You’ve likely heard the call-to-action over the last few years: Support Black Businesses. But what does that mean exactly? According to some reports, studies show that 77% of wealth is created by owning a business. While Black people make up almost 15% of the American population, in 2019, only 2.3% of businesses were black-owned. In contrast to many business owners, Black businesses face myriad barriers to long-term success, such as higher interest rates, predatory lending practices, and less investment capital.
While there are many ways to support the fight for racial equity and social justice, an immediate way to challenge these norms is to support Black-owned businesses, both locally and online. And by purchasing a Black-owned subscription box, you’ll receive goodies at your door while continuing to bolster minority-owned businesses month after month.
But, one of the most important lessons to remember is that the work of antiracism is just that — continued work. One never "arrives" as an antiracist, and one should continually work to keep racial equity and social justice at the forefront of their life — daily.
It’s the start of a new year, so why don’t you get some new pen, stationery, and planning tools to complement that new you? With Penspiration from Cloth & Paper, 5 to 7 unique writing tools come in a variety of tips and colors, including gels, ballpoints, brush pens, markers, and fineliners. With an unparalleled unboxing experience, you’ll be writing in style all year long.
Shipping: Ships between the 19th and the 24th of each month.
Why Subscribers Love It: “This felt like such a luxurious experience for a pen pack, ya know? Like what a special treat to yourself or for someone you care about. Also, the pens all felt so hefty and well-made.” – Maree H.
From the company Black Girl MATHgic, this box is specifically designed to increase math confidence and decrease anxiety around math—or, in their own words, “strengthen the ‘M’ in STEM!’ Not only will the monthly box help your girl become more comfortable with math problem-solving, each includes a profile of a woman mathematician to inspire confidence outside the classroom.
Shipping: Orders ship within the United States between the 8th and the 13th of every month.
Why Subscribers Love It: “Love this subscription box! I got it for my girls, ages 6 and 10 and they loved it. The packaging is adorable -- it makes a great gift. In our particular box, we got a math card game that the kids found so fun and a copy of the Love Math Journal, which my kids loved as well. Each month also includes a female role model in math with a bunch of info on them. I loved it and so did my girls. Highly recommend either the subscription or you can purchase individual boxes for birthday or Christmas gifts too.” – Allison D.
Whether you’re permanently WFH or back in the office, the desks where many of us spend our days can be rather drab. That’s where this exceptional office decor subscription box comes in. With a new theme each month, you’ll receive 4 to 5 unique decor, office tech, and productivity tools, along with exclusive access to career videos and advancement trainings.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the United States between the 15th and the 20th of every month.
Why Subscribers Love It: “I have to admit I wasn't really sure about this subscription box but I was amazingly impressed. The items that were inside were very useful and can't wait to see what next month's box will contain.” – Cher M.
A simple yet beautiful subscription box, the fine folks at Cosmic Crystal Jewelry send you a hand-selected piece of crystal jewelry each month. In addition to being eye-catching bobbles, these pieces are curated by a Certified Crystal Healer who provides the crystal property information for each and every box.
Shipping: Boxes ship between the 8th and the 18th of each month.
Why Subscribers Love It: “Beautiful amethyst pendant! Craftsmanship and stone quality are high quality! Very happy with my first jewelry piece and excited for the next one. I Highly recommend this lovely box! Thank you!” – Laura L.
Say it loud, say it proud: Representation matters! That’s why the husband-and-wife team behind the Jambo Book Club began curating high-quality children’s literation that highlights children of color in uplifting yet everyday scenarios: making friends, raising pets, loving grandparents, and fighting dragons.
Shipping: Boxes ship each month on or before the 10th.
Why Subscribers Love It: “Really lovely box with themed books and a letter with every box. My child LOVES every book.” – Dana G.
All too often, beauty products are designed and marketed specifically toward white-centric beauty norms. But with the Curly Queen Monthly Subscription Box, you can leave all that behind. All products are both Curly Girl Approved and cruelty-free, shipping between 5 and 10 hair and skincare products to your door every month.
Shipping: Ships quarterly from the United States to countries all over the world between the 20th and 30th of every month.
Why Subscribers Love It: “I got it for my sister's birthday and she was excited to get it. She loves trying out new products, She is really excited for her silk ponytail holder! Next time I will get a bigger box with more products.” – Arissa M.
There are no Pinterest fails here! With Home Made Luxe, you’ll receive all the materials you need to embark on your very own DIY craft project. With the tagline “Stop Pinning and Start Making,” this box is the perfect way to create a gorgeous and unique home decor piece without the headache.
Shipping: Ships the first Saturday of every month.
Why Subscribers Love It: “I bought a 3-month subscription for my Mom for her birthday last year. She loved all 3 of the crafts. We ended up doing 2 of them together. They were so easy to do because of the step-by-step instructions. I'd recommend this box to anyone interested in crafts.” – Jenn M.
Culture Cakes combines the joy of travel with a love of baking into a delightful and informative subscription box perfect for the whole family. With each box, you’ll experience the flavors of a new country each month while learning about the culture the food comes from. Gather ‘round and sign-up to unravel global flavor combinations, new spices, and even innovative baking techniques.
Shipping: Ships monthly around the 4th of each month.
Why Subscribers Love It: “Really really really enjoy this box! I have 6 kids, and we all love food, especially food from different countries with different flavors and styles. We all are able to try every piece and learn about what we are eating and the origin from which country it came. The pamphlet that comes in the box is super informative without overloading you with too much information. My kids really like the part where there are about 7 or 8 different words to learn in that language.” – Cortney D.
You want your child to have access to the arts, to be surrounded by things like books and music. So what about a subscription box that combines those two things? With the Music Library subscription, each month your child will receive a new children’s book with the intention of introducing them to a wide range of styles of music and different musicians.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the United States around the 20th of each month.
