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Monthly Subscription Boxes: The Best and the Weirdest
Guys, I’m really into monthly subscription boxes. For the uninitiated, monthly subscription boxes are exactly what they sound like – boxes that you receive every month, like a magazine subscription. The boxes contain a grab bag of surprise items based on some broad preferences you’ve set, and often surrounding a specific theme. The first monthly subscription box I remember hearing about was Birchbox. Then came Julep.
And then? And then the world went crazy.
From paleo to protein powder, from dog treats to dirty photos, from fashion to food to fishing (!), there is officially a monthly subscription box for every possible thing you have ever, never thought of. This monthly subscription box thing has gotten out of hand. And by “out of hand,” I mean, “please order one of each and send them to my house.”
Here’s a list of some of the best subscription boxes the internet has to offer.
p.s. If you get REALLY caught up in the craze, you can even start your OWN monthly subscription box.
Beauty Subscription Boxes for Women
Two words: Nail. Polish. Oprah hand-picked this month’s bounty so y’all know it’s good (she does not play). One thing I really like about this one is that they send you a preview each month so that you can skip it if you want or even send it to a friend as a gift. It takes away the element of surprise that I love about subscription boxes, but it also takes away some of the risk.
The thing I love MOST about Julep is that the nail polishes are all the exact same bottle so they line up pretty nicely on your shelf, which matters to me because I’m THAT person.
New Mavens can customize their box as much (or as little) as they like. Sign up for 1 month and pay $24.99/month, or sign up for 3 months and pay only $19.99/month. Take the Maven Style Quiz and enter FREEBOX at checkout to get your first box free.
UPDATE (8-21-14): Right now you can get the Fall Neutrals Limited Edition Welcome Box for FREE if you’re a new subscriber. This four piece set is valued at over $60 but when you enter code FREEFALL all you have to pay is the $2.99 shipping. This offer is only for a limited time so if by the time you try this it’s already gone, don’t blame me! I’m just the messenger, I don’t make the rules.
This service has three different monthly subscription boxes to choose from: a beauty box, a fashion accessories box, and an intimates box (that means undies). (More on those in the fashion subscription boxes section below.) The beauty subscription box will have 4 to 5 full-sized premium makeup products each month.
$120+ in Beauty, Fitness, Fashion, and Wellness Finds for only $49.99 per season. Full-size, premium products delivered 4 times per year.
With Beauty Box 5, you’ll get five super sized samples from brands like Weleda, Aveeno, John Frieda, Hard Candy, and Aveeno. This differs from some of the other beauty boxes on this list because the samples are for affordable products you can find at a drugstore or Target, so if you like something you try, you might actually buy the full sized product without breaking the bank. Save $45 by purchasing a full year’s subscription at once.
I’m sure Birchbox wasn’t the first company on earth to market subscription boxes, but they’re the first one I ever heard of. You tell them some basic stuff about you (skin type, hair type, etc.) and then every month they send you an adorable little box full of sample size products (but, like, BIG samples – think travel size) – hand cream, hair products, perfume – and you don’t know what’s coming until you get it. After you get your box if there’s anything inside that you love (I usually like almost everything), you can buy it at a discounted price in their online store.
The only people I would steer away from Birchbox are people who (a) have suuuuuper sensitive skin or (b) don’t really like makeup and beauty products. Because you’re gonna get a lot of them.
This is one of the cheapest subscription boxes on this list so it’s a good gateway drug if you’re new to the subscription boxes world.
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These beauty subscription boxes for women are specially designed for women of color. They include brands like Kind, OPI, Black Halo, and Carol’s Daughter. They also have a rewards program so that you can get free boxes by completing surveys, reviewing products, and referring your friends.
This beauty subscription box sounds a lot like Birchbox. Every month GLOSSYBOX sends you five deluxe-sized luxury (read: normally super expensive) beauty products. The stuff they put in there looks like the real deal. No skimpy perfume samples here.
For $19.99/mo you’ll get a box full of at least $40 worth of full-sized e.l.f. makeup products.
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Fashion Subscription Boxes for Women
Stitch Fix is probably the most popular fashion subscription box on this list. Create a style profile, receive five hand-picked items selected by their professional stylists, keep what you like and send the rest back. You know the drill! The “styling fee” is $20/mo but you can put that toward anything you end up purchasing – and if you buy all five things, you get 25% off your whole order! You can select your own price range but the average cost of each item is $65 – this is nice stuff.
