I originally published this post back in September, but the curated subscription box market has EXPLODED since then, and I've been trying to keep up with it, so I thought it might be good to re-post it and see if any of you wise readers have any additions?
I love magazine subscriptions. In part, this is because I love magazines--my attention span is just about magazine article length and I like pretty pictures. The bigger reason, though, is that I love love love mail. And reoccurring mail is my very favorite. I've been a Columbia House used-to-be-Record Club subscriber at least a dozen times. I'll sign up for a sample of just about anything. I just like it when something comes in the mail for me.
Turns out, I'm not alone. Lots of us love receiving mail, and when it's good mail, something we picked out, or, even better, a surprise that was curated for us? (Curated, in this case, just meaning selected based on our likes/dislikes by some sort of authority.) We're sold. That's what drew me to the independent business sample boxes I've reviewed here before, and to Birchbox more recently. And I'm so enamored with Birchbox, I started nosing around for more things like it.
And I found far more than I'd expected I would. Turns out, these "curated subscription services," wherein you receive periodic shipments of something that was either picked for you, or picked by you from options picked for you, are sorta the next big thing. They're popping up everywhere, for all sorts of products, and they're hot hot hot. I found dozens of them. And I did not find any sort of comprehensive list. So, I thought I'd try to fill that space and provide a list.
Please realize that I have NOT tried all of these, or even most of these, services. This list is not an endorsement; it's simply an overview of what I found in this space. And it is, but necessity, a work in progress--most of these companies are new, and some will fail, and new ones will pop up. So please, if you see anything I omitted, or anything that is here that doesn't, as you are reading this, exist anymore, let me know and I'll update.
Now, for what I found:
(A note on pricing: many of these services have a price cut if you sign up for several months at once. For the sake of simplicity, the prices I am quoting are their highest prices, generally for a single month.)
Birchbox: 3-5 deluxe makeup/beauty samples each month, curated, $10 including S&H. This is one I can vouch for--I've had a subscription for nearly a year, I love it, it's more than worth the $10/month.
For my Birchbox reviews, go here, here, and here!
Julep Maven: 3-5 nail polishes and treatments each month, curated, $15 including S&H.
Beautyfix: 8 full-sized makeup/beauty products, selected by you from a group of options, sent quarterly. $49.95 including S&H.
For my Beautyfix review, go here!
New Beauty Test Tube: deluxe makeup/beauty samples, some full sized, curated, sent quarterly. $29.95 + $8.95 S&H.
For my New Beauty Test Tube reviews, go here and here!
Smallflower Bath of the Month Club:curated bath products, sent monthly. $85/3 month subscription.
Added 10/17/11: The Little Black Box: This is one of several monthly sample boxes for independent/handmade beauty products, as well as other things like candles and edibles. Boxes are $20/month including S&H.
Added 10/17/11: Out of the Box Sampler: Out of the Box sampler is another sampler of independent and handmade businesses. It is available for $22/month including S&H.
Added 10/17/11: Makeup Monthly: Makeup Monthly offers clubs for nails, makeup, or beauty care. The clubs are $20, $30, and $35/month respectively, including S&H, and subscriptions are available for 3, 6, or 12 months.
Added 03/05/12: The Look Bag: The Look Bag is a Birchbox-esque sampler box offering 4-5 beauty samples in each monthly offering. It is curated by celebrity beautician Damone Roberts. The cost is $10/month, S&H included.
For my Look Bag review, go here!
Added 03/19/12: The Soap Box: A quarterly offering of 8 mini-sized bath products from Fortune Cookie Soap. $19.99/quarter, S&H included.
Added 03/19/12: Kara's Way: 5-10 eco-friendly beauty samples, sent monthly. $15/month including S&H.
Added 03/19/12: My Glam: 4-5 beauty product samples, sent monthly. $10/month including S&H.
Added 03/19/12: Beauty Box 5: 4-5 beauty product samples, sent monthly. $12/month including S&H.
For my Beauty Box 5 review, go here!
Added 03/19/12: Beauty Army: Up to 6 samples of our own choosing, delivered monthly. $12/month including S&H.
For my Beauty Army review, go here!
