What are Subscription Boxes?

Subscription Boxes are packages you pay to receive in the mail as part of an ongoing subscription - or to put it differently - wouldn't it be great if every once in a while a surprise came to your doorstep? With a subscription box you typically do not buy a specific package but rather sign up to be surprised with a fun box through the mail. It is similar to the idea of a "grab bag" or "surprise bag" except you can hand choose the theme of the contents and how often you want to be surprised.

Why order a subscription box?

Typically there are two great purposes for subscription boxes - they make incredible gifts and are a great way to indulge in our own interests.

  • For Gift Giving: A subscription box is better than just giving a regular present, because instead of a one-time gift a subscription box reminds the receiver every month just how much you care. There are enough subscription boxes available to really customize the gift to be perfect for each person - and you will win huge points for originality. For those of us that are not particularly fond of shopping, subscription boxes also take all the hard work out of searching for presents; simply pay someone else to hand select a variety of unique gift items for you! In many cases, you won't even have to wrap it! There is one caveat: keep in mind the amount of time it will take to ship a subscription box to the receiver. To get past this setback most of the boxes will offer you a card or letter that can be printed for you to present to them instead with a message similar to "Congratulations! You have been enrolled for a subscription box! Get ready to receive amazing products in the mail for each upcoming month!". The mystery of what they will receive only further adds to the excitement of the subscription boxes.
  • For Yourself: Let's be honest - with so many subscription boxes available, you are bound to be tempted to get a few of them for yourself. Sometimes it can just add a layer of convenience to your life to know that you will receive a monthly package of goods each month. Do you go through hot sauce entirely too fast? Or you're always looking for hard to find beers? Take a break and let someone else do the shopping for you. Subscription Boxes are also very useful as monthly reminders to help improve - whether a romantic subscription for couples to liven their relationship or a weight loss box to give you the added motivational boost.
  • How do you choose the right subscription box?

    There are literally hundreds of subscription boxes - with new ones coming out every day. The journey of choosing your perfect box can sometimes be overwhelming. Our site is organized to coincide with what we believe to be the best way to select your monthly subscription:

  • Step 1: Choose your category. Although it sounds basic, knowing what subscription box to get begins with really thinking about who the box is for. Our categories are divided into several key interest groups helping you view multiple boxes that would fit right off the bat. Simply click "Discover" and see the full options available. Sometimes you may not be able to decide on even that - but we've got you covered. Simply choose the "Men" or "Women" option to see preselected recommendations from a variety of categories that will surely be a hit.
  • Step 2: Read the Reviews. Once you see some boxes that look interesting you should check (usually in the following order) the description, price, and rating. Then narrow your choices down to 3 or 4 options and begin digging into the reviews. Once you have the perfect box picked out - click the "Subscribe Now" button and be taken directly to the subscription box's website to select the options you want.
  • Still need some help?

    Check out the Staff Picks section to see some of our favorite boxes. Of the hundreds of boxes we've reviewed, these stand out as our ultimate favorites. Or if you're up for some fun - simply click the Random section and be take your ideas in a whole direction with a completely random choice.

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