Out of all the different kinds of subscription boxes available, art boxes are among the most thoughtfully put together and exciting to open. They are made by artists for artists so the boxes of art supplies and activities are always really creative and unique. In our updated list of the best art subscription boxes in the UK, we’ve got eight excellent art boxes for beginners and accomplished artists alike plus a good selection of art boxes aimed at kids.
Scrawlrbox began as an art supply subscription service designed to inspire artists of all abilities with a new selection of creative tools every month but as the art box grew in popularity, founder Chris Lambert realised there was a community of art enthusiasts all over the world eager to share their creations with others. Subscribe for under £20 a month and you’ll get a new set of art supplies each month sourced by Chris plus artwork to inspire you by the month’s featured artist. Let your creative juices flow and share your art with the ScrawlrBox community on their website and Facebook page.
Choose a monthly art subscription box for yourself or as a gift for someone artistic that will enjoy getting a fresh supply of premium art materials every quarter (4 boxes a year). When you first subscribe you can select the ‘1st box option’ to get your introductory kit, or you can just begin with the subscription box for the quarter. The art subscription boxes introduce you to new art materials and teach you how to create in different styles with video tutorials and tips from featured artists in the Artful magazine included in the box. Share your work and get inspired by other art box subscribers by joining the exclusive online community. You can also take part in their daily drawing challenge on Instagram.
A highly informative brochure was the first thing we excitedly picked out of our Smart Art subscription box. Turning the pages revealed some history about and uses of the new batch of art materials in the artist box followed by an illustrated Quick-Start guide on how to use the products and then a Skill Challenge Guide so you can try your hand at reproducing the examples given. Armed with the expert advice, people of all ages and skills can get spectacular results with the six-step art project in each box. It’s ideal for supplemental education and you can watch their video tutorials on YouTube.
Professional calligrapher Jenni Liandu specialises in teaching modern and creative calligraphy styles and her subscription boxes come with a lovely personal touch; streaming live lessons exclusively for subscribers that log in with a QR code. With her monthly calligraphy boxes she shares her expertise along with content aimed at surprising and inspiring you to pick up a pen and get creative with the ancient art of artistic writing. The subscription caters to beginners and experienced calligraphers alike. If you are a beginner, select the Beginner’s Box for your first subscription. If not, get stuck into Jenni’s challenging calligraphy projects and see your skills improve with each new box. Shipping is free in the UK.
Art Snacks boxes come in 2 sizes. If you already have your own supply of paper and just want to try new art making tools and techniques each month with supplies such as tubes of paint, coloured pencils and fine line pens then you can get a regular Art Snacks subscription for a monthly delivery of 4-5 premium art products in a slender box that will easily fit through your letterbox. If however you want an art subscription box with more supplies, including a full-size surface for your creations, you’re better off going for the Art Snacks Plus subscription, which gives you up to 6 art products in a bigger box (too big for your average letterbox). We like the membership perks that you get with this art subscription box, like discovering new art products before they are available in the stores, and limited edition art items.
Art in a Box is aimed at helping young and adult beginners alike take the plunge and discover their inner creativity with everything you need – instructions, images, materials and videos – to help you get started creating art. But we wanted to let you know about their Young Artist Monthly Subscription Box for 8 to 12-year-olds. We think it’s the best art box to get kids creating art they can be proud of with a new project in each monthly box, often with an animal theme such as ‘Sleeping Woodland Creatures’ and ‘Mythical Beasts’, complete with detailed but easy-to-follow instructions on how to create elements such as shading and blending. As this one’s for kids, a sweet snack is usually thrown in each monthly box too.
If you want something arty but not messy for the kids – knowing they don’t have the patience or skills to paint without getting more on the walls, floor and themselves than on the paper – try giving them a Leaning Tower of Pisa or Big Ben to build (no painting needed). Aimed for kids aged 6-11, the World Architecture Mini clip-together models of famous architecture from all over the world is a creative way to keep young minds occupied with fun and engaging hands-on activities. Just as working with paintbrushes and pencils builds motor skills, putting together these well-known buildings and structures improves problem-solving skills, concentration and dexterity. This celebration of the art of architecture is also a fun history lesson with accompanying reading material about the monthly model.
Best professional art supplies subscription for young artists
Ready steady Paint gets our vote for being the ‘best professional art supplies subscription for young artists’. Using quality art materials really makes a difference to the end result, which is really important if you’re encouraging a youngster to develop their art skills and paint or sketch something they can be proud of. The art box set comprises art supplies from the brands preferred by pros such as Daler-Rowney, Winsor & Newton and Stabilo. Each month, it introduces recipients to two activities to build fundamental artistic skills; the first in the art box, the second via email 14 days later. Subscribers also get expert tuition from art teacher Ali Hargreaves on how to use their new art materials.
All of the art boxes we tried and listed here are so well put together because behind each one is an artist with a genuine passion for sharing the magic of artistic expression with others. Being artists themselves, they come up with wonderful, out-of-this-world ideas for challenging and inspiring projects. As for price, at the cheap end, the art boxes for kids are usually between £10 and £20 but for more professional art supplies that grown ups will know to use more sparingly than an inquisitive 3-year-old, expect to pay between £25 and £40 for each box.
Best Ale Subscription Box in the UK (2022 Update)
The art of brewing ales is as ancient as baking bread because they both use similar types of yeast, which is the major difference between ales and larger beers. The yeast traditionally used worldwide for brewing ale and indeed wine goes by the name ‘saccharomyces cerevisiae’, which rises to the top of the liquid in the fermentation process, making it easy to remove once complete. The resulting ale has a sweet, full-bodied and fruity taste compared to more bitter beers. India Pale Ale (IPA) is actually originally from the UK. It’s pale ale that is usually made stronger and more bitter by including beer hops and harks back to the early 1800s, when this type of ale became a popular export to India.
The UK is home to hundreds of ales made in breweries all over the country, many of them offering real ale subscriptions and craft ale gifts, most with alcohol content between 4 and 5%. In our lineup of the best ale subscription boxes in the UK we’d like to introduce you to crates of ales from the big beer suppliers alongside some really bespoke buys paired with snacks such as Cheshire cheeses and pork scratchings.
Let’s start with the casks to set up your own bar at home! Get 5 litres of a dark ale, pale ale or golden ale with a Mini Cask Club subscription, introducing you to a variety of ‘World Top Beers’ with lots of ordering options that you can top off with a few bottles of beer or ale to boot. And if one cask isn’t enough or you like a bit of variety in your home pub set up, you can order two casks at a time with the Cask Duo option to receive one core range beer and one seasonal beer each month. Believe it or not, gluten-free options are available too! Subscription periods range from 3 to 6 or 12 months at a time and includes free delivery in the UK.
This real ale and cheese hamper is perfect for a summer picnic on the village green while watching a game of cricket. We absolutely love this tasting experience from the Cheshire Cheese Company, which lets you pair award-winning cheeses and tangy chutneys with real ales from award-winning microbrewery Wincle Beer Company. Build your own hamper by choosing from more than a dozen different cheeses, choose your chutney and then choose your ale from a list of eight brews. We went for a nice, strong ‘Life of Riley’ English hopped India pale ale (4.8%) with 200g of Ploughman’s Cheddar and some Gourmet Old Hag Pickle. It was an amazing tasting experience that smacked of traditional English summers! Oh and you can choose to have it all bundled in a real or faux wicker hamper; both being eco-friendly packaging options.
