Year in Review: The Best Subscription Boxes of 2020

In a year of remarkable lows, it's tempting to want to never look back. But through all of the craziness that 2020 doled out, there were some silver linings that deserve to be recognized.

Through all the distance and isolation, one positive of the year was finding and creating new ways to connect. Whether that was connecting to yourself through a new self-care routine, building stronger friendships with your roomies through exuberant game nights, or finding creative ways to pass the time with your kids and partner while stuck at home, collectively, we made it work!

For many of us, monthly subscription boxes played a part in helping us to bridge these gaps. From making special deliveries to loved ones who needed a pick-me-up, to sending them to yours truly for a little excitement, month-to-month subscriptions came through as an MVP. Read on for some of the highlights of the year!

The Best Self-Care Subscription Boxes

TheraBox

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Price: Starts at $30.99/month

About the Box: One of the best of the best in the self-care category is TheraBox, where each monthly box offers a gentle reminder that self-love and self-care are essentials. Delivering a curated selection of therapist-chosen wellness items and happiness-supporting activities, every box helps you quiet the noise, center yourself, and welcome more joy into your day-to-day!

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. between the 24th-29th of the month

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Introverts Retreat

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Price: Starts at $36.99/month

About the Box: This year, we've heard a lot of "It's okay to be not okay." For all of those not-okay moments, step away from the stress and get intentional about relaxing and recharging with Introverts Retreat. A subscription service that makes it easy to build in some dedicated "me" time, join this unique book-of-the-month club that brings a new novel, candles, and deluxe body-care goodies for purposeful pampering.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. about 6-8 days after ordering

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Goddess Provisions

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Price: Starts at $27.75/month

About the Box: Everyone needs a box of joy that helps us tap into our intuition and acknowledge our emotions, good and bad. Lots of happy subscribers have been getting just that with Goddess Provisions, a delivery service that's thoughtfully curated to enhance any spiritual practice. From crystals and cruelty-free beauty products, to aromatherapy and teas, each box brings a mix of full-size products and high vibrations.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. by the 20th of the month, then during the 1st week of the month

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The Best Subscription Boxes for Kids

We Craft Box

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Price: Starts at $25.00/month

About the Box: What helped the We Craft Box rise to the top this year? Not only is this box a whole lot of fun for kids, but it's simple and stress-free for parents and caretakers, too! Filled with high-quality materials and supplies, each monthly delivery makes it easy to spend quality time together, getting crafty and making memories. Open to find a unique story and an assortment of coordinating craft kits for hands-on fun.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. to arrive near the 1st of the month

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My First Reading Club

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Price: Starts at $16.99/month

About the Box: This year, many of us have reconnected with a love of reading and found the perfect opportunity to share this passion with the kiddos in our life with My First Reading Club. The experts and reading enthusiasts behind this monthly book box curate a mix of reading material and engaging stories for kids of all ages, sending brand-new board books, picture books, or chapter books, along with age-appropriate activity books.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 2 business days of ordering; renewals ship on the 1st of every month

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Green Kid Crafts

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Price: Starts at $21.91/month

About the Box: From the first box on, Green Kid Crafts shows just how much fun can be had by crafting, experimenting, and getting hands-on with our environment. Designed for specific age groups, each themed box brings pre-prepped DIY STEAM projects and crafts that focus on scientific principles and exploration, complete with eco-friendly, sustainably-sourced materials and straightforward instructions.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. within 1-4 days of ordering

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The Best Women's Subscription Boxes

Smartass & Sass

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Price: Starts at $13.95/month

About the Box: Instead of voicing that snarky inner-monologue, put a little sass on display with a collection of humorous graphic tees and audacious accessories. Available in 3 unique options, including lifestyle items only, T-shirt only, or a products and shirt combo, Smartass & Sass's bestselling box makes the perfect gift for your saucy self and badass besties.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. on the 18th of every month

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Hopebox

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Price: Starts at $50.99/month

About the Box: With families and loved ones separated, care packages made a comeback in 2020, making it a year for Hopebox to really shine! Intentionally curated to warm hearts and lift spirits, each box is filled with treasures that offer encouragement and reflection. Every subscriber or recipient gets a unique unboxing experience packed with handmade, small-batch goodies, all crafted by talented artisans from around the world.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. during the week of the 4th of the month

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Paradise Delivered

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Price: Starts at $37.50/month

About the Box: Paradise Delivered's Premium Box brings all that's needed for a spa-inspired staycation right to the front door. With vacation plans dashed and spa days momentarily paused, this vacay-inspired beauty subscription box brings a little bit of everything to enjoy a relaxing day at home, including bath and beauty products, makeup, bestselling reads, trendy accessories, and delicious treats.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on or before the 8th day of every month

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The Best Mystery & Adventure Subscription Boxes

The Deadbolt Mystery Society

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Price: Starts at $21.67/month

About the Box: The Deadbolt Mystery Society is a monthly box that made the cut because it allows us to shift our focus (if even for a few hours) onto one very important part of life –– fun! Keeping singles, families, roommates and other quarantine bubbles on their toes, each box brings a DIY standalone mystery offering an immersive, mysterious world filled with challenging gameplay, puzzles, codes and clues just waiting to be solved.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. in the 1st week of the following month

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Escape the Crate

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Price: Starts at $26.50/box

About the Box: When you and the gang can't get to the escape room, bring the escape room home with a little help from Escape the Crate. Fun, exciting, and mentally stimulating, this bimonthly adventure helps everyone in the house get together to solve difficult puzzles and ciphers, decode letters, and unravel clues. Put your heads together and you can all make your escape!

