Pottering around the house cooking and baking have become new pastimes in today’s ‘normal’. This becomes even easier with the help of monthly deliveries of baking subscription boxes containing pre measured dry ingredients for the month’s recipes plus any baking materials you might need.
There are baking kits for all ages and abilities, from beginners to pros. Those aimed at kids are a fantastic way to serve up wholesome edutainment that teaches youngsters self sufficiency and is a source of pride as they discover the joys of baking and eating their own cakes, cookies and brownies.
Having baking subscription boxes delivered also saves time and hassle by not having to shop for unusual or special ingredients. It’s also good to know we are doing our bit to support independent bakers and bakeries around the country.
This article will list the ten best baking subscription boxes that we’ve found this year.
Best for impressing guests bakery subscription box
We think these millionaire squares of caramel and chocolate layers on a bed of shortbread are the best bake for impressing guests. They look and taste great as an after dinner dessert or as a side bite with a tea or coffee.
The recipe is from the November baking subscription box from Bakedin baking club, who send you the pre-measured ingredients and recipe for a unique bake in each monthly recipe kit.
The three layers have to be made separately so the recipe is quite complicated but we found it super easy with Bakedin’s brief online how-to video accompanying the subscription box.
Our vote for the ‘best decorative cake baking box’ goes to BakeBox Monthly Baking Kits, which includes ingredients and decorations for baking a snazzy birthday cake bursting with colour.
The kit also includes packages of the dry ingredients measured out in the exact weights that you need, plus easy-to-follow baking instructions on a colourful recipe card. You’ll have to buy some of the wet or fresh ingredients separately such as cream and eggs.
In the ‘best bespoke baking box’ category are subscription boxes for some of the cakes you might have seen on the Channel 4 TV cooking show, ‘The Great British Bake Off’.
In each Bake Off box you’ll get a bespoke piece of baking equipment selected by the show’s culinary experts along with all the dry ingredients you need to make your bake, including a pre-prepared flour mix, a checklist and a collectable recipe card with step-by-step instructions.
The ‘best kids baking box’ award for this year’s list goes to the Young Bakers Club’s 6-month rolling subscription from home-based baking supplier Honeywell Biscuit Co., which gives children under 12 years old a fun learning experience in the kitchen with a new baking recipe and ingredients delivered to the door each month.
Last year’s themed recipes for little bakers included Rainbow Blondies, Spooky Chocolate Traybake, Beehive Scones and Gingerbread Penguin Biscuits.
You’ll get cookie cutters and piping bags when needed. The subscription boxes also come with a themed puzzle or activity with familiar characters to do while the bake is in the oven. The boxes are letterbox friendly and made of recycled materials whenever possible.
The Meg Rivers Cake Club wins our hungry hearts for the ‘best freshly baked cake’ bakery subscription box available in the UK. Based in The Cotswolds – a bastion of great British cakes – Meg Rivers has been delivering cakes for all occasions across the British Isles for 15 years.
If you go for the 12-month subscription you are guaranteed to receive a Simnel cake at Easter and a fully iced Christmas cake in December. The monthly cakes for the rest of the year are seasonal surprises.
This high-quality baking kit from Bake Box gets our award for the ‘best professional bakery subscription box’, which is sent out to subscribers on a bimonthly basis.
You get everything you need to bake beautiful cakes just like the pros with each box containing at least 6 specially curated bakeware items that you won’t find in high street stores.
You’ll also get six new recipes plus professional-grade cake decorating products in each of the themed subscription boxes; ideal if you are an experienced baker looking to up your game and bake like a pro.
Winning our ‘best dessert bakery box’ award for the year is the very popular monthly cake subscription from Little Bees Bakes. Literally selling like hotcakes, the Little Bees Bakery reached capacity for subscriptions until February 2021.
With a rolling subscription, you get a new selection of 3 different types of sweet dessert bakes each month (2 slices of each) such as white chocolate blondies, sticky flapjacks, buttery cookies and chocolate brownies.
Another winning feature of these subscription boxes is the biodegradable and recyclable packaging designed to fit through letterboxes.
Our choice for the ‘best themed bakery subscription box’ goes to Bake A Day of It; a brand new bakery subscription box supplier on the scene that began delivering across the UK during the country’s lockdowns.
The inspiring bakery kits are ideal if you are a budding baker with a creative flair and already have essential baking ingredients in your home such as flour, sugar and cacao.
In each box, you get reusable equipment such biscuit cutters and piping tools plus special ingredients aimed at creating two highly decorative seasonal baking recipes, which could be anything from brownies, cookies, biscuits and doughnuts to fairy cakes.
The Favourites Selection – 6 Month Baking Subscription Box
Best variety baking subscription box
We love the monthly subscription boxes from If I Knew You Were Coming for the variety of bakes that you get over a 6-month subscription. The recipes really help improve your baking skills to conjure up beautiful brownies, biscuits and muffins.
