I saved the best for last…

Truth, this whole series actual came about as a result of a lunchtime discussion on beauty boxes.  It’s been a long time coming, but this is the final blog in this series and it goes out to my friend Sheryl Leigh, who inspired it.

Drumroll please.  In alphabetical order (no preferences here)…


The grand dame of beauty boxes, Birchbox is probably the most well know of subscription sites offering customized beauty and product samples.  I really enjoy this site because it includes videos, articles, and inspirational how-to’s for both men and women, in addition to selling a la carte beauty products.


Subscriptions are $10 per month and you can do as small as a 3 month subscription (total $30), but the price break only comes at the 12-month point. May Composite Box 1080x1080


BoxyCharm offers full-size beauty products, a trend I tend to see in beauty boxes.  I like this site because they’ve created a community that allows their “charmers” to share looks and tutorials using the products in the box.





Subscription are $21 per month with no minimum subscription – however, the price does drop slightly if you’re ready to commit to at least three months.  Added benefit – free shipping.


A subscription box that’s especially friendly for those of the African American persuasion, Cocotique delivers 5-8 expertly curated beauty and lifestyle samples to your door.  The box includes products from skin care, hair care, fragrance, nail and lifestyle companies incHomepage_Module_Images_Giftluding African Pride, Black Opal, and Creme of Nature among a host of other brands.

A monthly subscription will run you $20 per month (shipping is free) and you can cancel anytime after your first box has shipped so there is no commitment required.  The site also offers six- and twelve-month subscriptions and also posts a blog.



Curlbox is all about the hair, delivering a monthly box of hair products and samples for $20.  I especially appreciate their themed boxes that allow you to explore an entire product line.  On the site currently is a spa day box that includes Shea Moisture hair and body products and one titled “Get It Nana” featuring Creme of Nature – a throwback to how our moms used to roll.

Essence Beauty Box


Created especially for women of color, the Essence Beauty Box offers a monthly shipment of products curated by Essence Magazine beauty experts.  Even better, each box includes a product from at least one black-owned business.


Three-, six-, and twelve-month subscriptions are available starting at $15 per month.  The site also includes product reviews from other users.




GlossyBox offers some of the prettiest boxes that I’ve seen.  Subscribers receive six full-size
deluxe beauty products.  GlossyBox separates itself by offering luxury products.  I was impressed by their list which includes pricey products like Butter/London, Essie, and Fresh among others.


Their subscriptions run $21 per month (gotta love that price point) for monthly and six-month plans.  The price per month drops to $18.50 if you subscribe for a year.


Created by Michelle Phan of YouTube fame, Ipsy is the closest equivalent to Birchbox.  


The subscription is just $10 per month for 5 products (sample and full-size) that come in their own case (which looks to change monthly).  I also like that you take a short quiz to personalize your subscription.

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Because kids deserve great mail too…

When I was a kid I loved getting mail.  The best was my monthly subscription to Highlights Magazine (does that still exist).  It made me feel very grown up and special.  In fact, I still love getting and sending mail – especially to the kids in my life.

Here are some great options:

Tinker Crate  & Doodle Crate by Kiwi Crate

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Tinker Crate is all about educational exploration and is actually for kids ages 9-16 who are into science and engineering.  Whereas Doodle Crate is for kids of the same age, but who are especially interested in art and design.  These monthly deliveries allow students to build on their skill-sets and explore the possibilities in their chosen craft.

I also like the price.  A single Doodle Crate (a month) is only $19.95 plus shipping.  You can do a full year for just over $200.00 making it the gift that continues to give over and over again.  A single Tinker Crate is just a little more expensive at $24.95 plus shipping but runs the same as Doodle Crate for a year-long subscription.



Food should be fun and Kidstir helps.  Regular shipments include kid-friendly recipes, kid-sized tools, and other games that make cooking fun.  A single kit is $19.95 and the cost of subscribing drops substantially with the commitment – allowing savings of anywhere from 20 to 35 percent for up to a year’s subscription.KidstirBakingKit_600x315

P.S. If you don’t want to commit you can always start with their free newsletter.

Little Passports

I have to admit I was excited to find the Little Passports subscription site which focuses on travel and geography.  While it’s mostly for younger children (theoretically before parents may feel comfy traveling with them) it offers world themes, activities, and even souvenirs to get youngsters enthused about life beyond their backyards.Little-Passports-World-Edition

Subscription plans start as low as $16.95 per month for a three-month subscription.  However, this is for ages 3-5.  Plans for kids ages 6-13 are as low as $13.95 per month for a three-month subscription.

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Because Humans Love their Dogs…


barkboxAllows dog owners to sign up for regular shipments of canine-friendly items – seemingly snacks and toys mostly, with some dog chews thrown in.  The site allows you to customize your shipment based on the size of your dog and you can cancel at any time.  

It makes a great gift for owners in love with their dogs (as we all are).  A month is $35 going up to $249 for a year-long subscription (packages go out on the 15th of every month).  What I love most is that a portion of proceeds go to support what they term “rescues, shelter, and dog-ruvin’ non-profits.”


imagesIf you know someone who’s just gotten a puppy, there’s also Pupbox.  It’s almost exactly like Barbox but includes training guides to help you acclimate your new puppy to your home.  It also has grooming accessories.

Pupbox subscriptions start at $39 per month.  They also have a shop just in case you’re not interested in making the commitment.

And if you just want to smile, check out their Instagram.  Totes adorable.

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A Special Delivery Addendum…

edible_arrangements_unwrappRight in the middle of my Special Delivery series I got knocked down by the flu – TWICE.  Hence the blank in blogs for almost a month.

Well, while I was down with the second bout (Flu B – which stands for b&^% cause it so is) my aunt and uncle sent me an Edible Arrangement and it was awesome!

The fruit was excellent – fresh and sweet – and it gave me a pick up that I needed.

My mom also made me the most awesome soup – but you can’t buy that – it’s a gift!  The woman’s a goddess.

Hence my “special delivery addendum” before my final blogs of the series.

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