Added 04/02/12: Sindulge: Monthly delivery of 4-5 sample products selected by beauty experts after customer chat conferences. $12/month including S&H.
Added 04/02/12: Sample Society: A Birchbox-like offering from Beauty Bar, sends 5 deluxe sized samples and a mini-magazine each month. $15/month including S&H.
Added 05/23/12: CurlBox: For $20/month, including S&H, subscribers receive 5-7 samples of products intended for curly hair.
Added 05/23/12: Beauty Cache: Seasonal/quarterly boxes include various deluxe samples and one full-sized "mystery" item. Cost is $29.95 plus S&H.
For my Beauty Cache review, go here!
Added 05/23/12: Glossybox US: The US-invasion of British superstar beauty box Glossybox, this box offers 5 "travel-sized" beauty products each month, for $21 including S&H.
For my Glossybox US review, go here!
Added 05/24/12: Total Beauty Collection: One-off boxes instead of a subscription, Total Beauty Collection sends 4-6 deluxe samples in each box, for $15 including S&H.
For my Total Beauty Collection review, go here!
Added 10/15/12: Wantable: Wantable is a slightly different model--they create a seasonal makeup kit based on your profile, and send it along with instructions to use it to create several complete looks. Each kit contains 6-7 full-sized items.The cost is $39.95 including S&H.
Loose Button Luxe Box: 4-5 curated deluxe beauty samples, sent monthly. $12 CND/month including S&H.
Glymm: 4-5 curated deluxe beauty samples, sent monthly. $10 CND/month including S&H.
Added 10/17/11: Sweet Delight Divalicious Sample Box: Sweet Delights Divalicious box focuses mostly on handmade/independent beauty products. Boxes are $26 CND including shipping to Canada or the US.
Added 05/23/12: Glossybox Canada: Britain's Glossybox is also available in Canada! For $15 CND/month, including S&H, you get 5 travel-sized beauty samples.
Added 05/23/12: Topbox: For $10 CND/month (including S&H), Topbox sends four deluxe sized beauty samples.
Haute Box: deluxe beauty samples, send monthly, not yet launched
Added 10/17/11: The Lust Pack: The Lust Pack is a monthly 5-6 deluxe sample delivery. The cost is $14.95/month including S&H.
Glossybox: 5 curated high-end beauty miniatures, sent monthly. £10.00/month + £2.95 S&H.
Updated 04/02/12: Glossybox is expanding to the USA soon!
Added 10/14/11: Amarya Beauty Box: For £10 per month, Amarya sends at least one full-sized product, along with multiple samples or trial sizes.
Added 10/14/11: Bourdoir Prive: Works just like Birchbox-- £10/month including S&H and they send 5-6 deluxe samples.
Added 06/26/12: SheSaidBeauty Box: For £9.00/month, plus postage, SheSaidBeauty sends a box of five beauty samples to customers in the UK and Ireland.
Added 06/26/12: JolieBox UK For £10/month, plus postage, JolieBox sends 4-5 exclusive beauty samples to the UK. There is also a French version.
Citrus Lane: 4-5 curated baby products, tailored to baby's age (newborn through 18 months), sent monthly. $25/month including S&H.
For my Citrus Lane reviews, go here and here!
Bluum: 4-5 deluxe baby-related product samples, sent monthly, $12/month including S&H.
Little Passports: information about and "souvenirs" from a different country sent every month, geared towards kids. $11.95/month plus S&H. I really, really love the idea of this one. If anybody out there does it, please drop me a message--I'd love to run a review.
Babba Box: curated monthly box with all supplies needed to do 3-4 projects with a 3-6 year old child. $29.99/month including S&H. This is another one that really intrigues me, and I'd love to run a review if anybody has used it.
Added 10/11/11: KiwiCrate: much the same model as Babba Box, KiwiCrate is a monthly delivery of supplies for craft projects suited for a 3-6 year old child. It is $19.99/month including S&H.
Added 10/17/11: Fluff of the Month Club: Cloth diapers! For $22.50/month including S&H, you receive a cloth diaper delivery. Subscriptions are available for 4, 6, or 9 months, and you choose the style and size of diaper you want.
