Everyone loves opening packages. So why not open one at least once every month? That seems to be the consensus amongst many Londoners signing up to subscription boxes - one of the latest crazes in the capital.
There are plenty of options, from food deliveries to make-up and beauty products, and everything in between. But it can be hard to know where to start if you’re dipping your toes into the world of subscribing to a box of goodies.
Fear not, as we’ve cobbled together the best boxes available for subscription in the capital. There’s food, cosmetics, and much more. Get reading, sign up to the ones you like, then sit back and wait for your treats to arrive.
Once upon a time, a busy lifestyle meant little time for people to cook and a quick fast food fix at the end of the day. Those days are long though. It’s now possible to get fresh ingredients delivered straight to your door.
Ingredients-in-a-box company Gousto deliver freshly-made food to your door along with a recipe and easy-to-follow instructions for cooking a delicious meal. You can pick boxes with ingredients that serve two to four people, with two, three or four meals per box.
Price: Four meals for Two People, £34.99
If it’s a regular coffee fix you're after, look no further than Perky Blenders. The company already score 10 out of 10 for its impressive name. The coffee also happens to be good too. Beans come from Brazil to Rwanda and everywhere in between. And it’s all put together in east London.
Choose from single-origin coffee, add some variety with a different option each month, or go for the Perky Blenders pick. You can customise your delivery, too. There’s a weekly option, which is the most popular, while monthly, three to six months and yearly are also available.
Price: Starts from £6.50 per delivery
The whole subscription box boom started with Birchbox, and the company is still going strong today. Birchbox is a top pick for those trying out their first beauty box subscriptions thanks to their affordable pricing options.
Expect to find brands such as Benefit, EcoTools, Nip + Fab and Rituals making regular appearances in your box. Each one contains information about the products, as well as a look ahead to what you can expect the following month.
Price: £10 per month
Let’s face it: buying socks can be a real pain. It’s why we always rely on a relative to get them for us for Christmas. With the London Sock Company Membership, there is no need to wonder where a pair of well-knit socks will come from.
Never worry about having holes in your socks again with a monthly sock delivery service of between one and three pairs. There are patterned and plain designs to take your foot game to the next level. You’ll be looking for excuses to take your shoes off.
Price: £10 per month
Everyone is covered when it comes to subscription boxes - even our furry friends. That’s right, no need for Rover and Felix to feel left out thanks to The Barky Box (see what they did there? Woof). Billed as a “monthly box of happiness” for cats and dogs, it comes with eight products.
Those include “out there” products such as pet-friendly popcorn, as well as more regular treats like toys and catnip. The boxes often come with a theme and feature products that you can’t buy in your local supermarket. £1 from each box also goes to an animal charity.
Who doesn’t want a hug in a box? Especially if it’s from a non-profit social enterprise aiming to make women feel better. The subscription box provides ethical goods to give women a boost during their time of the month.
Boxes include different goodies each month. Expect to find items such as natural soap, vouchers for online pilates sessions to soothe cramps, and vegan chocolate. The company is also on a mission to tackle poverty. All profits go to vulnerable women who struggle to afford period products.
We’ve covered subscription boxes for adults and pets, so it’s only right we look at boxes for kids. Bkd London Mini Bakers Subscription Club is aimed at children between three and eight-years-old. What’s in the box, you ask? A baking and craft kit, that’s what.
If you have ever thought about baking with your kids but didn’t know where to start, now you can turn them into mini chefs. There’s also the added bonus of colouring and sticker activities to do while they wait for the baking to finish.
There are a plethora of options available for those who want treats delivered to their door on a regular basis. Londoners tend to have active lifestyles, and these boxes help keep them ticking over with items they might forget to buy.
Do you already subscribe to any boxes? Tell which ones are your favourites in the comments. And if you’re looking for a new home to get them delivered to, check out the latest rental properties in London.
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