The intimates box contains 4-5 personalized, premium essentials from brands like Betsey Johnson, Muk Luks, and Steve Madden. The fashion accessories box comes with 3-4 boutique accessories such as jewelry, scarves, and sunglasses. The beauty box will have 4 to 5 full-sized premium makeup products each month. And of course there’s a style quiz!
$9/mo. A new amazing pair of sunglasses every month. I subscribed to service for about a year and it was so much fun, though I eventually had to take a break because I was finally obtaining new sunglasses faster than I could lose them. Enter code HELLOFOXY to get 25% off your first month.
StyleMint is the brainchild of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (or their empire at least). For this one, you take a style quiz (are you sick of style quizzes yet? no, me neither) and then every month they pick one item for you based on your style. Once they announce the item, you have five days to decide if you want it or not. If you want it, they send it to you and you’re charged $29.95 (but this is for high fashion stuff that would normally be wayyyy more than that). If you don’t want it, you skip payment for that month.
BUT HERE IS THE TRICK. It’s basically a monthly subscription of $29.95 so if you forget to tell them you don’t want the thing, you have to pay for it whether you want it or not. For someone who regularly sets things on fire in her kitchen because she forgets to turn off the stove, this is basically like playing Russian roulette with my wallet. But kind of exciting?
Subscription Boxes for Men
These boxes are marketed to men but are really for anyone who shaves, enjoys fishing, likes masculine shit or is just fly as hell.
Endorsed by celebrities as varied as Aziz Ansari, Zac Efron, Gerard Butler, and Jay Z, Five Four Club will fill your closet with stylish pieces for just $60/mo.
For a flat $25/mo you (or your dapper pal or loved one) will get a classy, 100% silk tie in your choice of styles: skinny, whimsical, or business. Fellas, step up.
Mantry, pantry – get it? It’s a pantry for men! I guess men don’t normally eat food (so girly!). Anyway, they have a real pretty website and their shit looks fan-cy. Each month you’ll receive 6-8 full-sized small batch, artisan food products, packaged in a signature wood crate handmade in Brooklyn. Can’t make this stuff up, folks. Mantry!
High end men’s fashion hand-packed in a literal trunk in Chicago by your own personal stylist. You tell them your style and your measurements and they send you a trunk of fancy clothes. Try on the clothes at home for free, pay for anything you choose to keep and send the rest back free of charge. Prices are comparable to high-end stores: $170+ for jeans, $100+ for casual shirts, $100-300 for sweaters.
A monthly subscription of fishing tackle! Officially the only box on this list that my father would be interested in. (p.s. Also a good last minute gift idea.)
“Outstanding fabric choice. Intelligent Design. Limited Edition. The finest quality, weighted with a balance you can feel right in your hand. A sleek slim package appears on your doorstep every month.” Plans start at $32/mo.
Bombfell is a monthly clothing club for men. Every item is handpicked by a personal stylist, they also use algorithmic recommendations based on fit and style to help find you clothes you’ll love.
Your picks will feature clothing from both well-known and up-and-coming labels and brands, including Ben Sherman, Original Penguin, French Connection, Threads 4 Thought, DIBI, Mavi, Farah, Toscano, Domestic Workwear, BTNS, Howe and Descendant of Thieves. Free shipping both ways – only pay for the clothes you keep.
The Hunt Club is a home try-on program in which you select three high-end men’s clothing and accessory items, try them on at home, then choose to keep them or send them back. Free shipping, free returns. Anything you keep you pay for, and you get 8% back on your purchase in store credit. Also included: personal recommendations from Frank & Oak’s curators and access to exclusive products.
Frank & Oak is run by two childhood friends in Montreal – super neat! They also use recycled products for their shipping and packaging materials. Shop through this link and get $25 back on your first purchase.
Pocket squares for all your pocket square needs. If you don’t know an individual dapper enough to need a monthly pocket square subscription, then I suggest you broaden the sphere of your acquaintance.
It’s exactly what it sounds like.
I’m just going to paste the ad copy for this one: Svscription is “… a new service for men that delivers luxury, curated products and experiences to your door. Membership entitles you to a new parcel with a unique theme every three months. Each parcel contains products that intersect design, culture, technology, apparel and entertainment.” Previous themes: Leisure, Study and Travel. Sounds fancy! I think the “v” instead of “u” is because of olden times.