In the boxes you get the ingredients for classic and caramel brownies plus a myriad of mouthwatering muffins during the six-month subscription.
Our personal favourite is the Strawberries and Cream Muffin Baking Kit, which is a sensuous new twist on the classic muffin experience.
In the monthly baking kits, you get all the dry ingredients you need along with recipe cards with instructions that are easy for kids to follow too. You’ll need to shop for the main ingredients and have some basic equipment handy such as spoons and baking trays before beginning your baking. Postage is free within the UK.
Overall this past year has been great for trying out new baking subscription boxes, especially kits for kids. The ten we’ve listed here are just some of the growing number of subscription boxes being delivered to British households that we are making available from TheBoxHut with free shipping anywhere in the UK.
Best Chocolate Subscription Box UK (2021 Update)
A well chosen box of hand-crafted chocolates is a wonderfully personal way to say ‘Thank you’ or even ‘I love you’ to someone special. That special someone in need of sweet cacao comfort food might even be you!
With our pick of the best chocolate subscription boxes available in the UK for 2021 we want to introduce you to the year’s best bespoke collections of chocolate creations crafted by the many independent chocolate artisans dotted around the British Isles – about 500 at the last count.
These are bespoke chocolate boxes and bars for chocolate connoisseurs – a world far removed from the mountains of mass produced sweet treats filling supermarket isles.
The chocolate makers that we’ve featured here have a special place in the hearts of chocolate and fine food aficionados. They put love, care and generations of knowledge into each and every one of their cacao creations using authentic and often rare, exotic ingredients.
Each of the chocolate subscriptions we’ve listed here is unique and appealing in its own special way so we’ve this featured the ‘best’ chocolate subscription box or club in each of the following categories:
Awarded ‘best healthy chocolate boxes’, these chocolate subscription boxes of 18 water ganache truffles from The Chocolatier are very high-quality chocolates for health conscious chocoholics that are literally good for you and have even earned pride of place on the menu of a well known 1-Michelin-starred restaurant.
The Chocolatier contains only half the calories of traditional chocolate truffles, because the makers use water instead of fatty cream or butter but you wouldn’t know any different from their exquisite tastes, which come in six exotic flavours each month.
Awarded ‘Best vegan chocolate subscription box’, this other healthy option from The Chocolatier is their monthly themed vegan chocolate subscription box, which opens to reveal an eclectic collection of 18 freshly made water ganache truffles and pralines in six different flavours each month.
The chocolates are made from only natural ingredients – no artificial preservatives or flavourings – yet despite not containing any dairy products they taste great and the variety of sumptuous flavours is quite a surprise.
You can order monthly deliveries of these vegan chocolates for one month, six months or 12-months at a time from TheBoxHut.
Chococo gets the award for ‘best variety chocolate subscription box’. Hailing from Dorset, the husband-and-wife artisans behind these exotic hand made chocolates use ethically sourced single origin chocolate blended with fresh local cream to create stunning chocolates in equally attractive boxes.
Chococo’s unique cacao creations such as the Dorset apple-smoked sea salt caramel and the Black Cow vodka truffle have won the ‘Great Taste Award’ and are bound to win hearts when given as a thoughtful gift.
These finely boxed luxury artisan chocolates from the Truffle Club are the recipient of our ‘best truffle chocolate subscription box’ award for the year. The exotic combination of all natural flavours such as juniper lemon & black pepper make the truffles an ideal gift for chocolate lovers with a taste for adventure.
The letterbox-sized subscription boxes include a free surprise gift each month and a personal message from The Truffle Club’s award-winning head chocolatier.
The Luxury Tiffin Box is our choice for the ‘best traditional chocolate subscription box’. These soft wedges of freshly baked shortbread infused with Grand Marnier orange liqueur and coated in organic chocolate are a classic treat traditionally enjoyed by British Raj as they sipped tea in India.
Tiffin is essentially the colonial version of English afternoon tea served at about 3pm as a snack between lunch and dinner. The word tiffin comes from the colloquial English term ‘tiffing’, which means, to take a little drink.
This vegan-friendly subscription box wins our responsible parent vote for the ‘best kids chocolate subscription box’ with healthy chocolate treats aimed at giving kids a healthy snack as part of a stimulating educational activity with themed toys.
The six individually wrapped assorted ‘toychoc’ boxes in each subscription box contain organic, vegan, dairy-free chocolate plus a self-assembly toy for little chocolate lovers. Choose from educational and seasonal themes including Woodland Animals and Dinosaurs.
The award for ‘best seasonal chocolate subscription box’ goes to The Chocolate Society. Their summer chocolate subscription box was voted the best Chocolate Subscription Box of the year by The Independent Newspaper.
The seasonal chocolate boxes are created by professional chocolatier Alasdair Garnsworthy, who is based in Somerset and makes only small batches of 750 limited edition boxes of chocolates each month so get your order in early avoid disappointment.
