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14 Surprising Subscription Boxes You’ll Want To Sign Up For

Subscription Boxes

If you’re a regular follower of my blog, then you probably already know that I’m a big fan of online shopping. I really love the convenience of being able to shop around from the comfort of my own home! And when the box arrives on my doorstep, it’s like getting to open a Christmas present! (Except that it’s usually a gift from me, to me.) ;-)

But one thing I love even more than shopping online is automating my online shopping! I wrote a whole post about how much I love and use Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program, which allows me to get regular shipments of stuff we use all the time, like toilet paper, my favorite makeup, etc. (You can check out that post by following the link below.) But I’ve recently been exploring other kinds of online subscriptions, which has lead me “down the rabbit hole,” so to speak, into the wild world of subscription boxes.

Related: How To Use Amazon’s Subscribe & Save Program

There must be hundreds of different subscription boxes out there, so rather than trying to talk about all of them, I thought I’d pick a few of the ones that piqued my interest to share with you today. The items in these boxes range from office supplies to fishing lures, and almost everything in between. And I’m particularly excited because a lot of the boxes we chose to feature are offering a special deal just for OGT readers! So read on to learn more about some really cool subscription boxes, and maybe score a sweet deal while you’re at it!

14 Surprising Subscription Boxes You’ll Want To Sign Up For

Subscription Boxes

1. White Brick Lane

About The Box

White Brick Lane offers a monthly print subscription, which gets you a beautiful new 9×9″ canvas print each month. These lovely canvas prints feature uplifting art and quotes that will inspire you all month long! Upon subscribing, your first shipment will include a canvas print as well as a bamboo display stand at no extra cost.

These canvas prints are surprisingly sturdy and the paper is obviously very high quality. I also love the style of the prints – classic, while still being on-trend! And the price is right too, in my opinion, because a high-quality print with a bamboo stand could easily run you $20 elsewhere!

Price

The White Brick Lane print subscription costs $12 per month.

Special Offer

If you’re ready to receive a monthly dose of inspiration from White Brick Lane, use the coupon code “wbl25” to receive 25% off your first month!

Subscription Boxes

2. Sparkle Hustle Grow

About The Box

Sparkle Hustle Grow offers a monthly subscription box designed with female entrepreneurs in mind. Each box has 4-6 items to help with your business and productivity (like inspiring books, super-organized planners, and cute office supplies!) Along with the goodies in each box, you’ll also get access to special online trainings that will help you grow both as a person and an entrepreneur.

Our photographer Kaitlyn insists that the online training alone is worth the cost of the entire subscription! She also loved how many useful items were included in the box, and says she’ll use them all the time.

Price

A subscription to the Sparkle Hustle Grow box costs $39.95 per month, plus $6 for shipping.

Special Offer

If Sparkle Hustle Grow is the box for you and your small business, use coupon code “ONEGOODTHING” when you order to receive $5 off your first box! Cannot be combined with other offers. Valid for new customers only. Click here to get started.

Subscription Boxes

3. My Garden Box

About The Box

My Garden Box is a monthly subscription that’s perfect for gardeners, would-be gardeners, or anyone who loves plants. Each box contains up to 3 live plants or bulbs, as well as various items for the care, maintenance, and decor of the plants. You may receive houseplants, flowering perennials, holiday bulbs, succulents, and more!

We were all surprised at how much is included in My Garden Box! Not only did we get a box full of cute little succulents, but there were also planting instructions, cute pots, and decorative stones to put around the plants. And I can’t tell you how nice it was to have just the right amount of potting soil for this project. I hate having half-empty bags of potting soil lying around after I’m done planting, but that wasn’t a problem with My Garden Box!

Price

My Garden Box costs $29.50 per month, plus $12.99 for shipping.

Special Offer

If you’re ready to embrace your inner gardener with My Garden Box, use the coupon code “JILLEE25” when you order to receive 25% off your first box! Expires October 31st, 2017. Click here to get started.