Subscription Boxes for Kids and Parents
Get a monthly crate delivered to your door with fun, hands-on activities for your kiddos. Boxes include arts & crafts projects and science activities and are designed for kids ages 3-8. Kiwi Crate has been featured in InStyle, Parenting Magazine, and US Weekly, and was awarded Dr. Toy 100 Best Children’s Products, Parent’s Choice Gold Award, and an Oppenheim Gold Seal Best Toy Award – whew, that’s a lot! I don’t even know what those mean, but they sound impressive.
Kids subscription boxes make great gifts for new parents. With Citrus Lane, you get a box of age-appropriate toys and healthy snacks for your little one. The stuff is SO cute. Best for babies, toddlers, and preschool aged kids.
Peekapak is “a hands-on storytelling adventure designed for busy parents to inspire imagination and learning in their children ages 3-7.” These are simple craft projects for small children that come with a story, told through characters that span over each month.
This eco-friendly monthly subscription box for kids ages 3-10 has several options to choose from: art kits, science kits, even birthday party packages. Subscription boxes start at $16.95 and come with all kinds of educational and creative projects for kids, designed by experts to build confidence, flex creativity and engage kids with the world around them.
Green Kid Crafts uses only safe, sustainable materials to create their products and they’ve been certified carbon neutral. They also donate a portion of every sale to environmental charities!
Pen pals Sam and Sofia send your child a package from a different country each month – an activity, a letter, a souvenir, and other goodies. The “World Edition” of Little Passports is designed for kids between 5-10 years old. The “USA Edition” is geared toward kids 7-12.
Austin Lloyd is a subscription of 4-5 engaging and educational toys for children under the age of 3. Delivered right to your door, the toys are customized to the age and development stage of the child, with a focus on developing fine motor and cognitive skills.
This is a gender neutral box of activities for kids and dads to do together. Activities are designed for kids ages 5-9 and total contents of each box are valued at $100+. Each box contains an activity book that guides you through the theme and the contents of the box, a bedtime story, and a themed dinner menu with recipes. And when you’re done, the shipping box converts into a toy!
This magical little subscription service is designed for kids 6 & up. From the site: “You or your child will get two letters a month written by middle-grade and young adult authors like Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler, Adam Rex, Kerry Madden, Natalie Standiford, Susan Patron, Rebecca Stead, Cecil Castellucci, and more.
Some of the letters will be illustrated. Some will be written by hand. Some will be in color, some will be in black and white. It’s hard to say! We’ll copy the letters, fold them, put them in an envelope, put a first class stamp on the envelope, and send the letters to you (or your child, it’s up to you who to put in the shipping address).
Many of the authors will include a mailing address on their letter so you can write back. But we can’t guarantee it. We can’t control these people. Some of them live in the woods.” The subscription is just $5.50/mo. What a cool idea for kids! (Or adults for that matter.)
Science spy kits and top secret missions mailed to a kid every month – secret missions include spy gear, disguise kits, fingerprint analysis, decoders, get-away cars, target practice, bird watching (yes, bird watching), bouncy balls and more. This box was created by a mom and her 8-year-old son. I would have flipped my lid for this box as a kid. I actually kind of want it now. Enter code HELLOFOXY10 for 10% off between now and 12/31/14.
From the good people at Pley: “Pley is the first ever LEGO rental service. We are building the next generation of play, allowing families to consume educational toys in a more affordable and convenient manner. Leveraging collaborative consumption, we aim to raise a more creative and skillful generation that follows the principles of open-ended play and waste reduction, while emphasizing the benefits of sharing and giving back to the community.” Basically, what you need to know is that you can rent LEGOs from them. And they have lots of cool LEGO sets. Awesome!
Sign up for the Large Bow of the Month Club and every month you’ll get a huge, festive bow to put on your baby’s head for five minutes until she pulls it off. But it will be a really cute five minutes!
Subscription Boxes for Pets
It’s exactly what it sounds like. A monthly subscription of poop bags for walking your dog! Or, you know, your baby elephant. Might want to order the four-bagger in that case, though. Choose between eco-friendly bags (lavender-scented) or compostable (unscented) and two, three, or four bags per day.
BEST FRIEND BOX
For $30/mo, you’ll get 3-6 fun products for your furry friend. Ruff ruff! (Or meow.)
Give them your dog’s name and his birthday and BarkBox will send a care package for your pooch full of fun toys and treats, even shampoo and leashes. Happy doggie! Plus, 10% of the proceeds go to an animal rescue, so you’re basically doing two good things at once. Who are you, Mother Teresa?
