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Box It up With the Best Monthly Box Subscriptions

With the proliferation of monthly box subscriptions, we offer this guide for finding the best regular deliveries of candy, snacks and even toys for your kids.

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Monthly subscription boxes are all the rage these days, and there are subscriptions for everyone.

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Remember when you’d get a package or card in the mail as a child? The sense of excitement as you tore it open, wondering what was inside? Well, now you can recapture some of that thrill with monthly box subscriptions.

From food and fitness to pets and hobbies, there’s a box out there for everyone. Yoga? Check. Baby toys? Check? Men’s gear, hot sauce and yoga? Check, check and check. There’s truly a box for every taste.

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We rounded up some of the best monthly box subscriptions to show the impressive range of goodies available. Read on for inspiration and, perhaps, a little monthly gift-giving to yourself!

Monthly box subscriptions – Snack/candy

Graze

Snackers and foodies will love this box. Each month subscribers receive eight tasty snacks based on their preferences. The company has more than 100 snacks developed by its team, eschewing artificial flavors, colors, preservatives and high-fructose corn syrup. You can choose from protein-packed (Booster Seeds are a mix of pumpkin, sunflower and flax seeds), sweet (deconstructed carrot cake with ginger fudge, raisins, walnuts and carrot chews) and savory (garlic crostini, mini basil breadsticks and oregano rice crackers) goodies. Monthly boxes contain eight snacks and cost $13.99.

Japan Crate

My daughter and I are both huge fans of Japanese culture, so I signed her up for this box for Christmas. Boxes come in three sizes – mini, original and premium – and are filled with all sorts of Japanese candy, chips, crackers, goodies and more. There’s usually a do-it-yourself candy kit of sorts, which have ranged from Curious George butterscotch pudding to fizzy slime, which my daughter ADORED. Our favorites have been the Country Ma’am microwaveable mini cookies, matcha KitKats and barbecue Cheetos. A handy book – in English – explains all the snacks. Premium boxes usually contain a drink and one DIY candy kit. Mini boxes cost $12; original $25; premium $30 a month.

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There are a few options for monthly subscription boxes delivering beauty products.

Monthly box subscriptions – beauty

Birchbox

This just might be the grandmammy of all subscription boxes. Birchbox is often credited with jump-starting the subscription box boom, mailing out its first package of beauty goodies in September 2010. For just $10 a month, you’ll get five sample-size beauty products chosen for you based on your likes and dislikes. A recent box, curated by Reese Witherspoon, contained R+Co thickening shampoo and conditioner, Real Chemistry foaming cleanser, Benefit two-toned lipstick, Arrow brightening eyeliner, Beauty Protector thermal styling spray and Paula’s Choice anti-aging eye cream. Not bad for $10!

Play! By Sephora

OK, ladies: I’m sure you don’t need an introduction to the mother of all cosmetics stores/adult playground/oh-my-God-look-at-all-this-sparkly-lipgloss haven that is Sephora. For $10 a month, Play! By Sephora will send you five deluxe samples and a bonus fragrance sample. A recent Gleam Team box highlighted (ha!) items that sparkle and shine, including a GlamGlow illuminated moisturizer, a Bobbi Brown eyeshadow stick, Living Proof volumizing spray, Josie Maran skin finishing balm, Benefit’s Watt’s Up highlighter and a sample of Chloe perfume.

Monthly box subscriptions – for men

Gentleman’s Box

This is a perfect box for the dapper fella in your life. $25 gets him four to six items a month – usually a tie, some sort of accessory, socks, and a grooming sample – plus a one-year subscription to GQ Magazine. One especially swanky box – dedicated to the late musician Prince – featured a lovely pastel purple tie, navy and purple striped socks, and a handsome orchid-hued patterned pocket square, along with mirrored sunglasses and eye serum. Lookin’ good! Monthly boxes cost $25.

Loot Crate

This self-described monthly subscription box for gamers and nerds contains four items, from themed T-shirts and accessories to figures and books. August’s “Anti-Hero” box contained a Harley Quinn figurine, “Kill Bill” socks, an Archer T-shirt and a Hellboy coin bank. A recent crate held a “Labyrinth” T-shirt and assorted goodies from “Harry Potter,” “Vikings” and “Uncharted 4.” Boxes start at $15.99 a month.

Monthly box subscriptions – creative

New Hobby Box

Ever wanted to dabble in beekeeping? Or learn how to pick a lock? Or discover the vanishing art of bookbinding? Then you’ll love the monthly selections from New Hobby Box. Every month the company mails you a surprise box filled with all the goodies and instructions needed for your new hobby. A crocheting kit came with crochet needles, pins, thimbles, scissors and enough brown, green and black yarn to make a Yoda-inspired project. Cool, huh? Past boxes have ranged in price from $29.99 to $34.99.

SketchBox

For the creatively inclined, getting a SketchBox each month must feel like being a kid in an art supply store. The boxes are filled with four to six premium art supplies and a piece of art created from said supplies to inspire. Past boxes have featured metallic watercolors and markers with brushes, high-pigment colored pencils made from recycled cedar, and cool pan pastels with blending sponges. Basic boxes cost $25; premium boxes, which contain higher-quality supplies, cost $35.

Monthly box subscriptions – kids and families

Tinker Crate

Tinker Crate boxes are for kids ages 9-16+ who love to build and create. Every month, your child gets a STEM-based kit with all the parts, instructions and blueprints needed to put it together. Past boxes have included a do-it-yourself trebuchet that flings Ping-Pong balls, a hydraulic claw, and a fiber-optic star kit. Boxes cost $19.95 a month. The company behind Tinker Crate, Kiwi Crate, also has creative kits for younger children, and an art-based box for children ages 9-16+.

Awesome Pack

If you’re like most parents, you’ll do anything to pull your kids away from their screens occasionally. This box is the answer. Every month, you’ll receive a family board game, a fun science or craft activity, pint-size goodies and activities books. It also comes with a cool activity book/journal where you can write down how much fun you had with your goodies each month. Boxes cost $39.99 per month. There’s also a Big Kid pack for those young-at-heart adults who still love to play games.

Monthly box subscriptions – fitness

Cairn

Love the outdoors? So does Oregon-based Cairn, and the company has the monthly subscription box to prove it. For $25 a month, Cairn will send you four to five items of the raddest outdoor gear, clothing, emergency supplies, trail snacks and skin care basics (think insect repellent and sunscreen). It’s like a goodie bag for hikers, bikers, skiers, climbers and anyone else who loves to explore. A recent box contained Craft thermal gloves, All Good healing balm, a bar of JoJo’s chocolate bark and a deFunkit hand wash pack that’s supposed to keep your workout clothes smelling fresh and fine.

Ellie

If you’re always looking for new pieces of workout gear, you’ll heart this box. For $49.95, you’ll usually get a women’s fitness top, bra, leggings or capris, an accessory and a piece of equipment. A recent box contained black, blue and gray colorblock leggings, a seamless cobalt blue sports bra and a blue tank with a back-tie detail. It also came with a water bottle and a blue yoga mat towel. Na-ma-slay!

What do you think is the best monthly box subscription? Do you sign up for any that we talked about? Tell us about it in the comments.

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