Get a monthly 12-pack of IPAs and other pale ales from world-leading breweries with a monthly subscription from craft beer specialist Honest Brew. The 12 beers is an eclectic mix of glass bottles and craft cans, including IPAs, Session IPAs, New England IPAs, Pale Ales, and American Pale Ales. Some are smooth. Some are strong and others are an ale experience that we can’t quite put into words. Getting this ale subscription is a great way for you to support independent breweries and give them some recognition. Plus you’ll be doing the earth a favour with the packaged in recyclable cardboard box with protective packaging.
If you or a friend have a soft spot for pale ales then the IPA Lovers Case from The Real Ale Shop will hit the spot. The case of twelve 500ml bottles of really hoppy real ales for £39 is an ideal craft ale gift from Branthill Farm in Norfolk. With names like ‘Beast of the East’ and ‘Grizzly Beer’ and ‘Wild Caribbean’ you’re in for a wild adventure through some of the world’s finest India pale ales.
If you are looking for a night in with nibbles and ale, try out The Snaffling Pig Co., which offers a variety of monthly subscription options that pair ales, beers and ciders with their branded pork scratchings and other swine-derived snacks, including some bespoke spicy options. We reckon Piggin’ Mystery Box Monthly Subscription is the best way to try out new craft ales and new snacks in a very fun way.
If you are on a budget then your ‘hamper’ of ales can just be a cardboard box, which is included in the £46 price tag but if you really want to push the boat out or make this a memorable real ale gift hamper then you can add a real wicker hamper to your order but that puts the price up to over £74. Simply choose your hamper type when placing your order. The 12 ales are an eclectic collection of 500ml bottles. We especially liked the smooth Dartmoor Brewery India Pale Ale with its slightly spicy aftertaste.
Looking for a gift for an ale lover but on a tight budget? For the princely sum of £14, you can order an Allsop’s Ale Gift Set containing an Allsopp’s Pale Ale, Allsopp’s India Pale Ale and a branded, etched pint glass. The family-run brewery in Burton-on-Trent – Britain’s original beer capital – is more than three centuries old; established in 1730 by Benjamin Wilson Sr. and becoming part of British history by discovering India pale ales and making life-sustaining ale for a lost Arctic expedition commissioned by Queen Victoria.
You can get a mixed box of 12 beers and ales from Club 84, a brewhouse on the edge of the North Yorkshire moors that’s been growing a range of craft ales, beers, largers and stouts for more than 30 years in an old quarry. Every month they’ll send you a dozen different craft beers and ales from their own vats and some special limited edition and single-batch brews with the assurance that you’ll get to try at least 3 new brews each month. Buying them by the dozen makes it cheaper, and you can save up to £60 by getting a year-long subscription. Definitely great value for ale aficionados.
A lot of these ale subscriptions are by the half-dozen or dozen but if you want a few more bottles to keep in stock, you can get a crate of 15 bottles of ale (500ml) from the Best of British Beer. It’s pot luck with this ale order as you can’t customize the crate but you can be sure of getting a veritable mix of flavours, strengths and styles from different breweries up and down the country from Shropshire and Cheshire to North Wales and the Scottish Highlands.
Best crate of ale gift subscription (8 – 12 bottles)
Another great ale gift comes from Beer 52, where you can order a case of 8, 10 or 12 ales by choosing their Light & Hoppy subscription: a selection of lighter, hoppier beers including pale ales, IPAs and other unique brews on the lighter side. We took the middle road and opted for a case of 10, turning it into a gift subscription, which comes with the latest copy of Ferment Magazine and a snack. For an extra 99p you can add a greeting card with a personal message too.
Getting into ales is a great way to discern yourself as a knowledgeable beer aficionado. The only way to really learn the difference between ales and other brews is to taste them and take notes. Better yet, pair the ales with foods that really bring out the full flavour of both, which we recommend you do with the Cheshire Cheese, Chutney & Real Ale subscription and the Piggin Mystery Box of ales and pork snacks on the list above. If you are on a budget and just starting out on your ale exploration, then Allsop’s ales gift set hits the spot. Another cheap option that gives you a dozen different ales without any frills is the Craft Beer Box of 12.
Best Anime Subscription Box in the UK (2022 Update)
If you are an anime and manga fan living in the UK, you’re probably quite rightly peeved at the lack of recognition the exotic art from Japan receives here. The animated adventures of characters from the East Asian pop culture have been largely overshadowed by blockbuster superhero movies based on Marvel and DC Comics. But now it’s a lot easier to get your hands on authentic anime and manga merch through the post with an anime subscription box delivery. Scroll down to see our updated list of the 9 best anime subscription boxes available in the UK in 2022 but if you are new to the anime enigma, don’t skip the background story below.
What is Anime and why is it so popular worldwide?
First and foremost, it would be offensive to manga and anime lovers to call anime cartoons. ‘Anime’ are animated TV series and films based on Japanese Manga, which are graphic novels of in-depth stories filled with complex characters and illustrated in intricate detail. Because of the attention to detail and innovation involved in creating these animated films, aficionados consider Anime a higher art form than conventional slapstick cartoons popularized on British and American TV screens. Testament to anime’s growing popularity worldwide are the animated production ‘Spirited Away’, which was the first anime film to win an Academy Award, and ‘Your Name’ by renowned anime writer and director Makoto Shinkai, which earned more than US$355 million worldwide.
Loot Crate specializes in supplying pop culture fans with the latest merch from a few dozen of the most popular movie and entertainment franchises from the West and the Far East. Their Exclusive Anime and Manga Collectibles & Gear monthly box subscription is a treasure trove of all things anime for fans of all genres who demand only official merch. In the box you get a surprise mix of 4 – 6 officially licensed anime and manga items, including manga comics, apparel, figures and other accessories worth at least $60 for £23 per month plus shipping.
Are you looking for an anime subscription box for a female anime fan with a penchant for cuteness? Get them a monthly Kawaii Box bursting with adorable plushies, stationary, squishies, bags and pouches, Japanese sweets, wearables and accessories sent directly from Japan. “Kawaii” (pronounced Ka-wa-ie) means ‘cute’ in Japanese and refers to the adorable anime characters that appeal to young girls such as Hello Kitty, MyMelody, Pompopurin and Moomin. Allow 2-4 weeks for your first Kawaii subscription box to arrive after placing your order. One of the best things about this anime subscription is that shipping to the UK is absolutely free.
The NihonBox subscription is ideal for lovers of all things new and old from Japanese culture. The box of surprises delivered to your door directly from Japan each month includes a mix of traditional and contemporary Japanese collectibles selected by a dedicated team of enthusiasts. The mix of anime, manga and traditional objects includes plushies, T-shirts, lifestyle accessories, mangas and food – all assured to be 100% Japanese.
The monthly Fangirl anime subscription box is a fun gift for teen girls. The surprise box is filled with anime and manga inspired fandom jewellery and accessories such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings (pierced or clip-on), rings, keychains, and other trinkets or lifestyle products, plus an exclusive collectible postcard and a custom designed drawstring jewellery pouch. The boxes have 3-5 items with a total retail value of $40. Shipping to the UK is an additional $19.99 with their ‘worldwide shipping’ option.