Premium toys, treats and chews, delivered monthly. You answer some questions about your pet and then they create a “monthly showroom” for you where you can select your favorite items out of the ones they select for you. You can always skip a month.
Cat Hampurr offers UK subscription boxes for cats. Subscriptions start at £11.95 per month.
Food Subscription Boxes (and Cocktail Subscription Boxes!)
Candy, Chocolate and Other Sweets
This might be my favorite box. Candy Japan is a box of candy sent twice a month, direct from Japan. Guys, this one comes TWICE a month. And it’s candy! From Japan! Which means it probably has cute animals on it and is made from something you would not normally think to put in candy. WIN-WIN. Also, shipping is free, even to the US.
Treatsie is a curated box of artisan treats. Recent months included rosemary & cashew caramel popcorn, Willamette Valley raspberry pâte de fruit, sea salt & bourbon vanilla caramels, Grey Ghost Bakery lemon sugar cookies, and zested lime truffles. Yes. Please.
This one’s only for Brits – hooray for UK subscription boxes! Shipping chocolate is a dicey affair so these guys only mail within the UK. After your introductory box of The Chocolate Club, you can decide if you want to continue – if you do, you’ll get a box of chocolates every month for £19.95. You can cancel any time.
With plans starting at just $13/mo, you’ll get a box of deluxe dessert treats delivered to your door every month.
Um, thanks, I’m going to need all of those.
Beer, Wine and Cocktails
This wine of the month club has three options: the Elevant Society Wine Club (six little-known wines in the $12-15 range), the World of Wine Club (six wines from all over the world in the $15-20 range), and the American Cellars Wine Club (two premium, hand-selected wines in the $29-35 range). Each of these subscriptions kicks off with 1 cent shipping and 50% off your first crate.
Club W is my favorite wine of the month club – I’ve bought bottles for $13 that were usually as much as $37 when I researched them online. Wines that have scores of up to 95/100 on Wine Spectator! This site has you answer some interesting questions to create a personalized palate profile, then they recommend specific wines for you to try. You choose 3 bottles a month for $39 (+ $6 shipping) or 6 bottles for $78 and shipping is free.
California Wine Club owners Bruce and Pam pick out a different wine each month to send you as a “friend recommending a great bottle of wine to another friend.” There are five options to choose from: Premier Series (the most popular), Signature Series (fancypants stuff), International Selections (wines from small “mom & pop” wineries around the world), Aged Cabernet Series (Napa Cabs aged 8-12 years) and Pacific Northwest Series (limited-production, award-winning wines from Oregon and Washington).
Lot 18 is awesome. For $9.95, they send you six mini bottles of wine, you taste them, then you go on their website and rate each of the wines to create your own taste profile. Then every three months they’ll send you a case of wine that matches your taste! The wine works out to about $7 per bottle.
Gold Medal Wine Club boasts wine at up to 45% off winery retail. For $35/mo (or more for the fancier membership levels) you get two award-winning, hard-to-find wines from boutique wineries in California.
For as low as $21.95 plus tax + shipping, Wine of the Month Club will send you two bottles of wine each month. You can choose to receive only red wine, only white, or one of each.
Wines in the Williams-Sonoma Wine Club range from $15-60 per bottle, depending on how fancy you want to get. They’re carefully curated from hundreds of wine that are tasted and are sent in shipments of 6 bottles along with Williams-Sonoma recipes that pair with each bottle.
Get a dozen 12 oz craft beers every month. There are four kinds of beer (three bottles of each) in each pack. You can choose to receive shipments monthly, every other month, or quarterly. Sweet!
Lybations has four “Discovery Club” options: beer, wine, tequila and vodka. These range from four hand-selected, award-winning micro-brews (that’s four 750 ml bottles!) each month for $60 to eight 750 ml bottles of hand-crafted, small-batch premium tequila every three months for $385. THIS IS SOME FANCY ASS SHIT. Into it.
Coffee & Tea
Every month Simple Loose Leaf Team of the Month Club has a new menu of teas to choose from, always including a black tea, a green tea, a white tea, an oolong or pu’erh tea, and a flavored tea. You can either get a sampler pack or choose your two favorites. If you join by 6/20/14 and enter code TEAPOT at checkout, you’ll get a free teapot with your first box of teas! Recent teas include Japanese Sencha Saga green tea, Russian caravan black tea, sweet peach white tea, Ti Kuan Tin oolong, and citrus hibiscus herbal tea.
