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10 Not-So-Basic Subscription Boxes You Should Try

Are you a social justice warrior? Or maybe a charitable intellectual? A soul born in the wrong era?

No matter what makes you unique, we know you want to feel excited about your purchases. That’s why we’ve picked 10 subscription boxes that will deliver you something you wouldn’t find at any old department store.

From adventures for kids to conscious consumerism, we hope these contribute to your dinner party conversation and help you rise above the status quo this summer.

1. Scribbler


Price: $29.99/mo

What You’ll Get: This box is curated by bestselling authors Lindsay Cummings and Victoria Scott, for authors… so it’s at the top of the list of unique gifts for writers. Each box comes with 1 writing theme, 1 new fiction novel, author tips, writing themed gifts, plus the chance to speak to a publishing professional! **** Stay motivated and improve your writing skills (perfect for crafting the next great American novel).

Shipping: Ships on the 21st of every month to select countries

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2. Blue Spider Books


Price: Starts at $9.99/month

What you’ll get: If you love scouring secondhand or vintage shops for your next great read, then Blue Spider Books is definitely the subscription for you. Each month you’ll receive 2 gently used secondhand books plus coffee and tea to enjoy while reading. No two packages are alike so you’ll always get something new!

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 10th of every month

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3. Exploration Crate


Price: Starts at $14.00/mo

What You’ll Get: Delight your tastebuds with candy and snacks from a new country every month with Exploration Crate! With both sweet and savory treats in each box, and 3 subscription size options to choose from, you’ll get to try new and exotic goodies every month!

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. around the 25th each month

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4. Southern Cigar Co


Price: $39.95/mo

What You’ll Get: Sit back and live out your classic movie star dreams with a cigar subscription box including 4 premium cigars, a lighter, and cutter. Perfect for a night with the guys or even a night in shooting the breeze with your dad.

Shipping: Ships worldwide between the 22-23rd of every month

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5. Sensory TheraPLAY Box


Price : Starts at $39.95/mo

What You’ll Get: Sensory TheraPLAY boxes deliver 5-8 fun, calming and therapeutic sensory toys for children on the autism spectrum and who may have sensory processing needs. Carefully curated items encourage the development of sensory motor skills and can include putty, aromatherapy dough, hand fidgets and more.

Shipping: Ships worldwide during the first week of every month

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6. My Honey Crate


Price: Starts at $14.95/mo

What You’ll Get: My Honey Crate is a unique subscription box committed to delivering small-batch raw honey from different beekeepers around the country. Each box includes 1 jar of small-batch honey, plus bee-friendly items like candies, soap, beauty products, beeswax goods and more!

Shipping: Only ships within U.S. between the 19th-21st each month

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7. Tea, Simplicity Teas: Tea with intentions


Price: Starts at $9.99/mo

What You’ll Get: Organic teas are a small luxury perfect for nights in, good conversation, and de-stressing during or after work. Simplicity Teas includes 3-4 loose-leaf, black, green, or herbal teas alongside an infuser and brewing instructions to complete your pinkies-up routine.

Shipping: Ships within the U.S. on the 15-17th of every month

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8. Finders Seekers Mysteries


Price: Starts at $30.00/mo

What you’ll get: What could be more thrilling than solving a mystery and learning about a new city and culture every month? With Finders Seekers Mysteries, you’ll be part of an exclusive clan of adventurers who receive a curious package that challenges you to decipher the puzzle. This subscription box includes fun puzzles, mysterious codes and cryptic messages with a different theme each month.

Shipping: Ships within the U.S. on the 23rd of every month

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9. UnboxBoardom


Price: Starts at $33.99/mo

What You’ll Get: Whether you’re the organizer of weekly game night or just looking to always have a new game on hand, UnboxBoardom is the perfect subscription box for you! Choose between 3 subscription options to receive a new strategy board game either once a month, every other month, or once every three months (depending on how hardcore your gaming habits are)!

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 15th of every month

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10. BBQ Box


Price: $24.99/mo

What You’ll Get: Your favorite grill master knows that they can’t throw meat on a bbq grill without it first being slathered in quality sauce. BBQ Box is the (delicious) solution! Every month, they’ll receive 1 sauce or marinade, 1 rub, 1 edible treat, and 1 sample pack of wood chips. All of the ingredients needed to create that coveted smoky flavor.

Shipping: Ships worldwide between the 25th and 30th of every month

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