The Mystery Anime Box is a bestseller from TwentyfiveAnime on Etsy. The boxes of postcards, stickers, prints and bookmarks come in three sizes: small, medium and large. The bigger the box, the more anime merch you get. Each box size has a mystery gift. The small and medium boxes include two to three A5 prints of anime characters and the Large Mystery Anime Box has five A5 prints plus two A4 prints – perfect for decorating boys and girls’ bedroom walls with their favourite anime memorabilia. You’ll get your subscription box within about a week of ordering.
Get autographs from celebrity Anime voice actors in your monthly Bam! Anime Box filled with exclusive Anime and Manga memorabilia from industry insiders. The anime inspired items are hand-curated to ensure you always get unique collectibles that other anime fans will really admire, including enamel pin sets; single run numbered prints of anime artwork signed by renowned anime and manga artists; and Kawaii inspired Anime vinyl decals. The anime voice artist autographs are authenticated by Beckett so you know you are getting the real deal. Enjoy the immersive anime experience while munching on the Japanese snacks thrown in for good measure.
The Manga Spice Cafe subscription introduces you to a new upcoming Manga artist each month with 3 brand new monthly manga volumes inspired by Japan’s maid cafes in a variety of genres from romance, comedy and action to horror, mystery, mecha and sci-fi. Maid cafes are restaurants in Japan with a cosplay theme where the waitresses are dressed in maid costumes. They act like servants in a private home, treating customers as masters (and mistresses) rather than cafe patrons. Getting the Manga Spice Cafe subscription is a novel way to support upcoming manga artists and gives you a taste of Japan with 5 -6 classic Asian snacks and drinks thrown into the mix such as mochi cakes and Ramune sodas for a cafe experience.
If you are a hardcore anime fan and want to let the rest of the word know how much you love the Japanese pop culture, get a monthly Akibento subscription box of Epic Gear for Anime Fans. Each box has an exclusive EPIC T-shirt featuring anime characters in action along with manga volumes and other anime merch worth $60 for just under $47 a month for a 1-month, 3-month or 6-month subscription plan. You’ll get up to 8 collectible anime items in each box, ranging from key chains, stickers and pins to anime and manga character models plus a few Asian snacks.
Best English-language anime and manga subscription
Crunchyroll boasts the world’s largest collection of English-language manga titles. The American anime publisher and streaming platform has teamed up with Loot Crate to send out subscription boxes to international anime and manga fans. Characters from Haikyu!!, Black Clover, Mobile Suit Gundam and hundreds more manga volumes come to life in the Crunchyroll Crate of collectible figurines and toys plus anime T-shirts and other manga merch. The subscription boxes are available in the UK if you are willing to pay an extra fee for international shipping on top of the monthly £29 box price.
Anime fans number more than 10 million worldwide and they come in all ages with all kinds of tastes. Netflix has recently released its own anime title, ‘A Whisker Away’ to critical acclaim, featuring a female protagonist in middle school, struggling with day-to-day life, family and schoolmates as she goes through a rebellious phase – a common context in Manga novels that makes it highly popular with teens. But anime is certainly not just for kids. Swathes of adults are into anime in its many forms, too. If you’re not already an anime fan, try exploring a genre that appeals to you or watch a recent anime film to gain an appreciation for the East Asian art form. Then come back and order an anime subscription box that suits you.
Best Korean Subscription Box in the UK (2021 Update)
Korean K-Pop culture is trending among teens all over the world. If you know anyone aged 12 to 15 years old, they probably adore Korean bands such Black Pink and BTS, which is the first band in iTunes history to have eight songs hit number one in the charts in 100 countries.
Did you know that Korea is a modern anglicised word for the country that used to be called Goguryeo, also known as Goryeo (Koryŏ)? We’re talking about South Korea of course, which has a contemporary culture on a par with modern lifestyles similar to ours but a culture that’s heavily influenced by its Japanese and Chinese neighbours, making Korean snacks quite a unique tasting experience. When it comes to Korean beauty and skincare products, the fashion for faces is to give the skin a shiny sheen with a healthy-looking glow.
For our list of the best Korean subscription boxes available in the UK, we want to introduce you to a mix of Korean snacks and sweets, Korean beauty products and K-pop merchandise featuring Korea’s popular boy and girl bands.
Get your hands on authentic Korean snacks and the latest K-pop merch delivered to your door directly from Korea in a Signature SeoulBox. Every month you’ll get a box with a vibrant new colourful theme that takes you on an authentic journey across Korea to sample a hand-picked selection of Korean treats and goodies. The subscription introduces you to between 20 to 25 authentic Korean sweet and savoury snacks each month along with a 12-page tasting guide plus K-pop merch. We got a Monsta X TwoTuckGom coaster in our box, which my teenage daughter has added to her collection of K-ppo memorabilia. As the subscription boxes are sent from Korea, allow 2 weeks for your first subscription box to arrive with ‘fast shipping’.
Get a large box packed with sweet and savoury Korean snacks, including our new favourite office snacks, Korean Noodles! They’re like our Pot Noodles but much tastier and spicier. We find the thick noodles and various packets of flavouring more filling – just right for a snack to keep you going between meals when you need a pick-me-up. Be careful though, the extra spicy ones can really blow your head off! Apart from the noodles, you’ll get 20 Korean snacks altogether in each box, including crisps, biscuits, cakes, savoury nibbles and sweets.
Best surprise K-pop merch & snacks subscription box
We think the Kpopper Kloot Box is the best surprise subscription box for die-hard K-pop fans. The boxes are delivered once every three months to subscribers all over the world, including the UK. Inside each Kloot Box you’ll get a variety of fan-made K-pop merchandise plus a selection of sweet and savoury Korean snacks. Photocards and keychains featuring K-pop idols, cute stationary trinkets, chocs and candies were among the goodies in our box, plus a couple of Korean skincare sample products thrown in for good measure.
If you are a fan of facemasks for your K-beauty routine, you’ll always find a few Korean-made face sheets in the 7 sheet Mask Subscription Box from the Facemasks Club. The sheets, with holes for your eyes and mouth, are laden with gels and serums such as aloe and revitalising fruit extracts – the secret to that shiny Korean sheen. Place the sheets on your face for the time recommended on each pack. Free shipping for subscribers in the UK.
The Trouble Skin K-Beauty Box from Koja is a mini skincare kit. It’s a collection of 12 cruelty-free Korean skincare products specially curated to help give oily, acne-prone and weakened skin a fresh new shine such as Pimple Patches, Vitamin Toners, Cleansing Water, Aloe Serum, masks and more plus cute Korean emoji stickers and the occasional accessory. We got a Etti Cat Ears Hair Band in our box, which is really handy for keeping long hair out of your face when applying the beauty products.
With a K Skincare Box subscription you can personalise the contents of your monthly box of hand-selected Korean Skincare products based on your skin type, which you can customize by taking the Skin-ID quiz. We like that you get full-sized products plus sheet masks in the boxes along with skincare products in the categories you’ve selected – all for £45 a month, which works out quite a bit cheaper than buying all the products individually.
Make your skin glow with the Mini Lengbox 10 Step Korean Skincare Routine Set. Use the 10 hand-picked and tested miniature skincare products inside each box to give yourself a Korean-style home spa session that cleans, exfoliates, moisturizes and rejuvenates your skin to give your face the healthy-looking shine that Korean beauty buffs love. We went for the gift option to have the box beautifully gift wrapped for an extra £4.99, plus another 99p to add a customized note.