This monthly loose leaf tea subscription from Tea Sparrow is curated by a tea sommelier and a team of tasters. Each box contains enough tea to make 35-65 cups, depending how strong you like your tea.
For as low as $18.49/mo Moustache Coffee Club will send you high quality coffee beans guaranteed to have been roasted within the past week. Each bag comes with a little card with a description of where the beans come from as well as tasting notes.
If you or someone you know is a coffee nerd whose first task when traveling to a new city is to Yelp indie coffee shops, this is the subscription for you. For $19-30/mo (depending how much coffee you require), MistoBox will send you freshly roasted coffee beans from four hand-selected roasters like Anodyne, Victrola, Cartel Coffee Lab, and Passion House from right here in Chicago. Their site also has a ton of great information about coffee brewing.
Pay $17 and Steepster will send you three pouches of premium looseleaf tea every month.
Love With Food is a crazy good deal. For $12/mo you get eight new gourmet foods delivered to your house PLUS they’ll donate a meal to a hungry child. Can’t beat that. I recently tried their low sugar, low carb, gluten-free flourless chocolate fudge torte (that’s a LOT of words) and it was U.N.R.E.A.L. So delicious. I’m going to pretend that “low sugar, low carb, gluten-free” is code for “feel free to eat the whole thing in one sitting.”
Oh, AND – get your first box free. Yup.
I love this one. For $6/mo Graze will send you four individually-packaged healthy snacks that they make onsite. You can make selections online so that they know what snacks you’re into and which ones make you want to gag (I hate anything with dried fruit in it but I love anything spicy). They’re trying to stay small so there might not be any openings when you click through, but ask around – if you know someone who has a subscription, they might give you a code! I already gave all of mine away, sadly. Otherwise, you can add your email to the waiting list. Oh, also – there’s a US and a UK version! International shipping, yeah!
Yumvelope throws a twist on the “subscription boxes” idea by putting your subscription in – get this – AN ENVELOPE. Crazy. For $21, you get six full-size, small-batch treats every month: snacks, desserts, drinks and chocolate. Honestly, envelope or not, I’m never going to turn down chocolate.
Other Food Subscription Boxes
This is exactly what it sounds like. Monthly rates range from $10 to $120 depending on which level you choose. For $18/mo + shipping New York Bagel of the Month Club will send you a dozen bagels fresh from Brooklyn. Every month! There are other options that include cream cheese, lox and traditional sweets.
Gourmet Cheese of the Month Club partners with Zingerman’s, rated the #1 delicatessen in America by Zagat’s, to bring you three half-pound blocks of freshly-cut gourmet cheeses every month from boutique, traditional cheese makers all over the world. In their words: “You might receive an Italian Taleggio matured in the caves of Valsassina, a Gaperon, originating in France during the 1300s, and a traditional Lancashire by Ruth Kirkham… all in the same shipment.” This could be the perfect gift for a cheese lover.
Taste Trunk offers four options for your monthly artisan food crate: gourmet, sweet, BBQ, or health. Subscriptions start at $23.99/mo. Each Trunk comes with 4-8 premium, hand-picked gourmet items. Individual recipe cards are printed on vintage card stock specifically for the products inside. These crates would work well as gifts – each trunk comes with vintage newsprint, wax seals, burgundy satin ribbon, tissue paper and crinkle cut padding.
Tasteful Pantry offers two snack subscription boxes – one that is customized for dietary restrictions (out of gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, soy-free, and nut-free), and one that is a gluten-free low carb box. They have a special going on right now for the Low Carb Box – anyone who signs up for an ongoing subscription between now and the end of July 2014 will get $3 off!
Health & Fitness Subscription Boxes
FabFitFun offers $120+ in Beauty, Fitness, Fashion, and Wellness Finds for only $49.99 per season. Full-size, premium products delivered 4 times per year.
Urthbox is a monthly collection of healthy snacks, beverages, and more. Focusing on non-GMO, organic and all natural products, everything you receive is full-size, not a sample. Boxes start at $19/mo and contain up to 30 full-size products for up at $100 value. Choose from classic, vegan, gluten-free, or diet boxes.
KLUTCHclub is a subscription boxes service that sends you a curated box of 9-12 health and wellness products every month. They guarantee that every box will include at least $50 of snacks, beverages, supplements, personal care products, workout dvds, healthy subscriptions and even gift cards. There are separate subscription boxes for women, men, and even moms and they range from $16-18/mo depending on how many months you pay for in advance.
