Subscription boxes are extremely popular. In 2019, slightly more than half of all consumers said they received regular subscription boxes, and that’s before the coronavirus and stay-at-home orders increased the demand for treats and entertainment delivered to consumer doorsteps.
But whether you’re looking to show someone you care during a pandemic or you simply want to buy yourself a fun treat to look forward to, subscription boxes can be a great purchase any time. Find out more about these boxes below and how they can be an ideal gift or investment for someone in an assisted living community.
Subscription boxes are packages of curated items that you receive on a periodic basis. Most commonly, they arrive once each month. But you can also get boxes that come bimonthly or quarterly.
This concept isn’t new. Seniors in assisted living might be familiar with cheese- or wine-of-the-month club or CD and book clubs that send you a product every month. Subscription boxes work on similar concepts, except they curate an entire box of goodies to surprise you each month.
Subscription boxes can give someone something to look forward to each month or help a person build a small collection slowly over time. Depending on what type of box you choose, they might include entertainment, edible treats or practical items the person can use, and that reduces the money someone might have to spend on those items. Receiving a box each month can also remind the senior that someone is thinking of them.
But you don’t have to get a box as a gift. Many people buy subscription boxes for themselves for all the same reasons!
You can find boxes catering to almost any interest. If you’re buying for a senior in an assisted living, remember that though the apartments are well-designed and laid out, they’re not enormous. Stay away from boxes that look like they would create clutter. Instead, opt for boxes that provide items the senior can use and enjoy. Here are a few options to consider for yourself or others.
The GrandBox is designed especially for grandparents. You can include up to five personal photographs as an option alongside a personal note, which makes this box a fun way to send updates about grandchildren or others. It also comes with full-size snacks and fun and useful items the recipient or recipients can enjoy.
You can choose from boxes for men, women or both, and there are options for special diets such as low-sodium, gluten-free, diabetic and kosher. This box can be purchased month-to-month or on 3-month, 6-month and 12-month prepays.
Send a regular care package to someone to remind them that you’re thinking of them with Care Box Co. You can choose to send a box each month or one every quarter. The boxes are stocked with a variety of popcorn, cookies, candy and other treats along with personal care and comfort items such as socks, scarves, lotions and lip balms. Boxes might also have entertainment products such as games and puzzles.
This subscription box is designed for older women who still enjoy using luxurious beauty products. The boxes are built around themes such as sleep, flexibility, energy or other related topics and include between five and eight fitness, health and beauty accessories. The Golden Years box can be purchased in a monthly subscription that auto renews unless you cancel it.
Hunt a Killer might be a great idea for seniors who love mystery movies and novels and think themselves something of a detective. The mysteries come in episodic boxes that take a total of 6 months to fully solve, though every box has clues and evidence to help you get closer to the truth.
This is the type of box that can provide hours of entertainment for a senior who likes to keep their mind sharp and loves a good who-done-it. Residents of assisted living communities might want to get together with like-minded neighbors to share the fun, too.
This fun and inexpensive box offers a chance for adults of any ages to focus their minds away from worries or busy days, and it can be a great workout for senior brains. Every box includes a classic book to read along with an adult coloring book and an activity book of some kind. Some Coloring and Classics boxes also include coloring supplies, such as colored pencils, and fun surprises such as candy or bookmarks.
You can also choose a premium box that comes with coffee. When choosing the boxes, you can pick a book genre. The options include acclaimed fiction, mystery, horror, romance, science fiction and fantasy.