Subscription boxes are always a fun idea, whether you’re looking for a unique gift or something to keep you entertained at home. Despite the name, you don’t have to subscribe for multiple boxes and can usually pick up past boxes too. We have a big comparison guide to popular subscription boxes we’ve tried that includes kawaii and snack boxes but here’s some more you might not know about. They all ship worldwide.
I love the idea of Mascot Monthly Mix (Japan), a snack box with a difference. Each box is themed around a Japanese mascot and includes specialty snacks from their hometown, popular Japanese snacks and a postcard you can send to the mascot to get a reply. Above is a previous box featuring Momiji-chan from Hokkaido – follow their Facebook or Instagram to find out about upcoming themes.
If you like to support artists, Mini Gallery Box (EU) is a bimonthly box full of exclusive items by an independent artist and a little zine about them. The artists chosen often have a cute style and past boxes have featured SCK faves like LOVESOUP (above), Pony People and Ellie vs Bear. Many of the past boxes are available in the shop and you can even buy some of the contents individually.
We reviewed Pipsticks (USA) when they first launched back in 2016 and their fun sticker subscription service has grown so much since then. Each set includes themed sticker sheets, zine and extras inside reusable packaging. That’s the Pro subscription above but there are mini and kids options too – and lots of past packs in their shop if you don’t like surprises.
Another option for stationery collectors is Papergang (UK) by Ohh Deer. They collaborate with a different artist each month for a box filled with limited edition stationery items like greeting cards, notebooks, desk accessories and art prints. Above is the August box, which is still available in their shop. They have other boxes to choose from too with art supplies, socks and more.
Cratejoy is a huge directory of subscription boxes around the world and with everything from food and beauty to home and pets you’re sure to find something for even the pickiest giftee. I like the look of The Hopebroidery Box (USA) , which sends you everything you need to complete an original embroidery project. Something to keep you busy and the finished piece will look great on your wall or for a special gift.
If you love to curl up with a book, Owlcrate (USA) is perfect for you. Each box is themed around a YA book and includes a copy signed by the author plus exclusive items from indie designers and publishers. You can also buy special one off boxes in the shop, like this Winter Wishes Box themed around a new short story anthology with cosy self care items.
You might know Culturefly (USA) from the Pusheen Box but they have lots of other pop culture subscription boxes too. Have a look at the special collectors’ boxes too for one offs themed around Nintendo, The Mandalorian, Minecraft and more.
Check our subscription boxes section for more reviews and guides.
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She also designs cute character goods as Asking For Trouble. Having visited Japan five times, Marceline is enormously inspired by all things Japanese and especially loves bunnies, space and any kind of food object with a happy face.