Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this January looks a lot different than usual, but it’s still the beginning of a brand new year. Chances are you’ve tailored your New Year’s resolutions to home-based activities — and there’s no shortage of subscription boxes to get you started.
Whether you’re focused on self-improvement or want to learn a new hobby, subscription boxes can give you an extra push while helping you save money. Plus, getting a fun package in the mail each month is something to look forward to in quarantine.
Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the sheer volume of subscription boxes on the market? Here’s a look at five that can help you get 2021 off to a promising start.
Last updated: Jan. 6, 2021
You may want to start a new fitness regimen in 2021, but chances are, COVID-19 will be keeping you away from the gym for the foreseeable future. The Gainz Box can serve as both a motivator and a resource, essentially delivering fitness to your doorstep.
Priced at $32 per box on the monthly plan — plus $7 shipping — you’ll receive four to six products valued at more than $75. Items will vary by month but include workout apparel, supplements, equipment, accessories, healthy snacks, fitness education and more.
If you want to save a few dollars, you can also opt for a three-month, six-month or annual plan, which can get your cost down to $29 per month, plus shipping.
Red Velvet NYC
If you’re looking for a delicious new hobby in quarantine, Red Velvet NYC has baked goods they’ll ship to your doorstep on a monthly basis.
Subscription boxes cost $49 per month — shipping is complimentary — and include all the ingredients you’ll need to make two seasonal gourmet desserts. Step-by-step instructions will allow you to learn new baking techniques, so you can dazzle guests when it’s safe to entertain again.
This is a great deal, as you’re getting expert-level instruction without having to make a trip to the store. Plus, baking ingredients add up fast when making multiple recipes.
Life in a pandemic isn’t easy, so Therabox is here to provide support. Priced at $34.99 on the monthly plan — shipping is roughly $6 within the continental U.S. — each box contains more than $120 in retail value, including an activity designed to help you feel happier, along with six to eight full-size wellness products.
Curated by therapists, expect to receive aromatherapy, natural and organic beauty products and unique lifestyle items that encourage the self-care you desperately need right now.
If you’re ready for a longer commitment, three-, six- and 12-month prepay plans are available, which can make your monthly cost as low as $30.99, plus shipping.
If you’re looking to eat healthier in 2021, Urthbox has you covered with non-GMO, organic and all natural snacks, beverages and more delivered to your home each month.
Feast on up to 30 full-size products, valued up to $100 in each box. Shipping is included in the U.S., and subscriptions range in price from $14.99 per month for a mini box — more than seven snacks — to $44.99 per month for a large box — more than 27 snacks.
Sew What Box
There’s no time like quarantine to embrace this hobby. Ideal for beginners, the Sew What Box is designed to help you get a better feel for your sewing machine.
Priced at $35 for a monthly subscription, plus shipping, each box includes a hand-cut sewing project kit, a learning topic of the month, an upcycle project, thread, pins, sewing machine needles, notions and tutorial videos for both projects. Ideal for ages 8 and up, this can also serve as a great pastime for kids.
If you know you’ll stick with it for a while, save a few dollars by opting for a three-month plan, which costs $33.33 per month.
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