There's never been a better reason to love getting mail--the old-fashioned kind. Subscription boxes--monthly packages that keep arriving, cheerily, during that barren season between the holidays and whenever your birthday is (and even during those months)--are getting more sophisticated (and specific), and some seem tailor-made for beach life. Here are four that do it best.
Try the World
Give your taste buds a taste of travel with Try the World’s Signature Box Subscription, which sends you seven to eight gourmet foods from a new country each month. Your year of culinary adventures begins with the Greece Box, which holds the makings of mezze night (think pepper and feta cheese sauce, hand-wrapped stuffed wine leaves, and breadsticks) that will transport you straight to the shores of Santorini. Try the World surprises its subscribers each month with a new destination ... it's like a plane ticket for your palate each month. Prices start at $39 per box, with discounts based on payment plan.
- The Best Mardi Gras Celebrations on the Coast
- This Pineapple Will Make Your Tropical Tiki Drink Dreams Come True
- The Ultimate Wine Pairings for Your Favorite Super Bowl Foods
Craving the sights of Santorini? Look no further:
Plonk Wine Club
There’s nothing quite like watching the sun set with a glass of wine in hand, and Plonk Wine Club makes it easy to find your new favorite varietal. Choose between a curated or a grape variety wine club, mark your preference of red, white, or mixed, and select your monthly bottle count (two, four, or twelve bottles), and Plonk takes care of the rest. Friends and the sunset view are your responsibility. Prices start at $54.99 per shipment for two bottles, with discounts based on payment plan.
This one is for the true beach lovers: Shore Bliss curates beauty, style, and bath products that are specially chosen to make your day on the sand, well, blissful. The small "Beach Please" box comes with three to six items, while the larger "Sunny Day" comes with five to eight. Expect delights such as a tropical bandana for your hair and scented soap (perfect for scrubbing off the salt of the ocean). And prepare to feel perfectly beachy, no matter where you are. Prices start at $20 per month, plus $5 shipping.
Don’t think we forgot about the kids—your little ones will be entertained for hours (even if it is raining on your beach vacation) with Kiwi Crate, a colorful package of crafts, activities, and more intended to entertain and teach science, technology, engineering, art, and math. You pick a crate based on your kid's age (Kiwi currently offers five, for ages from newborn to 16+), and Kiwi Crate assembles a themed collection. The crates can include outdoor crafts, like a make-your-own-kite kit that's perfect for a test flight on the beach, or activities that start inside then venture outdoors, like the all-about-constellations kit for older kids. Prices start at $19.95 per month, with discounts based on payment plan.
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