There's a fad going around, and it involves subscription boxes.
People are using them to buy gifts, or you can even buy them for yourself.
Lifestyle Expert JJ Keras explained to us how this works.
Batch Memphis: locally produced, artisonal goods delivered to your doorstep.
Originating in Nashville and now featuring 4 southern cities (Austin, Nashville, Memphis, Charleston), the Batch team curates and delivers a package including 3-5 unique, Memphis-made goods with a description of each product and its maker. Each package will features its own distinctive theme. Subscribers enjoy the convenience of discovering quality local goods without having to search all over town! The founders of Batch were named as in "50 People Who are Changing the South in 2015" in this article in Southern Living.
BARKBOX: products and presents for your furry friends
Each monthly box from Barkbox contains a combination of 4-6 treats, toys, and occasional hygiene products that have been hand selected and approved by Scout, head product tester for BarkBox. First, choose your dog's size, then choose a subscription plan (1, 3, 6, or 12 month plans available).
As an added bonus, 10% of proceeds are donated to dog rescue organizations! Also, make sure to follow @barkbox on Instagram for the most adorable pup pics!
ROCKSBOX: designer jewelry to wear as long as you wish.
Have you ever wished you had a super stylish friend that you could borrow jewelry from at a moment's notice? Enter Rocksbox, a type of jewelry rental subscription service. First, sign up online and tell your stylist what types of jewelry you like. Then, receive 3 pieces of designer jewelry (approx. $200 worth) handpicked for you to wear around town! Keep and flaunt your gems as long as you want, then send them back and get a new box. And if there's a piece you've fallen in love with, purchase at 20% off.
BEANBOX: Experience gourmet coffee from the city known for its coffee obsession.
"Seattle is the epicenter for locally-roasted, authentic coffee. You can’t go a mile without finding a coffee shop that treats a cup of coffee like a form of art." Every month, you will receive 4 hand-picked gourmet coffee roasts from Seattle’s top rated roasters. Each Bean Box makes about 15 cups of coffee, is shipped fresh within 1-2 days of roasting, and also contains special touches with each box, like delicious artisan chocolates.
QUARTERLY: Curated packages from people you care about.
The premise of Quarterly is genus: choose your favorite cultural icon (chefs, actresses, musicians, lifestyle experts, fitness gurus, and more!), then they curate unique boxes, and you receive cool, handpicked stuff every three months!
For example, Bianca Jade is a leading fitness and fashion expert, and the founder of MizzFIT.com. Her "Style Up 2 Shape Up" boxes guide you to radiant style and a strong life and include edgy and innovative wellness items.
ARTSNACKS: A monthly serving of the best art supplies.
For the creative junkie, ArtSnacks delivers 4-5 full size premium art products right to your doorstep. All items are hand-selected after rigorous testing from real art professionals and each order is sent with information about each product.
THE CRAVORY: innovative cookie delivery
For the foodie in your life, a subscription to The Cravory would hit the sweet spot! The Cravory creates groundbreaking cookie flavors such as bourbon and chocolate, almond joyous, rosemary balsamic, lemon bar, and even a pancakes and bacon flavor! You can choose subscriptions from six cookies to two dozen, and you will receive six Flavors of the Month.
THE HAPPY TRUNK: kids crafts and science kits
Don't you just love the look on your child's face when they receive a package?
The Happy Trunk is set out to share their love for arts and crafts and DIY science experiments in order to help kids learn by doing. Hands on learning experiences not only enrich children's minds and self confidence, they create special moments for the whole family to engage and create together. Each project box contains 2-3 art, craft and science projects and all materials and instructions included. Each month features new projects and themes such as camping, dinosaurs, wind energy, puzzles, mixed media, crystals, circuits!
from $17.95/monthSock Pandafrom $11/month