Top Subscription Boxes Your Family Needs

Household subscription boxes are all the rage these days. For between about $10 and $30 a month (and up), you can sign up for a themed box (think beauty, sweet treats, crafty kid stuff, coffee, tea, wine, and yes, even something for the dog) that’s delivered right to your door. Part of the fun? While you’ll have an idea of what you get, the specifics likely vary from one month to the next. And that makes every box a fun little surprise. We’ve found a handful of subscription boxes that you just have to try.

Gourmet cookies delivered to your door. Enough said, right? The Cravory is a niche subscription for all the cookie lovers out there. Pre-paid and monthly subscriptions vary from a modest six cookies at nine dollars every month to two dozen (which will run you $36 every month).

Fretting about stale cookies? Stop worrying. The Cravory heat-seals every cookie fresh from the oven, pops them into a bed of crinkle paper to keep them safe during travel, and ships them out in glossy white gift boxes so they arrive perfectly fresh at your door. All cookies ship within 24 hours of being baked, so you’re guaranteed that fresh-from-the-oven flavor.

Cookie boxes from The Cravory will feature standard flavors and bonus flavors of the month – and they’re pretty outrageous. Vanilla malt, tiramisu, pistachio or guava cheesecake, anyone?

Get your cookie subscription on here.

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There are at least half a dozen beauty-based subscription boxes around now, but Birchbox was one of the first. You can personalize your profile to avoid certain colors and fragrances, for example, and every month’s box has a handful of fabulous, high-end beauty, grooming and/or lifestyle samples (and often a full size as well). There’s a Birchbox for men and women, and the company has evolved its offerings to let customers choose a surprise box or one that’s been curated by a special guest. The second option loses the element of surprise, but some people like knowing exactly what they’re getting. You can also upgrade your standard $10/month box with fun add-ons.

A bonus with Birchbox? Review your samples for points that you can cash in! One hundred points adds up to $10 off when you shop Birchbox. Get extra points for referring friends too.

Get your Birchbox – and up your beauty game – here.


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Tailored to kids ages three to ten, these award-winning, eco-friendly craft, creativity and science kits get your kids thinking, learning and discovering. Every box comes with three to four creativity and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) science kits that have been designed by experts to let kids tinker productively. All materials and instructions are included, with extras thrown in for fun. Themes like Outer Space, Kitchen Science, Ocean and Mad Scientist will vary from month to month. The monthly theme extends to an online collection of reading lists, activities, games, puzzles and more.

Green Kid Crafts boxes start at $19.95 per month. Sign up for three, six or twelve-month subscriptions to save a few bucks every month.

Get your kiddo thinking with a Green Kid Crafts box here.

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This one is for the dogs. Literally. Get your pet in on the monthly subscription fun with a box of personalized goodies. Your monthly Barkbox comes with toys, all-natural treats and products that are all tailored to your dog’s size. You can expect between four and six items in each Barkbox, and the company promises never to repeat an item. Everything is chosen with an eye to health and stimulation. You can choose to buy just a single Barkbox for $29, or sign up for an annual plan at $19 per box. There are also options for three months ($24/Barkbox) and six months ($21/Barkbox).

Ten percent of all Barkbox profits are donated to shelters. The company’s BarkGood program works with more than 3,000 shelters and rescue organizations in the United States and Canada.

Tip: If your dog has an allergy, you’re in luck. Every Barkbox is soy, wheat and corn free and there’s also an allergy-friendly Barkbox for those furry friends with allergies to chicken, turkey and beef.

Get your pup a Barkbox here.


Samples of the world’s best teas, gourmet coffees and personalized wines handpicked to suit your palate – that’s what you get with Tea Sparrow, MistoBox and Club W, respectively. Sample four teas from the world over – about 35 cups of tea per month – for $20. For you java lovers, $12.99 per month gets you a personalized selection of artisan-roasted coffee. And it’s the fresh stuff, too. Your coffee will be on your doorstep in fewer than three days from roasting time. Even better – you have complete control over delivery time, so your service from Mistobox will match your coffee habit. Vino lovers can complete a Palate Profile over at Club W, then get three bottles of wine for $45 per month. Buy more and save on shipping. And this is exceptional small-lot wine from vineyards all over the globe – you’re beating retail prices and enjoying the benefit of delivery.

Wine up here, get your tea on here and keep your coffee habit going strong here.

Tea Sparrow

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We haven’t forgotten the foodies. Taste Trunk offers gourmet and sweet subscriptions filled with premium artisan products from small-batch brands. They’re presented beautifully – so they make great gifts – and you’ll enjoy treats like gourmet oils and salts, finishing sauces, baking mixes, dessert sauces, baked goods, fine chocolates and more. Pick your poison (sweet, gourmet, BBQ, healthy chef or the monthly sampler for a bit of everything), then choose your subscription length of three months to a year. This is one of the pricier subscription boxes out there, but hey, sometimes you get what you pay for.

Treat yourself to fancy nosh here.

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Meat lovers rejoice! ButcherBox is serving up 100% grass-fed beef, free range chicken, and pastured pork from vendors you can trust. Starting at $129 a month, the service sends you seven to 10 pounds of meat on dry ice directly to your door.

However, ButcherBox is more about quality than quantity. According to Founder Mike Salguero, the mission at ButcherBox is to make grass-fed beef more accessible to everyday people than ever before.

And accessible it is. Get your grill on with ButcherBox here.

No time for the grocery store? No problem. Blue Apron will send you everything you need to make a healthy meal. Select the meals that look the most interesting to you and receive farm-fresh, seasonal produce, meat with no added hormones, sustainably-sourced seafood and recipe cards to make your meal. There’s a two-person plan or a family plan, and pricing varies depending on which one you select.

There’s also Blue Apron wine to help take your dinner to the next level. Each wine is hand-selected to pair perfectly with Blue Apron Meals.

Get in the kitchen and start from scratch here.