to exercise to elderly people who are homebound or even bedridden. Audiobooks provide hours of entertainment, education, and enlightenment. Plus, they keep seniors’ minds busy as they pass the time.
Older adults can play the audiobooks on their smartphone, tablet, or their favorite audiobook player.
Magazine subscriptions provide many benefits for seniors: education, entertainment, and a way to pass some time. They can also be a great link to the outside world.
Plus, something is satisfying about holding actual bound pages in your hand when reading compared to reading it on a tablet or e-reader.
Look for large print magazines like Reader’s Digest for seniors with vision problems.
The Craftsman Crate is a great way for seniors to try out new hobbies while keeping their hands active and busy.
Each box is a complete project box with complete instructions and even includes the tools needed. It’s a great way also to build up an inventory of basic tools.
Past boxes have included candle-making, mosaics, and soapstone carving.
Snacks and Treat Boxes
Who doesn’t love snacks, treats, and junk food? The following recommendations will keep sweet-loving senior junk food junkies stocked in junk food. I’ve included some guilt-free options, too, for those with special dietary requirements. See more Food of the Month Club options here.
This food subscription service is one of my absolute favorites because these scones are unique, beautiful, and … delicious too!
These artisan scones are baked and shipped the same day for fresh flavor and taste. Plus, each is unique because they are hand scooped too. Each scone is individually packaged so that fresh flavor can be maintained as long as possible.
You have lots of flavor choices, and flavors are changed from time to time for some variety. There are gluten-free options as well as cookies and bars too.
Choose the subscription option for monthly or quarterly deliveries of assorted scone boxes right to your loved one’s home.
I am betting that you can still remember your favorite candy as a child. If you can narrow it down to just one, of course!
This unique and sentimental gift features two pounds of the most popular candies from each decade packed into a fun gift box. Decade options include the 1920s to the 1990s – and everything in between.
Just choose the decade your recipient would have been a child. Then watch the delight as they open it up. These candies might bring back memories and stories you’ve never heard before.
For the true candy lover, there is a 4 lb choice. This can be a one-time gift, or choose the monthly subscription option to keep the candy coming regularly.
Eat Me Guilt Free is a line of healthier formulated sweets for people with late-night snacking habits. The company was created by a Registered Nurse and Certified Sports Nutritionist. The business started with many of these recipes from her own kitchen.
These delicious treats get rave reviews for their taste and include selections of brownies, cakes, cookies, bread, and even tortillas. There are vegan, sugar-free, and gluten-free options.
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Hey, let’s face it. Not every older adult worries about calories and cholesterol. No judgment here!
Check out Mouth.com’s gift boxes and subscription services for these types of folks. They are known for making high-quality, full-flavor, tasty snacks and treats. This particular selection has all their most popular items.
They DO have some healthier selections too. The site is a great place to shop for more unique and one-of-a-kind options.
Food and Meal Subscriptions
These food subscriptions provide pre-packaged, pre-cooked delicious meals friendly to senior diets or meal kits for seniors to make their own meals. Keep scrolling for snack foods and treat.
This senior meal delivery service sends fully prepared meals from doctor-designed diets straight to the door. Simply select your meals from a menu online (or via phone for the electronically challenged) and set the delivery schedule that works best for you. If you are sending this as a gift, you can rest assured knowing your loved one is eating well.
Hello Fresh Meal Kits are a great way to provide meals for seniors and the elderly – especially if they enjoy cooking or have a caregiver to help.
Choose from a variety of menus, dietary styles, and healthy food plans delivered to their home every week.
Home Chef’s meal kit delivery service is designed to fit people with more particular eating habits or dietary needs.
First, choose from vegetarian, low-carb, and low-calorie options.
Next, choose the exact meals you want from a menu of delicious foods with some customization available.
Finally, schedule the deliveries based on your preference, cook….and enjoy.
This food subscription gift isn’t for the faint of heart. But, neither are these high-end, high-quality steaks. (See what I did there?)
