This ones pretty hard to get wrong, but If you’re buying a subscription box as a gift, make sure it’s theme and services will be to the recipient’s liking.
If the theme or contents is randomised or changes box to box, you’re taking a big risk that the recipient will get the best out of the experience!
While subscription boxes are always a fantastic idea and a thoughtful gift, you need to be really sure of the contents of a box before you hand over the big bucks.
Beautifully wrapped packages and photographs of bounteous treasure hoards can often be deceiving and so you need to be particularly careful when it comes to large packages filled with lots of different goodies.
It can also be tiresome or disappointing if the exact same items turn up every month, so anything that promises consistent updates and variety is a bonus!
Study the contents to be sure your box is worth the subscription fee.
Delivery & Fees
One of the more headache-inducing parts of a subscription is the delivery process.
The best subscription boxes are letterbox-friendly, as this means they can be delivered to an address at any time with no complications. Larger deliveries though often require someone to be at home to receive the order.
If this is the case, make sure that the subscription service offers nominated day deliveries so your box does not become a monthly conflict in your schedule. After all, your subscription should be something to look forward to – not an annoyance you need to order your life around!
To save money, you should also be on the lookout for any pesky delivery fees which might sneakily drive up the subscription costs!
The duration of a subscription and it’s costs are often linked, so be sure to pay close attention.
Companies will often offer discounted prices if you opt for longer durations, so if buying for yourself, you’ll probably want to go for a 12-month or non-fixed subscription, which rolls on indefinitely until you opt-out.
If purchasing the subscription as a gift though, it’s imperative you gloss over the duration prices and choose something with a fixed period (3-6 months is usually a winner). Otherwise, you might be paying their way for the next 20 years!
A good cancellation policy is always handy to watch out for, as no one wants to continue paying vast monthly fees for a product they no longer want!
Try and choose a box which doesn’t lock you into paying for a fixed period and can be cancelled anytime.
Consider the contents of the subscription box and how reasonable you deem its frequency of delivery to be.
Some boxes containing things like food and recipes can be as often as weekly, while the standard rate for most boxes is monthly.
Only you can know how much is too often or too few and if you’re a bit of a control freak, you might just want to opt for something with customisation control, giving you the choice of when and how often your package comes.
Costs are a really big issue with subscription services and there are many services out there that charge far too much money for the service they actually provide.
If possible, see if the box puts a value on its contents, as this can often be the best indicator of how much money you’re saving or the quality of the contents you’re receiving.
Also, be sure to compare the costs with duration and frequency to work out if you’re really getting your money’s worth.
There is obviously no set or standard prices for subscription boxes as the contents within them all differ so much, however, if you’re paying at a rate of over £20-30 per month, you’ll want to be sure what you’re getting in return is of the highest quality!
To avoid frequent disappointments, it can often be wise to choose a package which offers a degree of choice or customisation for each box, ensuring you can always get a little of what you fancy included.
If customisation or choice of contents isn’t available, the next best thing is probably to opt for something bespoke or personalised, as this will take into account your unique tastes and hopefully help the box makers curate and tailor the most suitable subscription possible.
One thing you might have to consider is if the contents of your box has a shelf life. This is mostly concerned with food and drink items and is something to be wary of if the subscription comes at a high frequency.
Because what’s the point of paying a big monthly fee if your cupboards end up stocked with out of date ingredients!?
Gift Recipient Specifications
If your subscription is a gift, you need to be very aware of any specifications that apply to the recipient.
This includes things like sizes if the contents are clothes and allergen information if food or drink.