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7 Unique Box Subscription Services to Try

Whether they’re signed up for a box of snacks, crafts, beauty items or even toys for the kids, subscribers are able to discover new products they’re sure to love. Here are 7 unique box subscription services that are using data analytics to improve the customer experience.

You may have dozens of bookmarks of delicious recipes saved in your browser, but how often do you really have the time to buy the ingredients and make them? Blue Apron delivers everything you need to make gourmet meals at home every week. When you sign up for this service, you’ll get a weekly delivery of pre-portioned ingredients and recipe cards for three chef-created meals. Pressed for time? Don’t worry: Every Blue Apron recipe takes 30 minutes or less to prepare.

If you love do-it-yourself crafts, you’ll love Darby Smart, a service that delivers DIY projects-in-a-box, based on the latest fashion and home trends. Each kit comes with all the materials you need to create homemade jewelry, purses and other accessories and home goods, along with easy-to-follow instructions. Once you start making a few Darby Smart projects, you might just get an idea for a great handmade business.

High-end cosmetic companies often receive their skin care and beauty product formulas from overseas research facilities. These formulas frequently take several years to make it to the U.S. retail market, meaning that consumers who purchase the latest top-of-the-line items are actually a bit behind the times. True to its name, From the Lab gives its members direct access to beauty products straight from the laboratories, up to 18 months before they’re available in stores and at 80 percent off retail price.

Time and budget constraints often prevent people from going on vacation as often as they’d like. But with Hammock Pack, you don’t even have to leave home to take a quick “doorstep getaway.” Each month, the company chooses a theme or a specific destination, and puts together a box of snacks and home goods from local vendors to make you feel as though you were really there.

Have crafty kids? Kiwi Crate sends kid-friendly projects, like tissue tie-dye bags, shadow puppets and kaleidoscopes. For an extra $9.99, the company provides extra materials so siblings don’t have to fight over who gets to make the project. You can sign up for a monthly subscription or purchase single crates by theme.

Loot Crate is the perfect box for video-game and comic-book lovers. Each month, you’ll receive six to eight handpicked products based on popular games, comics and TV shows. Keychains, T-shirts, figurines, wall decorations and candy are just a few of the types of items you’ll find in your monthly crate.

Many clothing box subscription services are geared toward women, but The Mr. Collection knows that men want to be fashion-forward, too. This company allows subscribers to fill out a style profile and receive hand-selected clothes and/or accessories that they can either rent for as long as they like, or purchase at 40 percent off retail prices. Once you return your Mr. Collection rentals, you’ll get a brand-new selection so you can do it all again.