16 of the best subscription boxes to sign up for (that aren’t beauty products)

It started with beauty boxes, but these days there’s a subscription box for everything, from baking to books, plants to pasta, knitting to notebooks. Subscription boxes are a great way to get a monthly treat in the post (and break up the monotony of the boring post you normally receive), or send a one-off to a friend as a present (great during lockdown when you can’t see your loved ones to celebrate special occasions).

Even better, lots of them are packaged in letterbox-sized parcels, so you don’t even need to stay in for the delivery.

We’ve tracked down some of the best subscription boxes for you to sign up to now and enjoy your monthly delivery – it’s like having a birthday every month!

16 of the best subscription boxes

For jewellery

Like dainty charm necklaces? Then you’ll love newly-launched Jewel + The Gang’s monthly jewellery subscription box. Don’t worry about receiving something you don’t like, as you tailor it to your exact preferences, from metal colour to type of chain.

From £24; subscribe here.

For plants

Turn your home into a plant jungle in no time by joining the Bloombox Club. You’ll receive a surprise plant in a ceramic pot or basket each month, complete with detailed care instructions, plus every other month your box will include an additional quality surprise gift.

From £39; subscribe here.

For interiors

Each quarterly subscription box by From The Post House contains six beautiful homeware items suited to the current season such as candles, cushions, mugs, coasters, ceramics, tableware and more.

From £85; subscribe here.

For Japanese treats

If you’re obsessed with all things Japanese, Japan Centre’s Pop Culture Snack Box contains an array of delightfully packaged sweet and savoury snacks. Standard boxes contain 7-10 items, while the premium box holds 11-16 and includes instant noodles and drinks. Unfortunately they’ve had to put a hold on the subscription boxes for now due to the pandemic, but say they will be up and running again soon.

From £25; subscribe here.

For bakers

Novice and experienced bakers alike will get a kick out of a monthly delivery of baking goodies. Choose between joining BakedIn’s Baking Club (cakes, muffins, cookies, pastry, biscuits and cupcakes) or their Bread Baking Club (loaves, buns, croissants and flat breads) and you’ll receive the perfectly portioned out ingredients to make one fabulous bake every month.

From £10.99; subscribe here.

For wine connoisseurs

The Natural Wine Subscription from Shop Cuvée is an excellent way to discover a constantly rotating selection of new and exciting natural wines, by receiving a monthly delivery of 3 or 6 expertly selected bottles to your doorstep each month.

From £55; subscribe here.

For foodies

For bibliophiles

The Rare Birds Book Club send you brand new fiction, always by female authors, every month. Choose your monthly book from two summaries (the title stays a surprise), then join the online book club discussion once you’ve finished it.

From £14; subscribe here.

For artists

Artful is a quarterly subscription that sends you all the necessary tools, materials and inspiration to complete a beautiful art project at home, plus a magazine with detailed tutorials and interviews with practising artists.

From £35; subscribe here.

For pasta lovers

No one ever regrets signing up for a Pasta Evangelists box. Their monthly boxes contain everything you need to create stunning, restiarnat-worthy pasta dishes, including the sauce, garnish and, of course, the pasta. There are no surprises either, as you get to choose exactly which recipes you get sent.

From £7; subscribe here.

For mindfulness

Align mind, body and soul with Aura, the monthly subscription box that contains items that will instil peace, relaxation and positive energy. Every box contains a handpicked curation of candles, incense, healing crystals, guides, gifts, salt baths, positive visualisation and affirmations.

From £25; subscribe here.

For your cycle

A monthly box for your monthly bleed; Callaly sends you a tailored box of organic period products (from tampons and pads to their very own tampliner hybrid product), so you always have exactly what you need, no more, no less.

From £7.30; subscribe here.

For cider drinkers

Choose from the Mini Taster Box (3 bottles), Discovery Box (6 bottles) or the Fine Cider Taster Box (2 extra-large bottles), and Crafty Nectar – excellent name – select unique craft ciders for you to enjoy at home every month.

From £15.50; subscribe here.

For flowers

‘Like the milkman, but with flowers,’ Freddie’s Flowers ensure you have the freshest and most spectacular seasonal blooms on your coffee table (or wherever you like to put your flowers) all year round, with a new arrangement available every week.

From £25; subscribe here.

For chocoholics

Montezuma’s Chocolate Club is the club you never knew you wanted to be a part of, until now. Receive a monthly delivery of the brand’s exquisite British chocolate, with an assortment of bars and truffles in different delicious flavours.

From £59.67; subscribe here.

For stationary

For the stationary hoarders and addicts out there, Papergang by Ohh Deer will satiate your ongoing stationary desires. Collaborating with a different artist every month, boxes include gorgeously designed notebooks, notecards, pens and more.

From £14; subscribe here.