Best Subscription Boxes for Moms

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Moms manage to be one of the most overlooked and overworked groups of people around. They spend so much time taking care of everyone else’s needs, that there’s never much time at the end of the day for them. (And even if they did have the time, they probably wouldn’t know where to start!)

Luckily, the growing popularity of subscription boxes is paving the way for change. Home decor, candles, coffee, bath scrubs—if it makes you feel like yourself again, there’s a subscription box out there for you.

We scoured the web for subscription boxes full of affordable, high quality, and customizable options for women in search of options that best serve the needs of moms, wherever they are in the parenting journey. Here are our top picks for boxes that can help Mom take care of herself once in a while.

Best Subscription Boxes for Moms of 2021

Best Overall : TheraBox


TheraBox

TheraBox

Why We Chose It: This therapist-designed box has one thing in mind: your mental health. And we think that’s something all moms should be able to enhance.

What We Like
  • High value items at affordable price

  • Designed by therapists with mental health in mind

  • Products and science-based wellness activities

What We Don’t Like
  • None of the items in the boxes can be customized

  • Only one style of box offered; no pricing tiers or box options

If you’re any kind of mom to any kind of child, you probably need a regular self-care routine. With TheraBox, you get some TLC delivered to your house once a month, eliminating the stress of running all over looking for ways to “relax” instead of just, you know, relaxing

TheraBox has six to eight wellness products in each shipment—think beauty products, candles, essential oils, teas and coffees, and small plants—along with a brain-boosting activity or prompt meant to help you practice self-care. The goal is not only to lift your mood but teach you how to live more intentionally in the future. 

For about $31 per month, you can get a variety of calming, cheering, and motivating products designed to make it easy to improve your mental health. There are also three-, six-, and 12-month plans available, and the boxes can be gifted or purchased individually.

Best Budget : IPSY


IPSY

IPSY

Why We Chose It: There are a lot of customization options at IPSY between plans and products, and low-budget doesn’t mean low-quality.

What We Like
  • Budget-friendly beauty

  • Three tiers of subscriptions

  • Customized products based on your unique beauty profile

What We Don’t Like
  • Only monthly and annual subscription plans offered

  • Infrequent promotions or coupons compared to competitors

We’ll be honest: There are a lot of beauty-focused subscription boxes out there. But we chose IPSY because, in spite of its wallet-friendly price tag of roughly $12 per month, it doesn’t skimp on any goodies. The baseline subscription, aka. the Glam Bag, includes five deluxe-size beauty product samples for you to experiment with and is valued at over $50.

What’s more, IPSY customizes the products it sends out just for you: Before you can subscribe, you’ll need to answer the questions in its Beauty Quiz, which analyzes your skin tone, hair and eye color, and overall product preferences.

Plus, you get to specifically choose one of the five products you receive out of a monthly selection. Whatever kind of beauty junky you are—natural "mom next door" or stylish trendsetter—you’ll get beauty products tailored to you.

IPSY subscriptions are tiered at three levels, the basic Glam Bag, the Glam Bag Plus (about $25 per month), and a member-only quarterly option for roughly $55. There are monthly and annual plans available, plus an online shop for stocking up on individual items or mystery bags (for the adventurous moms out there).

Best for All Moms : Boxy Momma


Boxy Momma

 Boxy Momma

Why We Chose It: Moms just wanna have fun, right? This funny, funky, and irreverent box is exactly what we want to find at our front door after a tough day.

What We Like
  • Lots of variety

  • Suitable for moms in all stages of life

What We Don’t Like
  • Individual items aren’t customizable

  • Some items or monthly themes might not be your style

If you don’t fit neatly into any of the typical mom categories like “beauty-loving mom,” “bookworm mom,” or “sporty mom,” there’s still a box for you: It’s called Boxy Momma, and its creators know what all moms need to get through the daily grind with a little less stress and a lot more joy.

A monthly Boxy Momma shipment will include five to seven items covering a range of mom necessities: self-care and beauty products, household tips and tricks, cute gear and garb, funny decor, mugs and water bottles, and yummy treats. A sense of humor is recommended for this box since some of the products are sassy, spunky, and meme-worthy. 

Boxy Momma is also a super customizable subscription box—plans are offered monthly and at the three-, six-, and 12-month marks, starting at about $40 for the standard Momma Box. There is also a T-shirt-only box for roughly $17 and a mega box (which includes the standard box goodies and a T-shirt) for about $52.

