Tips / The Best Subscription Boxes to Add Spice to Your Life

You know that feeling you get when you receive a big wrapped present or care package? The anticipation and excitement of opening it up and discovering the novelty and wonder within? Now you can buy that feeling. With the proliferation of online shopping, a new type of product, called a subscription box, has entered the ecommerce market. Basically, you pay a flat fee each month (or quarter depending on the frequency of the chosen box) for a package to be shipped to you, containing various items carefully selected by the subscription box producer. Often the items in the box will have a combined value doubling or tripling the price of the box. There are hundreds of different kinds of boxes to which you can subscribe, each with a different theme and selection of items. Of course, some boxes are better than others. This list will take you through the most popular and highest rated subscription boxes. Give one of them a try. It might be just the thing you need to add some variety and spice to your life.

POPSUGAR Must Have
POPSUGAR is currently one of the hottest women’s lifestyle publications on the net. Now they are leveraging their knowledge of cutting edge women’s products and passions to bring forth a subscription box composed entirely of the lovely things any woman could appreciate. Cool and unique items from the worlds of fashion, beauty, fitness, and more are included in each month’s offering with boxes starting at $39.99. Last month’s box consisted of…

• BLISS MICROMAGIC Microdermabrasion Treatment
• GREENMARKET PURVEYING CO. The Archivist Diffuser Kit
• SAMUDRA Pink Piña Zip Pouch
• WET BRUSH The Squirt
• KNOCK KNOCK What to Pack Pad
• HALFPOPS Halfpopped Popcorn
• BENEFIT COSMETICS Roller Lash Mascara and Porefessional

Timothy Ferriss Quarterly Box
This is the most expensive box on our list, but the value is fantastic. It is curated by Timothy Ferriss, author of the book, The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life. ‘Obsession’ is the mysterious guiding theme behind these boxes, which are filled with items which have made an exceptional impression on Timothy Ferriss. To give you a better idea of what that means, the boxes contain items related to travel, adventure, and design. Each box is $100, but the value of the items is well above that. October 2014’s box contained…

• Shine Activity Tracker by Misfit Wearables
• Grid-It Organizer by Cocoon
• Ciltep by Natural Stacks
• Tumeric Ginger Tea from Rishi Tea
• ..and more!

Wantable Accessories
Wantable Accessories will send you a care package of three to five fashion accessories each month. The best part about this box is that you get some customization options so you receive the styles and types of accessories you would want to wear. The first box is $40 but subsequent boxes are $36. Last month’s box consisted of…

• Eva Scarf in Mint
• Delany Headband in Gold
• Emily Necklace
• Tracy Necklace in Pink/Gold

Nerd Block
Nerd Block is pretty self-explanatory. Basically, it is a monthly collection of trinkets and items for those with a keen interest in geek culture and people who never really grew out of playing with toys. Each box will contain a graphic T-shirt and an assortment of memorabilia which any pop-culture fan will find delightful. There are different tiers of nerd blocks (some for kids, some for adults, and theme variations for video game geeks and horror geeks) and prices vary from $13.99 to $19.99 per month. February 2015’s Nerd Block consisted of…

• Better Call Saul Vinyl Figure
• Flash Popsicle T-shirt
• Cliccors
• Star Wars Comic
• Nerd Play Series 1 Trading Cards
• Paladone Drum Desk Set

Five Four Club
The goal of Five Four Club is to dramatically reduce the amount of time men spend shopping for clothes. Each month, Five Four sends men two or three clothing pieces based on their size and style specifications. If you’re a jeans and T-shirt guy, there’s a box for that. If you’re a working professional who needs to dress the part, there’s a box for that too. And if you’re somewhere in between… well you get the idea. Boxes cost $60 but the value of each averages around $130. March 2015’s box consisted of…

• A grey zip-up hoodie with removable hood
• A blue plaid button down shirt with button flap front pocket.

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