Added 10/17/11: KraftyKid Craft Clubs: KraftyKid offers lots of different options, with basic clubs, deluxe clubs, and clubs for teachers. They have clubs available for 3-6 year old kids and 7-10 year old kids. Prices vary.
Added 03/13/12: Wittlebee: Along the same lines as some of the clothing basic clubs for men, Wittlebee sends a monthly box of clothes for your child. The box includes 8 basic items (leggings, onesies, etc.) each month and costs $39.99 including S&H.
For my Wittlebee review, go here!
Added 03/19/12: Honest Company: A selection of self-selected eco-conscious diapers and/or household and bath and body products, sent monthly. Price dependent on products selected.
Added 03/21/12: petiteBox: 4-7 "mommy and baby" products sent monthly. $25/month including S&H.
For my petiteBox review, go here!
08/28/12 note: petiteBox is currently suspending services.
Added 03/27/12: Green Kid Crafts: Monthly delivery of three open-ended craft kits for kids, focused on green supplies and international calendar awareness. Available in three, six, and twelve month subscriptions for about $15/month, including S&H.
Added 05/23/12: Spark Box: For $34.95/box , including S&H, Spark Box sends a box of four or more educational toys. You keep them for four weeks or more, and when you return them, you get another box.
Added 06/20/12: Little Pnuts: Little PNuts also sends toys, curated by the age of your child, but they are yours to keep, and they're all "sustainably made, ecologically friendly, organic, and naturally made." The cost is $25/month, but toy deliveries (of 3-5 toys) are only every three months.
Added 06/25/12: StorkStack: For $28/month, StorkStack sends 5 deluxe products for moms and babies from birth-3 years.
Added 06/26/12: TeetheMe: Along the same lines as Citrus Lane, TeetheMe sends a monthly box of 4-5 products, tailored to the age of your child. The cost is $24/month including S&H.
Added 06/27/12: Ecocentric Mom: For $17/month including S&H, Ecocentric Mom offers three choices in boxes--a mom centered box, a mom-to-be centered box, and a box for babies newborn-18 months. All boxes contain 5-6 earth-friendly products in a mix of full and sample sizes.
For my Ecocentric Mom review, go here.
Added 08/27/12: Taddle Kids: Like Wittlebee, Taddle Kids sends a monthly box of clothing. $39.99/month including S&H for a minimum of 8 items.
Added 08/27/12: PickyBunny: PickyBunny is a slightly different kids' clothing service--gently used clothes! Prices are based on the "level" of the clothing brands, from budget brands for $19.99/month to boutique brands for $69.99. Each box contains seven clothing items.
Added 10/12/15: FabKids: FabKids is a children's clothing subscription program focused on girls. Clients pick an outfit each month from a curated selection. The cost is $39.99/month.
Blissmobox: you choose between curated monthly collections of eco-friendly and organic products in several categories (this month had a beauty box, a tea and snacks box, and a romance/sex box, other months have had cleaning/laundry boxes, summer snack boxes, etc.) $19/month + $3 S&H. This is another one I'm planning to try out, so watch for a review in the future.
Eco-Emi: curated green/natural product samples delivered monthly. $15/month including S&H. Available outside the US for $30/month. Currently has a waiting list for new customers.
Goodebox: curated monthly samples of green beauty, health, and wellness products. $15/month including S&H.
For my Goodebox review, go here!
Uncover Me Naturals Soap of the Month Club: monthly delivery of six bars of natural soap. $25/month including S&H.
Added 10/12/11: Conscious Box: a curated monthly collection of various environmentally conscious products, based on a monthly theme. Products include food and health and beauty offerings. $12/month plus $7 S&H.
Added 10/20/11: Herbaria Soap of the Month Club: A smaller scale soap-of-the-month offering, Heraria sends 1 hand-crafted bar each month, for an $88 annual subscription cost.
Added 03/19/12: White Apricot's Green Grab Bag: 6-10 eco beauty product samples, sent monthly. $15/month including S&H.
For my Green Grab Bag review, go here!
Added 05/23/12: Kara's Way: 5-10 eco beauty samples delivered each month for $15/month including S&H.