Subscription Boxes

4. Woven Pear

About The Box

We here at OGT have been big fans of Woven Pear socks since a friend of ours (Hi Alma!) did some design work for them a few years ago. They’re not just any socks – these are some of the cutest and most comfortable socks ever! And you can get them sent right to your door every month by ordering their Sock Box! Each Sock Box includes 3 pairs of Woven Pear socks, designed exclusively for subscribers. (Ooh, cute and exclusive!)

Price

The monthly Sock Box from Woven Pear costs $24.99, and shipping is free!

Special Offer

If you’re ready to infuse your life with the joy of cute socks, use coupon code “GOODTHING15” when you order to receive 15% off your first box! Click here to get started.

Subscription Boxes

5. RawSpiceBar

About The Box

If you’ve been to the grocery store lately, then you probably already know that high-quality spices tend to come with a high price tag. Instead of buying overpriced spices that were probably ground quite a while ago, you have another option: RawSpiceBar. RawSpiceBar will send you 6 freshly-ground spices and spice blends each quarter, with enough of each to cook 2 meals per week for 4 people. Then change things up the next quarter by choosing totally new spices!

Price

Each quarterly shipment from RawSpiceBar costs $26, and shipping is free!

Special Offer

If you want to liven up your spice cabinet with RawSpiceBar, use coupon code “QUARTERLYSPICES” when you order to receive 20% off your first quarterly subscription! Click here to get started.

Subscription Boxes

6. KiwiCo Crates

About The Box

KiwiCo offers several subscription boxes designed for curious kids! They have 5 different “crates” for different ages and interests, each one packed with educational, creative, and engaging products. These monthly crates make it easy for busy parents to provide their children with activities that will help them learn, create, and have fun!

We were able to dig through a Tinker crate (a science and engineering-themed box for ages 9-16+), as well as a Doodle crate (an art and design-themed box, also for ages 9-16+). We thought the projects in each box were the perfect mix of fun, creative, and educational!

Price

Each KiwiCo crate costs $19.95, and shipping is free in the U.S. Click here to get started.

Subscription Boxes

7. LOLA

About The Box

Now here’s a bright idea – a monthly subscription box for your “monthly visitor” (otherwise known as your period). The LOLA subscription box gives you the menstrual products you want in once-a-month shipments, or every other month if you prefer. And the best part? LOLA pads, liners, and tampons are made with 100% organic cotton, meaning no troubling mystery ingredients near your sensitive areas. And you can mix and match products to create your own unique box that just right for you!

Price

The LOLA subscription box starts at just $9 per month, and shipping is free!

Special Offer

If LOLA sounds like the subscription box for you, use coupon code “ONEGOODTHING” to get 60% off your first month. Click here to get started.

Subscription Boxes

8. LitJoy Crate

About The Box

Book lovers (and parents of book lovers) rejoice – this is the subscription box you’ve been waiting for! The LitJoy Crate helps you build your home library by regularly sending you new-release books. You can choose from a monthly Young Adult crate, a quarterly Middle Grade crate, or a monthly picture book crate. Each crate contains 1-2 books, as well as 2-4 hand-picked items that go along with the books.

Price

LitJoy Crates range in cost from $29.99 to $34.99 each, plus the cost of shipping.

Special Offer

If you want to experience the LitJoy for yourself, use coupon code “ONEGOODTHING10” to receive 10% off your subscription! Expires November 1st, 2017. Click here to get started.

Subscription Boxes

9. Foodstirs

About The Box

When you join the Baker’s Club from Foodstirs, you’ll receive creative and delicious baking kits every other month. Each box includes ingredients, decorations, and equipment for making a fun and sweet treat! The ingredients in the baking kits are all organic, non-GMO, and fair trade. And the recipes are kid-friendly enough that you can get the whole family involved!

Price

Each box is $14.99. Foodstirs offers subscriptions that are limited to 1, 3, 6, or 12 kits.