So far we’ve only listed chocolates in boxes but here are some chocolate bars definitely worthy of a mention among our list of superior subscription boxes.
The award for ‘best bespoke chocolate bars’ goes to Dormouse Chocolates; a Manchester based bean-to-bar chocolate club sending out handcrafted chocolate bars every month with a new origin or new flavour combination in each box.
We love that they also include detailed information on the origin of the cocoa beans used in their bars.
Finally for the ‘best chocolate bar variety’ award we’ve picked the Pure Heavenly Chocolate Club for its dedication to offering healthy, guilt-free indigence in a vast range of quality chocolates that never gets boring.
The subscription boxes of 80-gram bars of vegan chocolate contain 12, 16 or 20 bars in a wide variety of traditional and slightly quirky flavours with less than 4% sugar content. No palm oil is used. They are also dairy- and gluten-free. See the full range of monthly chocolate subscriptions here.
See more chocolate subscription boxes and other sweet treats which can be delivered directly to your door on The Box Hut’s Box List.
Chocolate subscription boxes: The verdict
Each of the chocolate subscription boxes we’ve listed has something special and appealing about it for different individual tastes so it would be rather presumptuous of us to say just one of them was ‘the best’ for you.
To us chocolate connoisseurs, they all look and taste great, and have all the hallmarks of quintessential traditional chocolate but it’s impossible for us to tell you exactly how they taste. The only way you can really know is to experience them for yourself.
Cheaper by the Dozen
Half the fun of having chocolate subscription boxes delivered to your door is unwrapping them to see what your personal chocolate chef has whipped up for you this month, then pondering with poised finger which one to try first and slowly appreciating the work that goes into each mouthful.
If this is your first time ordering a chocolate subscription box, why not try just one to begin with or experiment with boxes from a few different suppliers? When you find a chocolate club that you can trust to give you a nice surprise every month then you can usually save money by ordering up to 12 months at a time.
If you’re looking for a gift and want to play it safe, go for plain milk chocolate, which most British chocolate lovers say they enjoy. Chocolates filled with caramel, orange and ginger are a safe bet too with most chocoholics, while plain white chocolate is a choice that only about a third of us will go for.
We hope this helps make your gift hunting a little easier and gives you an excuse to treat yourself with chocolates that are good for you!
What is a Subscription Box? Subscription Boxes Explained
Intrigue, anticipation, elation, excitement and surprise are all part of the thrill of getting a subscription box delivered to your door.
The arrival of a subscription box is a special occasion, just like receiving and unwrapping gifts on your birthday.
You know there’s something inside just for you that’s been wrapped by someone that cares about you and wants to make sure you enjoy every moment of opening and indulging in the products inside.
What are subscription boxes?
There are two main types of subscription boxes. The first is a convenient and often cheaper way to get regular deliveries of essential items which you usually replenish on a monthly basis, such as food ingredients and body care products from your favourite brands.
The other reason we sign up for subscription boxes is to treat ourselves or a friend to a beautifully wrapped selection of bespoke, hand-picked products.
As well as receiving a regular supply of rare products that you love, getting subscription boxes adds spice and adventure to your online shopping sprees as you discover new treasures and treats from far away places.
What comes in a subscription box?
You get a themed selection of goodies put together just for you, plus a surprise item or two. Your box could contain anything from a selection of chocolates and truffles to a collection of natural beauty care products infused with essential oils – unique products that you simply won’t find on supermarket shelves.
How do subscription boxes work?
You subscribe to have an assortment of products boxed up and sent to you on a regular basis from categories including food and drink, beauty, pet supplies, arts and crafts, DIY and so on.
Most boxes are sent out every month for as long as your subscription lasts, which is usually anywhere between three and 12 months. Of course you can order one box at a time if you like, which is wise for your first order so you can try out the products before committing to a longer subscription.
The gimmicks that make subscription boxes attractive are that you can personalise your box and get surprise items with each delivery. The combined cost of the items is often cheaper than buying them individually and you usually get discounts for longer subscriptions.
Free delivery is usually part of the subscription service, if you are using a service in your country.
Manage your subscription boxes with a single account
At TheBoxHut we offer free delivery to subscribers in the UK. You only need one account to manage and buy as many subscription boxes as you like.
When you see a subscription box that tickles your fancy, register your free account and choose whether to pay monthly or every 3, 6 or 12 months. You’ll also get email updates when new subscription boxes are added to the network.
Save money with longer subscriptions
You can buy subscription boxes just like you do with any other product you buy online as a one-off purchase. The added attraction with most subscription boxes is that box suppliers often offer you a discount when you pay for more than a month at a time.
Subscription boxes blossom as a good vibe business
We love buying subscription boxes for a bunch of feel-good reasons…
It’s like the good old days when you’d go to a local specialist store stocking unique products, where the shop owner knows you by name, and knows what you like – giving you the kind of personal service that you can only find in a family-run store.
