Parents' 10 Best Subscription Services of 2017
The options overwhelm—clothes, makeup, dinner kits, even wine!—so we tested more than 75 subscription boxes to find the all-around best for saving you time and money. Getting the mail has never been so much fun.
You can’t buy these cool kids’ clothes (sizes 2 to 14) in stores. The brand designs its own lines and then handpicks items for your child based on a style profile you complete. “My kids love their signature silver bomber jacket and graphic tees,” says Brianne Manz, founder of StrollerInTheCity.com. Eight to 12 pieces come in each quarterly box. $16 to $38 per piece; returns or exchanges welcomed.
Stanford University grad students with young children help select the under-the-radar titles (like Peekaboo! In the Ocean, a lift-the-flap book from a British publisher) found in this children’s-book box. You opt to receive three board books or two picture books per month; they arrive gift-wrapped in kidfriendly designs. $16 to $18 monthly; use code PARENTSMAG for 20 percent off your first order.
Rainbow cake pops, daisy-cookie bouquets, and popcorn cupcakes are among the Pinterest-worthy desserts your mini bakers can make with the organic mixes, decorations, and paper goods in this box. “My 10-year-old feels awesome when we enjoy the treats she makes,” says Rachel Faucett, founder of the blog Handmade Charlotte. Starts at $15 per kit; use code PARENTS20 for a 20 percent discount.
This company (formerly Kiwi Crate) comes up with the most clever STEAM-inspired projects. Our testers, ages 5 to 8, especially liked putting together the arcade claw (with pom-pom animals) and pinball game set; they didn’t need a lot of help because instructions are written clearly and photo-driven. $17 to $20, based on the subscription length; use code Parents17 for 50 percent off the first month.
For the Family
The original dog box outperformed newbies because of its product mix (two toys, two bags of treats, plus a chew and exclusive items such as the plush space-themed squirrels in the August box). If your dog doesn’t like a product, BarkBox will send you a free replacement. $21 to $29 per month based on subscription length; use code 50OFF1STBOX2017 for half off your first box if you subscribe for six months or longer.
This healthy-dinner kit stood out among a flurry of competitors because the meals come together in 15 minutes or less. Main ingredients of the dishes are easy to cook in one pan, and some sides and sauces may be reheated separately in the microwave or in the pan. Dinner options, like honey-glazed chicken with sweet corn & tomato risotto, rotate every week and consider your feedback. $12 to $14 per meal; use code PARENTS for half off your first six meals.
7. Le Tote
Our staff is obsessed with this fashionrental service (sizes 0 to 14, plus maternity) that allows you to wear and return your wardrobe. You give measurements, take a style quiz, and choose two to four pieces of clothing and jewelry (some from exclusive partnerships with designers like Olivia Culpo) to receive; stylists offer ideas too. You return the items unwashed and get new clothes as often as you want during the month for one fee. Monthly subscriptions start at $39; snag 50 percent off your first month with code Parents.
The name nails how testers felt about this box—a mix of home, beauty, fashion, and food items curated by style influencer Lisa Sugar. Her picks range from little-known brands (an eco lunch box from Sunnylife) to favorites (a Kate Spade New York photo album). “Out of all the boxes I’ve tried, this one has the most variety,” says Vanessa Donohue, founder of the Mimosas & Mascara blog. Starts at $40 per month; the first 500 to subscribe with code MH5OFF receive $5 off.
It’s a beauty bargain: You receive four or five full-size products (a mix of cosmetics, hair care, and skin care) for less than what you’d pay for one item on its own. Past brands have included Tarte, Naked Cosmetics, and Smashbox. And some items are exclusive collaborations, like an eyeshadow palette with Studiomakeup and a blush palette with Coastal Scents. You can also earn free items by reviewing the products in your box. $21 per month.
The company bottles more than 100 wines from around the world, but the stash you receive is based on the results of your "palette profile quiz" and your ratings of previous shipments. You can also select your own. The wines arrive with a journal that includes suggestions for pairings. Bottles start at $13 apiece; three-bottle minimum per month. Use code explorewine for $25 off your first order.
Discount Details! All Codes Are Valid August 1 to September 30, 2017.