20 Subscription Services You May Not Know Existed!
Chances are you remember a time when subscription services didn’t exist.
Before 2004, subscription services hadn’t been created yet, unless you consider things such as newspaper and magazine subscriptions, or maybe Charles Chips and the milkman. These were really just subscriptions and services, not subscription services like the ones available today.
Thanks to the world wide web, you can subscribe, for a fee, to a huge variety of niche products and have them delivered to your home on a regular basis.
These subscription services are most commonly referred to as subscription boxes (because most of the products are delivered in a box), and most can be customized to fit your individual preferences.
These days, there are hundreds of subscription boxes available, from movie passes to wine boxes to book club boxes.
With Christmas just around the corner, you might think about your list as you scroll through these 20 subscription services. What a great gift to give - the gift that keeps on giving!
Subscription #1: GrandBox
GrandBox is a subscription for grandma and grandpa. Each GrandBox is curated for grandparents and seniors including at least 5 items reflecting a monthly theme.
In addition, you can personalize each box with five 4 x 6" family photos and a personalized note. This is a great box to sent to your parents, or tell your kids this is what you want for Christmas!
One reviewer says, "I have an elderly uncle on the other side of the country that doesn’t answer his phone. This is the BEST way I’ve been able to show him he is always thought of—the price and quality is unmatched by other boxes for older folks." –Laura R.
GrandBox costs $33 per month, or you can opt to do a 3-month prepay for $94.50, a 6-month prepay for $180, or a full year in advance for $360.
Subscription #2: TeaBox
Maybe you prefer to start your day with tea instead of coffee, or maybe you like an afternoon cup of tea. Whenever you like your tea, TeaBox is the perfect way to get a variety of teas.
With a TeaBox subscription, there are no fees to join – you only pay for the plan. Subscriptions are done on a monthly basis and cost $39.99.
Each month, you will receive a themed box with 5 premium teas, 1.05 oz. each, totaling about 65 cups, and shipping is free worldwide.
Subscription #3: Try The World
Have you ever wanted to try food from other countries? With a subscription to Try The World, which packs it boxes with international delights, you can have that opportunity.
Try The World’s Snacks box subscription start at $19.00 a month and contains 6 all natural snacks from around the world to satisfy your cravings.
The Countries box subscription has 7-8 gourmet foods, cooking ingredients, snacks, and drinks, which gives you everything you need to create authentic cuisine at home. These boxes start at $39.00 per month.
Subscription #4: Home Chef
Home Chef is the perfect subscription for anyone who hates going to the grocery store. This is a customizable meal delivery service for meat eaters and vegetarians alike.
Starting at just $7.99 per serving, you can have fresh, pre portioned ingredients with easy to follow recipe cards shipped straight to your home every week.
Home Chef rotates their recipes weekly which always gives you something new to choose. Of course, you can always choose your favorites if you prefer.
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Subscription #5: Taste Trunk
If you’re tired of eating the same old thing, you might want to give Taste Trunk a try. They carry gourmet foods and treats that typically can’t be found in large stores.
You can choose from Gourmet, BBQ, or Sweet subscription boxes, with each starting at $142.
How it works:
- Choose your box
- Select the number of months for your subscription, 3-6 months
- Choose your delivery date
- Enjoy its contents
Taste Trunk also has Curated boxes from $49, and Build A Gift boxes in which prices will vary. Each of these are one time deliveries.
Subscription #6: Jackie’s Chocolates
Chocoholics beware! Jackie’s Chocolate will send you a half-pound (about 15 pieces) of gourmet chocolate every month.
Subscriptions start at $27.50 and can be for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months. Each box contains an assortment of creamy milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, with various fillings such as nuts, marshmallow, caramel, and creamy fruits.
As a special treat, holiday and seasonal treats will be included when appropriate.
Subscription #7: Firstleaf
For you wine lovers, Firstleaf is America’s #1 Awarded Wine Club!
Subscription crates, including 6 bottles of wine from Firstleaf, are $90.00/$15.00 a bottle including shipping. Their industry leading, patent-pending technology matches you with the perfect wines.
How it works:
- Take a short quiz for matching purposes
- Receive a custom Introductory Crate
- Rate your wines
- Begin receiving monthly curated club orders
Firstleaf is proud of their 100% money back guarantee. If you don’t love your bottle of wine, they will refund 100% of your money, and you don’t even have to return the bottle.
Subscription #8: Craft Beer Club
Craft Beer Club searches across America to find the best micro-breweries and brings their beers straight to you.
Each subscription box contains:
- Selection from 2 breweries
- 4 different styles of beer
- 3 beers of each style
- 12 beers total
You can get a subscription monthly, every-other-month, or even quarterly. Each box is $42.00 with free shipping. There is no membership fee and you can cancel your subscription at any time.
Subscription #9: Frank And Oak
Frank And Oak is a Montreal based clothing and accessory company that is environmentally friendly. At least half of their products are produced using recycled materials with eco-friendly procedures.
How it works:
- Answer questions about you and your style
- Frank And Oak expert stylists and an algorithm choose clothes for you
- Preview your box and make changes
- The box is shipped to you
- Keep what you want
- Send the rest back within 7 days for free
Items range in price from $29-$149, so the price of each subscription box will vary. There are no membership fees, and you can skip a month or cancel at any time.
