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Subscription Addiction

Monthly boxes offer value, convenience and an element of surprise.

One might say subscriptions have “come a long way, baby,” as the pre-arranged delivery of print publications have given way to the delivery of everything from preplanned meals to makeup, affording recipients the ability to try a wide range of products geared specifically to their demographic and interest levels.

The subscription box, as it is commonly referred to, usually arrives monthly and generally costs anywhere from $10 to $40, although some can be started for free before converting to the paid model.

Arriving on the scene in 2010, the marketing concept has since exploded into hundreds of options for consumers. The most successful boxes offer value – sometimes two, three or even four times what you paid – if every item in the box is appealing and useful. They satisfy the surprise factor because you never know what will arrive. And they offer convenience with selections already made for you and prearranged payment processing.

From beauty to jewelry, pets to cooking, men and moms, women and babies, there is a subscription box for everyone and every area of interest. Sleuthing is easy on the Internet and there are several review sites if you are not sure about the quality or selection of the offerings. 

For Men

Dollar Shave Club delivers fresh razor blades each month. You choose the shaver from three offerings and price points and they take it from there. The most expensive plan is $9 a month.

For Women

POPSUGAR Must Have delivers full-sized items of the best in fashion, beauty, home, and more valued at more than $100. The subscription cost is $39.95 and shipping is free. They also offer discount plans for purchasing multiple months up front.

For Foodies

Blue Apron is a weekly subscription that makes home cooking easy, healthy and fun. Depending on the plan and size of your family, Blue Apron will deliver 2-4 seasonal recipes and proportional ingredients each week on the days of your choosing. The always-fresh ingredients arrive in a refrigerated box and come with the instructions and photos for a perfectly prepared meal. Pricing averages out to around $9 per serving and shipping is free.

For Children

There are a plethora of offerings in this category so you’ll need to pay attention to the target age and what the boxes cater to – education, reading, crafts, outdoor activities, etc. A couple of highly rated boxes for kids are Kiwi Crate, which includes materials and instructions to complete two to three projects centered around a monthly theme and Tinker Crate which leans more heavily on science and technology projects. Both run $19.95 per month.

For Your Pet

One of the most successful subscription box businesses is Bark Box. You simply choose the size of your dog and the plan you wish to subscribe to and every month, your pup will get a box full of toys, treats, gadgets and chews to keep him entertained and happy. Prices range from $19 to $29 depending on the plan.

Beauty

Birchbox is a fun and easy way to sample the latest in beauty products. Subscribers receive four to five selections each month for $10.

For the Fashionista

Stitch Fix is basically a personal styling service and works a little differently. When you sign up, you complete a size and style preference profile and each month you will receive a package of fashions to try at home. You only keep the items you love and return the rest in a pre-paid envelope. The service is $20 per month but that fee is deducted from the items you choose to purchase. 

Health

Bulu Box contains four or five vitamin and supplement samples designed to assist in all areas of health for $10 a month. 

For more information go to Subscription Box List and Directory at boxes.hellosubscription.com