Having tried out all the boxes, there are some favourites that stand out. The best Korean snack subscription in our opinion is the Signature SeoulBox, because of the extra effort made to include the 12-page tasting guide for the 20 to 25 different snacks, which is really helpful as most of the time you’re left guessing what the snack actually is when the box or wrapper only has labels in Korean! If you are buying a K-pop subscription box as a gift for a trendy teen, you can’t go wrong with the KPopper Kloot Box of the latest K-pop merch. And if Korean skincare and beauty products are your bag, we recommend the Koja Beauty subscription box of cruelty-free skincare products for guilt-free beautifying of troubled skin.
Best Vegan Subscription Box in the UK (2021 Update)
Going vegan is not easy. It’s challenging enough to find vegan-friendly products in the supermarkets, especially if you live in a small town with limited choice of shopping venues, then you have to spend ages checking the ingredients on packets and tins. Apart from that, deciding to go vegan is a lifestyle choice so it means changing many toxic habits besides eating, such as using cruelty-free beauty and hygiene products on your body and around the house. So in our list of the best vegan subscription boxes in the UK we’ve thrown in beauty and lifestyle subscription boxes as well as recipes and ready-made meals that you can order several times a month.
The slim, letterbox sized box of delectable assorted vegan chocolates from The Chocolatier is a really healthy subscription option if you want to satisfy your sweet cravings with something that won’t pile on the pounds. These vegan chocolates are gluten free too. Each box of 18 water ganache truffles and pralines gives you 6 new flavours to try. The chocolates are hand made with a seasonal theme from only natural ingredients. They don’t contain any artificial preservatives, colours or flavours. Even though they don’t contain any dairy products, they taste just as good as any luxury chocolate.
The Pip Box introduces you to new vegan and cruelty-free skincare, haircare, make up and other lifestyle products. This vegan subscription box took off after it was featured on the UK’s This Morning breakfast show but its popularity is also down to being the best value vegan beauty box. For a £20 per month rolling subscription with free UK shipping you get at least five vegan-friendly products with a combined retail value of almost three times as much or about £70 to £80, including full-size and travel-size products. At Christmas time, Pip Box subscribers get special bumper boxes of all vegan products valued at more than £200 and you won’t get the same product twice within a year’s subscription. Great value and variety, we’d say!
Get a monthly delivery of vegan brownies freshly baked by Eve from Cheadle, Manchester, who launched her home-based bakery delivery service, A Kind Mamma, after finding it really hard to find yummy vegan cakes. All of her bakes are 100% egg and dairy free, making them ideal for vegans with a sweet tooth. Subscribe for 3, 6, 12 or even 18 months at a time from between £13 and £16 a month depending on the length of your subscription. Each month you’ll get a new type of brownie or blondie selected at random.
Hats off to Nutribox for introducing us to healthy snacks that we’d never heard of. Their ethos of cruelty-free, healthy snacking brightens up vegan diets with natural snacks that are popular in Asian countries but hardly see the light of day in dreary old England. The vegan subscription boxes come in 3 sizes: Slim (£14 per month) and fits through your letterbox; Small (£25 per month); and Large (£40 per month). Inside the boxes, you’ll get 10, 20 or 40 snacks depending on the size of your box, comprising some of the UK’s top healthy snack brands and exotic rarities, including: Ella Oat Bars; Growers’s Garden Broccoli Crisps; Olives and Watermelon Seeds, to name a few.
With more than 60 recipes to choose from, we unanimously agree that Gousto offers the best variety of vegan and non-vegan recipes from around the world so you can mix and match based on you and your dining companions’ dietary needs. Vegans can find plenty of exotic recipes in the new Plant Bistro Range, such as Chilli Non Carne with Baked Sweet Potato and Guac, Shredded Mushroom Doner Loaded Fries and Garlic Mushroom & Sage Gnocchi, which takes just 10 minutes to prepare. Need to feed an entire family? Gousto’s got you covered. The Gousto Family Box gives you all the ingredients you need to whip up vibrant vegan meals for 2 adults and 2-3 children. You can order the family boxes with two, three or four different recipes for between £32 and £48 each. Delivery is free in the UK.
Have frozen plant-based ready-made vegan meals delivered to your door that you just pop in the oven or microwave for a super easy healthy dinner. Vibrant Vegan is based in London and gives you free delivery to most places in the UK, except remote areas of Scotland. If you want to make sure they can deliver to you, just put in your postcode to check and then start by building your box for one or two people. You can choose from a plethora of tantalizing dishes in six categories. We went for the Chef’s Choice and got ourselves a spicy Indonesian Sambal Firebox and a Magnificent Moussaka. You can choose next day delivery or any other delivery day when you order.
Being vegan is a lifestyle choice that goes beyond what we eat. The Vegan Kind’s Vegan Lifestyle Box helps you fill some of the gaps between meals with a selection of delicious vegan treats, snacks, drinks and other handy lifestyle products to complement cruelty-free and sustainable living such as cleaning sprays and bamboo toothbrushes. Each monthly box contains a brand new vegan recipe too.
Going vegan is usually a decision we make because we want to detox from years of bad eating habits but where to start with the right kind of foods? The Vegan Cleanse Box from Detox Kitchen is an easy introduction to vegan meals designed to kick start your detox process. You’ll get all the nutrients you need from enough plant-based ingredients to make breakfast, lunch, dinner and pudding plus detoxifying snacks and drinks such as juice and herbal tea totalling about 1,400 calories a day with no dairy, no refined sugar or wheat. Boxes start from £31.45 per day but you have to order a minimum of three day’s worth.
The best way to ensure your vegan diet is 100% organic is to grow your food. You’ll be doing yourself and the earth a favour by reducing your carbon footprint and dependence on other sources for your veg. You can grow a lot in a surprisingly small space, so even if all you have is a window ledge, start growing your own vegetable patch with a monthly Discovery Box of seasonal seeds when you subscribe to join the Seed Pantry Grow Club. You can choose to have all food or all flower seeds, or a mix of the two. The seeds are delivered at the right time of year to start growing but you’ll still need a healthy dose of patience as you watch your garden grow but you’ll save about 40% of the usual cost for bulbs, seeds and plants.
If you are just starting out on your new vegan lifestyle, trying to attain a more conscious lifestyle can quickly become overwhelming as you try to ensure that everything you do is cruelty free and chemical free. Don’t feel pressured to make radical changes to your lifestyle all at once though. Do it at a pace that’s comfortable for you and change one thing at a time until you get into a comfortable routine. You could start by going vegan 3 days a week to get into the swing of things and then add more vegan options to your daily routine as you go. Don’t feel guilty if you lapse into old habits. Just make a new resolution to have another go. Order another vegan subscription box to inspire you to get back on track.
Best Gluten-Free Subscription Box in the UK (2021 Update)
Could you have Celiac Disease and not know it? According to the National Celiac Association, more than 83 percent of people in the UK with Celiac Disease (gluten intolerance) are undiagnosed! Gluten intolerance is a genetic disease that makes individuals allergic to the gluten protein found in foods such as wheat, barley, and rye. The disease goes largely undetected because it affects individuals in different ways, sometimes with only mild symptoms. But the list of symptoms is vast; from cramps and bloating to headaches, fatigue and joint pain and many more. Gluten affects moods too; causing depression, anxiety, irritability and mood swings. For some, the intolerance is extreme, to the point that you have to avoid the risk of cross-contact from cooking utensils and surfaces.
