Last Updated: 16/05/2017
So you’re stuck thinking about what to buy for that person’s birthday, or for Christmas or Valentine’s Day. Maybe you’ve left it so last minute you’ve woken up on the morning of the day itself and realised, in a blind panic, that now might be too late to get them anything at all. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Frantically running to the shops to find anything remotely close to what that person might want on their special day will leave you with a mediocre gift at best, and an awkward empty handed greeting at worst. So why not give them a gift that they can joy every month of the year?
Subscription boxes are taking the world by storm and it’s easy to see why. Many include monthly gifts for the recipient to discover new and interesting brands, products and snacks. Here you’ll be able to find a list of the best subscription boxes in the UK, and I’ll be constantly updating it with new finds. Get ready to find the best subscription boxes for geeks, beauty lovers, foodies, book lovers and more!
- 0.1 Clothing Subscription Boxes:
- 0.2 Beauty Subscription Boxes:
- 0.3 Food Subscription Boxes:
- 0.4 Subscription Boxes For Geeks:
- 0.5 Book Subscription Boxes:
- 0.6 Tea And Coffee Subscription Boxes:
- 0.7 Subscription Service For Flowers:
- 0.8 Health Subscription Boxes:
- 0.9 Premium Subscription Box:
- 1 The Best Subscription Boxes In The UK
- 2 Clothing
- 3 The Best Beauty Subscription Boxes For 2017
- 4 The Best Food Subscription Boxes For 2017
- 5 The Best Subscription Boxes For Geeks 2017
- 6 The Best Book Subscription Boxes 2017
- 7 The Best Tea And Coffee Subscription Boxes 2017
- 8 The Best Health Subscription Boxes
- 9 The Best Subscription Service For Flowers 2017
- 10 The Best Premium Subscription Box 2017
- 11 Best Subscription Boxes for Mothers, Children & Families: 2017
- 12 SEE MORE: 19 Unusual Mother’s Day Ideas You Haven’t Considered >>
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The Best Subscription Boxes In The UK
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There aren’t too many of these around that I could find, but I’ve listed an affordable favourite which really appeals to my inner child.
Whether you’re male, female, young or old – The Monthly Tee Club will bring a smile to your face month after month. You’ll get between 1 and 4 t-shirts delivered monthly, depending on the package size you select at checkout. As well as offering the first shirt for free + P&P, the subscription is a very reasonably £9.99 monthly. “But how do they know which t-shirts I want?” Well, by specifying your interests at the checkout, you’ll receive a unique tee every month with a design you’ll love. Not only that, but the generous guys at the MTC will donate an item to charity for every tee you buy, as part of their #Tee4aTee project. Check out the Monthly Tee Club
The Best Beauty Subscription Boxes For 2017
Beauty subscription boxes seem to be one of the most popular kinds right now, thanks to their promotion in big UK beauty magazines. A quick Google search will give you tons to choose from, but these two are undoubtedly still the best of the best.
The first is the Glossybox; the monthly beauty subscription box which brings you 5 beauty products to try for £10 a month (+ £3.25 a month postage). You can get money off each month by opting for a 3, 6 or 12 month plan too, with the longest being just £8.50 a month. You can get anything from makeup, to skincare products, and the boxes are usually highly rated. Check out Glossybox
Then there’s the Birchbox; the monthly beauty subscription box which brings you 4-5 beauty products based on what you’ve told them you already like, for £10 a month (+£2.95 for postage). Just like the Birchbox you get money off for longer plans, and you can expect makeup, skincare products and even food like chia oats if they think you’ll like them! Check out Birchbox
The Best Food Subscription Boxes For 2017
There’s such a variety of food subscription boxes in the UK right now, so I selected my favourite few. Here you’ll find boxes for all types of food, snacks, chocolate (the best of the bunch, if you’re asking me) and more.
