The 11 Best Summer Subscription Boxes of 2020
Though this spring seemed to last a year, it’s officially summer, meaning you’re more than ready to kick your feet up and soak up the sun for the foreseeable future. And these summer subscription boxes—ranging from cheese plates to self-care and even outdoor adventure gear—are delivered straight to your door on repeat, making it even easier than ever to unwind. Shop 11 of the best summer subscription boxes below.
1. Daily Harvest
Cost: $6 each for oat and chia bowls, $8 each for smoothies, soups, bites and lattes and $9 each for harvest bowls, scoops and flatbreads
What you get: Anywhere from six to 12 convenient, pre-portioned and frozen superfood smoothies, soups, harvest bowls, oat bowls, chia bowls, flatbreads, ice cream, snacks and lattes per week, or 24 per month
Why we love it: Daily Harvest makes it so easy to eat healthy, mostly because the entire array of frozen meals and snacks requires no meal prep whatsoever. The ever-expanding lineup now includes smoothies, soups, grain and veggie bowls, snacks, lattes and, just in time for summer, 100 percent plant-based, gum-free coconut milk ice cream in flavors such as Chocolate + Ooey Gooey Midnight Fudge and Strawberry + Rich Rippled Berry Compote.
Cost: $50 every three months
What you get: Three to five full-size items per box
Why we love it: If you love the idea of subscription boxes, but don’t want to recieve one every single month, FabFitFun arrives four times per year with a mix of seasonal products worth more than $200 across beauty, health, wellness and fashion. Plus, you’ll get access to exclusive offers from their brand partners and options to add additional items to your box.
3. The Sill
Cost: From $35/month
What you get: One plant and pot
Why we love it: Does summer brings out your desire to hone that green thumb? Enter NYC-based plant shop The Sill. Its subscription service ships a hard-to-kill, hand-potted houseplant each month in a five-inch earthenware pot (you get to pick the color) with instructions on how to care for it. So, no matter what level of gardener you are, you have a fair shot at creating an indoor jungle.
4. Sweet Escape
Cost: From $28/month
What you get: An assortment of five to six handcrafted spa products and teas plus a relaxing book that will serve as a mini mental getaway
Why we love it: Now, more than ever, it’s necessary to put your phone down and take a mini pause in the name of mental health. And that’s exactly what the Sweet Escape box is for. Each month, you’ll receive spa products, teas and a book that help you unwind and destress, even if you can’t go on an actual vacation. Ahh, don’t you feel better already?
Cost: From $13/bottle
What you get: A monthly subscription of expert-picked domestic and international bottles
Why we love it: Before you start sipping, Winc will have you fill out a six-question survey that will determine your palate profile. From the results, the experts at Winc recommend four vinos that you’re sure to love. From there, you can make swaps or additions based on the assortment (or based on your BBQ plans). Plus, new wines are added to the site daily, including seasonal rosés and even natural, organic blends from their sister site, The Wonderful Wine Co., which, among other health benefits, can help lessen hangovers. Sign us up.
6. Murray’s Cheese of the Month Subscription
What you get: Three or four half-pound cuts of cheese
Why we love it: We’ve found the best subscription box. Ever. Murray’s Cheese of the Month sources the highest-quality soft and hard varieties from producers around the world and delivers them to your doorstep, along with a handy information card with serving and wine pairing suggestions. Grab a wedge of brie, a sleeve of crackers and a bottle of chardonnay; this a standing invitation to summer Friday happy hour.
7. Brightland Olive Oil: The Duo
What you get: Two California-grown olive oils
Why we love it: This monthly shipment includes both of Brightland's California-made olive oil varieties (Awake and Alive) at a 15 percent discount. What’s the difference between the two bottles? Awake is meant to be used in hearty dishes like soups, crispy potatoes, roasted veggies and hearty pastas. While Alive highlights the flavors in spinach and arugula salads, kale and greens, while being a great base for dressings and marinades, hummus and baked goods.
Cost: From $9/month
What you get: Fresh razors—with the option to add products like shaving cream or body lotion—delivered to your door every one, two or three months (depending on how often you shave).
Why we love it: Sick of prickly leg hair (or worse, razor burn from old blades)? Billie is about to make all your summertime shaving woes a thing of the past. This subscription service delivers fresh razor heads—plus products like shaving cream, body lotion and body wash—to your doorstep whenever you need them. Shave every day? Billie will send new blades every month. More of a once-a-week groomer? Choose to get your shipment every two or three months, instead.
What you get: 10 to 16 stems
Why we love it: The flowers are blooming outside, so it only makes sense to add some florals to your indoor decor. With Bouqs, you’ll get fresh-cut bouquets from sustainable farms, delivered directly to your door on a weekly, bi-monthly or monthly basis. With the choice of all-roses, classic blooms or seasonal arrangements, you can customize each delivery to your taste.
10. Blue Bottle Coffee
Cost: From $8/week
What you get: Six ounces of whole bean coffee (a one-week supply for one or two coffee drinkers)
Why we love it: Maintain a steady stream of caffeination with this Blue Bottle subscription. Choose from single origin, blends, espresso or decaf, all sourced by hand from sustainable farms and delivered every one to four weeks (the cadence can be changed at anytime). All of Blue Bottle’s beans are hand-roasted to order in small batches and shipped within 48 hours. That means the morning brew—whether you take it hot or iced—will never be bitter and will always taste like it’s fresh from the coffee shop.
What you get: Three to six expertly curated outdoor products
Why we love it: Create a profile that tells Cairn about your outdoor pursuits and expect a monthly surprise of expertly curated items fit for all types of summer adventures. Seasoned hikers and novice rock climbers alike will receive boxes stuffed with new-to-market apparel, gear, snacks, skincare and emergency tools that match the activity (from brands like HydroFlask, Marmot and Clif Bar), worth up to $50.