Despite the many emails you may have received this week from recovering airlines, hotels and travel agencies, it’s still a bit premature to start thinking about booking international getaways just yet. Instead, Summer 2020 is shaping up to be the one during which we learn how to be tourists in our own towns, explore our own backyards and enjoy a somewhat unprecedented opportunity to stick around our own homes.
Even though many communities are beginning to reopen, you may not be ready to emerge into whatever “normal” has become. However, the months we’ve spent inside have not been without occasional cycles of lethargy and monotony, and to break those cycles, why not re-allocate our summer travel funds into a fun subscription box or three? Here are a few subscription boxes that we think will add a little joy to your summer spent at home.
If the Dalgona Coffee trend was a swing and a miss for you because you appreciate freshly roasted beans rather than instant coffee syrup, or if you like the flavor of coffee no matter what form it takes, MistoBox is the coffee subscription box for you.
MistoBox is unique in that it serves as a home base for 50+ roasters and their 500+ brews, allowing you to specify your ideal flavor profile in your own “Brew Queue.” Once your profile is established, MistoBox will collect your freshly roasted beans and send them directly to you either weekly, biweekly, every three weeks, or monthly. Order a new-to-you roast and enjoy your own coffee tasting at home!
The Wordy Traveler
Have you been missing your book club lately? Subscribe to The Wordy Traveler and enter a new, enchanting corner of the world with new books every quarter. Boxes include the quarter’s book(s), an ethically sourced tea to set a cozy vibe, a custom piece of artwork that captures the essence of the featured destination and maybe even a surprise here and there!
There are two tiers to The Wordy Traveler. Subscribe to The Full Suitcase which includes three books per quarter as well as all of the aforementioned goodies, or choose the Backpacking Edition which comes with all of the treats but just one book each quarter. Not only does this box help us travel the world without leaving our homes, but also a portion of the proceeds go towards social enterprises that advocate for educating women and girls worldwide.
If you’re anything like me, you may have spent the past couple of months rotating three or four different loungewear outfits while working from home. To motivate ourselves to open up our closet and do a full spring cleaning of outfits we (clearly) never wear anymore, maybe we need to promise ourselves that we’ll add a few new pieces when we finish doing so!
Enter Stitch Fix, a clothing subscription box for men, women and kids. Here’s how it works: you specify your price range, size and style preferences. After that, you’ll pay a $20 styling fee that you can use as equity towards the pieces that you keep when your box arrives later.
Stitch Fix is a try-before-you-buy styling service that caters to your exact specifications and pulls from some of your favorite brands and retailers. Depending on your preference, you’ll receive a box every 2-3 weeks, monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly. Try on your new items, keep and pay for what you like and send the rest back.
If you like the idea of Stitch Fix but not the prices, try ThredUp’s Goody Boxes. ThredUp is an online thrift marketplace that offers gently-used items at a fraction of retail prices. Their Goody Boxes only have a $10 styling deposit and include up to ten items that will be lower priced than the ones at Stitch Fix.
One of the challenges of summertime is finding creative ways to keep our little ones as happy and healthy as possible, and Little Passports exists to keep your kids learning and playing! Little Passports is a subscription box that encourages our youngest travelers to explore the world from any age.
Each monthly box contains a selection of activities, crafts, games, experiments, or toys that are carefully crafted to stimulate young minds. Shop by age or by product; there is something for every curious mind inside of a Little Passports box.
During our months of almost exclusively cooking at home, it has been tempting to fall into a rut with what we’re eating. If you’ve been dreaming of the spice markets of India, Africa and Southeast Asia, Spice Madam is the next best thing.
Every month, you’ll receive a box containing 3 to 4 delicious spices, 4 to 6 gourmet recipes (including vegetarian and gluten-free options), cultural facts from the featured origin and a music playlist to immerse you into the culture while you’re cooking. Not only will you be receiving spices from all around the world, but each box also helps support youth education social enterprises, making Spice Madam that much tastier.
We would be completely remiss if we didn’t mention at least one chocolate-themed subscription box, so if it’s chocolate you’re after, subscribe with Endorfin. If you have a sweet tooth but you’re trying to watch your refined sugar intake, Endorfin is the organic, fair trade, naturally sweetened chocolate solution for you.
Choose a monthly box containing three, seven, or fifteen chocolate bars depending on your chocolate-consuming needs. Explore award-winning flavors such as sea salt, anise and coffee or dive into limited-edition bars made exclusively for subscribers. Either way, consider your sweet tooth satisfied!
Even though we’re stuck at home more than we’re used to being, in today’s world, there are plenty of ways to spice things up. Consider re-directing some of your travel funds toward a subscription service so you can have something to look forward to that will transport you out of your home, at least for a while.