The cost isn’t cheap, but you do get to choose from various assortments of USDA Prime or USDA Choice steaks (the top 2% of beef worldwide). Then enjoy delicious steaks and beef delivered monthly.
There are both six-month and twelve-month plans available.
Floral and Gift Subscriptions
Seniors always appreciate flowers and scented products. Here are some choices for regular deliveries of gifts.
With this gift, your loved one will receive one fresh bouquet of exotic and fragrant flowers from the best growers throughout the world.
Included in each shipment are a newsletter and a personalized gift letter from you. Choose from smaller subscriptions of two, three, or four months or longer terms of six or twelve months.
Coffee, Tea, and Beverage Boxes
These boxes will keep coffee and tea-loving seniors stocked up in warm beverages each month. I’ve also included a few recommendations for them to expand their choices and break away from their usual brands.
Here is an ideal gift for any senior who enjoys a great cup of tea. Adagio Teas offers a surprisingly affordable tea-of-the-month club.
You’ll receive enough loose tea for 75 cups – shipped two months at a time. The company also has a wide offering of tea makers, tea pots, and tea kettles to go with your monthly subscription gift.
Are you or a senior in your life a coffee nut? Yeah, me too. And I know I would love to receive this subscription service as a gift.
For a low monthly subscription, Peet’s Coffee will ship a different coffee each month – within 24 hours of roasting it!
Their service is flexible too. You can choose which coffee you want, how much you get, and how often you get it. You can pause or cancel at any time.
Don’t know for sure what type to order.? Then let their curated service choose for you after answering a few questions about your loved one’s coffee addiction, I mean, habit.
This mini subscription box comes with two selections of loose teas in either vials or bags.
Because the teas are loose, the first box also comes with a reusable tea infuser to get your loved one started with using loose tea.
All teas are organic and thoughtfully curated.
Subscription Boxes for Stylish Seniors
Not every senior wants food or crafts. So, if you are looking for gifts for active seniors or stylish seniors, here are some great choices.
Does your favorite senior prefer glitz, glamour, and downtime to baking and crafts? Then the Beauty and a Book is an excellent gift choice for them!
The Beauty and a Book box is a quarterly selection of luxury beauty products and makeup combined with a book. Some boxes have also featured reading lights, bookmarks, and book ends. Each package contains 5 to 8 uniquely chosen items.
This is the perfect gift for more hip seniors (or those that think they are!)
Choose from a general pop culture box or themed boxes like sci-fi, gaming, clothing, comics, etc. This option can be a one-time gift or a monthly subscription box.
Did you know you can gift quality Gillette razors and shaving products to seniors? And, you can have them delivered on a schedule that you prefer.
This starter kit includes the Gillette FlexxBall razor handle, five-blade refills, and a travel-size sensitive shave gel. Sign up for their subscription service and get refills delivered every month, three months, or six months.
Bespoke Post is a gift box service for people who are passionate about “something.” The service includes lots of different options, including mixology, travel, fashion, cooking, and more. If you’re looking to give an elderly relative something that matches their lifelong hobby, this is a brilliant option.
These boxes do cost a little more than most other subscriptions, but they are filled with small batch gifts that will delight the geek or enthusiast in you. If you want to rest easy knowing that you’re buying quality gifts from manufacturers that care as much as you do, then this is a great choice.
Subscription box gifts are an easy way to send snacks, treats, activities, and even personalized items each and every month, and most offer free shipping! They are also great gift ideas for seniors and the elderly.
You can send them on a monthly schedule or just for special occasions – it’s up to you! Seniors in nursing homes, assisted living centers, and those who live alone will especially look forward to their monthly gift with anticipation!
Gift boxes for the elderly don’t have to be full of socks and slippers (although socks and slippers are great choices for some!).
As you can see, there are plenty of subscription box options out there to suit your elderly parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles in your life.
Take a few moments to think about what they are into and what makes them smile. Food and candy gifts are always appreciated if you are having difficulty choosing. Who doesn’t like something sweet, right?
Please let me know in the comments below if you know of another subscription box for seniors and the eldelry that I missed. Other monthly subscription gift ideas are welcome too!