Subscription #10: Dia & Co
If you have a hard time finding clothes that fit right and make you feel like you, check out Dia & Co. They offer stylish plus size clothing, sizes 14-32, that let you express yourself.
How it works:
- Fill out a style quiz
- A personal stylist will choose clothes for you
- Add up to 3 items to your box
- It ships directly to your door
- Try on the clothes at home
- Keep what you want and return the rest
There is a $20 styling fee per box that is applied to anything you keep. Each item is priced separately, so the price per box will vary.
Subscription #11: Nicely Noted
Maybe you’re a writer, or maybe you enjoy sending cards to your friends or relatives. Either way, Nicely Noted will fix you right up.
This stationary company will send you three beautifully created handmade cards, complete with envelopes and stamps for just $20 per month.
Never be caught without the perfect card for any occasion again.
Subscription #12: BarkBox
Even your furry friends can get in on the monthly subscription craze. That’s right, for as low as $22 per month, Rover can get his own box of treats and toys.
Once a month, BarkBox will send you a themed box with 2 toys, 2 bags of all-natural treats, and a chew for your pup to enjoy. All you have to do is tell them the size and breed of your dog. It’s that easy.
Subscription #13: Care/Of
Do you ever feel overwhelmed trying to decide which vitamins and supplements would be best for you? Care/Of makes it easy.
Through a series of questions, Care/Of will formulate a recommended list of vitamins, supplements, minerals, herbs, and/or probiotics tailored just for you.
Once the list is generated, you can order what you want. Each month, you will receive a box with 30 personalized packets containing your choices. The packets are personalized with your name and have an inspirational or funny quote just for you.
The packets start at $5 and go up from there, depending on what you choose to have included, and the shipping is free on orders of $20 or more.
Subscription #14: Handy
If you need – or just want – help around the house, Handy is ready to assist you. This is one of the subscriptions that doesn’t come in a box, because Handy sends actual professionals to your home to help you with:
- Handyman tasks
- Outdoor projects
- Home renovations
Prices will vary depending on the project and amount of time needed to complete it. Visit Handy to get a quote.
Subscription #15: Dollar Shave Club
If you’ve ever bought a razor, you know how expensive they can be. Dollar Shave Club is a subscription service that actually saves you money on razors and toiletry items.
For $5, you will receive a starter set with trial sizes of several shaving products. After trying the products, you can customize your subscription box from what you liked.
You can get a box whenever you like from monthly to three times a year. Prices of the subscription boxes will vary depending on the items chosen, but they will be offered at a discounted price.
Subscription # 16: Moviepass
Are you a movie buff? Is going to the movies an ideal way to spend a Saturday afternoon? If you answered yes, you need to check out Moviepass.
For $19.95 a month, you can watch one movie every day.
Download the app, search for participating movie theaters near you, choose a movie, and use your Moviepass to get your tickets.
With Moviepass, you can actually afford popcorn and a soda while you watch your favorite flick.
Subscription # 17: Book of the Month
Avid readers are always looking for a good book. Book of the Month lets you choose from the five best new reads each month. The team searches through hundreds of new releases to find the five best books coming out that month. You get to choose your favorite, which is then shipped to your home.
The price per month for the subscription is $14.99, and you can skip or cancel anytime.
Subscription #18: Big Reads
Maybe you are into genres other than just self-help. In that case, Big Reads might be a perfect book subscription for you.
With Big Reads, you choose the genre, and they choose the book. Plus, all books are shipped in a new, large-print version that's much easier to read.
The subscription is $19.99 per month with a $3.50 shipping charge. When giving this subscription as a gift, they will include a personalized note from you to the recipient.
Special features include online cancelation, and you can skip months as you see fit.
By letting Big Reads choose the book for you, it's like getting a surprise in the mail each month.
Subscription # 19: Thrive Causemetics
Experts suggest replacing mascara every 3 months to prevent eye infections, but it can be quite the hassle to actually do it! Thrive Causemetics makes it easy to replace your cosmetics on a set schedule with their free subscriptions.
For example, you can choose to have a new mascara shipped to you every 1, 2, 3, or 4 months – and shipping is free!
What's even better is that for every product you purchase, Thrive Causemetics donates to help a woman thrive.
Subscription #20: MistoBox
Are you looking for an invigorating way to start your day? MistoBox offers over 500 fresh-roasted coffees to give your morning routine a boost.
How it works:
- You are matched with one of over 50 coffee curators who gets to know your tastes
- The curator chooses the perfect coffee match for you
- Coffee is then fresh-roasted, packed, and shipped to you
- You choose when you want it shipped
Subscriptions are based on the number of 12 oz. fresh-roasted bags you choose. Subscriptions for 2 to 24 bags of coffee are available for $20.00 a bag, and each box contains one 12 oz. bag of perfectly roasted coffee.
Which Subscription Service Will You Try?
Whether you enjoy a monthly surprise, or you want to gift a subscription to a loved one, subscription boxes and services are a fun way to enjoy the things you love.
Let us know in the comments section below – which subscription service will you try?
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