6 unique, monthly subscription boxes


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Monthly subscription boxes are all the rage these days. And many of them feature delicious delicacies and green living goodies. Maybe you’ve heard of Conscious Box, Healthy Surprise and Boxtera.

But there’s a whole world of non-food/green-focused subscriptions out there. Here are six that will feed other aspects of your life.


BarkBoxIf you’re a dog owner


Price: Starting at $18/month

Humans are not the only species who enjoy a surprise care package every month. Signing your pup up for BarkBox will get him a monthly box with four or more products, including toys, bones, all-natural treats, hygiene products and new gadgets. You will also be prompted to choose the size of your dog, so your 3-pound Chihuahua doesn’t receive a 20-pound chew toy. In addition, BarkBox will give 10% of all proceeds to a local shelter or rescue.

SparkPlayIf you’re a parent


Price: Starting at $19.99/month for 12 months

No one likes a good surprise quite like a child. But parents can also feel good about this subscription box, thanks to its educational angle. SparkPlay is an “educational play-based learning tool rooted in a more authentic, timeless sense of play,” according to the website. Each box contains a themed SparkPlay Adventure Play Pack filled with “imagination igniters” and with a video clip of tips on that month’s play.


ChicMakerIf you’re crafty

Chic Maker

Price: $29.90/month

Love making your own accessories? Sign up for Chic Maker. The monthly subscription contains a “trendy” DIY jewelry kit, which includes step-by-step tutorial guides. The company promises you’ll have homemade jewelry in less than 45 minutes.


Stride_BoxIf you’re a runner


Price: $15/month

Give your running routine a boost with StrideBox, which includes six to eight “curated samples of performance products to enhance your active lifestyle.” The box will contain such products as nutritional bars, gels, drinks, snacks, apparel, gadgets, skin care, health, apps and music, as well as other accessories. And you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to benefit from StrideBox. “Whether you’re just a recreational runner, training for your first 5k, shooting for a PR in your next 13.1 or headed to the Boston Marathon with the elites, you’ll find each monthly edition of StrideBox will enhance your training, workout or race needs,” according to the website. (At press time, StrideBox was sold out for April. Join the wait list here.)


UmbaBoxIf you love homemade goods

Umba Box

Price: Starting at $23/month

If you’re an Etsy addict, Umba Box will be right up your ally. The folks at Umba Box comb the “handmade community to find the freshest handmade goods,” including home goods, women’s accessories, jewelry, stationery and bath products. Each month, you’ll receive a number of handmade goodies. The box could contain anywhere from one large item to three smaller items. While the total value of the products fluctuates ever-so-slightly, the company promises at least $25 worth of products.


PopSugarIf you’re a trend watcher

PopSugar Must Have

Price: $35/month

If you can’t get enough of the next fashion or beauty must-have, check out PopSugar Must Have, which includes hand-selected items chosen by PopSugar editors. Each month, you’ll receive a variety of full-size products worth more than $100. Here’s what the March box included: Tassel necklaces, Corkatoo Corkscrew, Mascara and Marshmallow Peeps.