Serendipity by mail
August 27, 2016 2:23 PM   Subscribe

I subscribe to Stack, a service that sends you a random indie magazine once a month. I like the fact that I get something totally unexpected that I would never think to buy. Are there other services like this, that would send me slightly random things that I might not know I like?
posted by henryaj to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (11 answers total) 57 users marked this as a favorite
There are a bunch of monthly subscription boxes a la Birchbox, where you pay 20-40 bucks a month and they send you a box of curated samples. I get the Hatchery box, which is fun spices and condiments. I would recommend it if you cook a lot, or like to try new flavors.
posted by Weeping_angel at 3:12 PM on August 27, 2016

Here is a directory for many different types of subscription boxes.
posted by bookmammal at 3:25 PM on August 27, 2016 [3 favorites]

Artsnacks! Real and quasi random art supplies.
posted by keptwench at 3:43 PM on August 27, 2016 [1 favorite]

Loot Crate - no personal experience, but my kids keep asking for it.
posted by lakeroon at 5:20 PM on August 27, 2016

I just subscribed last month to Zine-O-Matic, and my kids and I enjoyed the assortment we got.

I subscribed to iPenBox for three months and we really enjoyed it. My kids and I liked getting new pens and pencils to try out, especially the fountain pens, which we didn't have experience with.

My oldest LOVES OwlCrate, which is a Young Adult novel subscription. Every month has a theme, and there's a main book, a secondary book, and assorted odds and ends like themed jewelry, bookmarks, cards, little notebooks. We've all been impressed with the quality and assortment of stuff.

I haven't had a chance to try out New Hobby Box, but I'm really eager to.

CrateJoy is another marketplace where you can explore a lot of options.
posted by not that girl at 5:41 PM on August 27, 2016 [1 favorite]

If you like to cook, the Raw Spice Bar subscription is AWESOME. It is $8 a month and you get little packets of spices, and a collection of recipes for them. Each month has themes like Provence, Kansas City, Istanbul, etc.
posted by barnone at 7:30 PM on August 27, 2016 [2 favorites]

Not a subscription service, but Postcrossing may scratch your "serendipity by mail" itch. Basically, you'll send and receive postcards to and from random people all over the world.
posted by Leontine at 9:30 PM on August 27, 2016 [4 favorites]

If you like video games there is indiebox, which sends you a nice hard copy of a good independent video game every month.
posted by ropeladder at 3:59 AM on August 28, 2016

Vinyl Me, Please is a monthly record subscription. They send an LP that pressed just for the club. The albums have custom cover art and come with a suggested cocktail recipe.
posted by EarnestSchemingway at 4:43 AM on August 28, 2016 [1 favorite]

There are a lot of yarn subscription type things, for the yarn-y type.
posted by freezer cake at 10:16 AM on August 29, 2016

There are a bunch of different subscription boxes listed here. You'll find subscriptions for food, jewelry, clothing, crafts, etc. It's a great way to get a new surprise every month!
posted by smallbizchick at 6:47 AM on December 29, 2016

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