Remember the days when going to the mailbox was exciting? Before most of our communication and gift-giving moved online, letters from friends, care packages and print magazines served as routine pick-me-ups after a long day.
To capitalize on that nostalgia, there's now a booming business in the way of monthly box deliveries. From DIY projects and beauty products to pet supplies and healthy snacks, participants receive a variety of treats every 30 days.
To make the long stretch before gift-giving season a bit more bearable, we've selected a few favorites.
For the natural beauty: Goodebox
$16 per month
For those who love the idea of Birchbox and Glossybox but have sensitive skin, opt for Goodebox, which specializes in trial-size samples of luxurious organic beauty products. Brands that frequently appear in the package include W3ll People, Juice Beauty, Josie Maran, Coola and Vapour.
For the animal lover: Barkbox
$29 per month
Join Barkbox and you can opt in to receive a box full of treats, toys and hygiene products according to your dog's size. The owners put their own pups to the test, so you're sure to receive goodies at least one dog has gone bonkers for.
This crafty box is filled with hard-to-find materials and easy-to-follow instructions, so those who like to work with their hands don't have to spend so much time scouring lackluster supply stores. The reward: unique jewelry, accessories and trinkets you can proudly say you made yourself.
For the knickknacker
: Umba Box
$23 per month
Umba Box seeks to put high-quality handmade goods in the hands of its female subscribers. One month you could receive a single large item; the next, it could be three small products. The booty is described as "fresh and whimsical" and include home goods, women's accessories and bath products.
For the health nut: NatureBox
$19.95 per month
If you wish to maintain a healthy lifestyle but don't have time to peruse health food aisles, NatureBox sends carefully sourced, nutritionist-approved snacks right to your doorstep. You get five packaged goods, each of which yields three servings. How simple is that?