Shopping for gluten free products is a laborious chore, especially in supermarkets with limited ranges of products on their shelves. Getting regular deliveries of gluten free subscription boxes ensures you’ve always got something safe in the cupboard to grab a gluten-free snack or whip up a meal with confidence that you won’t have an allergic reaction. Our updated list of the best gluten free subscription boxes in the UK includes cakes and baking recipes, chocolates, snacks and groceries for making gluten free dinners – not just monthly but multiple deliveries a week if you need a continuous supply of gluten free food.
The monthly letterbox sized box of exquisite vegan chocolates from The Chocolatier is a super healthy option if you have a sweet tooth. They are gluten free, and guilt free, too! Each box of 18 water ganache truffles and pralines introduces you to six new exotic flavours, hand made with a seasonal theme from only natural ingredients without any artificial preservatives, colours or flavours. Despite containing no dairy products, the gluten free mouthwatering mounds taste just as good as any luxury chocolate.
Make gooey, crunchy gluten free chocolate and walnut brownies quickly and easily with this baking kit in a box from The Bake Club. You’ll get all the dry ingredients you need to conjure up a sumptuous gluten-free bake. The recipe is easy for kids to follow, too, and you can download the Bake Club app to view a video tutorial. You’ll get your baking kit delivered within 48 hours and the recipe ingredients will keep for up to 4 days after the box is dispatched.
The Lifebox is a curated collection of 10-15 exciting healthy snacks, drinks, supplements and other wellness products hand picked by expert nutritionists for health-conscious foodies. You can order vegan and gluten free monthly subscription boxes from a range of plans starting from £22.95 a month. The collection of gluten-free and dairy-free goodies gives you a daily indulgence of energy, vitality and helps foster healthy digestion. Get your first box delivered straight away, or you can wait and start your plan on the 1st of the month. After that, your subscription box is sent out on the same day each month. Choose a 3, 6 or 12-month subscription. You can add a personal note if the box is a gift.
Best variety of recipe boxes with gluten free option
Save time, money and reduce waste when you get a recipe subscription box for making your own gluten free dinners from Hello Fresh. The ingredients are high quality and freshly sourced from trusted suppliers; giving you just enough to make a meal from about 40 recipe options in Rapid, Veggie, Family Friendly and Calorie Smart categories. In your box you’ll get pre-proportioned ingredients and step-by-step recipes. Make your vegan and gluten-free choices and select the number of meals you want to make for between 2 and 4 people when you order.
If you are bored with the limited range of gluten free snacks available at your local shops, you are bound to discover new tastes and flavours each month with the gluten free mystery snack box delivered to your door by Gluten Free Choice UK. You’ll get a monthly supply of 10 gluten free snacks packed into a handy picnic box. The snacks are sourced from a wide and ever changing variety of suppliers that are trusted to provide quality gluten-free edibles especially for celiacs.
A Gluten Free Box is one of three options available when getting a subscription box from The Goodness Project, which we think is the best regular supply of gluten-free alternatives for everyday staple foods such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale. The Goodness Project emphasises introducing subcribers to natural products for healthy lifestyles with no artificial ingredients. Choose from 3 sizes of subscription options for 3, 6 or 12 months at a time from £8.50 a month plus post and packaging.
Best gluten free snacks and recipes combination subscription box
Love Free From is a family-run subscription box delivery service with first-hand experience catering to unique intolerances, including ‘Coeliac’ disease and others, so they understand the struggles of missing out on favourite foods trying to find safe alternatives. Subscribe for a monthly mystery box containing at least 12 gluten free sweet and savoury snacks plus recipes and ingredients for you to make some gluten-free bakes. You can customize your gluten free box to suit other personal dietary requirements such as ‘gluten and dairy free’ or ‘gluten and oat free’. This is an excellent gluten free discovery box as you’ll get several new brands to try each month.
Don’t have time to bake your own gluten free cake? Get an actual freshly baked 40-gram gluten free cake delivered to your door every month from specialist gluten-free bakers Sin. Options include dairy-free, too, and you can send the gluten free cakes as gifts for friends with demanding dietary requirements. In the Mini Monthly Gift Box you’ll get a mixture of 6 cakes: 2 lemon & cranberry; 2 orange polenta and 2 fruit cakes from £26.00 a month with a 3-month subscription.
A subscription with the Mindful Chef gives you a weekly box of ingredients without gluten for up to five fun and healthy recipes using fresh local ingredients such as grass-fed native-breed beef, free-range chicken and sustainably caught fish. You can choose from more than 20 different recipes for whipping up extravagant dishes for dinner with an exotic international flare. They’ve got lots of vegan and dairy-free options too. We highly recommend the Smokey Baked Bean Chicken Traybake and Baharat Chick Peas & Parsley Sauce recipes. Fantastic! When you subscribe for your gluten free box, you can choose recipes to cook for one, two or a whole family – enough to feed 4 adults.
Going gluten free isn’t the end of the world. It’s an adventure into new tastes, and it could be the solution to relieving symptoms you might be suffering from but didn’t know were caused by gluten intolerance. Give one of these subscription boxes a try and see if it helps get rid of any niggling maladies that you haven’t found relief for yet. You’ll be surprised, too, just how delicious gluten free snacks and bakes can be. If the truth be told, you really can’t tell the difference.
Best Spirit Subscription Box in the UK (2021 Update)
What’s your favourite way to enjoy a tipple? Do you only crack open a bottle with friends or on special occasions, or do you have a special time and day of the week to be alone in the company of a bottle, a glass and a bucket of ice? We’re guessing you’re reading this because you are looking for a more intimate experience with spirits rather than a boozy night of debauchery. You appreciate the work and wisdom handed down through generations of distillers to patiently mature spirits in time-honoured tradition; creating blends of flavours that whisk you away on wafts of botanical bouquets.
Have you ever tried non-alcoholic spirits or did you even know they existed? They are surprisingly palatable and so for the first time, we’ve included an alcohol-free option in our updated list of the nine best spirit subscription boxes available in the UK this year.
Best bespoke gin and rum spirit blends subscription
We love the bespoke hand crafted 700ml bottles of botanical blends that you get with a monthly subscription of exclusive fruity gins and rare rums from Batch Innovations Spirit Club. The bottles are clad in eye-catching artwork that you can literally hang on your wall as you get a free download of the digital artwork on the bottle that comes with each subscription. Like the artwork, the spirits inside the bottles are totally unique, blended exclusively for Batch Innovations Spirit Club members. In our box we got a bottle of sweet and tangy pear and blackberry gin. If you are not a rum fan, you can opt for a gin-only subscription delivered to your door. Subscribe for a year and save £70. Delivery is free in the UK.
Putting whisky into a squeezable 6ml pouch is a fantastically innovative way of delivering drams to aficionados so they can explore the wonderful world of malt spirits. The innovation won Whisky-Me a £75,000 investment from the Dragons’ Den; the first whisky company to do so, helping them expand their procurement of fine whiskies from around the world for their subscribers.
