Hello, I’m Sherry and I may have developed a slight obsession with subscription boxes. “Hi, Sherry!”
So I tried Stitch Fix last year and had three decent boxes by my stylists, and thus began a love affair with subscription boxes. Next I stumbled on a Groupon for BarkBox and thought, “That sounds cool. My dog would LOVE that.” Plus, I found a Groupon for it. How could I say no?
And that’s when the wheels started turning. I wondered how many possibilities were out there for subscription boxes. Um, turns out, there are a TON of them out there.
I’m going to share my “research” with you and see if you have any ones to add to my list. I’m organizing these by category and limiting each category to a few options.
And TIP: Go to MySubscriptionAddiction to find coupon codes and reviews before you order.
Food and Wine:
For those of us that love to snack, Graze offers up to 8 delicious choices for $ 11.99 a shipment. The choices range from nuts, seeds, fruit, granola, flapjacks, dips and dippers, savory snacks, popcorn, and snacks with “a touch of chocolate.” Even aromatic broths are available.
Customize your order and having the munchies at work or at home won’t be a bad thing because your’re prepared! Yocould sample all the choices for months before finding out your favorites–there are that many!
Hello, this is a Wine Club. What’s not to like? From the vineyard to your doorstep is the tagline. Create a palate profile (sounds fancy schmanzy), then Club W will make recommendations and you can receive your monthly shipments. My first three picks were $ 13.00 bottles and with a 50% off promotion for your first order, I could get the shipment for under $ 30! (Sadly, they cannot ship to AK, AL, AR, DE, HI, KY, MS, OK, PA, RI, SD and UT.) Otherwise, you’re golden, so give it a try!
Imagine: you could have the next Einstein at home. Encourage that scientific know-how with TinkerCrate. Billed as a laboratory for hand-on experiments delivered every month.Discover and learn about science, engineering, and technology through fun hands-on activities. Each box arrives with Kiwi Crate offers four different subscriptions depending on ages and interests of kids: Koala Crate play and learn for ages 3-4; Kiwi Crate for kids 5-8 about science, art and more; and for 9-16+, Doodle Crate for art and Tinker Crate for science and engineering. My son received the Tinker Crate on animation (pictured), which included a spinning zoetrope (so cool).
Tired of buying endless sets of Legos? Yeah, me too. I love that my son still like to play with Legos, but buying those sets gets expensive! Enter Pley, where members receive unlimited toys (one at a time) delivered directly to their door. Plans start at $ 19.99/month and include free delivery and unlimited rentals.
Main concern I had was: would the toys be clean? Pley says, “Absolutely! We clean and sanitize each toy after every use using eco-friendly and kid-friendly solutions. We use commercial grade high temperature washers to clean the toys thoroughly inside and out.” And have no fear-kids tend to look forward to the next shipment, so they aren’t as reluctant to send the completed one back. Great sharing teachable moment! Hey, we may gave just found a way to build the Death Star after all (because I’m not paying $ 400!)
I suspect this one may be new to most of you, but let me tell you, Targeted to parents of kids ages 4-10, each uniquely-themed box contains two complete craft kits and snacks for two kids (or one kid and one adult), plus a host gift for you. Subscriptions are just $29 per month with no long-term commitment. And your first box will be $ 14.50 if you subscribe by email. Boxes ship around the 2nd day of each month. The July box really impressed me because it featured the book Make a Stand by the 11 year old young lady who spoke at Disney Social Media Moms, Vivienne Harr and how she was inspired to sell lemonade for a year to raise money to free child slaves. More on Vivienne can be found at her website STAND and my story about hearing Vivienne speak at Disney Social Media Moms.
After looking at MANY beauty boxes, my teen settled on Beautycon as her favorite. Beautycon BFF members receive a curated box, four times a year. That seems to me to be the only disadvantage because once she starts getting these, I could see my teen wanting a beauty box every month. That said, she LOVED the assortment of makeup products, accessories and jewelry. And believe me, she scrutinized the various subscription boxes out there and likes this one the best (although she was also really digging ipsy). $ 29 seasonally (every 3 months) or $99 for the year.