When we buy a subscription box we also know we are doing our bit to support home-grown startups run by real people with a shared passion that fosters a more personal customer relationship.
Brits are big spenders online
Online shoppers in the US have been buying subscription boxes for years, gradually procuring a cyber cottage industry into a 20% chunk of the country’s entire online retail sales.
Albeit a little late to the party, Brits have now embraced subscription boxes as a fun new way to shop online, making the UK subscription box market grow exponentially over the past few years.
Buying trend analyst Becky Postlethwaite says the subscription box industry grew by 30% in 2017 alone. Her data analysis saw spikes in subscription box sales on Black Friday, Cyber Week and in the run-up to Christmas; generating about 4.5 million visits to subscription box services.
Brits do 87% of their shopping online
The subscription box trend is growing with the increased confidence and convenience we’ve come to enjoy when shopping online.
Excluding grocery shopping, online shoppers in the United Kingdom make more than 87% of their retail purchases online, spending an average of 39 euros at a time, which is an increase of about 10% year-on-year since 2017, according to a recent report by Ecommerce News Europe.
Britain boasts £1bn subscription box market
More than 27% of British consumers are signed up to a subscription box service, either for themselves or on behalf of somebody else. Most of them are aged 25 to 34 but more than 11% of them are aged between 55 and 64.
The Royal Mail forecasts that the subscription box market in the UK is set to grow by a staggering 72% by 2022, almost doubling in size to £1bn.
What are the most popular subscription boxes?
Special food and meal kits are by far the most popular subscription boxes. They are a convenient and economical way to enjoy exotic regional food made from fresh ingredients that are hard to find locally, making up 37% of the UK’s subscription box market.
What’s on the menu – Venezuelan, Thai, Vegan?
Suppose you wanted to impress your friends with a spicy Thai curry. Unless you have your own tropical herb garden or a shop nearby stocking all the ingredients you need such as fresh lemongrass, fish sauce, green chili paste and coconut milk, you’ll have a hard time pulling it off.
With a recipe subscription box you don’t have to shop around for all the different ingredients. Better still, you don’t even have to know what the ingredients are. Everything you need in a meal kit subscription box is neatly packaged in the right proportions so that you can cook up an exquisite meal like a michelin-star masterchef.
Meal kit subscription boxes are also very popular with vegans seeking something new and exciting to add to their meat-free diet.
No matter how you slice it and dice it, meat substitutes like tofu and quorn quickly lose their appeal. Having another creative vegan put together a subscription box is a great way to spice up an otherwise bland vegetarian menu.
Men love subscription boxes too!
Beauty boxes and male grooming are the most popular subscription boxes among British buyers. Razors and shaving kits are the second biggest subscription box seller, comprising 30% of the market, closely followed by perfume and cosmetics aimed at women (about 26%).
Subscription boxes for kids and hobbyists
The growing popularity of subscription boxes means more variety as subscription box suppliers compete to come up with new and innovative niche products and packages. Arts and crafts supplies, books and other collectibles are all part of the subscription box market.
Essentially, whatever your niche, there’s a subscription box just right for you. And if you can’t find one that fits your needs, maybe it’s time to think about putting together your own subscription box and selling it online through a subscription box supplier?
3 good reasons to buy subscription boxes
A surprise just for you or a special friend
The best reason to buy subscription boxes is knowing you’ll get something you really like, plus a special surprise from a supplier that goes the extra mile to give you something personal and wrap it like a gift from a friend that really cares.
That personal touch with just-for-you products and brands makes subscription boxes an ideal designer gift for someone else as well.
Cheap and convenient
Paying for several products to be boxed up especially for you often works out a lot cheaper than buying the products as individual items. It’s also a lot more convenient and much less time-consuming than going from shop to shop to buy each item, whether shopping online or in brick-and-mortar stores.
Discover novelty products
You can be one of the first to try new, bespoke products that haven’t or won’t ever make it into regular stores. Subscription box suppliers are always hunting down new products to include to keep their customers anticipating the next delivery.
As a subscriber to the Crime Chronicle Book Box, for example, you get a collectible signed first edition hardback book to treasure with each month’s delivery of gripping reading material.
How much is a subscription box?
Subscription boxes at TheBoxHut range from under £10 to just over £40 for monthly subscription boxes uk, where you can usually get a better deal by subscribing for three or more months at a time.
Here are some of the most popular boxes on offer in the low, medium and high price range:
Treats from our tea curators
You can buy a month’s supply of Tea-Turtle’s ethically sourced tea in a variety of exotic flavours for two cups a day at £9.99. Each month is a new taste experience and it’s an eco-friendly way to buy tea, too, with their plastic-free packaging.
Deceptively Healthy Truffle Brownies
On a diet and struggling to keep yourself motivated?
