As the world moves indoors, the demand for subscription boxes – an already growing business – is exploding. Although our priority is to gather regular essentials (e.g. grocery delivery) there’s also an opportunity to explore more options that can provide enjoyment, distraction and novelty when we’re all so contained. Whether for yourself, or an isolated loved one.
So, I’ve rounded up a quick list of subscription boxes to try. None of these are endorsed or affiliated to me in any way! I’d also highly recommend checking whether your local small businesses (e.g. the bakery) are going online to deliver their products.
Of course, product information and delivery could change at any point. So please do check the websites thoroughly for any updates and I will try to keep these suggestions accurate!
Bloom & Wild offer flower delivery made easy, with a straightforward (and pretty) to use app and website. They have a range of letterbox bouquets (that save needing to answer the door) and hand-tied luxury bouquets. There are one-off options and various subscription packages (e.g. the ongoing subscription for £20 can be delivered monthly).
In response to the current climate, they are donating 15% of profits to the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal every time someone buys from their Florist’s Pick. They are also offering 40% off on orders from NHS, Social Care, Emergency Services, or Armed Forces workers. If you know a keyworker who needs a pick-me-up (as they all do, I’m sure), you can nominate them to win free flowers – 10 winners will be randomly selected each week.
Tea, Books and Bakes
Is there anything better than settling down to a great new book with a big cup of tea? If there’s ever a point to prioritise time to switch off and rest, it’s now.
You could, for example, catch up on all the classics you haven’t got around to reading. Check out the Classic of the Month Club Book Subscription (£39 for 3 months, you can also select longer options). They send a beloved classic each month in an exclusively designed jacket, with a pack of themed tea (or coffee, if you’re one of those people!). By the end of lockdown, you or your loved one will have a beautiful bookshelf and some new favourite stories.
You could also carve out some Me Time with the Vintage Teatime Subscription Box (from £25 per month, currently unavailable until next month’s box so keep an eye on the website!). Each month’s box contains a different vintage china teacup, saucer and plate; 8 assorted individually wrapped teabags; a full-sized packet of luxury biscuits; a feel good book and an extra tea/vintage themed gift for that month. All you need is an armchair and a door you can close on others… then relax.
I’m also going to leave here the Monthly Cake Subscription Box from Little Bee Bakes (£11 a month for a rolling subscription, you can also get a one-off box to try it out). You’ll receive a unique box of bakes (3 types, 2 slices each), delivered to your door each month. They also have a really clear coronavirus update page. Great for a birthday you can’t attend, or just to fill the cake gap! If you need further tempting, they do a brownie box too (£12 per month for a rolling subscription).
Papergang can meet your stationary needs, with a box of goodies designed by a different artist each month (£14 for a rolling subscription). For example, January’s box was designed by Siobhan O’Dwyer and contained a linen-covered notebook, an A5 art print, a greeting card (all beautifully floral) and a box of paperclips. This is great option to cheer up your home office, or to treat a stationary or art lover.
Craftiosity are a great way to get your creative brain working each month, with a craft kit delivered to your door (£24.95 per month). It comes with everything you need, step-by-step photo instructions and an online video tutorial, plus regular little surprises in your boxes. They have a clear page on their website saying they are currently still delivering and answering questions you may have.
Beauty boxes are a well established industry, with tester and full sized products curated and delivered to your door. If your aim is to feel a bit more in the know, and experiment during this isolated time, then check out Little Known Box (£14.95 for the monthly plan). Their boxes represent emerging brands, and they only use cruelty free products. You fill in a beauty quiz before checkout – perfect for rosacea sufferers like me who want to be sure they can use what’s delivered!
There are a wealth of providers to choose from, depending on what you enjoy about beauty products. Birchbox‘s website currently states they are running as normal, and at the moment you can get 2 boxes for £10 (check the website for details!). Once you check out, you fill out a beauty profile to receive products that suit your needs – delivered in a beautifully packaged box you’ll definitely reuse. Glossybox also state they are operating normally just now (plans starting from £8.50) and are a great way to widen your product knowledge with lots of tips to help you make the most of each item.
So that’s my starting point! There are loads more subscriptions around, and I look forward to hearing about any that you’re using. But in the meantime, I hope this offers a few treats to support you or a loved one to feel a bit better in this tricky time.