Think Inside the Box: 6 Must-Buy Subscription Boxes
By Megan Wiskus
Savor the season with a special delivery that’s full of fun (and tasty!) products. From food and drinks to books, music, and more, these six subscription boxes are perfect for creating a cozy night in.
Cookies of the Month Club, $12.95+
>>>Attention fellow cookie monsters! Can you think of anything better than fresh-baked cookies coming to your doorstep every month? Neither can we. Thanks to San Diego-based company, Cravory Cookies, your baked good dreams can come true. Expect new flavors every four weeks—in flavors that run the gamut from pumpkin pie in fall to citrus shortbread in spring, plus fan favorites like birthday cake and salted caramel cream—each individually wrapped with a soft center and perfectly baked exterior. Grab a glass of milk and dig in!
Italian Cocktail Collection, $64.99
>>>Mix it up this season by celebrating a girls’ night, date night, or wine Wednesday with Via Romano Vineyards’ Italian Cocktail Collection. Each month’s box includes two bottles of Via Romano wine, a handmade mixer, carefully selected drink garnishes, and the recipe to make two signature cocktails. What’s more, Via Romano Vineyards hosts a monthly Italian Cocktail Collection launch party (reservation only; limited seating) to showcase the upcoming kit; tickets include two signature cocktails and food pairings. Membership benefits include a plethora of other perks, too, like half off one glass of wine or signature drink each month, and a 20% discount on all wine, merchandise, tasting room snacks, and shipping fees.
>>>Support our region’s farmers, growers, chefs, and artisans—which is more important now than ever before—by subscribing to this gourmet culinary food box program. Each month’s box is filled with handcrafted, shelf-stable artisan goods that come straight from their Sacramento Valley source—think Lavender Spiced Walnuts from Capay Valley Lavender, Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce from Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates, Seka Hill’s Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sweet Sriracha Almond Butter Dip from Winter's Fruit Tree, and raw wildflower honey from Pure Honey. Created from the folks behind SacTown Bites, which started as a food tour company, each month's box also includes exclusive recipes, stories, and videos about each farmer and maker. Fun fact: Owner Heather offers special packages for realtors where they can buy six branded boxes (name, logo, and personal note) at a discounted rate (plus free shipping!). She also recently launched new boxes, including a Honey Sampler, Lavender Box, and Spa Box.
Dark Beer Subscription Box, $59.99
It’s time to clink glasses; stout season has arrived! But don’t count out other dark beers either—peanut butter porters and black IPAs are just as decadent. With this box, which comes courtesy of Craft Beer Kings, you’ll receive an assortment of 12- and 16-ounce cans of the latest and greatest finds from some of the best breweries. Whether smoky, rich, or creamy, these offerings—many infused with winter’s finest flavors like coffee and cocoa—pair best with cooler temps and comfort food. For people who prefer other beer styles, fret not: There’s a subscription to suit all palates, no matter your preference—be it IPAs, sours, hazys, or barrel-aged ales.
Black Box Record Club, $36+
This subscription service is music to our ears! Literally. Each month, subscribers receive two, custom-curated, premium LPS (based on your Spotify account) plus cool merch (like stickers, art prints, etc.)—ensuring your vinyl collection will be the envy of all. Throw on an album, turn the volume up, and bring the dance party to your living room!
Once Upon a Book Club, $34.99+ Bookworms will be rejoicing over this service that sends you a novel (paperback or hardcover; adult or young adult), a 5" x 7" quote print, and three to five corresponding gifts to match a quote/item mentioned in it. What’s more, it allows you to fully integrate into the story while providing a "book club" community where you can log onto Instagram and discuss the book with other members.