Fun, inexpensive "of the month" clubs
February 27, 2014 11:37 AM   Subscribe

I love the idea of Dollar Shave Club. What are some other subscription-type services I might enjoy?

I love getting stuff in the mail. So I absolutely love the idea of Dollar Shave Club, which is about $6 a month, and it's one less thing to ever worry about shopping for again. What are some other fun services that will send you things periodically, preferably at a similarly low price?

I am already familiar with Amazon's "Subscribe and save" thing in Prime. Looking for fun niche-y things, like if there was a pen of the month or a random pack of office supplies or anything, really. I mean, I would never have thought that subscribing to razors would be fun, but it is. What else is out there?
posted by jbickers to Shopping (24 answers total) 88 users marked this as a favorite
If you have money to spend, Craft Beer of the Month Club is pretty nice.
posted by oceanjesse at 11:42 AM on February 27, 2014

For only $6 you can get a Graze box of delicious snacks. If you have a friend refer you, the first box is free.
posted by bove at 11:47 AM on February 27, 2014 [12 favorites]

Posting from phone but sock panda is fun....cute socks for about $11 a month.
posted by pearlybob at 11:52 AM on February 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

I subscribe to Graze (memail me if you want the friendcode link) and BarkBox. I love both of them. Graze is cheap. BarkBox is not.

I'm not a huge snacker, so Graze is really more just a novelty. BarkBox, though, has definitely saved me money in the long run. Used to be every time I was at a store I'd walk down the pet stuff aisle to grab my dog a treat and a toy. But now since I know he's going to get a box full of toys and treats in just a few short weeks, I don't do that. No more impulse dog purchases!
posted by phunniemee at 11:53 AM on February 27, 2014

We drink Tonx in my house.
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 12:02 PM on February 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

I want to warn against Sock Panda, actually-- based on how popular it was on Mefi and my sister's need for warm comfy socks, I got her a gift subscription Christmas before last (2012).

Not only did she not receive her socks, they still billed me for them and neither one of us was able to get any response from customer service, despite repeated attempts.
posted by misha at 12:21 PM on February 27, 2014

Response by poster: Answering my own question a little bit ... turns out there are TONS of these things out there.
posted by jbickers at 12:35 PM on February 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

You want to join Stunner of the need to join Stunner of the Month.
posted by griseus at 12:39 PM on February 27, 2014

I am a big fan of Ipsy, though I just noticed from your profile you are a guy so maybe make up isn't your thing, but if you know someone who is into make up I like it way more than many of the others out there.
posted by wwax at 12:39 PM on February 27, 2014 [2 favorites]

BatchNashville sends you a monthly curated selection of foods/items/etc from Southern US cities.
posted by matty at 12:58 PM on February 27, 2014 [2 favorites]

There are a whole bunch of these.

Graze is probably my favorite. It's $6 every 2 weeks.

Depending on how you define "inexpensive," and on how you define "fun," there's also:

Nature Box (snacks)
Bark Box (dog treats and toys)
Conscious Box (environmentally conscious products and healthy GMO-free snacks)
Vegan Cuts (vegan products)
Glossy Box (cosmetics, may not appeal to you)
posted by tckma at 1:09 PM on February 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

ArtSnacks is $20 per month for art supplies.
posted by NoraReed at 2:04 PM on February 27, 2014 [2 favorites]

Check out My Subscription Addiction. It's a blog specifically reviewing this very topic!! How cool is this stuff?
posted by Amalie-Suzette at 3:20 PM on February 27, 2014 [4 favorites]

LOL, ok. I see you already found that one. ;)
posted by Amalie-Suzette at 3:24 PM on February 27, 2014

Lootcrate is like this but for nerdy stuff
posted by hellojed at 3:26 PM on February 27, 2014

I really enjoy Skoshbox. Japanese candy and snacks for $12/mo in a tidy package.
posted by PaulaSchultz at 4:54 PM on February 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

Birchbox wasn't my thing, but you might dig it. I also like Graze.
posted by box at 7:02 PM on February 27, 2014

My favorite thing in the world is foot cardigan, a monthly random pair of socks. It's $11 a month for men's socks (I believe a few bucks cheaper for women). Not only do I never buy socks anymore the rush of the mystery of what print will be on the socks is amazing. I have these amazing flamingo print socks I have worn to the threads.
posted by neurotic narwhal at 9:53 PM on February 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

Graze is really great. I'm glad to see it's gotten so much traction, I wonder if they're making money.

Quarterly is fun, but not cheap. And not nearly frequent enough. It's nice if they have someone you're a mega fan of, but I stopped all of mine.
posted by DigDoug at 5:18 AM on February 28, 2014

Rad and Hungry for quirky international office supplies.
posted by bobafet at 9:19 AM on February 28, 2014 has awesome monthly boxes, and you get to opt out if you don't like that month's offering. It's not so cheap (about $40 a month) but everything is great quality and always interesting and unique. I bought a Groupon for three months at half price, so keep an eye out for deals, it was definitely worth it.
posted by catatethebird at 11:21 AM on February 28, 2014

Coming back in to say I have a few subscription box deals and I do really enjoy them! I didn't mean to be Debbie Downer on the thread. Sock Panda was actually the only subscription service I had a bad experience with!

My recommendations:

Nthing Graze!

I also have Elizabeth and Clarke, which is not exactly cheap but provides good value for the money and saves a lot of time when looking for classic staples for your wardrobe! These shipments are four times a year rather than monthly. I do like some seasons and offerings more than others, of course (I love the Orton and the Bennett, for example, while the Warren with its shoulder pads (!) is too schoolmarmish for me). Still, twenty-five dollars a shirt, in my size, no shopping to do and free returns? Can't really beat that.

My son also bought a Birchbox subscription for his gf and she really enjoyed it.
posted by misha at 12:00 PM on February 28, 2014

This blog provides reviews of numerous subscription services. Don't let the mommy-blog-ness scare you away, because she has this great comprehensive list with details.

And here is a good article geared towards subscriptions you can give for gifts, but hey, you deserve something nice, too! There are many good recommendations in the 200+ comments section. It just keeps going and going, so be sure to continue to scroll down.

Also, some related previouslies from my favorites:
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posted by susanaudrey at 5:22 PM on March 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

Since this thread is still open, I wanted to report that I got the LootCrate March box and it included a whole set of Titanfall themed stuff:

Titanfall T-shirt in my size
Anime book
Fridge magnet, lanyard and pin
Digital code for free Titanfall game guide
Green salt water taffy for St. Patrick's Day
Coupons for discounts on stuff (most of which I probably won't buy).

Which, given that it cost less than $20, I thought was a good deal! You can hit me up on Mefimail if you want a discount link for LootCrate.
posted by misha at 1:30 PM on March 22, 2014

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