Why Subscribers Love It: “I love this subscription so much we've kept it for a couple of years now. Each box comes with an informative and beautiful picture book, instrument, activities, guide pamphlet, and a code to access the online videos and resources related to the subject. We turn it into 3 to 4 days worth of music lessons. I recommend this subscription to all my homeschooling friends. I'm not a musician or music teacher myself, so Ms. Shanan takes the guesswork out of planning a music curriculum.” – Joanne C.
This book box is designed to bring diverse stories with strong female characters to the little ones in your life. Each book you receive has been carefully selected to highlight diverse languages and cultures, as well as different family structures and other plotlines that celebrate uniqueness! With both new and classic titles, each book will inspire empathy while expanding the world.
Shipping: Boxes ship worldwide from the United States on the 4th of each month.
Why Subscribers Love It: “Love the books Momo sends us! They are beautiful books with wonderful messages and stories. My 4-year-old son gets so excited when we receive them and they immediately go to the top of the list for bedtime stories. And they stay there until the next box comes. Love this subscription!” – Kristina B.
Shed the shame: Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression are extremely common. If you or someone in your life struggles with mental health, this subscription box can help to greater understand the realities of anxiety and depression while also providing thoughtful self-care tools. If you’ve been looking for a way to explore and talk about mental health as a family, this box is definitely for you.
Shipping: Boxes ship within the United States on the 15th of each month.
Why Subscribers Love It: “I am super excited to make this review as I’ve been patiently waiting for my box to arrive. It is super cute and has some useful items inside of it (sage, tea, a book, etc.) Great packaging, quick to ship. Worth the $.” – Aarica R.
For those of us with chronically chapped lips, a new lip balm can be a thing of ethereal joy. But so often we just reach for the closest option while waiting in line at the checkout counter. With this subscription from Jersey Shore Cosmetics, you can receive two all-natural, organic lip-balms, guaranteed to quench even the driest lips!
Shipping: Boxes ship between the 1st and the 5th of each month.
Why Subscribers Love It: “I absolutely love this subscription for lip conditioners. They are wonderful and smell amazing! Both my kiddos love them too!” – Meghan
With the explicit mission to give readers access to new authors, diverse voices, and stories that tackle today’s most pressing social issues, the Young Adult Monthly box from Now in Books is a great way to have new stories find you. From coming-of-age stories to sci-fi and fantasy novels, there is something for every reader included in this box.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the United States on the 15th of every month.
Why Subscribers Love It: “The book was incredible! from start to finish it had me hooked. I definitely recommend to science fiction/ magic lovers. The perspective changes kept me on my toes ready to read more! the hardcover quality was perfect and the shipping was a lot sooner than expected. Overall it was a great experience. 10/10 recommend!” – Shalyse L.
Are you an aspiring make-up artist, or someone who loves to design an elaborate costume for ComicCon or DragonCon each year? Then this box is for you! Boxes are packed with everything from make-up to wigs to prosthetics to help you create movie-ready looks!
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the United States by the 10th of each month.
Why Subscribers Love It: “Loved this subscription! Each box was well thought out and included some pretty cool makeup. Plus the wigs were amazing. The owner responded quickly and even gave ideas on her Pinterest page for possible cosplay looks. Definitely looked forward to each box during the Covid months!” – Sandy B.
This quarterly subscription box takes the ideals of self-care to a whole new level. Combining a love of skincare and makeup with a love of reading, Beauty and A Book will bring the greatest new books from Black women currently on shelves. Recent kits have included beauty products from Bare Minerals and MORPHE as well as books such as The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the United States every three months.
Why Subscribers Love It: “I bought this as a gift for my wife for her birthday, and she loved it. I filled out the survey and they did the rest and did a fantastic job. She was very excited about all of the books and items included and they were all a perfect fit for her.” – Eric P.
Women of the world—we could all use a little more “me time,” don’t you think? Whether you’re a busy entrepreneur or a mom doing your best to keep the house running smoothly, each box comes with a wide variety of self-care activities and tools. Pamper both your mind and your body with 6 to 8 snacks, candles, accessories, and more delivered right to your door.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the United States on the 15th of every month.
Why Subscribers Love It: “Beautiful box! I’m a sucker for a good theme. The lavender theme was really nicely done with a great variety of items. Felt very upscale. Loved that I got shower steamers instead of typical bath bombs, and the spring of lavender on top was a pretty extra attention to detail. I was only going to try one box but decided to continue based on this first box!” – Pamela B.
Whether you’re putting them in your hot chocolate or roasting them over an open fire, marshmallows are a perfect treat for every season. With this artisan marshmallow and hot chocolate box, you’ll get treats delivered that are vegan, dairy-free, and contain no artificial flavors. Made in small batches from kosher-friendly ingredients, you’ll never turn away from these artisanal and delicious creations.
Shipping: Ships within the United States on the 15th of every month.
Why Subscribers Love It: “Really nice little treat, I'm glad its enough to make 6 or so s'mores so I'm not binging on them, and I like getting a drink as well. The little tools are great and everything is nicely wrapped. Glad I purchased.” – Akiko J.
Blending important life lessons with interactive play and craft activities, this box from Ao & Tauri promises screen-free fun for kids between the ages of 4 and 10 years old. Sign up for a day of play in a different way!
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the United States every other month around the 5th.
Why Subscribers Love It: “My kids (ages 5 and 3) thoroughly enjoyed their craft time with Ao & Tauri! The directions were easy to follow and still allowed room for them to do their own thing. There was plenty to do and the included pouch for the art supplies was a bonus. We are definitely a fan!” – Sibi P.