I love subscription boxes, much like many of the self-care boxes on this comprehensive list.  It’s a little treat each month delivered right to your door.  They make fantastic gifts and there are so many choices available so you can find something for even the really difficult to buy for.

This is my rundown of just a few to try.  First up are my own personal recommendations of subscription boxes that I have tried and that I love.


Birchbox was the first ever subscription box I got.  It’s full of beauty products that you can tailor to your requirements such as skin and hair type.  Birch box also offers discounts and rewards on when you buy the full size products.

birchbox subscription boxes

I had the subscription for over a year.  I only stopped it because I was getting a bit over run with beauty products.  But I would definitely go back to it.  Some of the items have become my staple products, including;

Marcelle, BB Cream, hands down the best primer ever.  You can also check an interesting article on BB creams.  Beauty Protector protect and detangle conditioning spray which does exactly what is says on the tin, and Scrub Love coconut and mango body scrub which leave my skin so soft and smelling divine, and every time I use it makes me think of the Trolls movie, “I do taste delicious!”

On top of that the boxes the goodies come in are always really beautiful.

Birchbox costs £10 per month plus postage, but can be cheaper if you pay for more months.


After stopping Birchbox I missed a monthly parcel of surprise goodies, and I have been delighted to have stumbled upon Boxcitement.

boxcitement subscription boxes

These boxes contain such a mix of unique products.  I genuinely get excited when it lands each month.  The products inside vary, but can include jewellery, candles, stationery, home ware and lifestyle items.

This months box contained…

  • A pretty cotton drawstring bag
  • A rose walnut necklace
  • Two mini notepads
  • Two fridge magnets
  • Washi tape
  • A gift wrap kit
  • gift wrap
  • greeting bard
  • engraved wooden bookmark.

Boxcitement costs £19.45 per month and I highly recommend it for something a little bit different.

Socks in a box

Everyone needs socks, right?!  I bought a 6 month subscription for my husband for his birthday.  Rather that just wrapping up some socks, he got a new pair through the post each month, which is way more exiting.  Plus the socks were great designs and good quality.

socks in a box subscription boxes

You can choose traditional designs, or contemporary, or a mixture of the two.  You can get them for men and women and they even do a couples subscription.

There are quite a few sock subscription companies out there and to be honest, some were really expensive.  Way more that I was prepared to pay for socks!  Socks in a box was more reasonable at £34.99 for six months.

Simply Cook

I was feeling a bit stuck in a rut with my cooking, and also trying to eat healthier, which meant no take aways.  But at the same time I still wanted something a bit different on a weekend.  I looked at Hello Fresh, but I didn’t like the idea of fresh ingredients being delivered to me.  Mainly because life happens and I sometimes have to switch around our food plan and I could see the ingredients going to waste.

I found simply cook, and have been raving about them to anyone who will listen ever since.  You get a box delivered each month with contains the herbs, spices and marinades for 4 different meals of your choosing along with a recipe card.  You then buy the ingredients you need to go with the meal, with the handy shopping list provided.

The recipes are easy to follow and so tasty.  Vietnamese pork is our favourite.

simply cook subscription boxes

I’m even using some of the recipe kits as gifts this year.  I’ve put the herbs and recipe cards together with a few ingredients, a candle, chopsticks and some napkins as a little hamper.

Simply cook is £9.99 per box  Each box contains 4 recipe kits.  That works out at £2.50 per meal (plus you other ingredients of course) But I think that’s a bargain.

You can buy the boxes weekly, fortnightly or monthly.  You can also buy gift packages from £29.95 for three boxes (12 recipe kits)

They have lots of gluten free recipes too.

The Vegan Kind

I bought two of these poxes for my best friend.  She lives about 4 hours away from me so I wanted a gift I could post easily, or even better be sent direct to her.  I found The Vegan Kind and thought it would be right up her street.

The Vegan Kind Subscription boxes

This is what she had to say about it…

” I loved it, it has a selection of things that I would have probably never tried or found locally here.  They always pop in a vegan household item, washing balls and a loafer, which is different.  I loved the Vego chocolate spread, washed out the container after and have a cute little vegan glass of my own.  I enjoy squirrelling away the treats and indulging on my own.”

You can choose the lifestyle box, beauty box, or a combination of the two.  The Vegan Kind subscription boxes vary in cost.  They start from £8.  You can get a three month subscription gift for £36.45


Subscription boxes can be practical too.  My husband is a huge fan of Harry’s shave club and says they are the best blades he has ever used.  He won’t use anything else now.  Added bonus is that they are so much more cost effective than other blades.

You get a free two week trial, you just pay £2.95 postage.  Then if you sign up you get blades based on how often you shave.  Harry’s blades work out at under £2 each.

I’m considering trying them for myself.

Other subscription boxes.

I haven’t personally tried these subscription boxes, but I think they look great and would make brilliant gifts.

The Curiosity Box

Science experiments for kids from £6.95 per month.

Box Happy

“Our Happy Boxes are a little dose of loveliness direct to your door.  Every box contains products to bring you cheer, alongside some Self Development tasks to help you improve mind and mood.”

£18.95 per month

Hotel Chocolat

This one might be a bit pricey at £22.95 per month, but if someone wants to send me a Hotel Chocolat subscription box every month I am not going to argue!

Bloom Box

Unique, eye catching and easy to care for house plants from £17.00 per month

I would love to include a book subscription box, but so far all the ones I have seen are quite expensive for what you get.

Have you tried any subscription boxes?  Which ones would you recommend?

I have not been paid to write this post, or received any subscription boxes in exchange, this is just my own personal opinion.

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