These days, subscription box services are a fairly common concept. Whether it’s beauty, fashion, or food, you can pretty much receive awesome finds straight to your mailbox every month. Birchbox, the sampling beauty company, was arguably the first to take subscriptions mainstream in 2010. Since then, the landscape has become pretty crowded. But even within the myriad of endless choices, here are a few truly unique subscription options that you may not have known exist.
Ship Snow Yo
Maybe you live in a southern state where snow is more of an anomaly than a frustrating part of winter. Or possibly you just want to create a winter wonderland theme and for whatever reason, Mother Nature refuses to cooperate with you. Either way, you can, in fact, get snow delivered to your home, thanks to Ship Snow Yo. This company has the market cornered on snow delivery and offers four interesting packages: a snowman package that is available in two sizes and weight boxes, ranging in size from 10 to 20 and 50 pounds of snow delivered straight to your front door. Note that this isn’t a subscription service per se, but you can order on demand.
Kawaii Slime Company
There’s something oddly relaxing about watching a slime video on Instagram. If you’ve always wanted to have fun playing with slime at home but don’t have the time to make your own, Kawaii Slime Company has you covered. This is a true subscription service that also allows you to buy on demand as well. Each month, a curated package of slime arrives at your door that focuses on a specific theme. Your slime comes complete with accessories and glitter so you can mix and play 'til your heart’s content. Slime fans can choose from a month-to-month subscription plan or prepay for three, six, or 12 months.
Food subscription services aren’t exactly new, thanks to brands like HelloFresh, Blue Apron, and SnackCrate, which specifically offers themed snack boxes from around the world. But, have you ever heard of a subscription service completely devoted to noodles? As the name implies, Exotic Noods focuses on ramen-style noodle dishes primarily from Asia. Depending on your monthly subscription, your delivery includes four to 16 different types of meals, ranging from instant disposable bowls you can make in a microwave to more complex options that require a stovetop. But don’t feel like you can only receive ramen with this subscription. They also specialize in other flavors and styles from other Asian cuisines including Tonkotsu, Shoyu, Miso, air dried udon noodles, and buckwheat noodles.
Makeup delivery isn’t a new thing. Ever since Birchbox landed, literally everyone else who has even a passing relationship with beauty also jumped into the subscription box foray. Still, if you consider yourself to be a special-effects makeup artist (MUA) or enthusiast, you won’t be satisfied with traditional beauty subscription services.
FX Crate focuses solely on the grade of cosmetics and tools used by pro special effects MUAs to create those eye-popping characters you see on your favorite horror or sci-fi shows and movies. This can include prosthetics, adhesives, tutorial sheets, and specialized makeup that’s meant to stand up to the rigors of a full day on set under hot production lights. Every month you can receive a themed box, from creating mermaid scales to recreating your favorite zombie from The Walking Dead. If monthly delivery is excessive, you can also order on-demand instead.
Turntable Kitchen Pairings Box
Once again, food makes this list, but this time it’s all about pairings. You’ve heard of wine pairings, but what about musical ones? If you know an audiophile or are one yourself, then you’re going to love this box. Turntable Kitchen is a popular musical pairing site that also offers a subscription service. Their Pairings Box includes a seven-inch vinyl pressing of an “up and coming” artist, a digital mixtape, and a few ingredients that should be used in the included seasonal recipes. This is the perfect way to expand your vinyl collection without having to hunt down a rare record shop and go crate digging for records.
From this list, which unique subscription service caught your fancy? Are you all about “doing it for the ‘gram” with colorful slime, or are you more interested in curated food? Even if your interests weren’t listed in this article, with a little bit of research, you can find a subscription service that’s perfectly suited to your tastes.