Ordering a monthly supply of healthy chocolate treats is a good way to reward yourself for good behaviour. Get a 6- or 12-month supply of organic Gourmet Gianduja Truffle Brownies and you’ll save money as well as calories.
For a one-off delivery of six freshly baked brownies topped with creamy hazelnut gianduja ganache pay £22.95. Buy a six month supply and you save yourself the cost of an entire month’s supply. Subscribe for a year and you’ll save £50 on your chocolate truffle indulgence.
Selected fine wines from afar
Get the 3 Bottle Monthly Wine Subscription from Savage Vines for £44.95 a month with monthly payments or save almost £5 on your order when you buy a 3-month subscription. Get a 6-month subscription and save nearly £10 or get a 12-month subscription and save almost £40.
How to buy a subscription box
Buying a subscription box is easy.
Browse through our box list and click on the images to see more details about the box, including monthly subscription options and prices, as well reviews from other customers.
Set up your subscription for one month, three months or six months at a time and pay with your debit or credit card.
Subscription boxes are delivered free of charge to anywhere in the UK. Once you’ve placed your order you’ll receive a confirmation email and a tracking number so you can track progress of your delivery, which usually takes 3-5 working days. There are no up front or hidden costs when you buy a subscription box with TheBoxHut.
5 Reasons You Should Avail of a Subscription Box
In the busy world today, there are so many things to take care of and remember. To address this, people settle for automation. It can be an automated payment of bills or the automated sending of out-of-office email replies.
Good thing subscription boxes allow the same thing when it comes to your favourite products and stores.
What is a subscription box?
A subscription box is a box containing an assortment of products, depending on the product niche, e-commerce business, or stores you availed of. It can be a beauty box, a food box, a grooming box, or any monthly boxes you get based on your interest. This box recurs regularly depending on the type of subscription you chose.
It is particularly helpful for when you regularly avail of certain products. Getting a subscription box will take this task out of your monthly worries or to-dos.
Besides this fact, there are other more perks in availing of a subscription. Here are some:
1. Get discounts
The beauty of buying in bulk always reflects on how much you save up. Availing annual subscription boxes, for example, can help you save up to £70 a year. You get a cheaper amount than what’s on the price tag because of the total number of items you get.
2. A convenient option
Some of your favourite products might require you to visit physical stores personally. Avoid the long travel if you can avail of their products online. Some have online stores but think of how much you can save if you get more products you’ll use for a long time.
When you avail of subscription boxes, you get your products delivered straight up to your door. Moreover, you can change the frequency of your subscription. Some offer monthly, quarterly, every six months, or annual options. You can also change or cancel your subscription anytime.
3. Be surprised with varieties
The process of choosing variants of products over and over again will be eliminated from your weekly or monthly struggles. With subscription boxes, they’ll do the thinking and choosing for you. What you only need to do is to wait and be surprised.
In subscription boxes, the supplier tries to offer a wide range of products as much as possible. That is so you can try different products each time. There are stores that offer the same items per month. It all depends on the supplier or if you have specific requests.
4. Get additional value
Besides receiving great big product discounts, some stores also offer additional freebies. For example, if you sign up for package A, you’d get to choose between freebie A or freebie B to go with it. That is on top of your package value.
5. Gives excitement
What’s more exciting than receiving gifts for yourself? Especially gifts that you love? You’ll be expecting your favourite product, but you might be surprised by what’s more there is inside.
Add a little excitement to your life by availing subscription boxes! If you’re looking for convenience and a more practical way of buying your favourite products, subscription boxes are worth a try.
Make the experience more convenient by browsing our site. At The Box Hut, we have unique and exciting subscription boxes from the UK stores for every type of person and interest. Check out our boxes now!
6 Helpful Tips to Keep Your Chocolate Cravings Satisfied – Our Guide
6 Helpful Tips to Keep Your Chocolate Cravings Satisfied – Our Guide
If you’re as big of a fan of chocolate as we are, then you’d totally understand the need for this article. These delectable treats are not only delicious, but they can keep you motivated to get through your day-to-day activities!
Chocolates, we believe, are a great source of happiness and energy, which is why having a handy stash you can easily reach for is so crucial. To help you ensure that your chocolate needs are always met, we’ve provided a few practical tips you should incorporate into your life starting now.
1. Store them properly
Many chocolates will do well at room temperature, but it’s totally fine if you prefer them to be cold. In any case, you need to be sure that they’re stored properly so that they stay at their best. This means keeping them away from other ingredients that might affect their flavour and being mindful of their expiration dates.
2. Have a secret stash
Whether at home or in the office, it’s always a good idea to have a secret stash in case others want to have a taste of your precious chocolates. Believe us, they likely will, and you need to be prepared for these occasions so that you don’t run out.