For my Kara's Way review, go here!
Added 08/27/12: Yuzen: For $26/month including S&H, Yuzen sends a "Zen-inspired" box of about 5 natural and organic products.
Added 08/27/12: WellyBox: For $25/month, plus $4.95 S&H, WellyBox sends a monthly assortment of organic and eco products.
Added 10/15/12: MightyPacks: MightyPacks are filled with co-conscious products for home and family. They are available in every 4 week and every 8 week subscriptions. You can choose between different types of packs (kitchen, bath, or surprise), and they are $30/each including S&H.
Turntable Kitchen Pairings Box: This is a cool concept. Each month, they deliver a food and music pairing--a limited edition 7" vinyl two-track along with a downloadable digital mixtape, and the recipes and ideas for a dinner party to go along with the music, along with 1-2 premium specialty ingredients to make them. Not exactly up my alley, but fascinating. $25/month including S&H.
Healthy Surprise: monthly delivery of curated healthy vegan snacks. Prices vary by package size: $33/month + $5 S&H for 5-10 snacks through $250/month including S&H for 70-80 snacks.
PaleoPax: monthly curated selection of 5 paleo snacks. $20/month including S&H.
Steepster Select: 3 2-3 oz pouches of curated premium loose leaf tea each month. $19/month including S&H.
Craft Coffee: 3 12 oz bags of coffee, curated from different small roasters, each month, along with tasting notes. $24.99/month including S&H.
Added 10/14/11: Black Box Dessert Club: High end desserts, varied based on your region, right to your door! This club is not cheap--a single month is $65-$85 depending on the box--but contains 6-8 full size artisan desserts.
Added 10/17/11: Adagio Tea of the Month Club: Adagio makes really good tea. Their tea of the month club, available in 6 or 12 month increments, and in flavored, herbal, black, decaf, and green & oolong varieties, sends two bags of loose tea (enough for approximately 80 cups) every other month. Prices are $39-$49 for six month and $69-$89 for twelve month subscriptions.
Added 10/17/11: Citizen Bean: Every month, Citizen Bean sends a pound of sustainable small-batch roasted whole bean coffee, along with extras. The cost is $79.99 for three months, $129.99 for six, and $219.99 for a full year.
Added 10/17/11: Anchor Chip of the Month Club: Every month, Anchor sends regional, unusual potato chips. Subscriptions are available in 1, 3, 6, 9, and 12 month increments of various sizes, starting at $13/month.
Added 03/19/12: Love with Food: Monthly delivery of samples of 4-5 gourmet food products. $14/month, S&H included.
Added 04/11/12: Samplrs: Monthly delivery of 4-6 full-sized products from local food artisans, all packed in a reusable canvas bag. Vegetarian option also available. $29.99/month including S&H.
Added 05/23/12: NatureBox: For $19.95/month, including S&H, NatureBox sends 4-5 full-sized packages of "healthy, locally-sourced snacks."
Added 05/23/12: Yumvelope: $21/month, including S&H, gets you a minimum of six full-sized natural snacks, drinks, and desserts.
Added 05/23/12: Gothambox: For $20/month, including S&H, Gothambox sends a box of food products from your selected city (current options are San Francisco and New York). For every subscription, the company donates a meal to the hungry in the chosen city.
Added 08/26/12: Petit Amuse: For $10/month including S&H, Petit Amuse sends 3-4 samples of small batch, artisan foods.
Added 08/27/12: KnoshBox: KnoshBox is another artisan foods box. For $30/month including S&H, they send 4-6 gourmet, small batch food items.
Added 08/27/12: Sprig: Sprig offers several sizes of boxes, each filled with small batch artisan foods. Monthly subscriptions are available at the $26.95, $55.95, and $99.95 price levels.
Added 10/15/12: Blue Apron: Currently available only in the Northeast, Blue Apron is a weekly grocery subscription service, sending all of the necessary ingredients and recipes for three meals. Price depends on the number being served.
Added 10/15/12: Gfreely: Gfreely is a gluten-free entry into the snack box market. For $19/month plus $5.95 S&H, they deliver a package of gluten-free foods, tips, and recipes.