HelloFresh began in 2012 but has quickly shot to fame and has the backing of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. The Hello Fresh subscription service takes all the hard work out of your weekly shop by providing you with fresh ingredients (measured out in exact quantities for your convenience, I should add) in their chilled ‘recipe box’ for you to enjoy cooking at home. Inside you’ll find great quality ingredients from premium suppliers with the option for either 3 or 5 meals every week for the whole family; the larger box brings the cost down to just £4.00 per meal. You can also choose between a set classic and veggie option, and with the ability to specify your preferred recipes there really is something for everyone. Check out HelloFresh
The Degustabox comes with 9 – 14 surprise food products, some which aren’t even in supermarkets yet, for much better value than you’d get each of them separately for in shops. These could be cooking supplies, drinks, full packs of new snacks etc, and costs £12.99 a month (with free delivery woo!). Check out Degustabox
Even if you know next to nothing about subscription boxes, you probably know Graze thanks to their TV and magazine ads over the past few years. With Graze, you can choose from over 100 different snacks and get them delivered as often as you want (every week, 2 weeks, month etc) for £3.99 a box. You can get either the Variety box where you can pick any of their snacks, the Light Box specifically for healthier stuff, or the Kids box for children. Check out Graze
The Goodness Project (formerly known as Flowbox) is a healthy lifestyle subscription box designed for the health-conscious customer. Their boxes start from £13.45 a month and alongside their classic box, they offer vegan and gluten-free boxes too. Every month you can expect treats such as superfood chocolates, raw muesli, organic protein bars and you never get the same product twice. 1% of their profits also go to charity! Check out The Goodness Project
And finally, the one we’re all secretly lusting after, the Hotel Chocolat Tasting Club subscription box. The Hotel Chocolat Tasting Club delivers one of 5 chocolate boxes for you to try each month (every 8 weeks for their coveted Rabot 1745 Selection) for £22.95. You can get your first box to try for just £9.95, and honestly paying for a 2 or 3 month subscription of this for someone’ gift would be incredible; especially when they forget you’ve got them that and get home to a box of premium chocolates through their letterbox. Check out Hotel Chocolat
The Best Subscription Boxes For Geeks 2017
Geeky subscription boxes are on the rise in the UK for 2017 it seems, and I sifted through a lot of them to bring you these two top picks. The first is My Geek Box, which brings you a surprise box with a theme every month that includes at least one t-shirt (£15.99 a month). You can see some of their past boxes here, which will hopefully convince you that this is the perfect nerdy subscription box gift for any geeks in your life. Check out My Geek Box
Now, you might be wondering why I included an American subscription box in this, when there were a few more UK exclusives I could have chosen from. And that’s because I’m subscribed to the Lootcrate myself. They seem to have been around a lot longer than the UK geeky boxes, and they’re always quality for around the same price. I honestly love them (and they’ve supplied with at least 6 of my regularly worn t-shirts).
Lootcrate picks a theme each month and sends you t-shirts, exclusive gear just for them like one-off comics and prints, and geeky figures. They cost $29.95 a month which is around £19.40, but this price drops if you sign up for 6 or 12 months. And to be honest, when the amount in the box is worth much more than that and you get international shipping included, it’s well worth it. Check out Lootcrate
Zbox – bag yourself a geeky surprise every month with the Zbox subscription box. By far this is one of the best subscription boxes around, and it is picking up traction over the past year. For those that subscribe to this geeky box, you will receive a variety of unique one-of-a-kind items to enjoy, depending on what theme the box is covering that month. Inside the box you will receive a T-shirt and a box containing over £40 worth of merchandise, which is the perfect treat for yourself, or friend or family member that loves all things geek.Check out
The Best Book Subscription Boxes 2017
If the person you need a present for gets through books quicker than you get through your weekly food shop, then a subscription box for books is what you should get them.
The Willoughby Book Club is the best book Subscription Box service for variety; you can sign up for different ages of kids books, the best contemporary books (all the best rising book stars), the best cookery, garden, natural history and even couples books. The price for all of these ranges, but if you wanted the best of the modern charts it’d be £34.99 for 3 months (so £11.60 a month) for one book a month. Check out The Willoughby Book Club
You might think that’s expensive, considering most of the books you’ll be sent are usually worth around £7-£8. But what makes this unique is that the gift is unique to the person you order it for; you tell The Willoughby Book Club what genres of books they like, what they have already, and they’ll hand pick books for them. And let’s be honest, they’re probably a lot more knowledgeable about that kind of thing than you…
Prudence And The Crow are the best book Subscription Box service for vintage books. Tell them the genre you like, eg Science Fiction, and they’ll send you one book a month for £12. Not only that, but you’ll get some lovely little presents alongside it, like tote bags, bookmarks etc. Check out Prudence And The Crow
The Best Tea And Coffee Subscription Boxes 2017
Coffee subscription boxes seem to be much more common (and affordable) than their tea counterparts in the UK. Either way, I’ve picked out my two favourite coffee subscription services, and one incredible tea subscription service to show you.
The first coffee subscription box is Pact Coffee. I spotted these guys about a year ago when they had some offers on for your first box. Even though I didn’t have a voucher to test out their sign-up form for this review, it turns out they give you one for 50% off your first bag when you sign up (normally £6.95 a bag). When you start the sign-up process they ask you what you make your coffee with normally, then some other questions to find your perfect blend. You can choose to have the same coffee sent weekly or bi-weekly, or to try a different coffee each time. Check out Pact Coffee
The London Tea Club asks you multiple questions to find out your ‘flavour profile’, and sends you customised loose leaf tea they think you’ll like. For £10 a month you get enough tea for 6 – 8 cups, or 3 small pots. Check out The London Tea Club
Sophia from Tattooed Tealady mentions Eight Point Nine in her own subscription box guide (which you should definitely check out if you want more beauty or foodie subscription box ideas as she has a really comprehensive list on both), and they definitely look like a good rival for best coffee subscription box in the UK. Eight Point Nine is a subscription service which lets you create your own unique coffee blend, or choose one recommended by their expert roasters, and have it delivered for £7.50 a month. And I’ve got to say, the butterscotch flavoured coffee I’ve come up with is really tempting me into trying them out. Check out Eight Point Nine
The Best Health Subscription Boxes
Although there are a number of subscription boxes which offer healthy vegan, gluten free and natural bites, I could only find one which really stood out specifically in the Health category. VITL deliver vitamins and supplements in a format designed with convenience in mind. If your diet has ever suffered as a result of your lifestyle (let’s face it, we’ve all been in that position) then surely having a regular vitamin supplement intake can’t do any harm.
