Box subscription services have become popular among customers who want new, high-quality products delivered right to their door.
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Box subscription services make you feel like it's your birthday every time you get a delivery. A package of items hand-selected just for you arrives right at your door, waiting for you to open it and enjoy its contents. Whether it's clothes, beauty products, snacks or crafting supplies, there seems to be a box for every interest. If you want to discover great new products delivered by customer-focused businesses, here are eight unique box subscription services you'll want to sign up for in 2014.
You may have dozens of bookmarks of delicious recipes saved in your browser, but how often do you really have the time to buy the ingredients and make them? Blue Apron delivers everything you need to make gourmet meals at home every week. When you sign up for this service, you'll get a weekly delivery of pre-portioned ingredients and recipe cards for three chef-created meals. Pressed for time? Don't worry: Every Blue Apron recipe takes 30 minutes or less to prepare. Cost: $10 per person, per meal. [Learn more about Blue Apron on BusinessNewsDaily]
If you love do-it-yourself crafts, you'll love Darby Smart, a service that delivers DIY projects-in-a-box, based on the latest fashion and home trends. Each kit comes with all the materials you need to create homemade jewelry, purses and other accessories and home goods, along with easy-to-follow instructions. Once you start making a few Darby Smart projects, you might just get an idea for a great handmade business. Cost: Varies by craft kit.
Time and budget constraints often prevent people from going on vacation as often as they'd like. But with Hammock Pack, you don't even have to leave home to take a quick "doorstep getaway." Each month, the company chooses a theme or a specific destination, and puts together a box of snacks and home goods from local vendors to make you feel as though you were really there. Cost: $25 per month.
Have crafty kids? Kiwi Crate sends kid-friendly projects, like tissue tie-dye bags, shadow puppets and kaleidoscopes. For an extra $9.99, the company provides extra materials so siblings don't have to fight over who gets to make the project. You can sign up for a monthly subscription or purchase single crates by theme. Cost: $16.95 per month or $19.95 per box.
Loot Crate is the perfect box for video-game and comic-book lovers. Each month, you'll receive six to eight handpicked products based on popular games, comics and TV shows. Keychains, T-shirts, figurines, wall decorations and candy are just a few of the types of items you'll find in your monthly crate. Cost: $13.37 per month, plus shipping.
PopSugar Must Have
PopSugar — a media network covering fashion, beauty, celebrities and other lifestyle topics — is constantly trying out and reviewing products. With PopSugar's Must Have box subscription service, editor-in-chief Lisa Sugar selects some of those products to send to subscribers each month. You'll get snacks, home goods, accessories, beauty products and more when you sign up. Cost: $39.95 per month.
Have you ever wished you could have your own personal stylist? Stitch Fix combines the convenience of e-commerce with the personal touch of in-store retail shopping by sending you five handpicked pieces of clothing and accessories based on your answers to a lifestyle and fashion preference questionnaire. After you try on your items, you keep and purchase what you love and send back what you don't. You can also provide feedback so that your next Fix is even better than the last. Cost: $20 per box, plus the cost of items. [Learn more about Stitch Fix on BusinessNewsDaily]
Discovering healthy, natural products has never been easier with UrthBox. This brand-new service, launched in November 2013, ships boxes filled with snacks, food items, beverages and personal-care products. UrthBox offers gluten-free, vegan and low-calorie options for its box subscriptions. Cost: $18 per month.
Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.