Added 10/15/12: GoBites: GoBites sends individually packaged, single-serving healthy snacks. You choose the snacks you want, the cost depends on how many you pick.
Added 10/15/12: Misto Box: Misto Box is another one for coffee lovers. For $15/month, you receive four samples of whole bean coffee from small roasters. International subscriptions are available.
Added 10/15/12: Savorfull: This is an allergy-friendly food box. For $15/month, they send "deluxe to full size samples of gluten and/or wheat, peanut and dairy free foods."
Graze: Nutritionally balanced single-serving snack boxes, however many days/week you'd like. £3.49/box including S&H.
Added 10/17/11: The Chocolate Tasting Club: The Chocolate Tasting Club charges £18.95/month including postage, for which you get a box of 32 hand-selected chocolates. The selections are different every month, and recipients can choose between Classic, Dark, Purist and Elements boxes.
Added 06/26/12: Kopi: Priced variably, depending on quantity, Kopi sends UK residents a different gourmet coffee every month.
Added 06/26/12: Tea Horse: For £11.95/month, Tea Horse sends UK residents four different types of tea (enough to make at least 10 cups of each), as well as an informational booklet.
Added 06/26/12: Love Your Larder: The Larderbox, from Love Your Larder, includes at least 5 products each month. It's £19.95/box.
Jewelmint: Jewelmint is the big player in this space right now. For $29.99/month including S&H, you pick a piece of jewelry each month from a collection curated to your taste by celebrity entrepreneur Kate Bosworth. This is club to which I subscribe and I am very happy with it so far.
Stylemint: Stylemint is from the same parent company and uses the same business model as Jewelmint, only it's t-shirts, not jewelry. $29.99/month including S&H gets you a t-shirt of your choice. The celebrities behind the style and curation are the Olsen twins.
Shoedazzle: Shoedazzle is another big player. It works the same way as the previous two programs, with the recipient making a monthly selection among a curated field of choices. This one is $39.99/month, though, and the selections are shoes and handbags. The celebrity name is Kim Kardashian. Shoes only up to size 11, though!
In the Mood Intimates Gift of the Month Clubs: Several monthly options, all curated, including Panty-of-the-Month, Camisole/Bustier-of-the-Month, and Bra-set-of-the-Month. Prices range from $18-$90/month.
Send the Trend: Similar to Jewelmint, only it includes non-jewelry accessories. Clients pick from among a curated set of options. $29.99/month including S&H.
Threadless 12 Club: I kinda love this one. Every month, you get a handpicked t-shirt from Threadless! Think of the variety you could amass! $200/year for US participants; $250/year for international, including S&H.
Added 10/14/11: Sole Society: Basically the same model as Shoedazzle, Sole Society charges $49.95/month including S&H for your pick from a curated selection of shoes.
Added 10/17/11: Solmate Socks Sock of the Month Club: This one amuses me. Available for adults or kids, you get a pair of funky mismatched cotton socks each month. There are 3, 6, and 12 month memberships--the 3 month is $65 including S&H, and kids' socks are a pair-with-a-spare.
Added 10/20/11:Stitch Fix: Stitch Fix sends a shipment of clothes, based on your personal style quiz, and you keep and pay for those you like and send the rest back.
Added 04/16/12: Dive Bar Shirt Club: Monthly delivery of an authentic t-shirt from a US dive bar. $22/month including S&H.
Added 06/26/12: Intimint: From the same parent company as Jewelmint and Stylemint, Intimint offers a monthly selection of lingerie and lounge wear, based on your style profile. Prices vary, but start at $19.99/month including S&H.
Added 10/15/12: Adore Me: Adore Me follows a similar model to Intimint, with $39.95/month buying a bra & panty set from a customized showroom.
Added 10/15/12: JewelBox: For $15/month, JewelBox sends a piece of hand-crafted jewelry based on your style preferences.
StylistPick: Similar to Shoedazzle, a curated monthly selection of accessories and shoes, based on our style profile. You select what you want to have sent your way. £39.95/month including S&H.
Panty by Post: monthly curated pair of deluxe panties. $18.50/month plus S&H, international available.