The VITL Nutrition Box (Supplement package) arrives in a beautifully designed package containing 28 x tear-off strips of 4 pills, which are all based on natural ingredients. You’ll get a daily multivitamin, COQ10, Krill Oil and Supergreen antioxidant capsule which certainly saves you having to juggle numerous bottles and varying quantities of pills on a monthly basis. These are available as a one-off, as a monthly or three-monthly subscription with big savings to be had by paying in advance for the quarterly package. Deliveries are made on a monthly basis so you’ll never go a day without.
You can also opt for a VITL greens package, which consists of 19 ‘superfoods’ in a convenient powdered form. These are easily added to food or a drink (I personally think a smoothie would be the best option) and the vegan friendly, high protein formula will appeal to almost everyone from Yogis to bodybuilders. These are available as one off packs of 6, 14 or regular fortnightly deliveries of 14 sachets.
Very convenient, highly recommended. Grab a free 2 week trial here:Check out VITL
The Goodness Box is full of little guilt-free pleasures and is the perfect gift for a vegan loved one or to treat yourself. Goodness Boxes contain vegan and gluten free food and even lifestyle products. They will offer new and quality healthy alternatives for you to try that are better for your health and are exceptional value for money. They offer three subscription boxes, the classic goodness box, containing healthy snacks for the whole family to enjoy. They also offer the vegan goodness box which includes vegan alternatives to the most popular foods and sources them from the international market so you can try a variety of products. Gluten free goodness boxes offer gluten free alternatives for subscribers to try. This is by-far the most comprehensive healthy eating subscription box on the market for 2017.
The Best Subscription Service For Flowers 2017
This is one of the best gifts for a loved one in your life, especially for something like Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day. Bunches flower subscription service comes in three tiers; Simply Thoughtful which is a bouquet from the classic value range for £16.99 a month, Utter Indulgence which is a bit more stunning a bouquet for £19.99 a month, or Truly Exquisite which is the best you can get for £24.99 a month.
You can keep the subscription for 3, 6 or 12 months, and it’s a lovely way to remind that special someone how much you love them long after they’ve forgotten about the day you were meant to buy it for! Check out Bunches
The Best Premium Subscription Box 2017
There were a few choices I was mulling over to win this spot, but I chose Not Another Bill as the best premium subscription box because it’s truly unusual, and the things you’re sent will honestly be a surprise.
You can only sign up to a minimum of 3 months (£80), and if you’re wondering what kinds of things you’ll get, past boxes have included gloves, soaps, cufflinks and more. Check them out on their past box section if you’re curious. Everything they send is about style and quality, so you truly get your moneys worth. Check out Not Another Bill
As I said before, if you believe I’ve missed out your favourite subscription box, or you have any opinions on the ones I’ve put above, let me know in the comments below or over on Twitter or Facebook.
Best Subscription Boxes for Mothers, Children & Families: 2017
Sassy Bloom is the perfect subscription box gift for soon-to-be or new mothers. They are packed full of personalised baby accessories and gifts for their tot which are age and gender specific to their baby. Sassy Bloom subscription boxes are either a one off box or are delivered every month. Boxes are worth between £40 and £80 and is a great gift for newtime mothers. Not only that, the Sassy Bloom subscription boxes even extend to kids, offering fun products that the whole family can get involved in.
Fred’s Box is a unique subscription box for children, including custom made figurines that tiny tots can play with and collect. They will send out a one-off gift or monthly subscription boxes to the lucky child who will receive these figurines and a handwritten note ranging from £4.85 to £16.50, depending on your budget. Figurines are suitable to play with other mainstream brands and building blocks and are the perfect gift for the little one in your life.
Missdream box is the only one of it’s kind, aimed at tweens and teenage girls aged between 7 and 18. Missdream box started life when two mothers based in the UK noticed the gap in the market for such subscription boxes, aimed at tween and teenaged girls. They decided to create their own offering two gift boxes, the tween box (aged between 7-11) and teenagers box for girls aged 12+. The two mums hand pick, wrap and fill the subscription boxes themselves with the help of their two teenage daughters. They include funky stationery, safe beauty products, gadgets and accessories, phone cases and much more. This is the perfect one-off or monthly gift subscription box for teens that deserve a treat.