August 6, 2022

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18 Boring But Useful Subscription Boxes

9 min read

There’s truly a meal subscription service for ~everyone~ on this list — even if you barely set foot in your kitchen.

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A flexible EveryPlate subscription so you can forget about cooking after a long day at work and enjoy a homestyle meal that takes less than an hour to to whip up.


When signing up, you can choose how many people you’re looking to feed (two or four) and how many meals you’ll likely want per week (three to five). Each week, you’ll have 16 meals to choose from. So you have an idea, some recent options have included crispy Caesar chicken with roasted carrots and garlic mashed potatoes, Cuban-style bean and rice bowls, and thyme-seasoned steak with garlic ciabatta and roasted green beans.

If you’re going away for a week or know you won’t have time to cook anything, you can always skip a week, too. It’s truly that flexible.

Get a subscription from EveryPlate for $4.99/serving + shipping.


A BootayBag subscription because once you reach adulthood, there’s nothing quite like new undergarments — especially ones you don’t have to shop for yourself.


When you sign up you can choose the length of the subscription and whether you’d like to receive one or two pairs a month. You can also set style preferences (e.g., yes/no to thongs). Before checkout, you can also decide whether to add a matching bra or not.

Get a subscription from BootayBag for $10+/month.


A Yes Plz Coffee subscription to ensure you get new beans delivered straight to your door every week (or every other week, or once a month — you get it). Something that’s particularly important if grocery store runs are the bane of your existence.

Yes Plz Coffee

Beans for the single-origin releases and blends are sourced from around the world before being roasted in Los Angeles. And you can trust the guys behind Yes Plz — Tony (Tonx) Konecny and Sumi Ali — as the coffee-obsessed duo worked as baristas, head roasters, and “nomadic coffee consulters” at beloved joints like Intelligentsia, Blue Bottle, and Victrola Coffee before diving into their own direct-to-consumer roasting company.

Get it from Yes Plz Coffee for $17+ (available in two sizes and your choice of one to four shipments a month).


Or, if tea is more your speed, a Simplicity Tea subscription so you can try out two new fancy-shmancy loose leafs every month.


The woman-founded brand also offers a personalization quiz so you can set your preferences ahead of time and ensure nothing goes to waste.

Promising review: “I got these as a gift for a family member — during these COVID times, holiday gift giving had to look a little different. I’ll keep doing this even after the pandemic is over! Thank you, Simplicity Teas — LOVE your selections, the shipping, and all of it — well done, you!” —Christina A.

Get it from Cratejoy for $19.17+/month (available in two sizes).


A customizable Home Chef meal kit that caters to both people who *love* to cook and those who *loathe* cooking.

Home Chef

How is that possible, you ask? Well, you can choose from the OG Home Chef box (meals that take 30+ minutes), the Fresh and Easy box (which requires little to no prep at all), and the Fresh Start box (carb- and calorie-conscious options approved by a dietician). Before placing your order, you can also check off if there are any meats you don’t eat or anything you’re allergic to. After that, you’ll have 30+ meals to choose from every week from things like garlic parmesan-crusted filet mignon with roasted parsnips to cauliflower, kale, and chickpea skillet with Pomodoro sauce and garlic bread.

Promising review: “I have tried every boxed meal kit. Home Chef is by FAR the best-quality products.” —Jan K.

Get it from Home Chef for 6.99+/per serving.


A Lola subscription if your partner means well but — bless their heart — always grabs you the wrong sanitary items when you send them on an emergency run to CVS. Now you’ll always be stocked up.


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Get a box of six regular and six heavy pads from Lola for $9/month. Check out the rest of the period products here.


A Green Chef subscription so you don’t have to leave the comfort of your AC for groceries. The company works with farmers to source sustainable, certified organic ingredients that make it simple for you to eat balanced meals. Whether you prefer keto- and paleo-friendly dishes or vegan and vegetarian meals, you have plenty of options.,

Each box comes with easy-to-follow recipes and all ingredients are color-coded so you know exactly what you’re looking for. Every week, you have nine meals to choose from (based on your meal plan, be it Balanced Living, Keto + Paleo, or Plant-Powered). Recent menu items have included Japanese vegetable fritters with ginger-sriracha aioli, broccoli, edamame, and rice, as well as Italian caprese burgers with a side kale caesar salad.

Get it from Green Chef for $11.99+/per serving.


A sensible Quip subscription for the dental hygiene obsessed who’d never dream of being without a stock of toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, and brush heads.

Get a starter set from Quip for $25+ with $5+ refills every three months.

Check out one BuzzFeeder’s full review of the Quip toothbrush as the best inexpensive option to learn more!


And, similarly, a clutch Billie razor subscription so you never run out of replacements — especially in key moments like “Oh dang, I have a wedding to go to tomorrow and I haven’t shaved in six months.”


Get it from Billie starting at $9.

My colleague Kayla Suazo has this razor and loves it! Check out her full review to learn more.


A Gobble subscription that promises meals in 15 minutes (!) or less so you and your boo have more time to curl up on the couch and watch whatever true-crime doc just landed on Netflix.


When signing up you can choose between Classic Dinners (exactly what it sounds like) and Lean & Clean Dinners (600-calorie-or-less meals that are low carb). But how in the ~world~ could the recipes take less than 15 minutes to make?? Well, thank you for asking! The secret is that Gobble’s chefs peel, chop, and measure all ingredients ahead of time so there’s basically no prep on your end.

