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If you’re looking for a new activity to try out in your spare time, there’s no shortage of fun hobbies out there, whether you want to start reading, gardening or fishing. What better way to dip your toe into a new pastime than with a monthly subscription box?
Whether you want to explore nature with your family, learn how to bake, start a vegetable garden, or something in between, there are dozens of awesome subscription boxes available that are perfect for starting a new hobby. Below are 12 of our favorites, from Home Chef to The Crafter’s Box.
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1.Book of the Month
If you don’t read as much as you’d like, Book of the Month is the perfect way to get back into the habit—and as an added bonus, it’s one of the most affordable subscription boxes on this list. Each month, you’ll get to choose one of five carefully curated novels shipped right to your door, including lots of early releases, fresh perspectives and debut authors. You can add on extra books if you see more than one you like, and you always have the option to skip a month if none of the titles tickle your fancy.
Sign up for Book of the Month for $15.99/month
2. Home Chef
We’ve done extensive testing of meal kit delivery services, and our hands-down favorite is Home Chef. This meal kit is ideal for anyone who’s learning how to cook, as it delivers fresh pre-portioned ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes each week. There’s a wide range of recipes to choose from, including vegetarian and low-carb options, and you can add on items like extra protein, breakfasts, desserts and appetizers to your order.
Sign up for Home Chef for $8.99+/serving
3. The Crafter’s Box
Some crafting subscription boxes send you cheap little projects, but not The Crafter’s Box. This subscription box specializes in artisan-level crafts and high-quality materials. As a result, it’s pricier than other options.
Each month, you’ll get a curated materials kit shipped to your door, paired with expert-led video tutorials to guide you through the creation process. One month, you’ll get to try frame weaving, and the next, you’ll make your own rolled beeswax candles. It’s a great way for those who already enjoy crafting to try out new mediums, and the brand also offers digital workshops that you can purchase if you want to try out something in particular.
Sign up for The Crafter’s Box for $65/box
4. Ellie Box
If you’re trying to be more consistent about exercising, you can give yourself a little motivation with Ellie Box—a subscription that delivers cute athletic clothing for women. There are several plans available, including options that give you two, three or five items per month. Each plan allows you to pick one of the curated monthly sets, including a top and a bottom, and the three-item plan includes a sports bra as well. If you opt for the five-item plan, you also get two fitness accessories, such as a foam roller or yoga socks.
The clothing comes in sizes XS through XL. Whether you want something tight and supportive or loose and comfortable, you’re sure to find an option that suits you and your fitness journey.
Sign up for Ellie Box for $39.95+/month
5. Shaker & Spoon
Unleash your inner bartender with the help of Shaker & Spoon. This fun cocktail subscription box costs between $40 to $50 per month, and you’ll receive all the ingredients and instructions needed to whip up four different craft cocktails. (Naturally, the alcohol isn’t included, so you’ll have to supply that yourself.) You’ll get things like house-made specialty syrups, bitters, garnishes and citrus, and each recipe makes four servings. It’s the perfect excuse to invite some friends over.
Sign up for Shaker & Spoon for $40+/month
6. Deadbolt Mystery Society
If you’re a fan of true crime podcasts or documentaries, you can try your hand at playing detective with the Deadbolt Mystery Society. Each month, you’ll be tasked with solving a new murder mystery, and your box will contain a variety of clues and pieces of evidence to help you figure out what happened. Each box is a standalone mystery, meaning you don’t need any knowledge of past boxes to play, and the puzzles are ideal for ages 13 and up.
Sign up for The Deadbolt Mystery Society for $26.99/month
7. Red Velvet NYC
Baking is one of my favorite hobbies, and if you want to try your hand at creating delicious desserts at home, I recommend a subscription to Red Velvet NYC. With this baking kit, you receive everything you need to make two tasty desserts per month, like Flourless Chocolate Cake, Lemon Crinkle Cookies or even Rugelach, a small pastry that’s popular in Israel. It’s a fun activity to do by yourself or with your family.
Sign up for Red Velvet NYC for $49/month
8. Annie’s Kit Clubs
Whether you’re new to crafting or an experienced creator looking to try a new medium, Annie’s Kit Clubs have something for everyone. The brand offers a wide variety of crafting subscription kits, including knitting, crocheting, sewing and card- and jewelry-making. There are even special craft boxes just for kids.
Each month, you’ll get the supplies and instructions needed to create a fun new craft. Some options, such as the Crochet Afghan Block-of-the-Month Club, allow you to slowly chip away at a larger project—in this case, a whole Afghan.
Sign up for Annie’s Kit Clubs for $19.99/month
9. Leaf’d Box
The Leaf’d Box makes it easy to start your very own vegetable or herb garden. This quarterly subscription box comes with a variety of starter plants that you can transplant right into your garden, and there are several box sizes available, depending on how much space you have. Small boxes provide you with 10 plants per quarter, while the largest option delivers a whopping 60 plants. The subscription also includes a guide to help set your new plants up for success.
Sign up for Leaf’d Box for $44.99+/quarter
10. Monster Bass
Thinking about taking up fishing? You can get your hands on some of the best baits with Monsterbass, a fishing subscription box. What’s cool about this service is that it takes your region, skill level and fishing preferences into account when putting together your monthly delivery, ensuring you only receive bait tailored to your fishing style.
While the main Monsterbass box is geared toward bass fishers, the brand also offers a Multi-Species Box that includes bait for other types of fish. They also have an Ice Fishing Box for your winter adventures.
Sign up for Monsterbass for $25.99+/month
11. Do A Shot of Yoga
Do A Shot of Yoga is designed to help you build up a daily yoga practice—perfect if you’re hoping to jumpstart your journey as a yogi. The physical subscription box comes with a yoga book of the month, as well as four to six yoga lifestyle items.
We love that there’s also a digital-only subscription option, which gives you access to a yoga master class, group coaching sessions and daily challenge posts to elevate your practice. This online-only version is ideal if you don’t necessarily want or need yoga accessories, and it’s less expensive, costing just $29 per month.
Sign up for Do A Shot of Yoga for $45.83/month
Adventure is out there, and you can stock up on essential exploration equipment with the help of Nomadik. This subscription box has two options: You can opt for themed monthly deliveries or larger (and more expensive) quarterly boxes. The monthly boxes include expert-tested gear for hiking, camping and other outdoor exploration, while the quarterly offering comes with more high-end seasonal gear—think Rumpl blankets, Hydroflask bottles and more. Either way, you’re sure to be inspired to head out into nature, and who knows where the trails will take you.
Sign up for Nomadik for $34.99/month
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