Where I grew up, there was no home delivery of the mail. Instead, we had to drive to the post office – just a couple of miles down the road, in my family’s case – and pick up our mail there. As a result, the mail has always been exciting to me, something special. Even today – when we don’t receive much more than catalogs, junk mail, and the very rare greeting card via snail mail – I’m still filled with anticipation as I walk up the driveway and open the mailbox. You just never know what could be in there!!
I think this is the driving force behind my love of subscription services. I’m not talking about magazines here – although I love those, too. I’m talking about the something-of-the-month clubs. These days, there’s every kind of “of-the-month” club: fruit, books, razors, lingerie, snacks, flowers, tea… pretty much anything you can think of. I’ve subscribed to a variety of them in the past and currently, and because I love receiving them so much, I also love giving them as gifts. As a bonus, you can order them online, and can send the recipient an email announcing your gift, almost immediately. (Are you hearing me, last-minute shoppers?? If it’s Christmas Eve, and you still need a present for Aunt Martha, consider sending her the gift of a subscription service.)
My Favorite Subscription Services
Birchbox. I’ve tried a bunch of makeup and skin care subscription services, and all have pluses and minuses. What I like about Birchbox is the low price – only $10 per month – and the fact that they send samples, rather than full-size products. This way, I can try a variety of different things, and I’m not stuck with a large amount of something I don’t like.
Stitch Fix. You may have read about my love-hate relationship with Stitch Fix, but overall, I’m a fan. Even though they don’t always “get” me, the styling fee is pretty low – $20 – and is applied to the purchase of any item you keep. Also, you can schedule Fixes monthly, bimonthly, or just order one whenever you feel like it.
Highlights Which Way USA. Just like her mom, my daughter loves word searches, mazes, and other games. She recently received a subscription to Highlights Magazine, and while on their website, I discovered their Which Way USA Book Club. Every three weeks, she receives a set of books about two different states. The books are full of games and activities that teach geography and facts about the states. There’s also a map of each state included. We just received her first set, and she absolutely loves it.
Mighty Fix. I love to learn about new-to-me, green products, and the Mighty Fix from Mighty Nest is a fantastic way to do so. For $10 per month (shipping included), they send a green product for the home, whose value is at least $10. In addition, I can purchase any other products from them, and they will ship with my Mighty Fix for free! Also, you can designate the school of your choice to receive 15% of your Mighty Nest purchase as a donation. Talk about a win-win-win!
A Few Others I’d Like To Try (Hint, Hint, Dear…)
- Beekman 1802 Beauty Box. Ever since I watched The Fabulous Beekman Boys and read The Bucolic Plague, I’ve been a huge fan of Josh and Brent, and their company, Beekman 1802. And since I’m a lover of soap and skin care products, I’d really like to try their quarterly Beauty Box.
- Book of the Month Club. I buy very few books for myself these days, since we have a shortage of shelving in our house, and our local library is fantastic. Still, I would love to have a new book – chosen from five different options – sent to me every month.
- Mask Maven. Regular facials are a bit too pricey for me to justify, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that I need to take better care of my skin. Masks are a fun, relaxing, and inexpensive way to treat my skin. Mask Maven sends subscribers nine masks sourced from Korea and Taiwan, every month.
Which subscription services do you like best?
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