More exciting are their specialty boxes which are $25/mo but are more specially tailored – current offerings are gluten-free subscription boxes, weight loss subscription boxes, beauty subscription boxes, subscription boxes for kids, and a “best of” box that contains the best of all worlds. A recent Best Of box included a bottle of HonestTea, a Kind bar, and a Lumosity subscription, among other things. KLUTCHclub also offers discounts on full-sized products of the samples they send.
This fitness subscription box ships monthly and comes with 5-10 supplement samples and a workout from a Muscle & Fitness magazine editor. Subscribers also get a free one-year magazine subscription to Muscle & Fitness, FLEX, Muscle & Fitness Hers, or Men’s Fitness. Right now, get 10% off protein bars with code BARS10.
Healthy Surprise is another healthy snack box, this one starts at $40/mo for 16-20 servings of healthy treats. All snacks are gluten-free, soy-free and vegan.
This company offers a variety of all vegan boxes. There’s a vegan snack box, a vegan beauty box, and then a wide and ever-changing selection of gift boxes and treat bags such as a truffle box (yes!), a vegan pet supply box, and a RawJuvenate vegan juice organic detox box. You can also order a healthy vegan starter kit to get you packed and on the road to dietary holiness.
For $10/mo Bulu Box will send you a new mix of 4 to 5 premium samples of health, nutrition and weight loss products. Order a whole year in advance and get one month free.
Happy Belly Box looks great for anyone who is vegan, doing a raw food diet, trying to lose weight, eating gluten-free, following a paleo diet or just looking for healthy snacks. They have delish sounding foods like banana walnut bites, gluten-free brownie bites, and chipotle chia crackers (what? I think that sounds good!). Through 12/31/13, if you enter code friends at checkout you can get 10% off your order.
The Paleo craze has hit the subscription boxes market! Get Paleo-friendly snacks delivered to your door with this monthly subscription PaleoPax. This service is so popular that there’s a waiting list right now to join. As of this writing, there were 221 people ahead of you, so you better get on that.
For $26.95, Sprig sends you a box with 10-13 servings of healthy, 100% gluten-free snacks. Products from previous boxes include: rosemary and orange pecans, organic cocoa nibs and gluten-free carrot chips. Picky eaters need not apply.
Travel Subscription Boxes
Candy Japan might be my favorite box. It’s a box of candy sent twice a month, direct from Japan. Guys, this one comes TWICE a month. And it’s candy! From Japan! Which means it probably has cute animals on it and is made from something you would not normally think to put in candy. WIN-WIN. Also, shipping is free, even to the US.
For $49.95/mo receive a monthly box of luxury items from all over the world. The average value of each Escape Monthly box is over $100 and each month is themed with a different destination. The most exciting part is that every month, one lucky subscriber wins a trip to the actual destination! Past destinations were Italy, Vermont, Hawaii, and the Pacific Northwest.
With Try the World, every two months you’ll receive a box full of gourmet treats from a different city around the world. The first box, shipping this month, is Paris. The next box, which ships in August, will be Tokyo. The box that ships in October will be goodies from Rio. Enter code HELLOFOXYTRAVELS for $10 off your first box!
Batch is a monthly subscription box tour of the South. There’s a Batch Nashville, a Batch Charleston, a Batch New Orleans, a Batch Birmingham, a Batch Austin, and a Tour of Virginia. Each box contains products that are special to that geographic area. Best of all, the site has a great selection of gifts. Enter code BATCHTASTIC for 10% off (only valid on seasonal and gift batches, not on regular subscription).
Select jewelry, home decor, or accessories, then for $29.99/mo you’ll receive up to 3-4 handcrafted items, created by an artisan from somewhere around the world, as well as a printed story about that artisan. The artisan’s set their own prices and they receive 100% of that price, plus the company (GlobeIn) invests an additional 10% of each item’s sale price back into the country of origin. Pretty cool.
For $25/mo Hammock Pack will send you everything you need for your “stay-cation.” Some previous themes were Italy, Camping and Beach Day.
Underwear Subscription Boxes
If you’re at work, beware when clicking any of these links!
“Underwear on autopilot.” Have a new, stylish pair of boxers delivered to your door each month for as low as about $27/mo. You can even order a pair of socks with it for an extra $10. First month socks are free.