3. Keep enough variety
The world of chocolate is truly vast and full of surprises. You might have a few favourites now, but wait until you get to try the endless varieties that are out there. We recommend trying out new brands once in a while, and some services will even deliver these straight to you on a regular basis. These monthly chocolate boxes are a great way to try out new flavours, as they’re incredibly convenient—not to mention, delicious!
4. Buy ahead of time
To better ensure that you never run out, make bulk purchases of chocolate and store them in your freezer. All you need to do is keep these treats in an airtight freezer bag, and they’re guaranteed to stay fresh for many months. Again, you should be careful with the expiration dates, so label these bags accordingly so you know until when they’ll last.
5. Try out healthy choices
We all know that chocolate isn’t the most healthy thing you can eat, especially if you consume them voraciously. In this case, you can opt for vegan chocolate varieties and sugar-free alternatives. We promise that they taste great, and your teeth and waistline will surely thank you for making the choice.
6. Include them in your cooking
Packaged chocolate can definitely be used in recipes, so we encourage you to get in the kitchen and whip something up. You can find recipes almost anywhere these days, and you’ll be able to transform regular chocolate into something you can call truly your own.
Keep these tips in mind to make your chocolate habit as enjoyable as it can be. You can adopt all of these tips easily in your normal routine, and the results are definitely something to look forward to!
If you’re looking for a regular supply of chocolate, check out our sweet boxes at The Box Hut! We find the best subscription boxes available in the UK, and our gift boxes are sure to satisfy your chocolate cravings!
What You Should Know When Gifting Subscription Boxes – Our Guide
What You Should Know When Gifting Subscription Boxes – Our Guide
If you are the type of person who likes surprises, you may find subscription boxes a treat. Every month, a subscription box service provides you with a package containing new, rare, and interesting items for you to try. Some manufacturers even partner with subscription companies to release limited edition items that can only be purchased through the service.
Monthly boxes are usually centred around a theme. There are boxes for make-up fans, skincare enthusiasts, wine collectors, and more. A subscription seems like a good gift for yourself, but would it be a good idea to give it to someone else? Before signing someone up for gift boxes, you should consider the following points.
Are they fond of the items or the theme?
If you think that it is awkward receiving a gift that you don’t care for, imagine receiving unwanted gifts for a whole 12 months! Before you buy someone a subscription, make sure that they’d appreciate the types of items they’ll be receiving. For example, giving a diabetic a subscription to 12 boxes full of sweets is not the best idea, and will probably end up with their family or other friends.
Likewise, you should think carefully if you want to give them an entire subscription if they only like one or two items in the box. For example, if your loved one likes drinking unique coffee blends, they wouldn’t necessarily purchase t-shirts or merchandise with coffee on it. You should carefully consider the items each box will contain.
Do the quantities make sense?
The idea of a subscription service is to give you or the box recipient enough items to last a month. This means a box must be well-curated—there should be a mix of items for different purposes, and in quantities that can be reasonably consumed in the span of 30 days.
Some companies give the impression that they are providing value for money by giving much more product than a consumer can use in a month, but this shortchanges the subscriber as they might rush through supplies just to finish them in time for the next shipment.
Are there options regarding subscription?
When you give someone a monthly box, the assumption should be that you are paying for these during the entire time the service will run. A quality subscription service provider would have several options for subscribing. Some places have one- three- six- and 12-month plans, giving customers the option to subscribe according to their budget or their purposes.
Also, it bears saying that there should also be an option to give the box as a gift—that is, to have them mailed directly to the recipient. The service should also be trustworthy enough to not rope unwitting recipients into subscribing beyond what you, the gift-giver, have signed up for. If they want to continue the service, you can provide them with relevant information.
Are the company’s policies on cancellation clear?
Some subscription services are easy to sign up for but hard to leave. Before buying anything from a monthly box provider, check their website to see how they present their service. Is there information about shipping, cancellation, and subscription times?
A quality service will allow you to cancel at any time, and to choose the date at which your gift recipient will get the box. Check the cancellation policy for binding clauses, or for fees that a person might incur for ending the service. If the information is not provided readily, choose another service provider.
Before you sign your family or friends up for a subscription service, carefully screen the service provider. Think of your loved ones’ interests, their likelihood of consuming the items included in the boxes, and the company’s subscription and cancellation policies.
If you are looking for a box subscription in the UK, check us out at The Box Hut today. We offer a curated selection of subscription boxes that fit different tastes. Browse our offerings or contact us for more information.
Subscription Boxes 4 Reasons Why They Are Extremely Appealing.
Subscription Boxes_ 4 Reasons Why They Are Extremely Appealing
Ever heard of a subscription box? It is a type of service that offers you all sorts of content over a period. Some companies might fill boxes with grooming products, while others might provide ingredients for cooking. That said, there are many reasons subscription boxes have grown in immense popularity, especially in recent times.
