I actually didn't realize how many different kinds there were until recently.
I have a friend trying to sort out her life, and she mentioned that she was considering starting her own equestrian subscription box service, because the big one right now is pretty disappointing in her opinion and mostly filled with stereotypical items you get someone for their first horse (her words).
That got me thinking about what different boxes there might be for my different hobbies. Could there be a reading box? A cross-stitch box?
Turns out, THERE IS! I went on a bit of a subscription box hunting binge, I guess you could say, and researched all the reading and sewing boxes I could find. Sadly, there's really only one cross-stitch box, Stitchy Box. It seems alright, but it's mostly just a bunch of materials and one little accessory. They post suggestions for projects on their blog, but I was really hoping for a box that might include kits or patterns inside. And they only ship every other month, and appear to repeat the same themes for every month every year.
It's actually got me considering going the "start your own business" route and forming my own cross-stitch crate, since I've got such a clear idea of what my ideal cross-stitch subscription box would be. Supposedly, it's actually really easy to get started? And that's why there's SOOOOOOO many now. The bar is basically "anyone who can set up a website and ship a box filled with items." Which would guarantee the web design degree wouldn't COMPLETELY go to waste.
But I digress.
I also found many, many book/reading crates, and decided that I like the sound of Owl Crate the best, and I've already ordered their November box. In this case, my vision of an ideal box IS a box that has a book and some themed/related goodies/swag. And I ACTUALLY FOUND IT!
Prior to all this, I was already subscribing to Loot Crate on a monthly basis, skipping the months with themes I'm not interested in. I also just canceled a three month Level-Up subscription. I chose the option to get an extra accessory every month (there's also an extra wearable/basically shirt and one for 2 extra socks, if you guys haven't heard of their Level-Up stuff). Luckily, the three month perfectly matched up with three months I ended up being interested in getting items for (July, August, and September, which were a Zelda-themed scarf, Harley Quinn themed
And then I also just got an email from Loot Crate saying they're planning on adding a new crate for anime/manga fans offering to let people subscribe for email updates on it.
So, in the end I decided to go for a rotation of Loot Crate, Owl Crate, and Stitchy Box (gonna give them at least one shot. The projects on their blog DO seem cute), and only get one crate per month. Exactly which one I order will depend on each month's theme. Since Stitchy Box has fairly static and generic themes, I've decided to prioritize them last and only for months when Loot Crate and Owl Crate BOTH don't have a theme I'm interested in. But this month's Loot Crate is Combat and the Owl Crate is Myths & Legends, so it was an easy pick.
Man, I wish I'd found Owl Crate in time to get their September Crate, though.
But once Loot Crate releases that anime/manga-exclusive crate, picking which one to get for the month is probably going to get A LOT harder.