15 subscription boxes you should try
Just because you’re staying home more often doesn’t mean you have to miss out—and this is especially true thanks to the recent phenomenon of subscription boxes, which conveniently bring everything you need right to your front door. Wondering if you should try a subscription box and how you can get started? We have the answers you need.
What is a subscription box?
Essentially, a subscription box is a package of goods delivered to your door that cater to a specific need: clothes, snacks, activities, and more. You can sign up for a subscription box, and, for what is usually a monthly fee, you will receive a box each month that contains the items you (hopefully) want or need.
What’s inside the box?
No, we aren’t quoting Brad Pitt. These subscription boxes vary in content based on what you ordered them for—it may be a selection of business-casual work clothes, a STEM-related activity for your child, or a collection of healthy snacks. It’s up to you to decide what company to order from and which guidelines to give for your products.
Do I need this in my life?
It’s your call, but many people find that the convenience of having items shipped directly to them can be very useful, especially as people are at varying levels of comfort when it comes to leaving their homes right now. You should be aware that many of these subscription boxes offer a free trial or give current users free boxes to send to their friends or family, so it might be worth it to try one for a month or two to see if you think the value matches your expectations.
What kinds of boxes are there?
We’re glad you asked, because there are a few. The popular categories include fashion, food, and fun—i.e., activities for kids that offer enrichment and learning opportunities. While the content varies, the basic concept is the same. You sign up for a subscription to the box of your choice, answer some questions about your preferences and desired outcomes, and wait for the first box to arrive. But, since we know that the whole point of a subscription box is the customization it offers, we’ve broken down a few of your choices in each category.
Frank and Oak’s Style Plan: This company combines style with eco-friendly clothing options, offering ethically sourced style options for both men and women.
Stitch Fix: You’ve likely heard of this one, because it was offering subscription boxes before they were cool. You team up with a stylist to select clothing and accessories that are just right for you.
Gwynnie Bee: These stylists offer similar choices to Stitch Fix but take their offerings a step further by curating clothing for a wider variety of sizes, meaning your odds of finding a good fit are pretty high.
Nordstrom Trunk Club: If you’re a Nordstrom fan, this subscription might be just right for you. Trunk Club gives customers the ability to choose from their favorite Nordstrom brands. Bonus: You don’t have to subscribe every month to use the Trunk Club.
thredUP Goody Box: thredUP offers a subscription that is meant to meet a thrifty budget without sacrificing style. You can choose from your favorite brands while still making your wallet happy.
Food & Snacks
Blue Bottle Coffee: Coffee makes the world go round, so Blue Bottle is going to send it right to you. There’s even a free trial.
Hello Fresh: This subscription has gained a lot of popularity for its ease of use and ability to get you out of having to cook dinner every night.
Purple Carrot: If you are a vegan, you will want to check out this plant-based food subscription service. Their website offers a chat feature to answer all of your FAQs.
Candy Club: Do you have a sweet tooth? Then you need to learn more about this box that delivers your favorite sweet treats.
Snack Crate: International snack connoisseurs, this box will allow you to sample some snacks that aren’t in your local grocery store for a truly unique experience.
Amazon Book Box: If your children are avid readers or you just want to expose them to more books, this subscription is worth investigating.
KiwiCo: For the kids who are into science or art, these STEAM-based boxes are full of fun and educational hands-on activities to enrich your child’s school year.
Lovevery: These boxes are for the babies in your life and are designed to engage their brains as they begin to explore the world around them.
Brick Loot: If you haven’t experienced the agony of stepping on a LEGO, are you even a parent? This subscription ensures that your kiddos have all the LEGO sets they could ever want.
Sock Panda: Those missing socks are a thing of the past, because this box is full of uniquely designed socks that will comfort you as you search high and low for all the pairs that are MIA.
If you want to try out a subscription box, do some research and see which of these is the best fit for you! Remember, many of these boxes come with a free trial or other promotion, so you may even be able to test a few until you find the perfect fit. Happy subscribing!