Taking a quick break from Thanksgiving recipes to talk about holiday gifts! I am typically not very good at planning ahead, as these days I feel like I live life hour by hour. But one of the few things I’m good about doing in advance is holiday gift-giving. I live for this time of year, and I have so much fun picking out things that I know my friends and family will love.
Last year I gave a few subscription boxes for holiday gifts, and I think they were all a big hit! I know these boxes are all the rage right now, and while I’ve only tried a few, I have had only good experiences so far. Who doesn’t love a surprise package on the doorstep full of personalized goodies? And even better – a box full of hand-picked delicious snacks! Hello, NatureBox!
- A subscription service that provides monthly snack boxes – hand-selected by you! – and delivers them to your doorstep.
- An online “pantry” feature so you can choose your snacks each month – over 100 snacks ranging from sweet to salty and everything in between,
- All products are from quality ingredients and contain no high fructose corn syrup, no partially hydrogenated oils, no trans fats, no artificial sweeteners, no artificial colors, and no artificial flavors.
- Each bag contains 3 to 5 servings, and is full-sized.
- Boxes range from $15.95 to $19.95 per month and includes free shipping (you can save more by pre-paying several months or a whole year at once!).
In our house, even the dogs get excited when the box arrives!
I was really excited when the “pantry” option became available, because now I hand-pick my snacks each month. Being able to choose is so nice, because I can pick things that I know my kids will like (and gravitate toward some of the lower-sugar items), and also pick things that will pack/travel well, not be choking hazards, etc. Also, each snack has a picture which is really helpful when deciding what sounds tasty.
If you don’t feel like browsing the whole catalog of snacks, you can also set filters depending on your mood or preferences. You can filter by taste (savory, sweet, salty, or tart), nutrition (vegan, no sugar added, etc.), and ingredients (common allergens like eggs, soy, etc.). We don’t have any major food allergies in our family, but I can see this being a really useful tool to someone who wants to ensure that all snacks are safe for their family.
Here is a peek at our last box, and what we snacked on this month. I had to keep snatching the bags away from both Casey and the boys in order to get some pictures before everything disappeared.
First up, pumpkin spice nom noms. Omg – delicious! As you can see from the picture, there was only one left by the time I got my camera out. Now admittedly, I am not a fan of the name “nom nom,” but the taste more than made up for the cheesy title. I like that they had seasonal options available, and this tasted like a perfectly spiced tiny cookie bite.
These were definitely treats for the adults, as they had a bit more sugar and decadence than I think the kids need on a regular basis. A perfect after-dinner dessert or afternoon comfort when my toddler is skipping his nap for the fourth day in a row.
These black sesame seed clusters were picked out with Cullen in mind. He loves crunchy, bite-sized stuff, and these had lots of good healthy fat and protein in each serving. I took these along with us to a haircut, and he sat still for over thirty minutes!
The whole wheat apple pie figgy bars are like a healthier, tastier version of the old-school nutri-grain bars. Both kids love these, and I like that they come in individually wrapped bars that are easy to toss into my bag. They are perfectly sized for tiny hands too!
I picked out the ancient grains granola with Casey in mind – he eats it all the time as his favorite snack, and sometimes even for dessert. Not surprisingly, he tore into this bag almost immediately, and I barely got a small serving by the time it was photographed. I liked that unlike most granolas, it had very little sweetener, and it was a great blend of ancient grains with delicious crunch.
The sunshine chips and everything bagel stix were my salty indulgences. These were things I snacked on while I watched TV at night, or mid-day between lunch and dinner when I needed a boost. Both were delicious and addictive – hard not to eat the whole bag in one sitting!
Each time we get a NatureBox, I set all the bags up on our snack shelf in the pantry. Cullen gets so excited when he sees there are new things to choose from beyond the boring fruit leathers and pretzels we usually have. I like that I can provide some fun snacks that I know are made from quality ingredients without any fake additives.
This year, I’m giving NatureBox for a few birthday and holiday gifts to friends and family. I think it’s a really fun service, and when given as a gift, it keeps the celebration going for months and months!
If you want to join NatureBox today, they are offering a FREE sample box of some of their most loved snacks! Click here to get started! Free trial is available for new and US subscribers only. Not valid on gift subscriptions and may not be combined with any other offers.
To Enter: Browse the snacks page and leave a comment letting us know what snack you’d like to try most! Open to US residents only. Must have a US shipping address. Giveaway will end Thursday November 27th, 2014.
Good luck, and happy gifting this season!
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