So have you set yourself up with a subscription box yet? All the kids are doin’ it! Its the Jam of the Month Club but Internetified.
The process is pretty simple.
You find a service which appeals to you, and for a fee (usually in the $15 – $30 per month range) you will receive regular deliveries of goodies which are likely to be to your liking.
It’s like having someone’s Pinterest board come to life in your mailbox.
Or like getting a CARE package from a nutty relative, who in return only demands money.
There are a lot of options available, ranging on topics from health and beauty to food and fitness to crafts and kids.
A subscription to Japan Candy will set you back less than $25 a month and you’ll get a random assortment of imported treats twice a month. Their site does advise that the packaging is all in Japanese. So if you have food allergies, either proceed with caution or take a crash course in kanji.
Lazy Busy parents might consider a subscription to Co-Ed Supply for their student away from home. Each box contains healthy snacks, hygiene products and entertainment in the form of music and games (betting those are in the form of downloads.) Nothing says “We miss you, honey” like a granola bar and some tampons mailed by a stranger!
One outfit will send you black socks – three pairs, three times a year, $90. Just. Socks. I’m sure they are great socks, but $90!?! That’s like, my sock budget for a decade.
For all the geeks in da’ house there are several options geared toward you.
Loot Crate is aimed at Geeks and Gamers. Their basic plan is around $20 per month. They show past crates on their site, and it looks like pretty fun stuff. Each month one lucky member wins their Mega Crate filled with top-shelf bonus items.
Booty Bin is also aimed at us nerds. Their starting price is closer to $30 a month, and they seem to include a few more items than the Loot Crate folks. And I do like their piratical theme.
Nerdblock rounds out the competition for your discretionary funds. They start at $19 per month, and distinguish themselves from the competition by including a t-shirt in your size with every month’s shipment. That’s a great perk! Of course, Nerdblock is affiliated with ShirtPunch, so if you like the designs they put out, this may be the service for you.
I have also seen more rarefied subscription services which offer “curated” subscriptions. This lets you know that Someone Important has hand selected these Very Fine items for you. Ashton Kutcher curates one. So does Justin Timberlake. I’m guessing that a lot of celebs will follow suit.
The folks at Quarterly Co have turned curated subscriptions into a cottage industry. They have DOZENS of options available, curated by authors, artists, designers, and musicians. They feature such Web luminaries and culture-shapers as Jason Kottke, Bill Nye, Nina Garcia, Pharrell Williams, Mark Frauenfelder and Veronica Belmont.
DISCLAIMER: This post is for informational purposes only. I have not tried any of these services yet, and I’m not saying you should. If you do try any of them, come back and let me know what you think. Not every surprise is a good one, your personal satisfaction may vary. Having stuff is nice, but only YOU can make you happy. Namaste, y’all.