4 Weird Subscription Boxes

September 22, 2013

10:00 am

Subscription boxes are all the rage these days. They are delivered directly to your front door via good old-fashioned snail mail based on a company-specific schedule, and they are stuffed full of awesomely themed items.

There are literally hundreds of different boxes out there waiting for your subscription: fashion, baby clothes, food, and even ‘that time of the month’ boxes. And while there are popular options that tend to dominate the majority of the market share – they usually tend to be fashion or beauty boxes – there is also a flip side to the coin.

Esoteric and sometimes weird subscription boxes, while maintaining a high level of quality and customer loyalty, are affiliated with aspects of life sometimes overlooked, underappreciated, or far out there. There is nothing inherently worse about these boxes, but regardless they still make you scratch your head and think: “people really like this stuff?”

All I ask is that you read about and consider the following four weird subscription boxes with an open mind. After all is said and done, you might even want to test out these boxes for yourself.

Boink Box: It sounds almost like a fun-filled kid’s toy box, right? Wrong. This is a fun-filled adult’s toy box. Every month you get a surprise box to enjoy by yourself or with your partner that features lubricants, massage oils, vibrators, blindfolds, beads, ben-wa balls, eggs, and steamy ideas on how to put the products to good use.

Dirty Photo Subscription: Atelier Balthazar is a fantastic photographer, no doubt, and every shipment includes two 5” by 7” hand-signed Polaroid photographs. However, the photos are all shot in a peeping voyeur style, featuring semi-nude women looking at other semi-nude women in magazines or advertisements: it is a bit weird, but still art.

Mystery Tackle Box: A bit self-explanatory, this subscription box is packed with three to five fishing lures tested and approved by the pros. This box is the only one of its kind, and when stacked up next to beauty and fashion boxes, it seems very out of place. Nonetheless, it makes a great gift for that distant uncle in your family who never stops talking about fishing.

Pen Pop Press: Are you a huge fan of vintage and obscure magazines? I thought so. For whatever month you are currently in, like September, your package contains an issue of a random magazine from September of 1957 or 1944. It could be Physics Today, Romance Times, or Doll Reader: the fun is that you never really know what to expect. Additionally, you get an envelope of ephemera that contains related photos, postcards, and pamphlets.


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Will is a Senior Writer with Tech.Co, based out of America's Finest City: San Diego. He covers all territory West of the Mississippi river, digging deep for awesome local entrepreneurs, companies, and ideas. He's the resident Android junkie and will be happy to tell you why you should switch to the OS. When he's off the clock, Will focuses his literary talent on the art of creative writing...or you might find him surfing in Ocean Beach. Follow Will on Twitter @WJS1988