You may call me late to the party since I received my first ever mail order subscription box this month. If not, you are probably like me and just haven’t given much thought to this service before. I have seen advertisements and reviews for subscription boxes. The thought that I should try them just never crossed my mind. Then one day, while I was writing a post about college care packages a switch flipped inside my head. The post includes a list of some mail order care package recommendations for parents that don’t have the time to assemble one themselves. I personally like creating care packages for my daughter in college but I decided I was going to try a mail order package and see what she thought of it. I didn’t stop with just her though. I also ordered one for myself. So now that I have joined the subscription box world I want to share my thoughts with you and answer the question- Should you try mail order subscription boxes?
My feelings on subscription boxes-
When I ordered the box for myself. I felt a little self-indulgent. By nature, I like to give to others. I find more joy shopping for people I care about than shopping for myself. This is probably a habit that formed after having my kids. It’s also one that might change a little as I start to rediscover myself in the empty nest. I must say it felt pretty good to “splurge” on me.
The subscription order process includes a little questionnaire to help the company know your preferences, tastes, personality etc. This allows them to somewhat personalize what they send you. After clicking “submit order” I could not wait to receive my little box. Ten days seemed like a month! I anticipated the package arrival like a child awaits Santa’s visit on Christmas Eve. Every evening after work I checked the doorstep for a package. The day my package arrived I felt like a little girl receiving a surprise package from Grandma. The box was insanely cute. I could not wait to open it up! Everything inside looked so pretty and irresistible. I truly loved this experience. It made me feel special.
There is an element of surprise in subscription boxes. You don’t know every detail of what the box contains. This makes it more exciting. If there happens to be something you don’t care for inside the box you can always re-gift it.
Subscription boxes make great gifts-
Speaking of gifts, subscription mail order boxes make great gifts. You don’t have to leave home to purchase them and your recipient will be thrilled with the surprise package. Christmas is right around the corner. Simplify your shopping list. You will find subscription mail order boxes for just about anything you can think of. Some of the most popular are foods, beauty products, books, wine, pet supplies, coffee/tea, razors, clothing, and fitness products. You will also find boxes for crafts, candy, jewelry, toys and even air filters, to name a few more. Subscription packages are available for all ages. By the way my daughter was quite excited to receive a pretty package with lots of goodies inside.
What subscription box did I try?
The box I tried for my first experience is fabfitfun. This is a seasonal box for women and teen girls. I received the Fall Box. It contained a super soft knitted scarf, a gym bag, jewelry holder, lavender cuticle oil, a mud mask, a hot/cold pack, a lip crayon and lip balm, Cottonelle cleansing cloths, a belt, and carbon & coconut teeth whitening powder and tooth brush. A total value of $392 and I paid $39.99! Such a bargain!
Fabfitfun boxes ship quarterly with more than $200 worth of product relating to the season of the year. The package includes full-size beauty supplies, fashion items, and fitness products. Cost is only $49.99 per box but you can get a $10 discount on your first order. fabfitfun membership comes with many side perks. You can add selected items to your box at highly discounted rates if you wish. They send you articles and workouts through their fabfitfuntv and magazine too. These boxes do sellout fast. Their Fall Box is already sold-out but the Winter Box will be released soon. If you would like to try fabfitfun click the link and use code SANTABABY to get it for only $39.99. It’s definitely a no-brainer for the value you will receive.
Will I continue to use subscription box services?
You bet I will. I think I may have a new obsession. I truly enjoy receiving packages in the mail. In a way, the subscription forces me to treat myself. The idea that I will receive this feeling and a “surprise package” every few months is exciting to me. Subscription options vary by company. Some ship monthly packages, some quarterly, and some are pay as you go. I want to try more types of subscription boxes too. Coffee, clothes, and razors sound intriguing to me. I love coffee. Buying razors is a boring mundane task so getting them in the mail would be great. The idea of receiving an outfit selected for me sounds wonderful. I want to give more subscription boxes as gifts too.
So, to answer the question- Should you try mail order subscription boxes? My answer is YES. I think you will really enjoy them. Give it a try!
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