1. Caters to any budget
One of the biggest reasons subscription boxes are so popular is because they cater to pretty much any budget. This means that whether an individual has ten or twenty dollars to spare, to even hundreds of dollars, there’s always a box they can opt for. The idea that one can receive all they need, whether it be grooming kits or ingredients for cooking, for a set budget price is extremely attractive. Plus, the fact that you don’t have to go out to purchase the things you need makes it an even more appealing option.
2. Offers great value for money
Another big reason for its popularity is that, often, the bundled items, when purchased in a box like this, comes a lot cheaper than if one were to go out to purchase them individually. These subscription boxes can help one save up to triple the amount they would have paid initially if they just bought it separately!
As you can see, that’s a huge bargain, and one nobody can easily ignore. After all, why would one purchase an item that’s three times cheaper as part of a box that includes plenty of other items? Well, either than the fact that the subscription box isn’t offered in his or her area, we can’t think of anything else.
3. Offers exclusive items
Sometimes, some of these subscription boxes come bundled with things that cannot be bought from the market. For example, some companies that provide boxes that contain different game-related items might include exclusive figures that only they give away.
It is this feeling of exclusiveness that also adds to the appeal of subscription boxes, not to mention that some of these companies also offer surprise gifts, which make the entire idea even more exciting.
4. It acts like a gift
Some companies offer boxes that include the latest products and, as mentioned earlier, surprise gifts. This helps enhance the box’s in one specific way, the consumer can test a product without having to “pay” for it directly. In other words, they’re pretty much testing it for free while still receiving the items they’ve previously paid for.
That said, as for the surprise gifts, this is perhaps the only way anyone can gift themselves something and still be surprised by it! Everybody loves a gift, don’t they?
Just as people register for Netflix to watch their favourite shows or to a VPN software to obtain its full benefits, subscribing to a box of their choice allows them to benefit in many ways. From being a way to have the items you need delivered to your doorstep and surprising yourself with gifts, there are so many reasons that subscription boxes are so appealing to customers.Are you interested in a subscription box for wines, sweets, coffee, or more? We’ve got them all! Order your monthly subscription box from our ever-growing collection today in the UK, and get them shipped right to your doorstep!
How To Maximise The Effectiveness Of Your 3PL Subscription Box – Our Guide
How To Maximise The Effectiveness Of Your 3PL Subscription Box – Our Guide
Without a reliable third-party logistics provider, your subscription business won’t be able to flourish as you planned. When you are starting, it’s common to manage order fulfilment yourself. As your business starts to grow, however, a third-party logistics provider is the best way to focus on expanding your business.
You’ve been dying to find a reliable fulfilment partner to help you meet your goals. But, there are a lot of choices out there. In this article, read on to know the best practices to maximise Your subscription box third-party logistics provider.
Have a Clear Idea of Your desired Outcome
When you know what you want, you can prioritise things and direct your provider with clear instructions. With clarity, they are in sync with your goals and can help you achieve them. To do that, you need to get personal and share your vision. Your fulfilment partner can be able to provide the series to your customers the way you want to when they’re on the same page as you.
Recognise Your Customers’ Expectations
People have expectations. When you fail to meet them, there are consequences. You need to consider the type of service that can satisfy your customer’s fulfilment requirements. Sometimes, a quick survey is all you need to get all the necessary information. Try asking someone who fits the persona of your target market some specific questions, such as the following:
Can I customise my order according to my preferences?
Do I have the choice to add products together with my original subscription order?
Can you deliver my subscription order with a personalised box?
Explicitly Set Boundaries of the Scope of Work
Your logistics provider needs exact project parameters with a timeline to create a personalised action plan for your business. Communication is crucial at this point. However, a robust discussion alone is not enough. You need to have actual specifics and requirements to relay to your provider. If you’re lost, here are some of the essential information you need to tell your 3PL.
Frequency of orders
Your sales channels
A projected order volume (monthly)
Your space requirements
Your entire order process
A shipping cut-off time for orders
A specific deadline for order cancellations or modifications
Your subscriber’s addresses
Any existing carrier commitments
Your data security requirements
Your desired management needs for order returns
Make Communication an Integral Part of Your Partnership
When there’s a transparency of information, running your business and handling partnerships concurrently will be easy. Both parties need to agree with a preferred means of communication as well as the frequency and time of interactions.
Open and routine communication helps both parties reorganise when you change a part of your business model. As a subscription company, you tend to change to adapt to the feedback of your customers. Your logistics provider should also know what changes you made to your services so they can adapt along with you.
Make Your Provider Accountable
You can do everything perfectly, yet still receive negative feedback from unsatisfied customers if they have trouble with a shipment. Although it’s not your fault, it still reflects on your business as a whole.
Key Performance Index or KPIs help measure the success of your 3PL in achieving your objectives. You can use shipment punctuality, order accuracy, inventory accuracy, and order returns efficiency as metrics to track their performance. The information can then be used to streamline logistics and ensure prompt high-quality service.