Books and Magazines
Indiespensible: I absolutely love Powell's Indiespensible book club. Every six-to-eight weeks, they sent a first edition of a new, independent book, along with some other "goodies," typically thematically connected to the book in some way, or local to Portland. The cost is $39.99/shipment, including S&H, and international shipping is available for $12 more.
Just the Right Book: Coming from another independent bookseller (yay!), R.J. Julia Bookseller in Madison, CT, Just the Right Book is a curated book club that has options for kids, teens, and adults. The selections are curated to individual tastes and get this--they guarantee you'll like what they send! The service can be purchased on a monthly, every-other-month, or quarterly basis. Prices vary depending on specific program, but average about $24.99/month.
Stack America: This one I'm excited about. Every two months, you receive a curated collection of indie magazines. Lots of it is likely stuff you aren't going to find in your Barnes & Noble. You get at least one magazine, plus extras, every two months. Subscriptions are annual and cost $75.99 in the US, with options for international shipping at higher rates.
Added 10/20/11: Chin Music Press Books Rx: Billing itself as "mail-order medicine for your mind," this club sends a curated quarterly collection of independent literature and art, all chosen to fit a given theme. The cost is $40 for each shipment, including S&H to the US and Canada.
Added 05/23/12: GiftLit: Starting at $24.95/month, GiftLit sends an expert-curated book each month to the child, teen, adult, or family you choose. As a bonus, all books can be returned/substituted by the recipient.
Stack: Stack is the international version of Stack America. The basic service is the same, but the magazine choices and shipping options are international, and monthly or annual services are available. Prices vary depending on where you're located.
Hiskit: Birchbox for dudes. 3-5 luxury samples, delivered monthly, $12/month including S&H.
Manpacks: This one is about convenience, more than curation--men can sign up to get quarterly shipments of necessities they choose--shirts, socks, underwear, shaving cream, condoms, etc. Prices vary based on what's in your pack.
Trunk Club: Trunk Club is all about curation--they send a complete "trunk" of clothes, including 8-12 items. Prices vary depending on what is in the specific trunk. The subscriber keeps/pays for what he wants and sends the rest back.
Added 03/27/12: My Platinum Box: Monthly delivery of 4-5 sample sized men's grooming products. $10/month including S&H.
Addendum 06/26/12: My Platinum Box has grown and now also has a box option focused specifically on health and fitness, the Fitbox. For $10/month, including S&H, you get 6-8 samples of sports nutritional products.
Added 04/12/12: Birchbox Man: An offering from Birchbox just for men! $20/month including S&H for men's grooming product samples.
Added 08/27/12: Mantry: Mantry bills itself as "the modern man's pantry." The specifics are not yet available.
Added 10/15/12: 12Society: For $39/month, 12Society sends man-centered goodies curated by celebrities.
Added 10/15/12: Curator & Mule: Curator & Mule is a quarterly subscription service for men. For $60/season, they deliver 4-5 seasonal and trendy accessories.
Added 10/15/12: Svbscription: Quarterly delivery of "luxury men's products," designed around a theme. This one is spendy--$300/quarter.
Added 10/15/12: Urban Cargo: Urban Cargo is another men's toiletries box, featuring skin and hair care sample items. It's $14.95/month including S&H.
Added 10/14/11: Bread and Butter: Bread and Butter is a monthly men's skincare subscription, based on a natural product and minimal packaging ethos. Kits are customized to the client and run $35-$49 Canadian each, with free shipping to the US and Canada.
Added 10/14/11: Wibba: Wibba is a curated monthly delivery of "man stuff," further described as "toys, gadgets, games, or gizmos." It's £14.95/month.
Mansbox: Though I can't read the German site, I believe Mansbox is the German equivalent of Manpacks, offering a subscription service for undershirts, underwear, and socks.
Art & Craft
Alula: sends limited edition original textile art quarterly. $300/year.
Papirmasse: monthly delivery of a limited edition print by an unknown artist. $5/month in the US and $10/month internationally.
Little Otsu: Another one by which I am super intrigued. For $15/quarter, you get two original "art books." The books are gloriously illustrated mini-books about anything in the natural world. This would be such a fantastic collection to start.
