If you want to give a gift to the writer in your life you might want to consider getting a subscription to a monthly subscription box service.
A subscription box is the term given to the recurring delivery of niche products. Around 2,000 companies offer a subscription box of one kind or another, each focused on a niche customer. This includes Amazon, which offers hundreds of different subscription boxes. Not all of the services ship the subscription in an actual box, but most ship every month and bill you automatically.
I have been interested in the subscription boxes for some time now, but I only recently learned that there are subscription boxes specifically for writers. I haven’t seen any reviews of these boxes, and I thought it would be great fun to order them for myself and let you know if I think they are worth the money.
I plan to add to this post as I hear about more subscription boxes for writers, but so far I have found only two subscription boxes for writers. One is worth buying, while the other is not.
Disclosure: I bought all the boxes using my own money, and have not been given anything by any of the companies.
ScribeDelivery is a themed box for stationery aficionados. It costs $29 a month and gets you a curated selection of pens, pencils, and notebooks.
It is most definitely not worth the money. Each shipment arrives in a plain white envelope, and the one I got included only a single notebook, three inexpensive pens, and five postcards.
This subscription comes in a custom cardboard box and includes a selection of books, stationery, and fun gifts. The box I received had a “drafting”-scented candle, green apple rock candy, two novels, a couple pamphlets on writing, an invite to an online chat with an agent, and more! (There was even fuzzy orange packing material that didn’t really serve a purpose but still added to the experience.)
I actually had trouble photographing it, there was so much!
Just getting the box was fun, and opening it was even more fun. This service wasn’t just designed to send you stuff but to also give you a great experience when you get it. Next time I need to get a gift for a writer friend, this is the one I will buy.
The Scribbler box cost me $39 for the one box, but a subscription starts at $29 per month, and you can get a discount if you pre-pay.
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I am relatively new to subscription boxes, so I bet you know more than me. I’d love to hear what you think of the idea, and your experiences with the various services.
Also, I want to order and review any and all subscription boxes for writers, so if you know of a subscription box I missed, please let me know in the comments.