THINKING INSIDE THE BOX

boxOver the last few years, the industry and popularity of subscription boxes have steadily climbed. Subscription boxes are described as packages full of retail products and samples that are mailed to consumers on a reoccurring basis (usually monthly). The boxes typically range in price from $10 to $100, and cater to specific needs and interests.

Subscription boxes are a fantastic way for consumers to try new products that they may not otherwise know about. They are also a great gift idea for important people in your life. Many of these subscription companies offer a 3-month gift subscription that you can give to someone. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t like receiving packages in the mail with new things that they will love?

From food to hair products, and pet products to makeup, there is truly a subscription box that everyone can enjoy. Here is a list of some fantastic subscription boxes that you might enjoy, and may also be great gift ideas for your loved ones.

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FOR THE MAKEUP ARTIST IN YOUR LIFE: IPSY

Created by YouTube beauty guru, Michelle Phan, Ipsy offers subscribers a monthly “glam bag” filled with makeup samples (some even full-sized) for the monthly price of $10. For more information please refer to www.ipsy.com.

FOR THE HAIR CARE EXPERT IN YOUR LIFE: CURLBOX

For the monthly price of $20, CurlBox offers subscribers 5-7 hair products, featuring popular brands like Carol’s Daughter and Shea Moisture. For details, go to www.curlbox.com.

FOR THE MEN IN YOUR LIFE: DOLLAR SHAVE CLUB

Dollar Shave Club features three options with stainless steel blades for shavers; $1 (+ $2 shipping and handling), $6 (free shipping), and $9 (free shipping). Each option comes with a handle and replacement blade cartridges. Customers have the option of monthly or bi-monthly subscriptions. For more information, go to www.dollarshaveclub.com.

FOR THE COOK IN YOUR LIFE: HELLOFRESH

Every week, HelloFresh subscribers receive a box full of fresh ingredients and quick, easy recipes at their homes, with meat and vegetarian options. Prices vary for meals for 2 or 4 people. For details, go to www.hellofresh.com.

FOR THE NEW PARENT IN YOUR LIFE: BLUUM

Starting at $19 per month, Bluum offers boxes tailored with items for your child based on their age, gender, and developmental stage, from pregnancy to preschool. For details, go to www.bluum.com.

FOR THE FITNESS BUFF IN YOUR LIFE: BULU BOX

Bulu Box gives subscribers 4-5 samples of nutrition supplements, vitamins, and weight loss products every month. There are two types of Bulu Boxes, Original and Weight Loss, which are tailored to suit customers’ needs. For information, go to www.bulubox.com.

FOR THE PET LOVER IN YOUR LIFE: BARKBOX AND MEOWBOX

Cat- and dog-owners will enjoy Meowbox and Barbox, which contain toys and treats that our four-legged friends will love! Go to www. barbox.com and www.meowbox.com.

By: Caprice Foster

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