7 Must Have Boxes: October 2019

Whether you’re looking to get in on the excitement that is monthly subscription boxes or you’re already hooked and searching for the next big thing, we thought we’d do you a solid and highlight 7 must-haves available here on the Cratejoy Marketplace.

So, what exactly makes a particular box rise to must-have status? Turns out the winning formula is pretty straightforward. Perfectly curated, premium products that provide plenty of bang for your buck + top-notch customer care, all wrapped up in a thoughtfully designed package and delivered right to the front door! It’s that simple.

We’ve taken the opportunity to round up some subscription boxes that are getting plenty of subscriber love and have earned our stamp of approval. Stave off FOMO and get in on some quality unboxing action with this group of standout subscriptions!

1. MindWander

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Price: Starts at $17.99/mo.

What You’ll Get: Set out to do some deep reflection and create room in your life for self-care and personal growth with each monthly box from MindWander. Open to find a beautifully printed card that details the included items, outlines the retail value, and introduces the theme of the month. The creation of a trained clinical psychologist and experienced therapist, each box of MindWander is centered around a theme, like improving sleep quality, increasing self-confidence, or reducing stress and anxiety. Unpack a thoughtfully designed mini workbook that offers up strategies and life skills that are based on tried-and-tested methods from cognitive behavioral therapy. Work through activities and reflection questions, put the strategies into practice and be open to accepting change in your life. Along with expert guidance, each box includes a mix of self-care goodies that can include everything from a journal, journal prompts, and pens to themed notepads and pampering body products, like small-batch relaxation mist to calm the mind. To top it off, subscribers can find camaraderie or an accountability buddy in a members-only Facebook group.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 4th of the month following receipt of order

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2. Coloring And Classics

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Price: Starts at $14.00/mo.

What You’ll Get: Coloring And Classics is a must-have for anyone who is looking for a no-frills, budget-friendly monthly subscription that is perfect for keeping hands and minds occupied. Each box is designed to make sure all subscribers take some time to unwind each month and sends 3 items that set out to cultivate imagination, creativity and problem-solving: 1 brand-new hardcover novel in a genre of your choosing, 1 adult coloring book, and 1 top-quality activity book. It’s that simple and straightforward. For less than $15 each month, keep the mind engaged with a captivating story, or get your hands busy during any downtime completing intricate dot-to-dots or coloring everything from boho designs and mandalas to floral, nature-inspired motifs.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. within 48 hours from receipt of order, with renewals shipping on the 29th of each month

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3. UPBOX

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Price: Starts at $29.16/mo.

What You’ll Get: A bright box covered in encouraging words is just the beginning of the uplifting monthly experience of UPBOX! The level of passion and attention put into this one-of-a-kind subscription is apparent immediately upon opening, when you find paper flower packaging, a card detailing the month’s items, and a cohesive mix of products that are impeccably curated around a scripture-driven theme, like Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” Each month’s sentiment aims to inspire Christian women to take a moment to reflect on their own unique spiritual journey and practice the self-care they deserve. Featuring 8-10 items that have been handpicked to support faith-based small shops, each box includes products like organic cosmetics, hand-poured candles, totes, journals, pens and themed paper goodies, including professionally printed scripture cards, pass-along devotionals and affirmations, postcards and more, that are perfect for connecting with and supporting friends and loved ones through good ol’ fashioned snail mail. And as if that wasn’t enough, a component of giving back is built right into the box, where 20% of all sales are donated to the Jesus Way Foundation to help provide food, clothing, shelter and education to orphans in need!

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 2 days from receipt of order, with renewals shipping on the 12th of the month

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4. Green Kid Crafts

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Price: Starts at $19.98/mo.

What You’ll Get: Incorporating sustainability into the business model, Green Kid Crafts is a must-have STEAM craft kit for eco-conscious families with young children. Designed specifically for 2 different age groups, the Junior Box brings age-appropriate activities for toddlers between 2-4 years old and the Discovery Box brings projects and crafts for those between 5-10+ years old. Included in each monthly kit is an introductory card and a mini magazine that details the month’s theme, which can be anything from Backyard Science to Art Lab, and outlines up to 6 projects per box, plus additional activities, games and scavenger hunts. Stress-free and ready-to-go each month, every craft project or mini lab is packaged into a small kit complete with all the necessary eco-friendly and sustainable materials and tools. Kids will love a monthly surprise that inspires them to explore art, science and math through activities like sun prints, paper making, yarn painting, spin art and more!

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. immediately after receipt of order, with renewals shipping around the 2nd week of each month

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5. The Witches Moon®

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Price: Starts at $45.00/mo.

What You’ll Get: Designed for individuals who are well-versed in witchcraft, The Witches Moon is a premium subscription box for authentic practitioners who are looking to refine their skills and expand their horizons. Packaged in rich, warm earth tones and textures, right from the start, this box exudes passion, knowledge and the power to transform. Nestled on top is a letter of introduction that outlines the monthly theme. Whether you’ll be exploring the Goddess Energy, Celestial Wisdom, or the Ancient Counsel of your spirit guides, uncover how it relates to your individual experience and the collective consciousness through intentional practice that’s enhanced by 10-20 thoughtfully curated spiritual tools and products. Each box holds at least 1 high-end tool, like a full set of runes, a cauldron, or an Oracle or tarot deck, plus a mix of supporting items, including professionally printed spells and incantations, artwork, candles, altar decor, cleansing salts, herbal teas, palo santo, a crystal, scented oils, incense, whole herbs for ritual use and even intention-charged hand-drawn sigils, all selected to inspire and assist you in transforming your reality.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. between the 1st-10th of every month

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6. Vellum Post

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Price: Starts at $21.99/mo.

What You’ll Get: Fine writers stake their fame on verbal utterances, like Suzanne Collins’s “Hope is the only thing stronger than fear,” or Louisa May Alcott’s “I’d rather take a coffee than compliments just now.” If you find literary quotes thought-provoking and relatable, get in on Vellum Post and wear these powerful words proudly! Each monthly box features a unique theme, like “The Book was Better” or “Reading Companions,” that’s introduced on a graphic art print that can double as wall decor when framed and hung, along with a super-soft, high-quality T-shirt featuring an exclusive bookish design and literary quote. To round out the theme, every monthly delivery also includes between 2-4 small-shop book-related goodies, including everything from loose-leaf teas and patterned tea towels, to bookmarks, enamel pins or hair accessories. A perfect subscription for T-shirt-and-jeans-wearing bibliophiles!

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. between the 28th and the last day of the month

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7. Confetti Collection

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Price: Starts at $17.50/every 2 months

What You’ll Get: Appealing to gift-giving, to-do list writing, stationery lovers or those who just want to bring a pop of color and fun to their desk job, Confetti Collection is a bimonthly box that is filled with practical paper goods and giftables that are great for everyday use. A product of C.R. Gibson, a high-quality stationery supplier with over a century (yes -- more than a hundred years!) in the business, each oversized box packs in a mix of 8-10 coordinated products. With themes like “Plan a Party” or “Best Day Ever,” you’re in for a cute and whimsical unboxing sesh, complete with entertaining items, like paper plates and napkins, general office goods, like list pads, sticky notes and pens, and gift wrapping goodies, like greeting cards, ribbon, bags and bows, that are suitable for all occasions!

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 48 hours from receipt of order, with renewals shipping every 60 days from the previous shipment date

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