Boxes can be gifted and clothing can be exchanged as long as Boxy Momma has your correct size in stock.

Best for New Moms : Cater to Mom


Cater to Mom

 Cater to Mom

Why We Chose It: No moms are excluded here, since you’re given the choice of recovery items for c-section or vaginal births (and the goodies keep on coming through the first year of your baby’s life).

What We Like
  • Aimed at postpartum recovery for c-section or vaginal births

  • Ongoing subscriptions focus on mindfulness and de-stressing

  • Helps moms heal physically and mentally

What We Don’t Like
  • May not appeal after first postpartum months

  • A little expensive

When your baby is born, everyone falls all over themselves bringing gifts for the new bundle of joy. But what about the mom who just gave birth to a whole human being? If you’re wondering where all your goodies are, consider the Cater to Mom box. Not only will you get a shipment of postpartum care items delivered to you every month, but you will also be able to customize those items to your unique postpartum needs.

Cater to Mom box subscribers choose what kind of delivery they’re recovering from, vaginal or cesarean, and also how they’re feeding their baby (i.e. breastfeeding or bottle-feeding). With this info, Cater to Mom is able to send you products aimed at making your life a little easier.

Beyond the initial postpartum recovery box, which contains eight to 10 items, you can count on receiving six to eight products in a standard box—think lotions and bath products, calming teas, journals and affirmation cards, lactation or feeding products, and parenting books.

Boxes are about $44 and available in three-, six-, nine-, and 12-month intervals. You can gift a single box if that’s your thing, and the first box is always a choice between the postpartum recovery box or whatever the box of the month is when you sign up.

Best for Beauty : BeautyFIX by Dermstore


BeautyFIX by Dermstore

 BeautyFIX by Dermstore

Why We Chose It: Dermstore is an authenticated retailer, so this is a great way to get quality products from coveted beauty brands.

What We Like
  • Wide range of items valued over roughly $100

  • Monthly subscription is about $10 less than a one-time purchase

  • Beauty products alongside skin and hair care items

What We Don’t Like
  • No customization of products aimed at your preferences

  • Possible waste if you dislike many of the products

  • No returns or exchanges

BeautyFIX by Dermstore gets our pick for the beauty-obsessed moms out there because it goes way beyond simple beauty products—it’s a skincare subscription box curated to help you improve the condition and quality of your skin. 

While there are definitely makeup products shipped out in these boxes, that’s not the focus. Instead, BeautyFIX sends you six or more items each month, in full and deluxe travel sizes, running the gamut of Dermstore’s impressive line of hair care, skin care, and beauty products. We’re talking moisturizers and clarifiers, makeup primers, blushes and lipsticks, scalp shampoos, masks, and peels.

A single box costs about $25, but you can save a few dollars with monthly subscriptions, so there are some definite cost benefits to subscribing. The downsides here are that you can’t choose your products and all sales are final—but for the mom who loves to discover new beauty products and experiment with different shades, colors, or styles, this might be the perfect choice.

Best for Health Conscious : Barbella Box


Barbella Box

Barbella Box

Why We Chose It: There is something for every type and kind of athlete in the Barbella Box, whether you’re a beginner runner or skilled yoga instructor.

What We Like
  • Wide variety of fitness items included

  • High-value items at an affordable price

What We Don’t Like
  • Some monthly themes might not be for you

  • You can’t try on apparel or customize your items

For the health-conscious mom, there are dozens of ways to feed your fitness habit with a subscription box. There are yoga apparel boxes, diet snack boxes, supplement boxes, and boxes aimed at fans of specific activities (like running and cycling). But what about if you like all of these things? Is there a box for you?

Yes, and it’s called the Barbella Box. This is one of the few options we found that ship out more than one type of product to subscribers: In every box, you’ll get a selection of five to seven items, including apparel and gear, healthy snacks (think keto granola and cold brew coffee made with oat milk), and fitness accessories like totes, reusable straws, on-the-go drink containers, and athlete-friendly skin care products.

There are monthly, quarterly, and annual plans available, starting at about $45 per month (with gifting options available). You’ll need to enter a bunch of sizing info, like your typical clothing, shoe, and bra sizes, so Barbella Box can send you fitness apparel that fits. Exchanges can be made on a case-by-case basis depending on availability.

