Subscription boxes have been around for a while now, but are showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, the subscription box market is estimated to grow by 77%,and predicted to be worth over £1 billion by 2022.
These days, there are thousands of services to choose from, whether it’s quick and convenient ready-made meals, boring (but necessary) household essentials, the bougiest beauty boxes you can get your hands on, or hundreds of niche and specialised offerings. With companies that let you discover a new gadget every month, to fancy cocktail mixing packages, we’ve pulled together a list of five different services, that Verge is loving this month!
Life without pasta, wouldn’t be a life at all. These guys specialise in carby goodness, and send you everything you need to make restaurant quality pasta at home. From fresh, pre-portioned pasta, to authentic sauces that Italian grandmothers would be proud of, they’ve got it covered! You’ll receive step-by-step instructions for each recipe, and the dishes can be kept in the fridge for 1 day after delivery, or frozen for up to one month. (as if we could last that long, pssssht) You can receive regular deliveries whenever it suits you, but also skip, pause, or cancel your subscription at any time! PS, if you tell your pasta-loving mates about Pasta Evangelists, you’ll get £10 every time one of them places an order, and they will get £10 off their 1st order too! Getting PAID to promote pasta? Pass me the parmesan and sign me up immediately.
If there is one thing the pandemic has taught us, it’s that shopping locally and supporting independent food stores in your area is a wonderful and important thing to do. Cue Bother… Bother is a household management tool that encourages you to shop locally for your fresh food and meat, while they handle all the ‘boring basics’ – think cleaning products, toiletries, snacks, booze, and all those classic cupboard essentials, delivered to your door within 24-48 hours. This clever little tool uses AI to figure out when you will begin to run out of your household items (how cool?), saving people and planet from household shopping. With a minimum order of just £40 – no subscription or ongoing membership is required, so you’ll only ever get what you need. Added bonus?…. using Bother could reduce your household’s carbon emissions by 2.5% – the equivalent of cutting out red meat for a year!
Supplying hungry subscribers with nifty little recipe kit boxes, Gousto deliveries include ready-measured, totally fresh ingredients, together with really straight forward recipes! You essentially pick the meals you want online, and they’ll deliver everything you need straight to your door. Conscious of food waste, they give you the exact quantities you need, so you won’t feel guilty about throwing away that awkward piece of ginger and 3 spring onions you know you’ll never eat. You can either choose a 2-person box (with 2, 3 or 4 recipes), or a family box (also 2, 3 or 4 recipes). There are up to 50 recipes a week (including vegetarian options) and their meat is 100% British too – so 10 points there!
Giving Birchbox a run for their money, The Pip Box will help you discover five new vegan and cruelty-free makeup and skincare brands every month! After all, a lot of us are becoming more and more conscious about the products we’re lathering on our skin and sculps on a daily basis. Selling out like (egg-free) hot cakes, these gorgeous little boxes include £55+ worth of beauty products from well-known, trending and indie brands. You can expect full-sized, or travel-sized products only, no sachets or tiny one-time use products here babes! Beauty buffs can opt for a month-to-month subscription with full flexibility – no contract, no commitments, and no animal cruelty! It’s a firm yes from us!
If you’re one of those people who can’t resist buying an indoor plant when you see one, or simply need to add some (literal) life into your home, then Bloomboxclub is for you. Yes, it’s extravagant, we’re not going to lie about that…. but having a house that resembles a small jungle will bring you infinite amounts of joy. What do you actually get each month I hear you whisper longingly over your dead basil plant? Well, a unique plant hand-picked by one of their specialist growers, a perfectly fitting ceramic pot or basket, and a series of little booklets to show you how not to kill said plants. That’s not all…. You’ll also get quality surprise gifts added to your box every other month! The plants range in sizes, including species from all over the world, so over time, and for about £39 a month, you can build your very own botanical bliss. Pretty fly for a cacti.