Have you noticed? A new era of capitalism has begun. It’s a fresh commerce model that requires painfully little effort. Subscription boxes, once a thing reserved for jam of the month clubs and then, eventually, beauty samples, are starting to steamroll the marketplace.
Are you a fan of artisan spices? Have new exotic ones sent to you once a month for a flat fee. Want to try some new workout clothes without a public dressing room? There’s a box for that, too. And while some of the crate services are a little frivolous (do you really need a bacon of the month club subscription?) (yes, obviously, bad example), others can genuinely help you get your life in order.
From tools to toothbrushes, here are some of the most useful subscription boxes out there:
The Handy Box
It’s time for you (or your significant other) to be a little more helpful around the house. The Handy Box comes with home improvement tools and unique household gadgets worth more than $40 in value. Past boxes have included a 40-piece socket set, an adjustable wrench, and a pivoting work light.
The box comes in three different subscription plans: a recurring, 1-month plan for $28.95 total; a recurring, 3-month plan for $83.85; or a recurring, 6-month plan for $161.70.
This one is specifically geared toward college students, but, let’s be honest, who couldn’t use a fresh supply of socks and undies once a month?
Doteable offers boxes for both men and women, in two sizes: the smaller for $15 and larger for $45. The boys’ and girls’ “Dorm Duffel” boxes come with socks, boxers, casual tees and a razor, in addition to a duffel bag and some fun snacks.
All the included items total more than $70 in value. Doteable comes once a month until you cancel your subscription, and your first box is only $30. It’s the perfect gift option for the mom or dad who are too busy enjoying their freedom to remember to send supplies.
Attention, winos: You officially don’t even need to leave your house to try some of the coolest new reds.
After creating a palate profile on Club W’s website, you’ll be given a choice of at least 10 wines to select from. Subscribers can pick three (or more) options to add to their box. Most combinations of three total to $39 a month, plus $6 flat rate shipping. Each month, a new batch of selections will pop up. You can skip a month any time, for no extra charge.