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Top 9 Unique Monthly Subscription Boxes

Top 9 Unique Monthly Subscription Boxes


With more people staying home now more than ever before, it is important to treat yourself every so often. Monthly subscriptions boxes are a fun and clever way to enjoy your time at home, and they always make the best gifts too. Who wouldn’t want a present that arrives every single month?! Also, during this difficult time where travel is mostly impossible, I’ve found ways to escape through literature and food with certain monthly subscription boxes. Luckily, there is a box for almost everything!

Keep reading to discover a variety of my favorite unique subscription boxes…

#1 Book of the Month – Perfect for avid readers!

There’s never been a better time to get lost in a book or two…or more. I’ve failed in love with Book of the Month, a popular and fast growing online book service for readers who are always looking to discover something new. Their mission is to promote new and emerging authors which I love! The Book of the Month team actually vets hundreds of books each month and gives subscribers great choices from a curated selection of new and early release titles. In other words, you can spend more time reading and less time researching for the perfect book to dive into.

Each month they release 5 titles from different genres, and you get to choose which one sounds the most interesting to you. Your monthly subscription includes one book but you can always buy more. They actually have the BEST prices for new release hardcover fiction. And don’t worry, Book of the Month is risk free – meaning you you can skip any month if the books aren’t to your liking or if you have less time, and you won’t be charged. You can get your first book for just $9.99 with code NEWBOOKS. Happy reading!

#2 BarkBox – Perfect for dog owners who love to spoil their pets!

If you have a dog, you know that they are just as important as the rest of your family members. Therefore, they deserve to be treated once a month too! BarkBox is a totally customized box of toys and treats for your pup to enjoy. There is a theme collection every month and you can always expect 2 innovative toys, 2 all-natural bags of treats, and a chew. The BarkBox team is a dog-obsessed company who have been absolutely dedicated to one goal since 2012: make dogs happy.

And after receiving this month’s “Sit, Stay, Spa Day!” BarkBox, I can safely say that my two Shih-Tzu’s were very happy! Boxes start at $23 per month, and you can choose between a classic BarkBox or a Super Chewer box for those pups who really like to get their chew on. Your first box will ship immediately after ordering, with free shipping in the U.S. (except for Hawaii and Alaska), and then your month-long dog party begins! They offer 1, 6, and 12 month plans and their customer service is top notch. If your dog isn’t 100% happy, they will work with you to make it right.

#3 Universal Yums – Perfect for foodies who miss traveling!

We may not be able to travel around the world right now, but we can certainly travel through food in the comfort of our own home! Universal Yums delivers a box of quality snacks from a different country every month. This is also such a great gift idea for any of your fellow travel obsessed friends.

Universal Yums offers 3 different types of snack boxes, all with varying amounts of snacks per box. Their original Yum Box starts as low as $14.67 per box and includes 5-7 snacks. Their other two range between 10-12 snacks or 18-20! No matter which one you choose, each box will also come with a booklet that guides you through your international foodie adventure with trivia, recipes, and other surprises. Universal Yums provide snacks that are also a perfect variety of sweet and salty, along with new and delicious flavors for you to discover.

#4 Night in Boxes – Perfect for couples!

Photo courtesy of Night In Boxes

Although we mostly have to stay safe indoors nowadays, that doesn’t mean your date nights have to suffer! Night in Boxes are the creative solution to enjoying an experience with a loved one at home. It all started with their Date Night In boxes (they now offer Kids Night In boxes too), and for $41.99, you’ll get a complete night in of your choosing. These are carefully chosen by the Night In team and each box will include several interactive activities, accessories for ambiance, music, high-quality snacks, a chef curated dinner menu and more! If that wasn’t reason enough, Night In hires wonderful people from the Trip Development Center of Aiken County to help pack their boxes each month. Their commitment to help growing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities is admirable.

#5 Emma & Chloe – Perfect for jewelry lovers!

Photos courtesy of Emma & Chloe

Gift yourself, or a loved one, with a surprise jewelry piece every month designed in a Parisian Atelier. Emma & Chloe is a wonderful designer jewelry brand with unique and beautiful jewelry pieces. Their style is very feminine, pretty, and sophisticated. Instead of paying 50-100 euros for one item, you can pay about 25 euros instead with the Emma & Chloe monthly subscription box! You can always expect unique designs, and each exclusive piece of jewelry is made with brass and gilded with fine gold or silver-plated with rhodium. They will also include their fashion & lifestyle magazine in every box for a dose of inspiration, along with surprises, contests, discounts, free delivery, and exclusive perks all year round!

#6 Little Passports – Perfect for kids to travel at home!

Photos courtesy of Little Passports

Little Passports was started by two moms in 2009 who had a shared vision: inspiring children to learn about the world. Travel is such a beautiful education and one that is so important to give to your children. Offering several different types of boxes, ranging from ages 3-12, a Little Passports box starts at $15.95 and is the perfect way to learn about culture and geography from home in an interesting and interactive way. In each Little Passports box, you can expect fun and educational toys, activities, and souvenirs designed to spark your child’s curiosity. I love the design of the suitcase-like boxes and truly believe this is the perfect way to introduce your child to the world! If you use code EXPLORE at checkout by January 31, 2021, you will receive $20 off an annual Little Passports subscription.

#7 Try the World – Perfect for cooks who enjoy international cuisine!

Photo courtesy of Try the World

I love Try the World boxes so much, that I also included them in my Christmas gift guide just last year! This monthly subscription box is a foodie and travel lover’s dream. You can expand your palette at home with the delights of a Try the World box which includes gourmet treats (snacks *and* cooking ingredients) from around the globe. Each box will focus on one country with 7-8 products that are curated from notable international chefs. I especially love that Try the World only provides items from small, family-owned companies who follow artisan methods of production!

#8 Shaker & Spoon – Perfect for mixology lovers!

Photo courtesy of Shaker & Spoon

Shakes & Spoon boxes give you special and perfectly sized ingredients to make several delicious cocktails at home each month. You don’t have to be an expert mixologist to enjoy these boxes, Shaker & Spoon will give you guidance, along with exposing you to new flavors and combinations while showing a range of what each spirit can do. In my opinion, a Shaker & Spoon box would match perfectly with a Night In box! Each Shaker & Spoon Box will provide 3 recipes and everything you need to make 12 drinks (4 from each recipe), besides the alcohol. Why? Read here!

#9 The Bouqs Co. – Perfect for those who find joy in fresh flowers!

Photo courtesy of The Bouqs Co.

A flower delivery is such a wonderful way to brighten someone’s day, and to treat yourself during these difficult times as well. Bouqs Co offers a flower subscription – a new way to gift family and friends in one subscription. You can switch up recipients each month if you’d like, in order to cover different Birthdays, Thank You’s, Just Because and more! Their subscription plan is super flexible because you can edit, skip, or cancel anytime. As a Bouqs Co subscriber, you are saving 30%, plus getting free shipping, a monthly $10 credit on regular orders, and exclusive styles. In other words, a Bouqs subscription simplifies life when you want multiple deliveries each each for yourself or for gifts! And to me, there’s nothing better than freshly cut flowers, and Bouqs sources them directly from sustainable farms so they stay fresher, longer.

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

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