If you don’t have time to constantly shop online but want to treat yourself once in a while, consider subscription boxes. By paying a monthly fee, you get a box of items ranging from snacks to apparel and everything in between, depending on the service you’ve subscribed to.

And here’s why it’s even better than something you picked up from the retail shelves: with most of them giving only the hint of a theme every month, what you receive will be a total surprise – just like how presents should be. Here are 10 themed subscription services (both local and international) to cater to vastly different tastes.

For the health nut: Boxgreen

BoxGreen

For those looking to switch up the nutritional value of your midday snacks, swing by snack subscription service Boxgreen. Offering the options of savoury, sweet or a mix of both in easy-to-keep bags, you can either choose your favourite varieties or receive recommendations based on your taste and dietary preference. To ensure that subscribers get the best bang for their buck, calories are measured by an in-house nutritionist so you know exactly what’s going into your body. As a bonus, a portion of proceeds of every box sold will go to providing meals for the less fortunate under soup kitchen Willing Hearts. Snacking while doing good? Sign us up! Price: $19.90/month

For the self-professed geek: Lootcrate

Lootcrate
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Are movies, comics and games up your alley? Try out international geeks-only subscription Lootcrate. Each monthly box comes with a selection of pop culture swag such as wearables (think accessories and tees), vinyl figures and comic books. There are also franchise-specific subscriptions for most well-known fandoms, so if you’re thinking of stocking up on merch of your favourite superheroes or preparing for that eventual letter from Hogwarts (it’ll come one day!), Lootcrate is the one for you. Price: From $42/month (including shipping)

For indecisive shopper: Her Velvet Vase

Her Velvet Vase

Homegrown fashion label Her Velvet Vase offers a subscription service for their Moodbox, where all you have to do is to indicate a Mood Preference and you’ll receive your apparel monthly. All the items in the Moodbox are hand-picked by a stylist, who will create a customised ensemble just for you, including accessories. Remember to indicate specific sizes so you get the right outfits catered for you! Price: From $50/month

For the dapper gent: Ohhmybox

Ohhmybox

Guys, you’re not forgotten. Grooming products, fashion accessories and other gentlemen essentials come together in Ohhmybox, a male-oriented service which delivers monthly. Selected based on a short questionnaire, you get to bring home elegant cufflinks, fancy tech gadgets and an assortment of facial products when you order one up. Price: From $59/month

For the creative planner: Stickii Club

Stickii Club

From today’s to-do list to tomorrow’s reminders, bullet journals are often the medium of choice for those who love to jot down notes for their day. To spice up the pages, why not opt for a curated set of sticker sheets from Stickii Club? With three themes to choose from – Cute, Retro and Pop – along with the option to switch around anytime, these stickers make for beautiful spreads in journals and can be easily stored away using the Stickii Storage A5 insert for binders. For a peek at what each set consists of, keep a lookout for their spoiler posts on their social media pages around the end of the month! Price: $16.90/month (including delivery)

For the aesthetic bookworm: Carpe Librum

Carpe Librum

“We deliver happiness, one book at a time” – that’s the slogan of Carpe Librum, which was started by a pair of book lovers who wanted to help grow the local book community. With a new theme introduced every month, these intriguing reads come carefully packaged in a tote bag with related merchandise that avid bookworms would definitely enjoy. Price: $35/bi-monthly for self-collection (additional fee required for delivery)

For the caffeine addict: Hook Coffee

Hook Coffee

Mornings just aren’t the same without your daily cuppa. In a bid to keep you fuelled for the day ahead, Hook Coffee offers a subscription service of unique blends that you can take your pick from. Not only do they send whole/ ground beans, they also offer drip coffee bags and Nespresso compatible pods. Don’t fret if you don’t own a coffee maker – you can grab one off their site with their Home Brewing Starter Kits. You’ll also be able to select your intensity and preferred flavour profile to make sure that you receive a suitable blend every month. Price: From $14/month

For the tea aficionado: Gryphon Tea Company

Gryphon Tea Company 

If you don’t fancy coffee, why not go for tea instead? Local tea brand Gryphon Tea Company offers its very own monthly subscription service, which allows you to save both time and money. Picking between two box sets, Artisan Curation and Gourmet Curation, a variety of products will be delivered to your doorstep so you can enjoy your selection in the comfort of your home. A longer subscription period also gives you a discount of up to 20 per cent, so order away! Spending over $60 in one order entitles you to free local delivery as well. Price: From $28.80/month

For the Japanophile: Japan Crate

Japan Crate

Love immersing yourself in all things Japanese? Japan Crate helps you to get your monthly fix, with up to five box options – Premium Japan Crate, Doki Doki Crate, Umai Crate, Gacha Gacha Crate and Kira Kira Crate – each for different facets of the ever-vibrant Japanese culture. While you can’t select your preferred items, rest assured that the Tokyo-based company will be sure to include Japan- only goodies to make the subscription box even more exclusive, with free shipping to boot! Price: From $38/month

For the furry friends: Perro Box

Perro Box

Your pooches deserve a gift every now and then too! Perro Box gifts your fur-kid two treats, a toy, a chewy item and something extra every month, every two months or every year. Simply indicate your doggie’s size and how often you want the boxes – and you’ll be sure to come home to a box of treats in the first week of the month. Price: From $29.90/month

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