Special Offer

If you’re ready to get baking, use coupon code “OGT20” to receive 20% off your order, sitewide! Click here to get started.

Subscription Boxes

10. Mystery Tackle Box

About The Box

We’ve talked about a few boxes for the ladies, but what about the guys? (Or the girls who aren’t afraid to rock a pair of waders?) We haven’t forgotten you, and neither has Mystery Tackle Box! Mystery Tackle Box is a monthly subscription box that includes new fishing products every month. It’s a great way to try out new lures and tackle that you may not have tried before.

Price

The regular Mystery Tackle Box goes for $14.99 per month, while the Pro and Local boxes cost between $25 and $30 per month. And shipping is free!

Subscription Boxes

11. Blue Apron

About The Box

It simply wouldn’t be a post about subscription boxes without mentioning one of the best ones out there – Blue Apron! We’ve posted in the past about how much we like making meals with Blue Apron, but I think it bears repeating. :-) Customize your preferences to receive 2 or 3 meals per week for 2 people, or choose the Family Plan to receive either 2 or 4 meals per week for 4 people. The ingredients are shipped fresh to your door, along with instruction cards with plenty of photos and great cooking tips.

Price

Each Blue Apron shipment costs between $59.94 and $71.92, depending on what plan and options you choose, and shipping is free.

Special Offer

If you’re ready to brush up on your cooking skills with Blue Apron, use this link to get 3 free meals!

Subscription Boxes

12. Rocksbox

About The Box

Rocksbox is a subscription box that allows you to “rent” 3 pieces of stylish jewelry for as long as you like! When you’re ready to swap them out for new pieces, just put your box into the reusable envelope and send it back! You also have the option of buying the jewelry if you find you just can’t part with it. The monthly subscription fee you pay will be automatically applied toward the purchase price of the piece you want to keep!

I love, love, LOVE this idea for a subscription box. I love dangly earrings and statement necklaces, and I could spend a fortune on accessories. But with Rocksbox, I don’t have to! I can try out new pieces for an affordable price, and then swap them out whenever I’m ready.

Price

A Rocksbox subscription is $21 per month. (It’s also worth noting that you can swap your Rocksbox out for a new one as many times per month as you want!)

Special Offer

If you want to try out some fun new accessories, use coupon code “onegoodthingxoxo” when you order to get your first month free! Click here to get started.

Subscription Boxes

13. FabFitFun

About The Box

If subscription boxes with a more specific theme aren’t really your thing, check out FabFitFun! The FabFitFun subscription box keeps things interesting by including a variety of beauty, wellness, fashion, and fitness products. The items are full-size, and you’ll receive a new box every season. The specific items in each box are always a surprise, but subscribers are guaranteed to receive more than $200 in value in each box!

Price

A subscription to FitFabFun costs $49.99, billed quarterly. There is also an option for sign up for an annual subscription where you get all four boxes for $179.99 a year, which is an instant $20 savings. Shipping is free!

Special Offer

If you want a subscription box that is as fab, fit, and fun as you are, use coupon code “onegoodthing10” to receive $10 off your first box! Click here to get started.

Subscription Boxes

14. BarkBox

About The Box

Here’s another box that we’ve posted about here on the blog – BarkBox! BarkBox is a monthly subscription box that’s just for your pooch. Each box has a unique theme, and includes 2 toys, 2 bags of all-natural dog treats, and a chew. Frodo the Sheltie (who belongs to our Production Manager Brittany) did a great job as the canine model for this photo. The safari-themed box intrigued him greatly, as you can see!

Price

A BarkBox subscription costs $29 per month, and shipping is free in the lower 48 states. Click here to get started.

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  • I am retired and fortunately can spend what I want when I want but, I have never understood why people would spend money for something someone else picks out for them. I too like the idea of a subscription service for things that I know I am going to use. Anything in the boxes you listed can be found online at numerous places – I personally prefer to pick out what I like versus paying a premium to receive something I may or may not like.