This service has subscriptions for men and women. Answer a few questions about your preferences and they’ll recommend a pair for about $16. It’s kind of boring because you get to see what they are before they come, but on the other hand… you get to see what they are before they come. Which is nice. The site’s real cute. Right now if you sign up for their newsletter you’ll get $5 off your first order + free shipping. AND you’ll get a $20 gift card for every friend you refer!
This one’s an underwear of the month club just for men and let’s just say… there are some very attractive men on that website. I would not click that link if your boss is standing behind you, but if your boss is NOT standing behind you then I would DEFINITELY, DEFINITELY CLICK IT. Ahem.
This one also has subscriptions for both women and men, but based on the title you know which side they’re really on. Whereas Me Undies has a sort of edgy/pop/hipster feel, Panty by Post is very soft, feminine and vaguely vintage-y. They market their subscriptions as good bachelorette / wedding party gifts. Prices range from about $25-28.
Sexy Subscription Boxes
Blindfolds, fancy lube, full size sex toys – these boxes pull no punches, y’all. NSFW! (That means don’t click these links in you’re in a cubicle.)
Right now, if you sign up for a three-month subscription to the Monthly Teaser box and use promo code teas3rb0x you’ll get your first box free.
“Give date night a spanking!” That’s the tagline, guys! HOW CAN YOU GO WRONG. Sign up for Fantasy Box‘s newsletter and get 10% off your first box. Boxes range from $39-154 depending how fancy you want to go, and you can have them delivered monthly or bi-monthly.
This sexy subscription box has a new theme each month – some recent themes were Touchy Feely, Get Mouthy, and Dress for Succ-sex. Rowr! There’s PashPack subscription boxes for women, one for men, and one for couples. Shipping is free and always sent in discreet mailers for top secret sexiness.
PEEK IN THE MAIL (NSFW)
For $10 each month ($11 if you live outside the US), Balthazar will send you a naughty polaroid he took, most likely of an undressed lady. These aren’t your standard dirty pics though – he’s an artist and his photographs are really beautiful. (This should go without saying, but that website is not safe for work. Unless you have, like, a REALLY cool work. I don’t even want to hear it if you get fired.)
Paper: Books, Art & Photos
This is amazing. You tell Threaded Canvas what kind of art you like and what kind you don’t, then for $20/mo you get three premium hand-printed t-shirts in your size (XS – 4X), one high quality art print, and three small art pieces, all designed by independent artists around the world. What?? That’s amazing!
With this book subscription service, Powells delivers the best new books, with special attention to independent publishers. Signed first editions. Inventive, original sets. Exclusive printings. Plus a few fun surprises thrown in. Every six weeks you’ll receive a new treat. This book of the month club is magical for book lovers and it’s only $39.95 per volume.
The name Papirmass (pronounced “pah-purr-mass”) is a play on the Danish word for pulp. Over the course of one year you get 12 prints by 12 artists and 12 writers.
But they use the term “print” loosely because you might end up with a lot more than that. In their words: “You might get a 10-piece postcard set, a small book, a paper sculpture, a large poster, and everything in between. We’ve published wildlife art, folk art, graphic novel excerpts, collage, photography, graffiti-inspired portraiture, and many other strange and wonderful things.”
For $40-60/mo (depending where you live), Art in a Box will send a hand-selected piece of original artwork to your door. Each limited edition print is printed by hand using 100-year-old wood type on a manual letterpress. If you buy Art in a Box as a gift between now and the end of 2012, they’ll send you one bonus free print as a thank you. Instead of a style quiz, this site asks you to choose three adjectives to describe your taste in art. So artsy!
For $35 per quarter She Hit Pause will send you a large-form collectible Polaroid transfer with a “whimsical surprise” every three months. But these aren’t regular Polaroids, they’re Polaroid negatives transferred by hand onto watercolor paper, creating “dreamlike transfers described by some as ‘walking into a memory.'” Every Polaroid is signed by the artist and matted in 8×10″. Each box will also contain a surprise item that relates to the image and that’s selected by the artist himself. Rad!
I don’t know how to describe this so I’m just pasting this from the website: “Pen Pop Press selects vintage and obscure magazines for collectors and the curious. Each month, you’ll receive a magazine from that month but a previous year. For example, in July you could receive the July, 1953 issue of Screen Stories or the July, 1974 issue of Master Detective. Included in each mailing is an envelope of ephemera containing related photos, postcards, and pamphlets and a brief newsletter from Pen Pop Press.” For such a cool product, it sounds like a steal at $15/mo. For the right person, this would make the perfect gift.
