There’s still something special about receiving something in the mail. Maybe it’s the anticipation, or popping the bubble-wrap. Whether it’s an engrossing magazine, a hand-picked selection of craft beers, a roll of TP or a bag of coffee beans, subscription services aren’t just for newspapers. They can deliver the things we need and want right to our doorstep.
If you’re anything like us, you’ll be taking advantage of one of these already. If not, here’s our pick of the bunch:
Expensive and seasonal, avocados are a fickle fruit. Barham Avocados offers a monthly pesticide-free alternative to the supermarket. Grown on an 800-hectare property on the banks of the Murray River, four varieties of avocado are picked, packed and shipped all within 24 hours every month. Available in packs of six ($3.80 each), 12 ($3.50 each), or – for the real enthusiast – 10 kilograms ($2.30 each), this subscription can save you money and deliver the fresh, creamy harvest at your convenience.
Weekly Blooms from My Flower Man
Ever thought your workplace too drab? Look no further than My Flower Man, a Sydney-based service that delivers freshly cut (and mostly native) flower arrangements around the city every Friday. Starting at $50 a week, you’ll never have to stare at a blank wall again.
The well-documented rise of the craft-beer scene in Sydney gave way this year to a first: a selection of craft beers delivered to your work or home. Starting from $54.95 per month, Beer Days features local brewers 4 Pines, Feral Brewing, Red Hill, Holgate, Rocks Brewing Co and Nail Brewing, while the odd international brew makes an occasional appearance. Subscriptions can run monthly or quarterly.
Bruny Island Cheese Club
This bespoke cheese maker from Tasmania has been crafting fine cheeses the hard way since 2001. With products chosen for their seasonality and complementary flavours, deliveries go out eight times a year, packed inside a cool box and with instructions for storage and care. In the words of founder and owner Nick Haddow, subscribing to the cheese club is more of a, “pleasurable education” than anything else.
That’s not a typo. An utterly unique service, the keyword here is luxury. Svbscription sources and compiles hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind menswear items for delivery to its worldwide subscriber base, granting unrivalled access to some of the world’s most cutting-edge designers and brands from New York to Madrid, such as GQ and Harper Collins. Every three months a new package containing the goods is distributed. This quarter’s theme is “business”.
Who Gives a Crap Toilet Paper
“Life’s too short to carry toilet paper home,” reads the motto of Melbourne-based social enterprise Who Gives a Crap. The idea is simple: everyone needs toilet paper, but not everyone has access to a toilet. For every toilet roll sold through its subscription service, one person in the developing world is granted access to a toilet for a week. Half of all profits are donated to charity organisation, WaterAid.
Publishing in print today is a precarious exercise even with years of experience. That didn’t stop the creators of Future Perfect, a clever and meticulously designed quarterly edition ripe with politics, culture, arts and photographic content. Printed in Sydney and distributed across the country and even overseas, it’s a worthy addition to your coffee table and bedside at just $40 for an annual subscription.
Single Origin Coffee Roasters
For those with something of a caffeine bent, Single Origin Coffee Roasters offers a fortnightly supply of beans to get the buzz going from the comfort of your own home. Starting at $18.75 per fortnight, each delivery includes a 250-gram bag of a different blend on regular rotation (not including decaf). Specific orders are available for subscription, too.
If the idea of shopping at your local department store’s cosmetics floor makes you nervous, then bellabox is for you. For $15, the monthly membership offers a mixed bag of big name and boutique beauty product minis to test and compare, before buying the full-sized products on its website. The boxes can include all manner of brands, from big names to boutique beauty labels.
“It’s time to face facts,” warns the Tiger Claw website, “nail art as a form of self-expression is here to stay.” Whether you’re looking to experiment or you are a seasoned nail-art fashionista, Tiger Claw offers a professionally curated toolbox of nail art products every two months for $19.95. Each box contains a mix of paint pens, glitter, crystals, decals, studs, striping tape and foils among other goodies.