There are three Whisky-Me subscription options: Traditional; Discovery; Adventure. The Traditional subscription is for single malt scotch whisky curated exclusively from Scottish distilleries. The Discovery subscription introduces you to fine whiskies from around the world, including Japan, India and and the USA. The Adventure subscription gives you two monthly drams; one single malt and one world whisky. Each subscription comes with detailed tasting notes, food pairings and the chance to tune in to monthly live tastings.
Discover unique, rare and artisan whiskies that you won’t find on supermarket shelves with a Summerton Whisky Club subscription. For £50 per delivery of their ‘bottle of the month’, which is actually a bi-monthly delivery. They justify the hefty price of this spirit subscription by sourcing single malts; blended malts; blend; grains; bourbon’s and ryes from distilleries and craft producers around the world, importing from America, Japan, Taiwan, Sweden and of course the Scottish Highlands with free delivery to your door if you are in the UK. Their delivery months are February, April, June, August, October and December.
You can trust the expert curators at the Craft Whisky Club to help you discover fine scotch whiskies – mostly from small distilleries in Scotland but also beyond – and pair them with delectable edibles for home tasting sessions. Subscribe to receive a delivery of a new artisan whisky (or two) every two months along with tasting notes. The club also gives subscribers a heads up on exclusive first releases and early alerts and access to their latest caskshare offers. We like this spirit club for their contemporary approach to preserving the traditions of fine whisky appreciation.
Formerly The Dram Club, Pour & Sip is a new spirit subscription box from alcohol experts Master of Malt. The Pour & Sip subscription box contains five hand-picked 30ml whisky tasters. You can choose to have them delivered to your door either monthly or bi-monthly. This spirit subscription is an economical way of experimenting with new whiskies without forking out for a full-size bottle. When you first subscribe you’ll get a stylish welcome pack containing a gleaming pair of Glencairn tasting glasses and a how-to-taste whisky guide. Members of this spirit subscription also enjoy exclusive discounts on full-sized bottles. We like the added bonus of having access to live bi-monthly tastings with Master of Malt’s sommeliers and the chance to chat with fellow whisky-lovers.
Flaviar Spirit Tasting Club is an award-winning spirit subscription with themed boxes containing three 50ml samples of unique spirits from around the world. Subscribing to this spirit subscription is an adventurous way to try rare spirits from far-flung distilleries without splashing out on a full-size bottle. Some of the spirits in the boxes include scotch whisky, bourbon & rye, rum, gin, brandy, tequila and mezcal. You can personalize your subscription depending on your spirit preference. The spirit subscription boxes also contain tasting notes and info about the drinks. The club occasionally sends out free samples and complimentary bottles to subscribers as well as invites to get-togethers and booze-themed entertainment – a cracking subscription to help you quickly become a bona-fide spirit connoisseur.
The Cocktail Man is award-winning mixologist James Vyse. He sends out monthly letterbox-sized subscription boxes containing bespoke spirits and special ingredients to make up to 5 generous cocktails. Each month introduces you to a cocktail recipe created by James exclusively for subscribers. Prepay for three, six or twelve months’ subscription at a time and you’ll get a monthly delivery of three 50ml Super Premium Spirits (40%); a 100ml bottle of The Cocktail Man’s Sliqueur (10%) and signature garnish. You’ll need to get your own shakers and glasses plus any fresh ingredients that the monthly recipe requires. Oh, and don’t forget the ice!
The Craft Gin Club curates obscure gins from around the world and packages them beautifully in themed boxes. If not for yourself, the boxes make fantastic festive gifts. Each month the gin club sends subscribers a new full-sized bottle of craft gin along with tonics, garnish and any other ingredients you need to make your own G&T cocktail of the month. For £40 per box, you get a few sweet and savoury snacks thrown in, plus a glossy club magazine. Delivery is free in the UK.
We ummed and ahhed over whether we should include alcohol-free spirits in our list of the best spirit subscription boxes but after sampling their wares we are delighted to say that alcohol-free spirits is a whole new experience in enjoying exotic blends of flavours that’s on a par with the best alcoholic spirits – and without the risk of enduring a ghastly hangover as penance for an evening’s indulgence. Alcohol-free spirits are produced by distilling natural ingredients often used in botanical-flavoured spirits such as American White Oak, European Juniper, and Mexican Blue Agave. The essential oils extracted from them is what gives the drinks their flavor. With a Spirits Monthly subscription you get to try new alcohol-free spirits every month. The number of bottles in the box varies but has a total retail value of at least £24.99.
Spirit subscriptions tend to be a bit more pricey than beer subscription boxes so if you are just starting out on your exploration of the spirit world, we’d recommend trying subscriptions that give you several small samples to try before taking the plunge and buying full-size bottles (Pour & Sip; Flaviar Spirits Club). But if you’re already familiar with a wide range of spirits and want a new flavour experience then we’d recommend the Batch Innovations Spirit Club for discovering contemporary spirit blends and eye-catching artwork.
Best Cookie Subscription Box in the UK (2021 Update)
Think of cookies and you’ll probably think ‘America’ but the Persians have been baking sweet cookies with locally grown cane sugar since the 7th Century. The chewy bakes were adopted by Europeans in the Elizabethan era and they then took their cookie recipes as they settled in their new-found-land. As America grew, so did the variety of cookie ingredients such as seasonal fruits and nuts. Then in 1837, the first batch of chocolate chip cookies was baked, by accident apparently, at the Toll House Restaurant in Massachusetts. Chocolate was nothing new then but the restaurant’s owner, Ruth Graves, had run out of baker’s chocolate, which melts when the cookies are baked. She used a bar of semisweet chocolate instead. The substitute chocolate ‘chips’ didn’t melt and miraculously kept their shape, heralding a new era of innovation for the humble Iranian bake.
These days there’s no end to the new flavour combos of cookies coming out of Britain’s bakeries. Our list of the best cookie subscriptions in the UK includes monthly deliveries from well-established bakeries offering cookie subscriptions, as well as small enterprises focused solely on delivering boxes of scrumptious cookies directly to your door.
The cookies from Cutter & Squidge are all natural, 100% vegetarian and Halal-friendly chunks of soft and chewy cookie inspired by the popular New York City style cookie but they are baked daily right here in London and sent out around the UK with a next-day delivery service. As we were ordering for a few of us with different tastes we went for the Mixed Chunky Cookie Selection box, which has 4 or 8 cookies. In the box you get old favourites such as Chocolate Chip and Triple Chocolate, plus a variety of fancy flavour combinations including S’mores, Pistachio with White Chocolate and Choco Salted Caramel. We must admit that Cutter & Squidge do cut cracking cookies that Ruth Grave would most definitely approve of.
Choose from up to 18 different cookie flavours when you get a 3-month subscription from The Good Cookie. Order monthly boxes of 12 to 18 cookies in the flavour of your choosing. This is a good option if you have a preference for a particular type of cookie as all the cookies in a box are the same flavour. If you want some variety you can choose the ‘flavour rotation’ option when you subscribe to get a new flavour each month. You prepay for 3 months at a time for three monthly deliveries then the subscription is automatically renewed unless you put your subscription on hold or cancel.
Instead of getting a delivery of baked cookies to your door, why not have a go at baking them yourself? The Cookie Crumbles Baking Club sends you all the ingredients you need to make your own cookies and other sweet treats at home. The ingredients and instructions come in a letterbox-size box. These baking kits are easy peasy for teaching kids how to make their own cookies with minimal adult supervision.
