There are certain things that come into and go out of our homes on a revolving door basis: toothbrushes, coffee, tissue paper, sponges, and often unintentionally and mysteriously, socks. Everyone is acquainted with "...of the month clubs" catering to the delivery of specialty food and flowers, but there's also a whole world of online subscription services for other aspects of our lives.
What's your pleasure? Mine happens to be a cup of coffee each morning, a small joy which has become part of my morning routine. A bag of beans, an aromatic and tasty surprise in a box waiting to be experienced cup by cup, is delivered right to my door each month, via The Los Angeles Coffee Club. I keep up with what's coming my way via their Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds, an Internet Generation spin on the monthly club deal.
But even if you're not a coffee drinker, there is a myriad of online subscription services to bring luxuries, comforts, and necessities to your home on schedule:
CoffeeCSA: My better half over at our sister site The Kitchn turned me onto the this online coffee subscription service specializing in sustainably grown and harvested coffee. I admit I like this coffee cooperative in Davis, California just a little more knowing it's based in the same town as my alma mater. An annual every month/1lb delivery subscription costs $214.99, with plenty of other frequency/amount options available to cater to your drinking habits.
Nicely Noted: As the former Online Director for Dwell magazine, Online Editor at W magazine, and Site Design Account Manager at Dell, founder Perry Nelson's credentials are just as impressive as the lovely selection of letterpress stationery offered at Nicely Noted. $18/month for three cards and envelope sets ($216/year).
For the Makers: The DIY scene has exploded from the confines of your grandmother's cozy corner to the vibrant marketplace Etsy and boutique craft retailers. We spotlighted this service earlier in March, a subscription site which caters to those inclined to put their DIY skills to the task. Each month, a $29 box of supplies with detailed how-to instructions gets delivered, saving you a trip to Michaels or Jo-Ann.
Papirmasse: Subscriptions to this annual independent art delivery service include a monthly art print from up and coming artists and writers, with art on the front and text on the back. Perfect for getting your walls adorned on a budget, it's $5 a month in North America, $10 a month overseas.
Kitchen & Company: For under $100 you can appease your inner Alton Brown with a delivery of cooking gadgets that are sent January through December. Examples of tools offered monthly: OXO Good Grips Mini Chopper, Eastman Marinade Injector and the RSVP MultiBlade Herb Scissors.
Birchbox: Beauty and grooming products need to be regularly replenished throughout the year, so why not save a trip to the beauty counter or packed aisles of Sephora and have skincare and body samples sent regularly to your home? For $10 a month members are sent beauty and lifestyle samples catering to their specific preferences, available for both ladies and gents, with additional grooming, tech, and fashion options.
Discover Pique: All too often hosiery needs to be retired and replaced due to a run or a snag/rip. Whether it's stockings, hose, leggings, tights, or socks, this site offers 1, 3, 6, and 12 month plans to keep your hosiery drawer properly stocked starting at $48/month with the option to pick out 1-3 products each time.
Sock Club: I've got enough orphans in my sock drawer to inspire a Dickensian tale. Somewhere, an enclave of single-and-ready-to-mingle socks are laughing it up while I search high and low, all in the hopes of leaving the house with a matching pair. The Sock Club is for sad singularly-socked saps as myself, alongside those looking for a little flair on their feet. $11 per month, or $132 a year, with 3 and 6 month options available.
Conscious Box: The name says it all. It's a crunchy subscription service revolving around home, food, beauty, garden and other healthy/eco-friendly products. An annual monthly delivery subscription costs $203.40, with one month free, or just $19.95 for a one month trial run.
Stridebox: Do you like to run? If so, it probably means you're at least a tiny bit of a gear junkie. StrideBox is a monthly subscription box service aimed at runners and athletes, with each delivery containing 6-8 samples of performance products for active lifestyle types. A great gift for a friend or family who has signed up for their first 5K, 10K, half, or full-marathon at just $15/month.
Amazon Subscribe & Save: Amazon.com offers pre-scheduled deliveries of certain regularly replaced household products. For example, we use a Culligan shower filter to treat the water coming in through our ancient 1930's pipes and by purchasing into Amazon's "Subscribe & Save" delivery option, I can save 15% compared to an individual order each time. Paper towels & bath tissues, razor blades, child & baby care products, batteries, and even CFL light bulbs are available and offered at discount via subscription service. For a Magic Sponge addict like myself, the Subscribe & Save discounts can add up throughout the year, so check out Amazon's full listing to see if you might save on products you use regualry by buying in advance, instead of one at a time.
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