These days, there’s a subscription box for nearly everything. You just can’t beat the convenience and delight of getting stuff you like, or stuff you didn’t even know you wanted, delivered to your door every week or month for a set fee. In fact, a person could probably live life through subscription boxes, subsisting on tasty meal kits, stylish clothing packages, and other items.
That said, if you’re willing to pay a regular fee and roll the dice, you can receive some truly oddball boxes. Whether you’re looking to start a new niche hobby or fill your home with conversation-starting collectibles, here are some weird subscription boxes to investigate. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
We probably won’t be able to rely on the post office or similar services to get needed goods when the world collapses. Before we truly descend into chaos, the $50-per-month Apocabox supplies you with all the doomsday prep gear you need, from specific survival tools (hygiene kits, edible bugs) to just a straight up knife.
Cannabox fulfills your illicit stoner fantasies by delivering all sorts of ganja accessories for around $30 per month. Legal marijuana is clearly the wave of the future, so later generations won’t see anything strange about getting bongs, pipes, rolling paper, and other weed paraphernalia in the mail.
Feel no shame for your love of fine feline friends. CatLadyBox ships you everything you need to treat yourself, as well as your cat companions. Sign up for the $40-per-month subscription to receive catnip toys, hoodie blankets with cat ears, cat-shaped cooling racks, and other purr-fect gifts.
Toilet paper is more useful than virtually anything else you can regularly get in the mail. You’ll always need it, after all. For $28 per box, Cloud Paper delivers 24 rolls of three-ply toilet paper (with 350 squares per roll made from sustainable bamboo). Somewhere, a family of cartoon bears just fainted from joy.
Here’s the most meta entry on this list. Cratejoy isn’t an individual subscription, it’s a portal for browsing and purchasing countless other subscription services. We found most of these entries by diving down Cratejoy’s rabbit holes. If you’re also interested in creating and selling a subscription box, not just buying them, Cratejoy offers the tools to make that happen.
We all know Bigfoot is real; we just can’t prove it yet. As we wait until he’s finally ready to make his presence known, let’s geek out over all sorts of mythical monsters and cryptozoological conspiracies for $40 per month. Cover your research lair with posters and art, or get books and movies that reveal “the truth.”
There’s nothing weird on its own about buying accessories for your car. It’s pretty much a necessity. But it takes a real gearhead to sign up for a service like GloveBox, a $32-per-month subscription box dedicated to all things automobiles. Get all the car cleaning supplies you need, and enjoy discounts with GloveBox’s partner vendors.
At last, a subscription box for chickens. Whether you run a chicken farm, or try to raise roosters in the big city, Henny+Roo is the service for you. What do chicken farmers need? How about nesting box liners, egg poaching egg cups, and sweet, sweet corn feed? The box costs $41 per month, but the birds are priceless.
A $28-per-month Horti box not only gives you plants that bring new life to your home, but it also connects you to a welcoming community eager to educate you on how to best care for those plants. Eventually, you may not even need the box if you learn how to tend to the natural world around you.
Letters From Dead People works a little differently than other boxes on this list. For a flat $155 fee, you’ll receive monthly boxes for a year full of clues that help you unravel a larger, sinister mystery. It’s a bit like an escape room. The most gruesome gimmick is that these clues are meant to be letters written by dead people from late 1920s New Orleans transcribed by psychics.
New pickles in the mail every month for $25. Kosher pickles, garlic pickles, “small-batch, premium pickles.” That’s it. That’s the pickle box.
If you’re someone who spends all day typing on a computer, Rad and Hungry provides a novel, tangible way to reconnect with writing’s roots. For $25 per month, you’ll receive all sorts of nifty office supplies, such as vintage pens, stylish notebooks, and intricate desk organizers.
Skulls Unlimited offers a host of bone-related products and services, from selling real and replica animal and human bones to accepting and cleaning bones from customers. With so many bones lying around, no wonder the company started offering the $25-per month Bone Box, a subscription box full of its products. Put some skeletons in your closet.
If you want goo delivered to your door without raising suspicions, sign up for Slime Box Club. For $30 per month, you and your kids can enjoy so much sticky, slimy, drippy, colorful gak that even Nickelodeon would blush. They also get candy, but just double-check before your kids put anything in their mouths.
With Venture in History, you literally need to spend money to make money. For $18 per month, you’ll receive at least $20 worth of paper money from all over the world. So, whether you’re a connoisseur of foreign currency, or an international spy who’s not quite sure where they’ll end up next, consider giving this box a look.