Weirdest Subscription Boxes on the Market


From wine and survival gear to bones, here are some of the strangest things you can subscribe to!

The subscription economy has become a trend in the past couple of years. While there are a lot of things that people don’t want subscriptions for, like a video game you already own, there are some subscription services that people are willing to break the bank for. 

There is a certain rush that comes with receiving a goodie box filled with items that have been specially curated for you. If you love subscription services and haven’t found one that matches your niche interests, this list might have something that catches your eye. Without further ado, here are the top six strangest subscription boxes we could find. 

Hunt a Killer

Image courtesy of Hunt a Killer’s Amazon listing

Hunt a Killer is a great subscription service for those who enjoy listening to true-crime podcasts and have a fascination for solving murder mysteries. Every month, the service drops right at your doorstep a box containing clues, evidence to a crime scene and a story for subscribers to solve a case. Each subscription is for one season, which spans six months. During those six months, you get boxes that help you solve a specific crime. As per the company’s website, this subscription costs US$30 a month.  


Image courtesy of Battlbox’s Amazon listing

If you are a doomsday prepper—a person who is preparing for the survival of their family in case of a catastrophic event—Battlbox is the subscription service for you. It is a monthly subscription that provides you with a diverse range of survival gear from up-and-coming brands like TOPS, Kershaw, Spyderco, CRKT, Gerber, Bastion. Battlboxes come in four varieties—basic, advanced, pro and pro max. While the basic box comes with manuals and guides for a complete newbie, the higher-tier boxes feature higher-value products such as sleeping bags and tents. The subscription costs range between US$34.99 and US$169.99 depending on the box you choose. 

Bright Cellars 

Image courtesy of Bright Cellar’s website

For all the wine enthusiasts out there, Bright Cellars might be a subscription box worth trying out. Bright Cellars is an algorithm-based wine subscription service which picks out the perfect wine to match your palette from your answers to its wine quiz. If you aren’t satisfied with the wines you received, you can get a free bottle based on suggestions from Bright Cellars’ wine concierge. A curated collection of four high-quality wines costs you US$80

Cryptid Crate Monthly

Image courtesy of Cryptid Crate’s Cratejoy listing

At one point or another, you must have heard about cryptids—creatures whose existence is scientifically disputed, including the yeti, the Loch Ness monster and Bigfoot, to name a few. If you are obsessed with these creatures, the Cryptid Crate Monthly subscription might be for you. 

The Cryptid Crate Monthly subscription box comes filled with items related to all things paranormal and cryptozoology (i.e., the study of cryptids). You can get four to seven items in each box, including wall art, T-shirts, books and films. There are two kinds of subscription levels you can choose from—the original Cryptid Crate Monthly for US$30.99, and the Cryptid Crate Junior for US$29.99. If you want to test the water before subscribing, you can opt for the one-off Cryptid Crate Mystery Sampler for US$19.99, which includes half the contents of the typical Cryptid Crate Monthly box. 


Image courtesy of Cannabox’s website

Cannabox is a weed-related subscription service that curates themed smoking accessories. This includes items such as uniquely shaped bongs, flavored rolling papers, glass pipes and rolling trays. This service allows you to make one-time purchases and also provides three different tiers of subscription— a one-month subscription for US$30.99, a three-month subscription for US$89.97 and a six-month subscription for US$173.94. Regardless of the plan you choose, you can expect the same high-quality and quantity of items in each box. 


Image courtesy of Bonebox’s Cratejoy listing

If you are interested in building a collection of bone specimens, this might be the subscription for you. Curated by Skulls Unlimited—a supplier of real and replica animal skulls and bones—the BoneBox is a service that gives you a mystery skull and other collectible items, such as animal trading cards and art each month. The box guarantees that the same skull won’t be repeated for the next ten boxes at least. The subscription costs US$24.99 a month.

This offers only a glimpse of the kind of subscription boxes that are there on the market today. It is estimated that there are around 400-600 subscription box services in the United States alone, and this number would only grow when factoring in subscription services from around the world. With such a diverse array of offerings on this list, we hope you find something that either matches your interests or those of your loved ones. 

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