Birchbox At $ 10/month, I’m all over this one. Great price point and cool products. Birchbox promises: “Your samples will include beauty products from all different categories, including makeup, skincare, haircare, and fragrance. You’ll get to try cult favorites, new launches, and more.” Every month, Birchbox lets subscribers pick between a curated box (all samples revealed) or a single sample choice and be surprised by the rest of the items. The reviews of Birchbox praise the bang you get for the bucks: My SubscriptionAddiction says of the November box,”This box has a value of about $51 – amazing for a $10 box! In most cases I think curated boxes are the way to go to guarantee a good value, and this month Tati really did a great job at picking samples of brands I like and high-value items.” Sold!
Clothing and accessories hand-selected by a personal stylist, delivered to your door. It’s super easy: fill out a personal style quiz that will inform your stylist on your likes and dislikes. You receive FIVE personalized pieces to try. Keep what you want and return the rest. The styling fee is $ 20 which you can use towards your final order. Plus, you can select what day your Fix arrives and specify what pieces you definitely do not want (like no accessories or hole-y jeans).
My March Stitch Fix earned high marks and this review. I kept all five selections, and when that happens, you save 25% on everything!
If you try Stitch Fix, could you please use this link so I might get a referral credit? I thank you and my wardrobe thanks you!
I love the slogan for Dollar Shave Club: “A GREATSHAVE FORA FEW BUCKS A MONTH. No commitment. No fees. No BS.” Well now. That’s pretty straightforward! This club will save me from runs to Target for razors. Three levels of blades (ranging in cost from $3, $ 6 and $9 a month-including shipping). Satisfaction guaranteed, and can be cancelled at any time. The humor of this brand is awesome! Just watch any of their commercials and you’ll see what I’m talking about! I’m thinking a gift subscription for someone is in my future.
BarkBox is the subscription that will have dogs’ tails wagging! What is BarkBox? “For humans, BarkBox is a monthly delivery of toys, treats, and chews. For dogs, BarkBox is like the joy of 1 million belly scratches. From heavy chewers to special allergies, we paw-pick the best natural treats, chews, and innovative toys to match your dog’s unique preferences.”
It contains a combination of treats, chews, and toys, ususally centered around a theme. October’s box was a New York theme (pictured) with a taxi cab and Statue of Liberty stuffed toys, NY deli style treats, and a rawhide chew. Our dog Millie gives it two enthusiastic paws up because she loves treats AND toys. I do have to be careful letting her have rawhides because she will sit there and eat the entire thing and try to swallow the last bit whole when I try to take it from her, but you can customize your BarkBox to request certain items. Problem solved!
Millie’s referral code for Barkbox if anyone was thinking of ordering-thanks!
I’m mentioning these last 2 because I think they are totally cool. Wonderful Objects is storytelling through physical objects. Interesting items for your home, wearable delights (from baubles to scents), limited edition art, and more. Each box contains 3-5 objects hand-picked to transport you into a world of wonder. Be advised: there’s a much higher price point on this one: one quarterly box is $ 54, two quarter prepay is $ 96 and four quarter prepay is $ 172.80. But hopefully the whimsy and adventure of each box is well worth the price.
You won’t know exactly what to expect because “[m]ystery is a key element to the mystery boxes. Wondering what you’ll receive in each shipment and the anticipation of the theme is a huge part of the process of imagination. That said, we promise to deliver high quality, creative objects. They will come in a variety of categories including small home goods, decorative objects, stationery, paper goods and writing implements, and whimsical odds and ends.”
I’m hoping to try this one out and have a personal review posted soon.
Faithbox is a monthly Christian box of inspirational quotes & scripture, actions to enrich your life, and amazing products from companies that do good. Every box feeds a child in need through the Rice Bowls partnership.
Contains a daily devotional along with curated products from companies with positive missions that Faithbox believes in. Pricing: $20 for a month to month box, the 3 month plan for $ 19 per box and $ 17 per box for the one year plan. A friend of mine RAVES about this one, so I’m gonna jump all over this one!
There you have it! Subscription boxes make perfect gifts for the holidays–or suggest one as a gift for yourself.
Question: Have any piqued your interest?
Or what one(s) have I not included that you recommend and why?