It’s been nearly a decade since Birchbox, which was founded by two Harvard Business School geniuses, set the world abuzz with the idea of a “monthly subscription box.” Since then, we’ve seen countless other companies follow suit. Today, you can get a monthly subscription to pretty much anything your heart desires, whether it’s Korean Beauty products, puppy supplies, wine, meal kits, or hygiene essentials ranging from tampons to toothbrushes. Entire websites are dedicated to reviewing such boxes, and some YouTubers even make money off their ravenous “unboxings.”
And while a wee expenditure via a $10 Birchbox or Ipsy bag is always fun, sometimes it’s worth it to indulge in a bougie splurge -- think designer handbags or silk pillowcases. Whether it’s a gift for yourself or for a friend, the below luxury subscription boxes all fit the bill. Trust me, no one would be disappointed to see one of these on their doorstep.
You’ve heard of Trunk Club, Stitch Fix, and Rent the Runway, but have you heard of 10 Wooster? The monthly subscription box is a fusion of all the above’s biggest draws. Every box contains five designer pieces from brands such as Helmut Lang, Rebecca Taylor, and 10 Crosby Derek Lam that are pulled specifically for you by their style team depending on your preferences. You can wear the five pieces as many times as you want within the month, then you either opt to purchase them at a steep discount (50 to 75 percent off) or you ship them back. That means you’re cutting back on fast fashion spending, saving closet space, and wearing fashion-forward pieces you might not have otherwise tried on.
It's safe to say that the unofficial motto of the last few years has been “women supporting women,” and that’s exactly what Dough sets out to do. It’s a slightly modified version of your traditional subscription box in the sense that you get an introductory box (valued at $125) filled with products from female-owned brands as part of your annual $89 subscription to the site. The “wallet feminist” subscription gives you access to exclusive pricing on 100+ female-owned brands, along with a concierge service that helps you track down the best products for, say, a wedding gift or flattering swimsuit.
Leave it to skincare brand Sunday Riley to deliver (quite literally) in the luxury skin care subscription box niche. The box, which is still in its first year, is shipped quarterly and each is curated with a specific theme in mind. To our surprise, it also includes a range of brands. For example, their Summer 2019 box was dubbed “The Travel Box” and came with a Savvy Sleepers Travel Satin Pillow Case, Kreafunk aGo Speaker, Sand Cloud Wanderlust Towel, Harry Josh brush, and Hum Nutrition Beauty Zzzz supplements, among other items. Of course, each box also contains a generous assortment of Sunday Riley skincare loot, which is reason enough to throw down your credit card.
If high end makeup is more your jam, Barney’s Beauty Box is your cosmetic hero. Unlike traditional boxes, which are curated and shipped on a schedule, there are an assortment of Barney’s Beauty Boxes to choose from at any point in the year. For example, there's the Pretty Penny Box, which will cost you $175 but contains $345 worth of product, including JINsoon nail polish, Mimi Luzon 24K Pure Gold Dust, YSL Tatouage Couture Metallics Lip Stain, NARS Precious Metals single eye shadow, and more.
A box of fancy wine shipped straight to your front door? The 21st century is so legit. There are a few wine delivery options out there, but Winc wins for a few reasons. First, they provide a neatly curated list of reds, whites, rosés, and sparkling options at price points ranging from $13 and up. Second, their team pulls wine picks they think you’ll especially like based on questions you answered when signing up, but you still can swap them out for something else if that’s your preference (hoorah for flexibility). Third, the Winc subscription network means you have access to reviews of their wine bottles, which makes the whole wine-shopping thing more approachable. Most boxes are around $60 for four bottles of wine, though you can opt for a three-bottle box instead at $39 and partake in their introductory rate.
Perhaps one of the fastest-growing categories in the subscription box market is food. We’ve got everything from cheapie snack boxes to full-blown gourmet dinners. Methodology is one of the newest and buzziest boxes to emerge on the food scene, and though it’s currently only available on the west coast, it’s about to hit the rest of the US in late 2019. Their focus is customized meals that are "clean" — no refined sugars, canola oil, hormones, or processed ingredients — and focused on seasonal produce and sustainable ingredients.
For an all-encompassing lifestyle subscription box, splurge on Rachel Zoe’s Box of Style. It costs $100 every quarter with each box valued at over $400. We like it because it provides a five-piece mix of products ranging from designer jewelry to trendy handbags to the latest and greatest skin care products. You can pay-as-you-go every quarter or pay the year up front, which comes with a $50 savings and over $1500 worth of extra goodies.
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