February -- Black History Month -- is soon approaching, a time to celebrate innovation, strong minds, and strides taken towards equality throughout history. The Cratejoy Marketplace features a number of Black-owned subscription boxes, as well as boxes that lend support to important social justice causes. Treat yourself or a loved one to a curated gift box to help do your part!
Whether you’re looking to support Black businesses or are searching for the perfect gift (or treat for yourself), the Marketplace has subscription boxes that cater to a broad range of interests. From fine stationery and African-American literature to snazzy socks, self-care, luxe haircare, and a STEM kit for kids, there’s something for everyone.
Here are our top picks to celebrate Black history and culture throughout 2020!
Price: Starts at $16.33/month
What's Included: Get organized and infuse your life with the style and sophistication packed into Cloth & Paper’s monthly box. Featuring useful, elegant supplies made for Type A people with style, this box offers three subscriptions perfect for planners. There’s the Penspiration Box, with 4-6 premium writing supplies every month; the Planner Stationery Box, with 6-8 luxe desk supplies and productivity boosters like notebooks, sticky notes, postcards, exclusively-designed planner inserts, washi tape holders, and more; and the Penspiration and Planner Stationery subscription to receive all thoughtfully-curated goods that month. Bring a touch of elegance into the daily grind.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. (except select countries) between the 19th-23rd of the month
Price: Starts at $19.00/every 3 months
What's Included: Curated by a Purdue University librarian to show off some of the best fiction and nonfiction by modern Black writers, you can choose between receiving only a newly-released book in your chosen genre or a box including that quarter’s featured book, a library packet (with catalog card, spine label, label protector, and logo sticker), and 2-4 book- and reading-related accessories. Every 3 months, dive into powerfully good reads and build out your collection of quality literature.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. by the 15th of the month
Price: Starts at $39.95/month
What You’ll Get: Build up your favorite kiddo’s math skills -- and confidence -- with Black Girl MATHgic! Founded and curated by a mathematics coach with over 15 years of experience, each month of this STEM subscription box comes with a themed activity booklet featuring real-world math lessons and 3-5 related products to maximize your child’s learning, from notebooks and school supplies to specific learning aids. What’s more, every box features a “Caring Adult Guide” for you to help your child with the materials.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. between the 8th-13th of the month
Price: Starts at $14.67/month
What's Included: Keep those curls well-maintained and get the style you’re after with the Curly Queen Kit! Each affordable monthly box brings 3-6 carefully-curated, full-size haircare and skincare products exclusively for your beauty needs, while the seasonal box offers 6-10 products. Featuring both established brands and up-and-comers, this box ensures that curly queens have top-quality, cruelty-free hair care products that work for them.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 20th of the month
Price: Starts at $24.99/month
What You’ll Get: Show the kids in your life that representation matters with this diverse children’s book subscription. Every month, Jambo Book Club sends straight to your door two picture or chapter books with a child of color as the protagonist, showing young readers that anyone can be the star of their own story. Subscriptions are available for kids as little as 0-2 years old and as advanced as 10-13 years old.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. by the 10th of the month
Price: Starts at $10.75/month
What You’ll Get: Who doesn’t love zany socks? Depending on your subscription selection, Bundlez includes 1-3 pairs of fun, colorful patterns in every box so you can look your best from your head to your toes. Socks are specially stitched to be as breathable as they are fun, so you stay comfy and cool all day long.
Shipping: First box ships worldwide from the U.S. 2-3 days after order; following boxes ship on the 12th of the month
Price: Starts at $17.00/month
What's Included: A great gift for any woman who wants a beauty box that will help them destress, relax and unwind, or as a way to treat yourself, the Just Because Box delivers the goods for indulgence. Featuring 3-4 full-size artisan-crafted products for body and bath, from soaps and lotions, to candles and sprays, it’s the perfect way to loosen up, let go and take some much-needed downtime.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. around the 25th of the month