Get a monthly box of 12 cookies from The Bakehouse for three months for £74.95, which works out at just under £25 per box of a dozen cookies. The Bakehouse makes small batches of fresh cookies every morning and sends them out by Royal Mail that afternoon, or the next day if you order late in the day, to make sure they reach you still fresh. You get a variety of flavours in the box of 12 cookies. Each month is a different mix. Nuts and gluten are often included in the cookies but they are suitable for vegetarians and they’ll keep for about 7 days if stored in the fridge.
We have to agree that the colourful chunky cookies in six far out flavours from Chummys Cookies are just like the kind of quality cookies you’d expect to be served in a New York City diner. The 12 Cookie Subscription Box is their best seller with a mix of traditional flavours such as milk chocolate and chocolate chip plus colourful concoctions bursting with flavour. Fancy a White Choc & Raspberry or a Lotus Biscuit Cookie? Extras in the boxes include a nutritional card to help you if you are counting the calories. The cookies come wrapped in eco-friendly packaging. Add a card if you are sending the box of cookies as a gift.
Lulu’s Cookies is based in Swindon and specializes in baking luxury vegan cookies. They are gluten free too and taste great with an authentic chewy cookie texture that hits the spot. You can order boxes of 6, 9 or 12 cookies in a mixed box of single and double chocolate cookies topped with rich double chocolate chunks. A box of 6 cookies contains 3 of each type of cookie. A box of 9 cookies contains a 4/5 mix of each cookie, and a box of 12 contains 6 of each. The cookie subscription boxes are sent out by Royal Mail First Class in the UK. Postage is extra, except for free delivery to addresses in Swindon.
The Cookies of the Month Club by Cravory Cookies is the best cookie subscription for true cookie connoisseurs. Choose between a monthly delivery of half a dozen, a dozen or even two dozen (24) cookies per box and you’ll get a bumper variety of cookies with six new flavours to experience each month. Expect festive flavour surprises around seasonal holidays like Pumpkin Pie in October and Citrus Shortbread in April. Get a rolling monthly subscription for yourself or as a gift or pre pay for several months at a time and save up to 25% on the lot.
Rest assured that your cookie indulgence in the comfort of your English living room is an ethical crutch that doesn’t cost the earth with a Yumbles Cookie subscription. Their cookie subscriptions come with the assurance that all the ingredients are carefully selected to ensure they meet quality, sustainability and ethical standards. They include special craft chocolate made by Menakao in Madagascar, Fair Trade sugar, organic flax seed, British flour and Cornish sea-salt to make exotic bakes such as Salted Pecan and White Chocolate Cookies. We shared a box of 6 cookies at the office and all enjoyed the malty, buttery and nutty-tasting experience topped with creamy roasted pecans and white chocolate nuggets. They were nice and chewy too; still fresh from the previous day’s baking and sent to us via 1st Class Royal Mail. The cookies are generously large, weighing in at just under 100 grams each.
We unanimously give the Cookie Bar’s subscription our vote as the best cookie box to add pizazz to office coffee breaks. You’ll also be giving something back to the community. The cookies are baked by student helpers and volunteers at the Cookie Bar’s bakery in Hindhead, Surrey, which was launched in 2011 as a social enterprise in support of the COINS Foundation, which helps the least fortunate in society by reinvesting profits into community projects. Their vision and mission at the Cookie Bar is to bring about positive social change through social enterprise. We certainly felt a positive change in our bellies after polishing off a dozen of their lovely cookies posted to our door in a recyclable packaging priced at £22 per box, which includes delivery.
On the rare occasion that you ever have any cookies left over, they’ll keep well for about a week in a sealed container or the fridge, and you can freeze them for months at a time. But you probably won’t be doing that, will you? Either way, cookies are best when they’ve just been baked, which usually means paying extra for guaranteed next day delivery. Just make sure you know whether you need to pay extra for express delivery when ordering. Traditional English biscuits on the other hand tend to keep a lot longer. See our list of the UK’s best biscuit subscriptions if that’s more your cup of tea.
Best Knitting Subscription Box in the UK (2021 Update)
Knitting has made quite a comeback in recent months and many a young hand is being turned to the age-old craft of turning yarns into clothes, tea cosies, quilts, throws and fluffy toys. Anyone of almost any age can quickly grasp the basics. Once you’ve got the hang of it you’ll be knocking out scarves and woolly hats for family and friends.
Knitting subscriptions are an easy and affordable way for beginners to start crafting for the home, for gifts and for new kids in the clan. Don’t worry if you are not an old hand like Grandma. Most boxes come with everything you need to complete a pattern or two. In our round up of the best knitting subscription boxes in the UK we’ve included some affordable kits for making small items as well as knitting magazine subscriptions that come with yarn and knitting needle supplies to get you going.
Make lovely little toys such as fluffy hedgehogs and squidgy turtles for little boys and girls with a monthly subscription of yarns and patterns for knitted toys and accessories from the Hobby Box Club. In each box you’ll get everything you need to make the cute little creatures, including the pattern, the yarn, correctly sized needles and any other materials such as stuffing for soft toys. Prepay for a 6 to 12 month subscription and you’ll get a free knitting bag.
Stitch Box Knitting’s Kit of the Month is the best knitting subscription we’ve found for crafty home makers. With the 56-page Stitch Box book that you receive when you first subscribe, along with yarn and accessories, you’ll be making throws and blankets for crafting yourself a fashionable homestead. Each kit of the month includes 4 balls of yarn to knit, a Getting Started guide with a ball of practice yarn, 5 pairs of bamboo needles, a yarn needle and a circular needle.
Recreate scenes from quintessential English literature with a themed knitting subscription from Yarn for the Soul, which offers you a variety of different knitting club options. Their subscription clubs include the Brambly Hedge Mini Skein Club; The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe Blanket Club and the Beatrix Potter Mini Skein Club. Our favourite is the Luxury Knitting Club subscription. For £45 a month you’ll get themed scenes that are suitable for advanced knitters along with two 100g skeins of yarn in the weight of your choosing. The subscription boxes are sent out by second class post before the end of the month. Delivery is free for subscribers in the UK.
Knit in a Box offers a plethora of different knitting subscriptions from knitting clothes for ladies, babies to garments for boys and girls. Knitting boxes for making clothes for baby girls and boys come with a knitting pattern and at least 3 balls of yarn in suitable colours and buttons plus extra gifts. We like the 3-month Ladies Knitting Subscription with a new pattern each month and 3 to 6 balls of yarn along with buttons and extra gifts and surprises all beautifully wrapped.
Get 6 issues of the Let’s Knit monthly magazine for £35.99 and receive a large 800g bundle of yarn and a pattern book to make big knits such as stockings and jumpers with a seasonal festive theme, including 6 knitted and 2 crochet characters. After your introductory bundle of yarn, you’ll have to buy more yarns separately. Subscribers get discounts on other knitting items and accessories on sale through their website. The monthly magazine subscription is a fantastic resource for knitting ideas, inspiration and patterns with over 450 knitting patterns for garments, toys and homewares in the pages.
