The best subscription boxes packed with makeup, coffee, books & more will make lockdown feel special

Subscription boxes reign supreme as the ultimate gift that keeps on giving – whether that’s for yourself (guilty) or a loved one. Although we’ve already revealed the best beauty subscription boxes and coffee subscription services, we thought it high time we revealed the best subscription boxes with UK delivery, whatever you want to find inside. An edit no longer reserved for skincare goodies or caffeine treats alone, our complete edit of the best subscription boxes of 2021 covers everything from curry to new books; flowers to gin; eco-friendly deodorant to pasta.

We’ve done the rounds of the (virtual) GLAMOUR office to find out which subscription boxes our writers and editors look forward to dropping through their front doors each month – in a time when mood-boosters are few and far between. While some are firm fans of their Pasta Evangelist 12 month fresh pasta subscription, others swear by the transformative effects of their Function of Beauty shampoo and conditioner subscription. Others couldn’t live without the energy boost that Pact Coffee‘s ethical coffee beans give them.

What subscription boxes are worth it?

We’ve made sure that every subscription box in this edit is worthy of your money. But of course, it totally depends on your interests and what you usually spend your money on. If you can’t go a month without stocking up on 78549530 new beauty products, for example, a Glossybox subscription will be worth it. Why? Their subscriptions start from just £11, and for that, you get to try six new skincare, makeup and hair treats from genuinely brilliant brands. That’s a huge saving.

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In short: most of these subscription boxes include products that are far more expensive than the total price of the box, so if you’d be spending money on something similar anyway, it’s a great way to expose yourself to new tea/wine/recipes/gadgets/chocolate.

Among GLAMOUR readers, the most popular subscription box right now is Glossybox, with LookFantastic’s subscription box following in second place. Pact Coffee’s subscription box comes third. Makeup and a caffeine hit. You lot are easy to please.

What are the best monthly subscriptions?

Most subscription boxes now work on a monthly basis, and there are more emerging all the time. To help you navigate the crowded subscription box market, we’ve revealed all of the best subscription boxes below to gift to yourself/your family and friends… but here are some particular highlights.


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