Knock knock – special delivery: we’re introducing you to “out of the box” subscription boxes that we’re crushing on. True – your overstuffed mailbox can be a pretty depressing place, chock full of credit card applications, ads, bills, and more bills. Turn it into “your happy place” by gifting yourself subscription boxes filled with fun and exciting products like liquid lipstick, best-selling books, pet toys, and lots more surprises. Think of it like the holidays and your birthday all stuffed inside of a cardboard grab-bag. Here are five unique subscription boxes we’re crushing on right now.
Outdoor girls, it’s time to pull your hair into a pony; slip on some killer rain boots; and get ’er green with Cairn. For $25 per month, you’ll get a monthly subscription box overflowing with inspiration for your adventures.
Snack on Mountain House Neapolitan Ice Cream, slather yourself in top-of-the-line sunscreens and insect repellants, toss first aid equipment and emergency fire starters into your survival pack, and rock ultralight beanies, socks, gloves, and shirts. (Our favorite says: the outdoors isn’t going to explore themselves.) If you refer a friend or churn out a product review, you can also earn free swag or subscriptions.
2. Kitchen Table Passport
Globe-trotting foodies: tuck away your flimsy boarding passes, shred your lost luggage forms, and forget beating time zone tiredness: you’re in for the ultimate staycation. Kitchen Table Passport, at $24.95 per month, is a mini-trip in a cardboard box.
Boost your culture knowledge with 8″ x 5” cards featuring bite-sized facts, and two to three locally-sourced mementos, like Buddhist amulets from Thailand, ”moomin” cookie cutters from Finland, Bulul necklaces from the Phillipines, that allow you to hold a country in the palm of your hand. Use the novice-proof recipe and international spices to whip up exotic eats for up to twelve people. Bonus: scan the boxes QR code for foreign beats that’ll transport your kitchen onto another continent.
3. Vegan Cuts Makeup
Crushed cochineal beetles, snail slime, bee venom, animal fat, fish scales: what animal parts or animal byproducts are in your makeup bag? According to Humane Society International, every year more than 200,000 animals are killed so we can pluck, powder, and pop. Makeup mavens, say goodbye to the “beauty is pain” mentality because Vegan Cuts Makeup Box offers full-size, cruelty-free makeup ($39.95 per quarter).
From Lippy to Luxe lacquer, you’ll receive the trendiest shades each season, all based on your skin tone and color preferences. Each box has a $70+ value and comes with bonus beauty tools like the My Lash Secret Eyelash Curler.
4. Yarn Crush
Hello, Little Miss Crafty. It’s time to kick start your inner fashionista with Yarn Crush, for $29.66 per month. From elegant evening bags adorned with crystal-studded rosettes to Estelle Market Bags, you’ll fall head-over-heels for the company’s chic physical and PDF patterns. From merino wool to cashmere to alpaca, you’ll also receive 100 grams of eco-friendly yarn and a free gift. Past goodies included a 100% organic cotton drawstring project bag and themed stitch markers.
Oh my, bobbles and lace: you’ll receive all the trappings that’ll make your project runway ready. On a yarn diet? It’s time for a fabric cheat day. With a retail value of more than $50, Yarn Crush is a party for your mailbox – and your wallet.
5. Earth Wax and Fire
Get decor delivered to your door. Each month, Earth Wax and Fire will send you an individually signed and hand-made ceramic dish for $27 per month. Paperclips, tea bags, soap, or butter: these dishwasher and microwave safe bowls will spruce up any room in your house.
You’ll also get a lightly-scented artisan candle straight from the land of Israel. You’ll also receive one designer accent, like fiery fall leaves, ceramic heart pendants, or Hamsa Hands (talismans that ward off the evil eye).