The Best Monthly Subscription Clubs For 2016

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With New Year’s resolution follow-through already starting to dwindle, it’s time to find new and exciting ways to spice up 2016.

For those of us who like to spoil or be spoiled, there’s a popular trend that helps you indulge in all of your favourite things at a low price, complete with front doorstep delivery. Monthly subscription boxes are a great way to shop online and receive sample packs of all the best food, drink, and more. We’ve rounded up our top picks for 2016:


NatureBox

Photo: naturebox.com

Photo: naturebox.com

Part of the problem when it comes to eating healthy is, you know, never actually wanting to do it. Once we develop a daily meal plan, though, it’s smooth sailing until those sweet and salty cravings kick in. The next thing you know you’re face down in a pan of banana loaf. Enter NatureBox, the healthy choice for smart snacking. Each month or week, NatureBox sends you a box of assorted sweet and salty treats of your choosing – like Sweet Blueberry Almonds, Peanut Butter Nom Noms, or Sriracha Roasted Cashews. Take it from a recent addict, these snacks are absolutely delicious and worthwhile. They’re made with natural, organic ingredients and they’ve got munchies for every hankering.


BarkBox

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Photo: barkbox.com

It’s here, the ultimate sign of the digital age – doggie delivery. BarkBox is a service that sends you “paw-picked” all-natural treats and super cute toys for your pup to eat and play with. These little treats can be customized according to dog size, allergies, and preferred delivery frequency. You get all kinds of healthy and fun surprises that your precious pooch will love, all the while supporting local small businesses.


Birchbox

Birchbox Women. Photo: birchbox.com

Birchbox Women. Photo: birchbox.com

Birchbox Men. Photo: naturebox.com

Birchbox Men. Photo: naturebox.com

This past holiday season I received a gift card for Sephora with a hefty chunk of spending money ready to be activated. Excited, I went on my shopping spree for a long overdue overhaul in the makeup department and indulged in my new collection of treats, and to my surprise I ended up with 3 only items. Beauty is expensive, and while I consider it a worthwhile investment, it’s a pleasant perk to save a little change every now and then. With a Birchbox subscription, that’s exactly what you get to do on a monthly basis. Birchbox is the best new way to shop for all your favourite cosmetics and have them delivered to you in a varietal box. You can choose from high quality brands like Benefit and Tokyo Milk and have mix-and-match sample kits shipped right to your door.


Club W

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Photo: clubw.com

Attention wine lovers and Frasier Crane wannabes: Club W is the monthly subscription service you’ve always dreamed of. Described as “The world’s only personalized wine club”, Club W works directly with winemakers to offer you the finest bottles of wine at affordable prices. Each month they make new recommendations for you based on your Palate Profile, which details your wine preferences. Their mobile app also makes ordering easy. They have a fantastic assortment of wines to choose from, including a “Winter Blues Pack” to get you through this cold and lonely season.


MistoBox

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Photo: one.mistobox.com

Caffeine junkies always find themselves with two big problems on a regular basis: 1.) Shaky hands. 2.) Running out of coffee – fast. While I don’t have a solution for the first problem, the second one is an easy fix with MistoBox. They deliver coffee from over 30 of the country’s best artisan roasters right to your door on your schedule. All premium coffee is roasted for your order and shipped directly to you, arriving in as few as three days after it’s been roasted. Talk about service! Never run out of coffee again – your orders are customized according to your consumption habits and you get an amazing selection every time. Whatever your flavour and strength preference is, MistoBox has you covered. Start sipping!

Courtney Gilmour
Courtney is a writer and stand-up comedian whose recent work can be seen in XOJane, Toronto City Gossip, and Flofferz magazine. She lives in Toronto where she writes freelance and performs comedy around the city.

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