Tota Press: A handmade letterpress card-of-the-month subscription! Each month brings two cards and costs $13 including S&H. International subscription is available for an additional $2/month.
Sunrise Fiber Co. Yarn Club: Each month brings a skein of hand-dyed yarn (you pick the weight), a goodie of some sort, and a dessert recipe that ties in with the yarn colors. Subscriptions are available for 2, 4, or 6 months, at $22/month.
Added 10/14/11: Mercier Beaucoup: Mercier Beaucoup offers 3, 6, or 12 month stationary subscriptions, each month with 3 assorted handmade cards. The cost for the 3 month option is $36, plus $5 flat rate shipping.
Added 10/17/11: Three Irish Girls Pick of the Knitter Club: If you know a dedicated knitter, you probably know about the amazing yarn from Three Irish Girls. The Pick of the Knitter club offers your choice of weight and number of skeins each month, in either a solid or a handpainted colorway. Price depends on the weight you choose and subscriptions are available in three month intervals in the US, Canada, or internationally.
Added 10/17/11: Three Irish Girls Sock Yarnista Club: As the name suggests, this club is for sock yarn. Each month, members get a selected high-end sock yarn, a pattern, and possibly extras. Membership is available in 3, 6, and 12 month intervals, in the US and Canada and internationally. 3 month US membership runs $94.
Added 10/17/11: The Irish Girls Stash Menagerie Club: This is the 3IG variety club, sending a selected type of yarn each month, along with extras. Membership is available for 1, 2, or 3 skeins a month and in 3 or 6 month increments. A single skein 3-month membership is $72 in the US.
Added 03/19/12: WhimseyBox: 4-5 curated craft product samples sent monthly. $15/month, S&H included.
Added 03/27/12: Art in a Box: Monthly curated delivery of one piece of original art from a San Francisco area artist, selected based on your taste profile. $50/month including S&H, minimum three-month subscription.
Added 10/15/12: Brit Kit: For $19.99/month including S&H, Brit Kit sends instructions and materials for a DYI craft project.
Toys4Tails: Dog toy of the month club, curated based on your dog's breed/size. Several subscription tiers are available, starting at $14.95/month.
Added 04/01/12: BarkBox: For a monthly $25, including S&H, BarkBox sends a box of four or more dog-related products. Making it sweeter, 10% of each box's sale price goes to canine rescue organizations.
For my Barkbox review, go here!
Added 06/26/12: BestFriendBox: This pet box can be customized for dogs or cats. For $45/month, including S&H, you get a selection of 4+ gourmet pet treats, toys, grooming supplies, and gear for your pet.
Added 08/27/12: Pawalla: $26/month including S&H, Pawalla sends six or more goodies for pets, including food, treats, and toys.
Added 10/15/12: Bugsy's Box: Bugsy's Box is another offering for dogs. It's $29/month including S&H and promises 5-7 items.
Lost Crates: Couldn't love this more if I tried. Lost Crates is a curated stationary subscription--each month brings a new crate of pens, pencils, paper, and associated etcetera. It's $38/month including S&H.
Updated 04/11/12: Lost Crates has grown! They now have a wide variety of curated boxes, at prices from $25-$48/month.
For my Lost Crates reviews, go here and here!
Quarterly Co: This one baffles me. You choose a "cultural icon" and receive a quarterly box of physical objects curated by that person. I'm intrigued, however, by the tagline "each shipment tells a story." Subscriptions are $25/quarter.
Added 10/14/11: Good and Lovely: The business model for Good & Lovely is a period pampering pack. On your selected date each month, they send you a box of your selected variety of pads or tampons, as well as whatever extras you request (Midol, heating pads, wipes, etc) and a selection of soothing treats (chocolate, tea, bath products, etc.). The base price is $19.99/month, with more for add-ons.
Added 10/14/11: Ohco: Ohco is a monthly delivery of whatever you select--pads or tampons. They do, however, include health and beauty samples with their shipments.
Added 10/14/11: Umba Box: The Umba Box is a monthly delivery of a surprise handmade item--accessories, home goods, jewelry, bath products, stationary, etc. It's $26/month including S&H and subscriptions are available for 3, 6, or 12 months.