Best for Giving Back : Anchor of Hope


Anchor of Hope

 Anchor of Hope

Why We Chose It: Anchor of Hope purchases handmade goods from real women recovering from difficult life circumstances, so every box supports the talents of women in need.

What We Like
  • Directly supports vulnerable female artisans

  • High-quality, handmade items

  • Wide range of products

What We Don’t Like
  • No customization

  • Only three products in each box

More and more subscription boxes are redesigning their product selections to be eco-friendly, organic, cruelty-free, and ethically sourced—this means that it’s not hard to find a box that reduces your carbon footprint and makes you feel good about your purchase. But if you want your subscription box to actually give back to people in need, that’s a tougher find.

That’s where Anchor of Hope comes in: Rather than simply sending you socially conscious products, Anchor of Hope sends out artisan goods handmade by female refugees, survivors of human trafficking, and women in other vulnerable populations.

These gifts include jewelry, art, ceramics, home goods, accessories, and similar items, along with notes about the women who crafted them. Anchor of Hope hires women to make these products, which not only provides them with income but allows them to share their talents far and wide.

Each Anchor of Hope box contains three products for about $36. There are prepaid plans available for three-, six-, and 12-month levels. You can also contact Anchor of Hope directly if you would like to place a custom or bulk order to further support these women.

Best for Book Lovers : Authentic Books


Authentic Books

 Authentic Books

Why We Chose It: Authentic Books is an immersive experience full of sights, sounds, smells, and tastes related to that month’s book.

What We Like
  • More than just a new book every month

  • Immersive, sensory experience of a literary world

  • Purchases support small businesses and female education

What We Don’t Like
  • Top-tier, full experience is pricey

  • You can’t experience all five senses with the cheapest plan option

If you can make time to read as a mom, more power to you—many of us don’t have the mental bandwidth after a long day to dive into a sweeping historical novel or intelligent work of nonfiction. But if you have an insatiable need to read, Authentic Books has got you covered.

More than a book of the month club, Authentic Books is a book experience of the month club, offering more than just your run-of-the-mill novel and discussion questions. In each box, you get a hardcover new release book, an artisan candle, a self-care item, and a custom music playlist, all designed to fully immerse all of your senses in the world of that month’s book. (You also get discussion questions and a bookmark, but those just feel like extras.) 

Plans start at about $39 per month, but there are a few ways to expand your subscription to get even more goodies, The full experience also sends you your choice of themed tea or cocktail and the premium plan includes artisan chocolate as well. Gifted boxes, including shipping, are available. What’s more, all of the products are purchased from American small shops and boutiques, and 5% of the profits from each box go to a social cause or nonprofit, which changes every three months.

Best For Nature Lovers : My Garden Box


My Garden Box

 My Garden Box

Why We Chose It: It couldn’t be easier to grow a green thumb with the My Garden Box, which sends you everything you need for seasonally appropriate garden success.

What We Like
  • Everything you need for no-stress gardening

  • Boxes are designed with four seasons in mind

  • Plants can be kept indoors or outdoors

What We Don’t Like
  • No customization

  • Not much offered for sale in the online shop

Whether you truly love being outside getting your hands dirty or just want an excuse to get out of your house, My Garden Box makes it easy for you to put down some literal roots right in your own backyard. Designed to be a no-stress way to garden, this subscription is adaptable to gardeners of all skill levels (advanced or black thumb). 

In every garden box, you’ll get live plants, containers and planters, soil and potting mediums, plus accessories, instructions, and garden care tips. We love that the boxes are customized for the seasons, so you don’t have to worry about getting warm weather plants in December if you live in the Northeast.

My Garden Box chooses houseplants and shade-tolerant plants in the cooler seasons and outdoor-friendly, sun-loving plants in the warmer months. (Even so, all of My Garden Box's plants can be kept indoors, if needed, if backyard space is an issue.)

Month-to-month, My Garden Box costs about $39 per box plus shipping (this includes gift shipments as well). There are also three-, six-, and 12-month prepaid plans. And if outdoor gardening isn’t quite your thing, you can opt for one of the company's other affiliated subscription boxes focused on houseplants or succulents.

Best for Moms to Be : Bump Boxes


Bump Boxes

Bump Boxes

Why We Chose It:

What We Like
  • Products tailored to each month of your pregnancy

  • All items screened for safety during pregnancy

  • You can earn extra goodies by choosing to prepay subscriptions

What We Don’t Like
  • No customization of individual items

  • Month-to-month plans don’t come with any perks or extras

You have more than enough on your plate during pregnancy, what with all the prenatal appointments, nursery prep, registry shopping, and wrapping your head around the fact that you’re growing a human being. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone sent you a monthly box of wellness goodies made to pamper you at exactly the stage of pregnancy you’re in?

