Investing in box subscriptions is an investment in yourself. Save yourself time and refocus that energy into productivity, self-care, hobbies, interests, etc., while other people do the work for you (because you’re a queen).
Some people like their whiskey neat; I prefer it on the rocks. How do I like my wine you ask? Well, I like it delivered to my doorstep.
In a thorough investigation of God’s gifts to earth, I’ve come up with the following: first, there was the Garden of Eden, then Adam and Eve, a few more things in between, sliced bread, Oprah–and then box subscriptions.
First of all, for those of you who are late to the party, a box subscription is a recurring delivery of niche products. These products range anywhere from food and beverages, to clothing, beauty products, pet supplies, books, gardening tools, and even sex toys–you name it, they probably have it. There is literally a box for everyone and everything. I even searched “slime” on cratejoy.com (an excellent reference to explore the hundreds of box subscriptions) and there’s a monthly subscription for the “slime lovers” (I didn’t even know that was a thing).
But let’s really talk about it. Investing in box subscriptions is like buying back time in your day. Who wouldn’t want that 25th hour? They provide the luxury of getting your must-have items, specifically catered to your taste, delivered right to your doorstep. Think about how much more time that would give you. Look at Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg. The billionaire wears the same grey shirt almost everyday in the name of making as few decisions as possible and staying focused on how to best serve the Facebook community. If wearing the same outfit everyday will help me become a billionaire, where do I sign up? Jokes aside, he has a valid point. Why waste energy on making decisions that could be made for you and yield the same amount of satisfaction? That’s basically the beauty of box subscriptions.
Here are few of the most popular box subscriptions:
Winc (formerly known as Club W) is one of many popular wine subscriptions at your disposal. In partnering with farmers, vineyards, and winemakers from around the world, membership is free with wine starting at $13 a bottle. Answer six questions about the flavors that interest you, and they’ll provide you with a curated list of wine selections that suit your palette. Each month they deliver up to four bottles.
Craft Beer Club pulls together exceptional craft beers from around the country and then delivers the monthly beer club selections to your doorstep. Each monthly Craft Beer Club selection is produced by small-production, independent artisan craft beer brewers who use traditional brewing ingredients, creative techniques and time-honored brewing methods to create their brews. The club is $42 a month for 12 beers. The beers will most often come in a bottle but 4 shipments out of a 12-month period we will include cans.
Simple Loose Leaf Tea Company delivers four loose leaf teas monthly ($9) or quarterly ($27) to its recipients. Behind water, tea is the world’s most consumed drink. The many nuances and varieties of tea rival the great wines of history, and the beginning of the tea revolution is just now starting here in the United States.
Blue Apron is a a meal delivery service committed to a farm-to-table lifestyle. Each week, they send recipes and fresh ingredients to make three or four different meals; the plans are $59.94 and $69.92 respectively. They also have a $65.99 box subscription for wine.
Graze is a food-based subscription that provides a better way to snack healthy and tasty. With over 100 nutritionist-approved graze snack options, subscriptions starts at $13.99 per box or you can purchase snacks a la carte where products range from $3.99 to $8.99 on average.
Jerky Snob is a monthly craft jerky club determined to make a jerky snob out of you. Prices range from $15 a box to $54 depending on how much jerky you want. Flavors include Fire Creek of various assortments, Wild Boar Hickory Snack Stick, and Sweet Chili Habanero.
Need an Outfit?
Stitch Fix is a monthly clothing and personal styling subscription service for men and women that “evolves with your tastes, needs and lifestyle.” To get started, you fill out a style style profile with your tastes, size and price preference with a stylist. Then you request a delivery for which you receive five pieces of clothing (even before you’ve actually subscribed!). Then you keep/buy what you want and send back the rest with free shipping.
Golden Tote keeps its subscribers on trend and under budget. With everything from clothing and bags, to accessories, jewelry and shoes, each month they release a new collection for which you can decide whether or not to buy. The three plans are as follows: for $59, you pick one item and get one additional surprise item; for $89, you get three items, all of which are a surprise; and for $149, you pick two items and get three to four more surprise items. Sounds like fun!
EBY (Empowered By You) is another great subscription created by Sofia Vergara and Renata Black. Their whole business is about “an empowering brand of underwear that’s comfortable, cute, and sexy.” Let’s be honest, no one wants to wear Victoria’s Secret “cheeky” underwear all the time. You can choose to received one pair for $16 a month, or three for $45.
Wake Up Flawless?
Birchbox was one of the original beauty subscription boxes. In a monthly package, they provide five sample products tailored to your skin, hair, and style based on your beauty profile. For only $10 a month, you can easily and efficiently try and purchase a wide range of beauty products. There is also a Birchbox Man with tailored shipments of grooming and lifestyle products.
Glossybox, as indicated in the name, actually comes in an actual glossy-box packaging. This monthly subscription sends its users five hair and skincare products for $21 a month. As it stands, the service is currently provided in 10 countries. Glossybox also educates users on the latest beauty treats, trends, and tips.
PopSugar Must Have box prides itself on providing full-size beauty and fashion products every quarter. The subscription is $75 per quarter, and the annual is a one-time fee of $270. The “Must Have It Add Ons” is a way to shop POPSUGAR editors’ latest obsessions on your phone via text. Each week, they’ll send Must Have products right to your phone. Simply reply “yes” to purchase, and the product is yours.
Dollar Shave Club (commonly referred to as DSC) delivers razors and other grooming products to men across the country. The first month is only $5 and comes with four executive razor cartridges, an executive razor handle, the “Shit, Shower & Shave Travel Kit,” and the Bathroom Minutes. The following months start at $9 a month. As cited on the site, “DSC has what you need to look, feel, and smell your best.”
The Tie Bar offers their own subscription of premium quality menswear by providing 12 of their best selling ties in sets of threes, every three months over the course of a year for $199. Other packages include six months of ties for $99, and six or 12 pairs of socks for $45 and $89 respectively.
Basic Man is just that, the basic necessities. Each month the subscribers receive a t-shirt, boxer-briefs, and socks. But don’t worry, the styles change from month to month. Stop wasting time shopping for underwear and indulge in the basic man package for $19.99 a month. Fun fact: the underwear has a “destroy by” date to discourage people from holding onto their underwear for longer than necessary.