Added 10/17/11: Z Box: The Z Box is a monthly collection of items sold on Zibbet. Two sizes are available--for $8.75 you get 8 samples, for $18 you get 15-18. Both prices include S&H.
Added 10/17/11: Lighter of the Month Club: This one is odd and possibly brilliant. For $32.95/year ($8 more internationally), you get four stickers each month with which to customize Bic lighters.
Added 03/19/12: Cravebox: 4-5 samples of products including housewares, health products, beauty products, pet products, and food, sent monthly. $10/month including S&H.
Added 06/26/12: Bulu Box: Bulu Box focuses on vitamins and supplements. For $10/month, including S&H, you get 4-5 samples of vitamins, supplements, meal replacements, diet products, etc.
Added 10/17/11: I have to point out Global Giving Project of the Month Club. This is a truly great idea. You choose a monthly donation amount, and each month a charitable project is selected for your money. You receive an email each month telling you about the project. How great an idea is that?
Added 05/23/12: KLUTCHclub: For $18/month, including S&H, get a box with at least $50 worth of health, wellness, and fitness products and services.
Added 06/26/12: HomeMint: From the same folks as the other "Mint" clubs, HomeMint provides a curated monthly showroom for subscribers to choose to buy (or not buy) home decor items. Costs depend on the items purchased.
Added 08/27/12: Mystery Tackle Box: One for fishers! For $15/month including S&H, you receive 3-5 lures or other fishing products.
Added 08/27/12: Loot Crate: A monthly box for gamers, Loot Crate charges $13.37/month, plus $6 S&H, for delivery of 6-8 "epic products" for gamers and geeks.
Added 10/15/12: Celebrate Crate: Celebrate Crate is a holiday in a box! Each offering is filled with ideas and supplies for a themed celebration. The cost is $20/month including S&H.
Added 10/15/12: Dazzley Box: Dazzley Box is a general women's subscription service, sending 5+ surprises a month, which may include beauty products, food, or other innovations. The cost is $19.99/month including S&H.
Added 10/15/12: Hammock Pack: Hammock Pack bills itself as a "door step getaway." For $25/month plus $5 S&H, you get everything you need for a themed "get away" without leaving your house. This is one I really want to try.
Added 10/15/12: La Bella Box: La Bella Box sends a variety of boutique products. For $20/month including S&H, boxes include 4-5 "generously sized" samples of small boutique products.
Added 10/15/12: Love Club: For $12/month, including S&H, Love Club sends samples from all types of indie businesses.
Added 10/15/12: Pop Sugar Must Have Box: This one has been everywhere lately! For $35/month including S&H, you get a variety of full-sized "must have" products, including beauty, fashion, home, fitness, and food.
Not Another Bill: Probably the most clever of the programs I found, this subscription promises something in your mail each month that is NOT a bill. It could be just about anything, but it'll be something that the curator, Ned, is surprised and excited by. The price is £15/month including S&H in the UK, £18 in the rest of Europe, and £20 in the rest of the world, all including S&H. Couldn't resist this, so I'll be reviewing when mine arrives.
Jangneus Design: This one is delightfully quirky. Each month will bring a colorful, Swedish-designed cleaning cloth--you pick your color scheme. Subscriptions within the UK are £25 for the year, including S&H.
In doing my research for this post, I was very indebted to:
Subscription Commerce (#SUBCOM) Matrix by Sean Percival
Boxing Up Social Commerce: Hot Opportunity? by Paul Marsden
Blissmo Launches Monthly "Blissmobox": Delivering Curated Eco-friendly Products to Your Door! by Priti Ambani
What Will The Big Winners in Subscription Commerce Look Like? by robgo
Several articles at Springwise
Added 10/14/11: Subscription service startups are the hot new thing by Harrison Weber
Added 10/14/11: Directory of Subscription Commerce Clubs by Paul Marsden
Added 03/19/12: Subscriptionboxes.com
Added 05/23/12: 10 Kid-Friendly Subscription Boxes Parents Will Love by Jeana Lee Tahnk
Added 10/15/12: My Subscription Addiction