Bump Boxes is a subscription box just for moms-to-be. There are a few pregnancy-related subscriptions out there, but we like this one because it truly is just for mom (not mom and baby).

By filling out a quick quiz that shares your due date and some other preferences, you get a stash of five goodies valued at over about $60 curated to help you survive each month of pregnancy. This means morning sickness remedies, ultrasound photo frames, foot soaks, body butters, calming teas, and healthy treats. 

It’s worth mentioning that all of the products shipped out in Bump Boxes have been tested for safety and screened for potentially dangerous ingredients or unnecessary chemicals so they're safe to use during pregnancy.

A month-to-month subscription is about $40 per month, but you’ll save big by committing for longer. A nine-month subscription, designed to carry you through birth, is about $35 per month and includes some additional perks, like free gifts, discounted boxes, and coupon codes.

Final Verdict

When it comes to subscription boxes, there's something for everyone. With that in mind, it’s wise to think about what’s most important to you: Is a budget-friendly box preferred over one where you have some control over the products you’re sent? Do you want to be surprised by new products every month or assured that you’ll get something suited perfectly to your needs? Once you figure out what you need, it’s easier to choose the box that can supply you with the products you want every month.

Compare Providers

Brand Why we picked it Cost
TheraBox Best Overall $35 per month
IPSY Best Budget $12 per month
Boxy Momma Best for All Moms $40 per month
Cater to Mom Best for New Moms $44 per month
BeautyFIX by Dermstore Best for Beauty $25 per month
Barbella Box Best for Health Conscious $45 per month
Anchor of Hope Best for Giving Back $36 per month
Authentic Books Best for Book Lovers $39 per month
My Garden Box Best for Nature Lovers $39 per month
Bump Boxes Best for Moms to Be $40 per month

FAQs

What Is a Subscription Box for Moms?

A subscription box for moms is a package of goodies shipped on a recurring schedule. This is usually once per month, but some boxes are sent out quarterly. Most boxes are themed or have a target customer in mind: moms who love to read or those who love beauty products.

Often, the items included in the box are high quality and difficult to find at other retailers. The total cost of the items is also typically valued at more than than the cost of the box.

How Much Does a Subscription Box for a Mom Cost?

Prices vary depending on the brand, the products included, and the shipping schedule. Some boxes are available for as little as roughly $10 or $12 per month, while others can cost about $80 per month (the average is closer to approximately $30 or $40, though).

As far as products, popular drugstore beauty items will cost less than organic, vegan items delivered by a boutique shop. The more unusual the items—or items that are handmade, artisan-crafted, or hard to find—will often cost more than items that can be purchased easily in stores.

Many subscription services also charge less per box when you sign up for a recurring subscription. Making a one-time purchase or subscribing on a month-to-month basis is usually a few dollars more per box than prepaying for three, six, or 12 months of boxes. 

Are These Subscription Boxes Made for All Moms?

Usually all moms can enjoy and benefit from the products included in these subscription boxes (with the exception of boxes designed specifically for new and expectant moms). With a focus on helping women feel better during pregnancy or in the postpartum period, these types of boxes may not have many products that older moms would appreciate. Otherwise, we think all moms would love being on the receiving end of a stream of products designed to improve their happiness, stress levels, and opportunities for self-care.

Can You Select How Often You Receive Them?

The majority of brands allow you to choose your delivery schedule, be it monthly or quarterly, as well as allow you to skip months if you would prefer to only receive a box every other month or on a spontaneous schedule. Only a few, like BeautyFIX by Dermstore, ask you to purchase either a one-time box or a month-to-month subscription.

Methodology

There’s no shortage of subscription boxes to choose from, so we started by looking at boxes that would appeal to many different kinds of moms. Once we narrowed down the options for each of the 10 categories listed, we considered a few specific metrics for choosing the best offering in each category: Boxes needed to be affordable (defined here as less than roughly $50 per box for basic plans), have a wide variety of products, and offer either high-value, high-quality items or the ability to customize or choose some of your items each month. 

Each mom subscription box included is competitively priced, well-stocked with desirable products, and flexible enough to accommodate your busy life.

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