  • Jillee, what an amazing post!! Thank you so much for sharing. I had no idea about some of these. I love the gardening one, and if you go out and price a few plants, it would pay for itself quickly! Right now I am not in a place financially to purchase, but will keep in mind when brighter days finally arrive!! God bless to all and stay safe! :>)

  • You just showed me how to spend an extra $401 per month. Shame on you. Don’t you know a lot of people are vulnerable to spending money on the advice of someone they don’t know. Negative “one good thing!”

  • sounds like throwing money away to me. Why would i want to spend that money- even just $20- on unknown items? it’s like a high priced “grab bag”. You have no idea what you are getting. You may love everything in it but you may not like/need anything in it. Seems a lot smarter to order what you need from a site where you can chose exactly what you want.

  • What a great list of subscription boxes! I One or two of these can be an addition to my Conceiveeasy. If you’re trying to get pregnant, you may wanna check them out too. you get pregnancy tests, opks, and more.

  • Thanks for your info! I love your posts and find that they are very helpful. One box that was not listed is Ipsy, a cosmetic box that I think is better than birchbox and is only $10/month. You should check it out

  • I can’t tell you how GREAT the Bark Boxes are – or how wonderful their customer support staff is! We’d subscribed for nearly a year and our little dog, Rockette absolutely loved every one of them. There is always quite a mix of stuff from toys to treats. So many items are unique. Unfortunately our little girl got cancer and passed away after about three months – she was only three years old. We notified the Bark Box staff to cancel our subscription and got a really nice, heartfelt note back. We got our last box after she’d passed away and the tears just flowed from me and my wife. We just adopted another little dog and will be resubscribing. I have to say that their emails and in-box literature are almost worth the price. What a bunch of creative people. Oh, and our little dog liked the boxes almost as much as what was inside.

    • So very sorry to hear about your dog passing. Glad they were so very nice to you as well. That goes a long way, doesn’t it? We lost our Simon over a year ago, and our hearts still break. We also recently rescued another dog, totally different from Simon but he’s a good boy.

      Take c

  • I like the Lola idea. But the ones featured aren’t comparable to what I use. I love the Fab, fit, fun box , but with my tight budget I can’t justify the expense.

  • A different perspective is that many of these gift box subscriptions are small start-up businesses themselves. Perhaps not local to your neighborhood, but probably someone working with their family & friends to fill up the boxes & ship them.
    Amazon’s “Fulfilled by Amazon” program has been a boon for small businesses. Their products are featured on the US’s biggest shopping site & Amazon handles the logistics of storing inventory & shipping. Small businesses are able to focus on their products & sell far more than they could from their homes or small offices.
    I rarely shop in store any more because the product I need never seems to be in stock. I had to go to 3 stores to get the battery I needed for my car key. If I’d just ordered from Amazon, I would have already had it on my door step. I’d rather be home enjoying my family & a good book than going from store to store to find a battery! :)

  • Goodness gracious. I agree with many of you that these large companies like Amazon are putting smaller companies out of business, and it’s a shame. However, there are many reasons why a person might choose online shopping. Some people are on a tight budget, and their limited money will go to wherever they can get the most bang for their buck. Some people have social anxiety and don’t want to deal with crowds. Many people have physical issues that keep them from leaving the house on a regular basis to purchase these items elsewhere. Places like Amazon have been hiring left and right, and delivery places like FedEx are also hiring to keep up with the increase in online purchases. Although it may put the Mom and Pop business out, it does bring lots of other jobs. Shaming Jillee or others who use these online services is a waste of time. I’m sure they’re all perfectly aware of small businesses closing. And despite the changing face of our businesses from small family-run to large corporation, your shaming will not stop it, and it won’t give others enough health or money to spend at a local place.

    • Exactly – it is crazy not to understand that while big business may not be local, big box stores hire local and they use many local services, give back to the communities that they are in, provide benefits and paychecks for our neighbors and generate income for local businesses. Thank you!

