You may have time on your hands, but online shopping can be a blast, or a total drag. For those who don’t want to spend tons of times combing through cyber options, subscription services are on the rise. Basically, it’s like having a personal curator at your fingertips, and what is more fabulous than that?
Box subscriptions, in which you sign up for a monthly or quarterly delivery of curated goods, have become the go-to for those interested in staying on top of the market’s newest products. There are subscriptions available for designer clothing, beauty and makeup, workout gear, food, wine, books, you name it. No matter what your interest might be, there’s probably a box subscription for it.
Check out these five unique box subscriptions for your next online shopping spree:
Known for being the first to share the latest in beauty and lifestyle products, FabFitFun sends out quarterly boxes that not only have full size beauty samples, but also fun extras like candles, scarves, or designer earrings. Boxes start at $49.99 per quarter, and members can customize their preferences as well as purchase various add-ons. Other perks include members only sales, workouts via their FabFitFunTV channel, and an online member community.
Fans of style maven Rachel Zoe will love these quarterly shipments of her hand-picked designer items. Each box promises more than $400 worth of style and beauty products, and can include everything from clothing to purses to jewelry. Subscriptions start at $99 per quarter, or you can prepay for a year, which gives you not only the four quarterly boxes, but access to special promotions and add-ons.
For the guys who love to add to their wardrobe but don’t particularly like to shop, The Tie Bar’s subscription service will send them three new ties (or socks!) every three months. Stylists select the newest in tie fashion, with options that include skinny ties, extra-long ties or bow ties. Prices for a one-year subscription and 12 ties start at $199, and for those who don’t want to make a year-long commitment, six-month subscriptions are also available for $99. This would be a great gift for your guy while you are at home together.
Wine connoisseurs, rejoice! VineBox subscription service sends you samples of some of the newest and most delicious wines on the market. Each quarter, you’ll receive a box with nine single servings of selected wines, with information on each varietal, the winery and why they chose it. This makes a great gift for friends and family, or just a wonderful treat for yourself. Prices start at $79 per quarter.
If coffee and a good book is your idea of fun, My Coffee and Book Club delivers a 12oz. bag of gourmet coffee and two new hardcover books to your door every month. You get an option of ground or whole bean coffee, and can pick your favorite book genre, which includes popular fiction and non-fiction, horror, mysteries, romance and thriller. Subscriptions start at $38.99 per month, with three, six or nine month pre-paid subscriptions offered at a discounted rate.
Jody Ellis is a freelance writer who specializes in beauty, health, travel, fashion and style. Her work has appeared in publications such as LennyLetter, Huffington Post, BBC Future Planet, Civil Eats and Eater.