A few years ago, you could subscribe to magazines.
Now, along with groceries and household goods, you can subscribe to gluten-free snacks. And coffee. And sex toys.
If you didn’t want to, you probably could get by without ever needing to set foot in a store again.
Below, take a look at 25 different subscriptions you can arrange to appear at your door — and how much it will cost you.
First off, the basics*
Amazon Subscribe & Save
The online retailer offers up to 15% off and free shipping on a monthly delivery of thousands of products including grocery, household, beauty, health, and cooking supplies.
This drugstore site belongs to the same family as Wag.com (for pets), Diapers.com (for parents), Bookworm.com (for books), and six other sites. Soap.com and many of its sister sites offer an “autoship” option, where they will automatically refill your order at intervals of your choosing, with free shipping over $US49.
In June, Target launched a subscription service, allowing shoppers to restock everything from water filters to printer ink with the click of a mouse. By subscribing, you can take advantage of discounts (the current offer is 20% off), plus free shipping and another 5% discount if you pay with your Red Card, the Target debit and credit card.
For those in need of everything from lip balm to allergy meds, Drugstore.com offers 10% or more off your order and free shipping when you sign up for “auto-reorder” starting at every 30 days. The same offer and savings apply to Drugstore.com’s partner site Beauty.com.
*Note that these subscriptions are fully customisable and therefore don’t have set prices, like most of the boxes listed below.
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Try The World’s “Rome” box.
Fun snacks and meals
Blue Apron, from $US9.99/week, per person, per meal
If you read Business Insider’s review of Blue Apron, you already know that the company sends all of the ingredients necessary to cook an impressive at-home meal, already measured and with a recipe.
When you sign up for Naturebox, you receive five nutritionist-selected snacks per month, with the option to customise the treats you’ll get. You can either receive a bill for $US19.95 each month or prepay for a set number of months in advance at a discount.
Par Avion Tea, from $US9.95/month
Tea lovers around the world can subscribe to 1-3 blends of loose leaf tea per month, plus a 10% discount when shopping for tea or tea accessories on the site and access to members-only sales. American tea lovers get free shipping, but those outside the United States pay an additional $US9.95 per month. By subscribing for a year at a time to one of three membership levels ($9.95, $US17.95, and $US24.95), members save $US1 per month.
Craft Coffee, $US24.99/month
Not interested in tea? How about coffee? Craft Coffee’s monthly box includes four ounces of three different roasters (42 cups) in the grind of your choice, with free shipping in the United States. Members can save with a six-month ($22.49/month) or year-long ($19.99/month) subscription.
Taste Guru, $US39/month
This monthly snack box is exclusively gluten-free. While the price tag is steeper than many other boxes on this list, users can choose to subscribe for a year in advance and save over $US150 on the year’s snacks.
Club W, $US39/month
For $US39 a month ($13 a bottle), plus $US6 shipping, Club W will recommend three bottles of wine based on your taste profile, which you’re free to accept or to customise your delivery. If you order six or more bottles, they will waive the shipping charge.
Try the World, $US45/every other month
For those of us with a hint of wanderlust, Try the World themes each of its bi-monthly boxes around a different city, sending snacks and the occasional non-food treat from the city’s home country. For the first month, it’s Paris, then Tokyo, then Rio. Subscribers can buy either a limited “tour” of boxes, or subscribe a year’s worth (six boxes) of international treats.
Clothing and appearance
Birchbox, from $US10/month
Birchbox, which has plans to open its first retail store in New York City, sends subscribers sample-size beauty and skincare products, with separate boxes for women and men (the men’s box is $US20).
Stitchfix, from $US20/month
The initial $US20 you pay women’s styling site Stitchfix is for a stylist to choose clothes and accessories that fit the profile you’ve filled out — if you want to buy the clothes that are sent to you each month instead of using their free return service, you’ll have to pay for the pieces individually, and the $US20 will go toward your purchase. These pieces are $US55-$65 each on average, the company says, but if you keep all five, you get 25% off your order.
Fabletics, from $US49.95 if you choose to buy
Fabletics, which sends VIP subscribers a 2-3 piece outfit “based on your style and workout preferences” selected by stylists every month, was cofounded by actress Kate Hudson. (Note that enrolling in the VIP program is free.) Shipping is free, and you can select your own outfits and individual pieces if you prefer.
By joining the Gatzino club, you can sign up for boxes of “girls” clothes, jewelry, accessories, and shoes at $US30, $US60, or $US90 per month, with free shipping worldwide. Subscribers get a permanent 10%-$30% discount when shopping on the site.
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Kids and parents
Citrus Lane, $US29/month
Calling all parents: Citrus Lane sends a monthly box full of 4-5 products for your child, based on his or her age and ranging from toys to books to snacks (and sometimes gifts for parents). Shipping is free, and in addition to $US29 for one box, users can sign up for three months at a time ($24 per month), six months ($21 per month), or an entire year ($19 per month).
Created for parents of kids up to age 4, Bluum sends 4-5 surprise products in one of four age-based categories: pregnancy, baby, toddler, and preschool. Memberships for three, six, or 12 months are available, although it appears the only one of those that provides cost savings is the year-long subscription.
Well, someone had to do it: Cannabox (previously profiled by Business Insider) is an 18-plus service which includes 5-8 cannabis-related products selected by “expert curators,” although no actual marijuana is included for obvious reasons.
Spicy Subscriptions, from $US19.95/month
Adults can choose one of three options: The “Toy of the Month” ($19.95), Spice Box ($29.95), or Deluxe Spice Box ($34.95). While “Toy of the Month” is self-explanatory, the boxes include “an assortment of romantic items meant to help spice things up.” Shipping is free.
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Conscious Box’s “Vegan Box.”
And everything else
Dollar Shave Club, $US1-$9/month
Every month, Dollar Shave Club sends new blades and cartridges (subscribers can choose from three blades at different price points), and members get a free handle when they join or if they choose a new blade.
Conscious Box, from $US9.95/month
Conscious Box offers three boxes: gluten-free, vegan, and “classic,” which only includes snacks, beauty, and cleaning products that are all-natural and GMO-free. The company “aim[s] to support sustainable, fair trade businesses.” The smaller, taster box (5-8 items) is $US9.95/month, with three, six, and 12-month subscriptions available at a discount; the plus box (8-12 items) is $US19.95 with the same subscription and savings options.
This company provides “health and wellness” boxes for three demographics: men, women, and mums, all for $US10 a month plus $US8 shipping, with discounts for three and six month subscriptions. Boxes include everything from snacks to supplements to yoga class downloads.
Gramr Gratitude Co., $US15/month
“We are a community of people who believe that gratitude changes everything,” the company writes. To express that gratitude, subscribers get four cards, four envelopes, and four stamps per month — everything you need for a thank you note (or as they call it, a “Gramr”) per week.
Hammock Pack, $US25/month
For $US25/month, plus $US5 shipping, subscribers receive a monthly box full of “everything you need to take a much-needed getaway without even leaving your home.” The site clarifies that the box is “geared towards women” and includes treats like food, bath products, and housewares themed around a particular destination (past locales have included Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Canada).
A monthly BarkBox includes 4-6 products for dogs of three different size categories, from toys to treats, and donates 10% of the cost to a rescue group. Pay $US29 for a single month, or get a discount on three month, six month, or one-year subscriptions.
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