  • I agree with Deb & Carol L who commented above. I think some of these prices are outrageous for what you “might” receive in a box. I didn’t feel the incentive at all to make the plunge to subscribe. Do ordinary Americans save so much money through your blog (which I really do adore) that they are able to spend this kind of money to receive a “mystery subscription?

    I notice one of the most interesting and best-priced boxes isn’t included here. That’s the Wal-Mart Beauty Box. Even that $5 box, which is loaded with great introductory samples, seems like a waste of money sometimes.

    So, I’m saying this didn’t seem like OGT this time, Jillee!

  • I have a Bark Box subscription and my dog loves the treats. The boxes have a different theme each month and the toys and treats follow that theme. It’s super cute. However, by the end of the subscription I will have enough toys for her entire lifetime. They say you can cancel at anytime but that isn’t true. You can only cancel the subscription from renewing. So if you sign up for a year, you’re stuck for a year. I’m surprised that they’re getting by with it. So buyer beware. The nice thing is that they are reasonably priced. I pay $20 per month and comes with 2 pkgs. of treats, a chew bone and 2 toys. I could pay that just for the treats at a pet store. Shipping is free too.

  • Bi know of 4 local businesses who no longer exist because they could not compete with online companies. I worked for one of them. We even had customers looking for fabric (I worked for a quilt shop) and then immediately. Go to their smart phone to see if it was available on Amazon and then walk out purchasing nothing. Remember, when you buy local, you get personal service and you help keep you neighbors working.

  • I typically like your posts however this one reeks of “payback”: outrageous prices for a ‘box’ & items that are worth less than half the offered price. For heavens sake, visit your local nursery or bookstore or grocery store.
    Or use the money to hire a ‘personal shopper’ … I’ve been in consumer products for decades and this one is just too OTT…give your local business owner the $ & get out of the house!

  • Jillee, like you I love to receive packages in the mail but remember that our local stores employ our neighbors. If everyone continues to purchase their everyday items online at some point our local stores will close and jobs will be lost. I use Amazon and other sites for items that I cannot purchase at my local stores. I used to own a yarn shop and was dismayed when potential customers would come in and touch feel look and photograph my yarn with their smartphones then leave and buy online. I could not compete with some of the online sites. When my Mom grew ill I sold the shop.

    • I’m so sorry about your situation. We have become a nation of walled in people. People who want no human contact, who text and order everything online, talk to few people if anyone, even close relatives! We read emails or texts instead of calling or even writing letters, watch videos for education instead of joining classes, play online games with others from all over, without knowing who they are or where they are instead of playing outside for health and exercise, Are ‘social’ with strangers from everywhere and share all of our lives with them via pictures…often to physical or mental harm. It is sad, and we are TEACHING our kids to be totally separate from everyone by these actions. It is actually scary. I too, order things that I can’t get locally anymore, which seems to be more and more! Don’t complain when you can’t get things by going to a store, or when everything is done by robotics (Roomba, anyone?) and they have no compassion for an individual situation or listen to your special instructions…WE have created this situation all by ourselves. Get out, get active physically and know your neighbors and local shopkeepers, keeping them in business. Be social by BEING with others that we know and others that we meet IN REAL LIFE! Join a class and learn with others in the same room. Thanks for letting me be vocal about something that I am very passionate about.

      • Carol, I so totally agree with you.
        I also agree that most of these prices and shipping costs are totally outrageous! If you are a middle-class working person you really cannot afford to spend this kind of money on frivolous things!
        I’ll shop at the store thank you. And support my hometown businesses. I detest even shopping at Walmart and Target!
        They have put many small businesses out of business.
        Love your blog Jil, but this one is a no go for me.

  • Tried ordering with Lola but the code was not accepted. Do you know why? I was sad and didn’t want to order with only $5 off versus your 60%off. Do you have any suggestions on how I can order it with your code?

    • It should be working just fine! You have to click the button that says “have a promo code?” right underneath the button that says “proceed to checkout.” :-)

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