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. in the 1st week of the month, every other month

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Finders Seekers - Escape Room Game

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Price: Starts at $25.00/month

About the Box: Another escape room adventure that gets families out of their comfort zones to play together is Finders Seekers, a mystery game that explores a new city and culture in every box. Whether you've got a solid group or you're going it alone, dive into the monthly setting and theme for some thought-provoking entertainment and friendly competition filled with intricate puzzles and complex codes.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. on the 15th of the month

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The Best Subscription Boxes for Men

Grill Masters Club

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Price: Starts at $24.99/month

About the Box: With social distancing requirements bringing new life to backyard barbecues, the Grill Masters Club is here to bring new flavors, techniques, and gadgets to grilling stations around the world. A great gift option or treat for wannabe pitmasters, each box delivers a mix of tried-and-tested grilling items curated by BBQ experts, including meat rubs, spice blends, woodchips, and gourmet sauces, plus recipes, pro tips and more.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 7th of each month

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Craftsman Crate

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Price: Starts at $30.77/month

About the Box: Downtime equals exploring new hobbies and starting household DIY projects –– and the Craftsman Crate is here to up the fun factor. Refine those skills in everything from woodburning and carving to seat-weaving and mosaic-making with a themed box that brings real tools, supplies, and step-by-step instructions needed to explore a wide range of techniques!

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on or around the 9th each month

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VINYL POST Record Club

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Price: Starts at $4.00/month

About the Box: The "most unique record club in the world," the Vinyl Post Record Club's monthly postcards are a 2020 hit because they're fun, affordable, and a great way to send a greeting from a distance! Music lovers enjoy a monthly limited-edition postcard that doubles as a playable, uniquely-designed record, featuring 1 single and showcasing original artwork from the artist (plus a handwritten message!). Drop the needle on the postcard for some lo-fi (or hi-fi) listening.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 22nd of the month

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The Best Subscription Boxes for Arts & Crafts

The Adults & Crafts Crate

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Price: Starts at $30.00/month

About the Box: A great way to pass some time, get creative, and make something for around the home, The Adults & Crafts Crate brings an all-inclusive monthly craft experience for people of all skill levels. Designed to teach new styles and techniques, each box brings all you need to craft trendy DIY projects, including step-by-step guides, materials, tools and accessories.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. around the 20th of each month

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Paletteful Packs

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Price: Starts at $22.95/month

About the Box: Showcasing new products and supplies every month, Paletteful Packs is topping the list for making sure you have the goods and gear you need to make your best creative works. Whether creating is a passion, or a way to relax and be mindful, each box packs in high-end art supplies for both aspiring and professional artists. Choose from 3 different levels for a supply-stocked box just waiting to provide a spark of inspiration.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. around the 1st of every month

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Terra Create

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Price: Starts at $32.00/month

About the Box: When you've burned out on Netflix, baked bread, and need a break from your latest read, Terra Create comes through with one of the best monthly boxes to occupy your hands and mind. Each month will have you crafting everything from lightboxes to dreamcatchers, supplying you with all you need from artisan-quality tools and natural materials to full-color, photographic step-by-steps.

Shipping: Only ships to the U.S. in the 1st week of the following month

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The Best Subscription Boxes for Date Night

The Adults & Crafts Crate

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Price: Starts at $30.00/month

About the Box: Yes, Adults & Crafts wins double –– because this crate isn't just for busying hands, it's also a great way to craft and connect! Perfect for at-home or virtual date nights, the all-inclusive kit makes projects fun, prep-free, and low-stress for couples who feel intimidated by crafting. Plus, with all the work done for you, the lucky pair can direct their attention to convos and creativity.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. around the 20th of each month

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Crated with Love

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Price: Starts at $29.99/month

About the Box: Months filled with too much separation or too much togetherness means that we've had to get a little more intentional with our one-on-one time, and a great way to do that is with Crated with Love. Enhancing intimacy, staying emotionally connected, and sharing laughs is what it's all about! Luckily, each monthly box from Crated with Love delivers themed couple's activities and challenges, all created by relationship experts who've seen it all.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on either the 15th or the 1st of the month

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Date Night In Box

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Price: Starts at $38.67/month

About the Box: Preparing recipes, sharing thoughts and ideas, dancing to new tunes, and having good old-fashioned fun: that's what's helped us survive and thrive in 2020! Date Night In Box serves up a unique at-home date night each month that focuses on creating and sharing simple moments with your partner. Unbox activities, conversation starters, recipes, a playlist and more to get the party started.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. between the 16th-21st of every month

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