Are you looking for a company that can manufacture your subscription boxes in the UK? Get in touch with us to see how we can help.
6 Reasons You Need Subscription Boxes in Your Life – What to Know
If you’ve never heard of subscription boxes before, let us tell you that they’re absolutely wonderful. They’re basically boxes with all sorts of goodies in them, and you sign up to a service that delivers them to you on a regular basis.
Sounds pretty cool, right? But that’s not the entire story. There’s a whole list of reasons you definitely need to experience the joy of subscription boxes for yourself, and it just so happens that we’ve already outlined them below.
They let you discover amazing products Subscription boxes introduce you to new products that you might not have ever considered buying otherwise. There are countless products out there just waiting for you to discover, and you can pick a certain niche or group of products so you have some idea of what to expect.
They offer more value than they cost Retailers that offer subscription boxes are able to save money doing so. This means that they can pass on those savings to you, allowing you to buy more products with less money. It’s a win-win scenario that leaves everyone happy.
They are incredibly convenient One of the best things about subscription boxes is that the service is easy to sign up for. All you have to is choose a subscription and pay, and you can start receiving awesome products right away. You won’t even have to leave your home to receive those goods, as they’ll be delivered straight to your door.
They provide tons of fun for everyone A big part of the appeal in subscription boxes is the mystery that comes with them. You’re never quite sure as to what exactly you’ll receive, but you can bet that you’d be in for a pleasant surprise. Even if the products inside don’t
They make for excellent gifts Not quite sure what to gift to a friend or family member? A subscription gift box is the safest bet! You can easily pick one from a retailer that you think your loved one might appreciate, and they’ll receive a bunch of products to show them how much you care.
They eliminate to need to choose for yourself Let’s face it—with the overwhelming number of product options available, it’s sometimes difficult to make a decision. Subscription boxes eliminate that problem entirely! Their contents are usually curated, which means that someone else has taken the time to carefully pick for you.
As a final selling point, you can even shop for different subscription boxes from different companies in one convenient location. That’s right—you get all the benefits above plus the added convenience and variety in one easy-to-manage service! That’s what we do here at The Box Hut. We scour the market for the best subscription boxes available, and we connect you with all of them through our central platform. You can even manage all your subscriptions through our service all at once. We are a subscription box marketplace based in the UK. If you’re looking for the best subscription boxes around, get in touch with us to see how we can help.
4 Considerations to Make When Purchasing a Gift
4 Considerations to Make When Purchasing a Gift
Whether it is a birthday party or a wedding ceremony, a gift always comes into play. It helps do many things, from congratulating the recipient to wishing them well! That said, a great way to wrap your present is with a gift box.
Before you start your gift box, though, here are a few considerations to make:
Understand what the recipient wants
Perhaps the most important consideration you’ll have to make is what you want to buy for the recipient. For example, if the birthday celebrant loves to play baseball, you might consider buying the individual a new bat or the likes. If he or she loves to hit the gym, maybe a container of whey will make his face light up!
Consider what the individual loves to do when you’re thinking about what to gift. Not only will you end up not wasting money on a gift that the recipient will put away after a few days, but they’ll appreciate and love it even more.
Purchase in advanced
When you’re planning to give a gift to someone, especially in advance, always consider when the right time would be. For example, you should consider when the event will start. That means that if a birthday is starting on November 19, you can go out to purchase the things you need a few days or even a day before that.
Doing this earlier means that you don’t have to rush around looking for a gift to buy or the materials you need to create a gift box. With everything done in advance, you can present the gift in its best form. Plus, the item you’re gifting to the person will most likely be more relevant compared to if you were rushing and purchasing the first thing you see.
Thoroughly check the review
If you’re purchasing something you’re unfamiliar with, whether online or offline, always check the reviews.
What you’re trying to keep an eye out for in the reviews are the ones that talk about quality and the overall user experience with the product. If you find that most customers are happy with a specific product, the recipient will likely react the same way, too. Remember, you don’t want to end up purchasing something that is of terrible quality.
Package the item appropriately
Once you’ve found the perfect gift, it is time to wrap it.
When you’re wrapping the item, consider the value of the product. You wouldn’t want to box a hundred-dollar item inside a flimsy cardboard box wrapped in a plain, white paper now, would you? In other words, look for a box that presents the importance and value of the gift well. More importantly, make sure that the box looks good! If you don’t have the time to make your packaging, you can always purchase gift boxes. These boxes usually come premade, or you can also make your own.
While selecting a gift and finding the right packaging for it can become a tedious task, by making the considerations above, you make the whole process much smoother. So, if you’re looking for boxes to place your gift items in, consider gift boxes. Sometimes, you’ll find them premade, meaning that you don’t have to worry about making your own. Plus, if you want to do it yourself, the only limit would be your creativity.
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