Best knitting magazine subscription with knitting free bag
This knitting magazine subscription is a tad cheaper, and new subscribers get a free knitting bag too. Fork out £30.95 for six issues of the Simply Knitting Magazine and get a fab knitting bundle in your free knitting bag filled with gifts worth over £50, including Knitpro needles, a book of knitting patterns. The monthly magazines are delivered to your door and you’ll get a free knitting gift with each issue. You need to be a patient knitter as you might have to wait at least a month to receive your first subscription as they are sent out within 28 days of payment clearing.
Knitting patterns are easy to find online so instead of limiting what you can do with a box of yarn, the knitting subscription boxes from the Hobby Box Club let you decide what you want to create. In each monthly subscription box you’ll get 6-8 balls of yarn, depending on the yarn’s weight and size, which is enough to crochet anything from cute toys and baby clothes to blankets. The knitting kits also come with the correct sized needles for each yarn as well as decorative bits and bobs such as buttons, lace and ribbons. Subscribe for 6 to 12 months and get a free knitting bag with your first delivery. The good people at Hobby Box always throw in a few extras for their subscribers too! Well worth signing up for.
There are lots of reasons to take up knitting if you’ve never tried it before. For kids, learning to knit is an excellent way to develop motor skills and stay focused. Very young kids will need supervision to begin with and there might be a few tears of frustration at first so make sure you’ve got the time and patience to coach them at first until they get the hang of it. Your patience will pay off as the kids will be super proud of their creations. For young knitters and for adults that want to make gifts for kids we recommend the Knitted Toys and Accessories subscription box from Hobby Box. If you are already a dab hand at knitting and want a challenge, then a knitting subscription from Yarn for the Soul will give you something to get your teeth into. If you are a speed knitter with lots of time on your hands and want to try your hand at lots of new patterns, then a knitting magazine subscription will give you hundreds of inspiring ideas. For more fun with yarn, have a read of our article featuring the year’s best crochet subscription boxes.
Best Biscuit Subscription Box in the UK (2021 Update)
We’ve been baking biscuits since the stone age in Britain but didn’t start eating sweet biscuits until we began importing sugar by the shipload from the West Indies in Victorian times. As we adopted the tea-drinking habits of our colonial conquests in the East, tea and sweet biscuits for elenvensis and high tea became a bastion of British tradition. Shortbread, macaroons, cookies and wafers are all part of the British biscuit family. For Americans, biscuits are unsweetened bakes such as scones, rolled biscuits and drop biscuits, which are traditionally served with savoury meals.
Our updated list of the best biscuit subscription box in the UK features only traditional British (sweet) biscuits baked by independent bakers in the British Isles. We’ve got fun-shaped iced biscuits for kids, classic tea and biscuit pairing subscription boxes plus biscuit discovery boxes from around the world.
Honeywell Biscuit Co. is a top-rated subscription box supplier of biscuits, baking kits and cakes with special appeal for kids. They’ll love the Biscuit Club rolling subscription of beautifully designed biscuits created to look like friendly characters. Each month you will receive a fresh batch of biscuits in a surprise hand-finished design. The subscription boxes are posted by first class mail in sturdy, recyclable gift boxes that fit through your letterbox. Perfect for a kids tea party.
The Tea and Biscuit Club is a match made in heaven for biscuiteers that appreciate the culinary art of high tea. Tea & Biscuit Club members receive a monthly delivery of a box packed with a seasonal selection of three shortbread finger packs and a pack from the Sawley Kitchen biscuit range along with eight individually wrapped tea bags infused with exotic wild flavours from Taylors of Harrogate. The biscuits and flavoured teas are matched according to the seasons. We enjoyed an eclectic biscuit bouquet of flowers and lemon for our Spring subscription box. We can’t wait for the Winter biscuits and teas with promises of ginger, cinnamon and cranberry. Pay £15 per month for a 3-month or 6-month membership. Sign up for 12 months at a time and your last month’s biscuit box is free.
The authentic twice-baked English style biscuits by the Biscuiteers are a really unique bake. The traditional biscuits with a twist are fragranced with spice blends, chocolate and Madagascan vanilla. Their texture is somewhere between gingerbread and crumbly shortbread. Get a subscription for yourself or as a gift for monthly deliveries for 3, 6 or 12 months. The biscuits have a shelf life of 4 weeks; just enough to keep you going until next month’s delivery.
Get educated as you eat your way through a monthly gastronomic journey to discover biscuits, cookies, wafers, shortbreads, crackers and pastries from a different country each month with a Dunk & Discover biscuit subscription. Each monthly box contains a variety of up to 8 full-sized packs of biscuits from a particular country, along with a 16-page booklet of facts and history about the biscuits from the featured country, plus puzzles and recipes. The subscription box even includes a scorecard so you can rate the biscuits with family and friends.
We adore the tea time nostalgia served in an old-fashioned biscuit tin containing five biscuit varieties from Bettys Yorkshire Tea Rooms Craft Bakery, who have been baking authentic hand made biscuits in the north of England since 1919. The artwork of an Old English scene on the biscuit tin is by Yorkshire artist Emily Sutton – a charming keepsake. Inside the collectible box you’ll find delicate delights including Chocolate & Orange Biscuits, Swiss Hazelnut Biscuits and traditional Yorkshire Shortbread Biscuits. The biscuits are suitable for vegetarians too.
These endearing hand-iced biscuits are perfect for a themed spread for a kids party or for the table on festive occasions. Each month, the biscuit bakers at Gardners Cookies create fresh batches of iced biscuits in a variety of fun shapes, designs and flavours with special festive themes for Christmas, Easter and Halloween. Subscribers’ orders are freshly baked and dispatched within a few days for a £13.95 monthly subscription (free UK postage).
Best traditional English cake and biscuits subscription
Discover traditional biscuits from the north of England such as All Butter Shortbread Biscuits, Ginger and Chocolate Biscuits and the treacle-filled Yorkshire Parkin Biscuit from Yorkshire lass Lottie Shaw, who grew up in her Great Aunt’s century-old bakery in the heart of the Yorkshire Pennines. Now operating from a modern bakery just a stone’s throw from her Great Aunt’s legacy, Lottie Shaw’s bakes and biscuits, often made with Belgian chocolate, are boxed up and delivered in hampers for subscribers all over the UK. Get a 3-month Baked Treat Box Subscription to try biscuits from a choice of five different themed boxes: Chocoholics, Baked Treat, Ginger Lovers, Stay at Home Treats and the Happy Birthday Box.
You’ll find that biscuit subscription boxes are so much more flavourful and filling than the biscuits you’ll find on the supermarket shelves, which are full of artificial sweeteners and preservatives to make them last forever. Ironically, ships biscuits given to sailors in the 17th century to keep them from starving on long voyages were notoriously inedible. Some of them have even survived to this day after years at the bottom of the sea and are now displayed in museums.
As you can’t have biscuits without a good cup of tea to wash them down, we really like the Sawley Kitchen Tea & Biscuit Club as a pleasant way to appreciate the bastion of British tradition. Kids don’t care about the fineness of tea drinking. They just want to bite off arms, ears and legs from colourful biscuits in funny shapes. For pleasing little biscuit devourers, we recommend Honeywell Biscuit Co., which after several years of service has a high Trustpilot rating.
Looking for more sweetness to be delivered to your doorstep? Have a peek at our review of the Best brownie subscription boxes in the UK this year.