Period Subscription Boxes
This is not a thing that I knew existed but after reading the ad copy on these pages, I’m now kind of totally on board. Basically, every month at the appropriate time you get a handy-dandy box in the mail with all the provisions you need for battle – er, for your period. I’m talking tampons, Midol, chocolate – the whole she-bang.
I’m on board with this for two reasons. (1) I CAN NEVER REMEMBER TO GO TO FREAKING WALGREENS. So it would be nice if tampons just magically arrived. (2) I really dread that time of the month and anything to make it seem more like Christmas and less like a miserable crampfest sounds like a plan to me.
The people who run My Cotton Bunny are super sweet and the first box came with fun treats like chocolate and even an American Apparel t-shirt. Plus, the box itself is adorable. A quote from their site: “We pledge to make the period itself disappear. We know it’s a tall order, but we are not frightened.” Get 10% off your subscription with code HELLOFOXY. (Closed September 2014) Choose your favorite brand of tampons (Playtex, Kotex, o.b., Tampax or Tampax Pearl), tell them when your next period is scheduled to start and set a few other preferences. Juniper Box is a little bonkers expensive ($28 – for 28 days in a cycle, get it?) but I dread those five days a month so much that anything to make me look forward to it sounds like a bonus. (Closed November 2013)
Subscription Boxes That Didn’t Fit Anywhere Else
Get $10 off your first box with code HELLOFOXY10. From their website: “Little Lace Box is a subscription service that delivers hand-curated, nearly impossible-to-find designer products directly to your doorstep every month. Your monthly Little Lace Box will also be brimming with high-end, brand name beauty, lifestyle, and home product samples to treat yourself to and dazzle your friends during your next night out.”
For $39.95/mo get a box of full-sized products and premium items in beauty, fashion, home, fitness, and food. These boxes are FOR REAL. This year’s November box included a gorgeous Michael Stars wrap, an Illume candle, a jar of Maison de Monaco preserves, a bag of sea salt caramel apple chips, roland pine shea butter bar soap, a tin of nail polish remover pads, a Lands’ End canvas wine tote, and a $30 gift card to CanvasPop. UM. FOR $39.95. Get on that, people.
Gifts of the Month Club is a service that offers a ton of different monthly subscriptions. Pickle of the Month, Mustard of the Month, Cookie of the Month, Hot Sauce of the Month, Puzzle of the Month – there are a LOT. There’s even a “variety” option where you can sign up to get a different subscription each month.
Get a delivery of fresh flowers every month or even every week. Flowers from The Bouqs are a flat $40 – no up-charges or hidden fees like you always get from other flower delivery services. The best deal in my opinion is $30 every two weeks – two weeks is about the limit that a good quality bouquet will last and $15/week to have beautiful fresh flowers in your house or on your desk at work doesn’t seem like a bad use of money to me. I spend that much on lunch sometimes!
For $30.95/mo receive a monthly shipment of a cigar cutter and five humidor-fresh, premium imported cigars. Order a full year and get $25 off. You can even schedule shipments to arrive every month or every third month.
Blind Surprise sends unique gifts based on your interests and preferences. They work with up and coming designers and artists so they can offer stuff before it even goes to market. Every month you (or your gift recipient) will receive a new mystery item.
Let’s face it – a lot of times when you buy an eco-friendly cleaning product, it doesn’t really work, or you buy some super healthy-looking raw food bar and end up throwing it out. There’s good stuff out there, it’s just hard to tell the good from the bad when you’re standing in the store – and depending on where you live, your local store might not have a lot of options. Conscious Box gives you the chance to try these products before you invest in the full size version.
For $22/mo Dive Bar T-Shirt Club will send a new t-shirt from one of the best, most interesting, or just most unusual dive bars in America plus some info/history about the bar itself.
Loot Crate contains “epic geek and gamer swag.” Each crate contains 6-8 hand-picked products and every month one subscriber is randomly chosen to receive a MEGA CRATE which is presumably much cooler than a regular one. I watched a Loot Crate “unboxing video” and it looks like a ton of cute, nerdy stuff like t-shirts, stickers and toys. A monthly subscription is $19.37 per month including shipping but you can save money by paying for several months at once.
SERE stands for Store, Equip, Rescue, Escape. This is a monthly box of survival gear to keep your family ready for any disaster or threat.
Last updated October 28, 2014