Promising review: “We have been with Gobble for over a year now and love the convenience of home delivery with great packaging, easy-to-follow recipes, minimal preparation, and minimum cooking time.” —Audrey

Get it from Gobble for $11.99+/per serving.


A monthly Foot Cardigan subscription if you’ve reached the point in adulthood where receiving socks as a gift is no longer boring but just the opposite — incredibly exciting!, Foot Cardigan

Each month you’ll get a new pair of funky socks. You can pick from crew, premium, or no-show, and even switch up the style for the next month if you wish. Plus, as a sock club member, you’ll get 20{9670350b45c49ee3dc8792284767a5b4ffafe0cfe03225e3eb632463a44db818} off individual purchases, free shipping, and exclusive discounts so you can expand your collection at any time.

Get it from Foot Cardigan for $12.99+/month.


A Daily Harvest subscription that makes eating easy with fruit-and-veggie-based smoothies, harvest bowls, flatbreads, soups, chia bowls, lattes, and even ice cream!! Basically, if you have five minutes and the ability to work a microwave and blender, you’re in business, baby.,

When you sign up, you’ll choose if you want your meals delivered weekly or monthly and 9, 12, or 24 at once. You’ll always have more than 80 options to choose from and you can swap your selections, skip a week, or cancel your subscription at any time — there are no hoops to jump through.

Get it from Daily Harvest for $5.99+/per item.


A Cleancult subscription so you never run out of dish soap, laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaner, and whatever else you keep in your under-the-kitchen-sink arsenal.


Cleancult is a small business committed to creating sustainable cleaning products. You can pick an existing bundle of products (like the 16-piece Complete Home Bundle above) or curate your very own clean routine. Once you pick what you want, you can also specify just how often you receive deliveries. 

Get it from Cleancult for $34.99+ (available in 17 bundles). 


A commitment-free Purple Carrot meal subscription that delivers plant-based vegan meals right to your door. Eco-conscious consumers will also appreciate that the service lowers their carbon footprint as on average, each meal results in 72{9670350b45c49ee3dc8792284767a5b4ffafe0cfe03225e3eb632463a44db818} ~less~ carbon being released into the atmosphere.

Purple Carrot

Customize your plan by choosing between Quick & Easy, High-Protein, Gluten-Free, or Chef’s Choice dinners. If you could use help with breakfast, lunch, and snacks as well, those are also available as add-ons! There’s no membership fee and you can pause or cancel your plan any time.

Promising review: “Purple Carrot has long been our favorite meal delivery service because every meal is literally a 10/10! We feel like we are eating at a restaurant when we cook their meals because they are THAT good!” —@raffinee

Get it from Purple Carrot for $9.99+/per serving.

Function of Beauty

With every box you’ll receive a set of shampoo and conditioner (available in two sizes) customized to meet your hair’s needs. You can select the delivery frequency that works best for you. They’ve also expanded their product selection and now offer skincare and more hair goodies if you want to expand your subscription. 

Get it from Function of Beauty starting at $36 (for both shampoo and conditioner).


A Freshly subscription for those who don’t want to spend more than three minutes making dinner. There’s ~no~ cooking involved since every (nutrient-rich) meal comes premade and fresh, not frozen. Just reheat and eat!,

Every week the service offers 30+ OG Freshly and FreshlyFit (low-carb, high-protein) meal options. Each premade dish comes in a sleeve with heating instructions (microwave or oven) right on the back. Recent menus have included salsa verde pork bowls, oven-roasted chicken pilaf, and turkey meatballs over zoodles.

Promising review: “We love Freshly because it takes two minutes to prepare, the food is great and we don’t have to spend time cleaning up.” —Sheri

Get four meals per week from Freshly for $8.49+/per serving.


A Huppy naturally whitening toothpaste tablet subscription because last time you went to buy a tube of toothpaste at Target you stood in the aisle for far too long contemplating the difference between “3D white,” “optic white,” and “brilliance blast.”


Huppy is an Asian-owned small business on a mission to provide sustainable options for ~fresh breath~. Their tablets come in completely biodegradable or recyclable packaging, so you can feel just as good about helping reduce plastic consumption as your teeth feel after chewing one of these minty tablets.

Promising review: “Couldn’t imagine giving up the toothpaste I grew up with, despite everything else in my household being organic or at least all natural and mostly environmentally friendly. Gave Huppy a try and loved it. Used two tablets and brushed away. Just one more small step to do my part. Thank you, Huppy.” —Andrew C.

Get them from Huppy starting at $8 (available for delivery every four months).


And a Splendid Spoon subscription so you always have a stock of ready-to-eat plant-based smoothies, soups, grain bowls, and noodles that are satisfying and absolutely fuss free.

Splendid Spoon

Each week, you have more than 50 low-sugar and sodium options from quick-and-easy dragon fruit smoothies to filling red-beet Buddha bowls and butternut squash ratatouille. Plans include Breakfast; Breakfast, Lunch, and Soup; and Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Soup.

Get it from Splendid Spoon for $65+/per person per week

You when the mailman delivers your food for the week so you *don’t* order Seamless everyday.

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Reviews in this post have been edited for length and/or clarity. 

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