There’s something really exciting and magical about opening your door and finding a box on your front porch addressed to you. When John was deployed, I found myself so excited for the mail. Even if there wasn’t a letter from him waiting for me, there was usually something else– a magazine, a postcard–something to break up the monotony that becomes deployment.
When John deployed, there were no subscription boxes for military spouses and significant others. But in the six years since, there’s been an explosion of entrepreneurs from the military community looking to fill an need. Currently, five companies create subscription boxes just for military spouses… and they’re all different. Take a look.
(Psst. The boxes are listed alphabetically.)
1. Brave Crate
What: Dreamed up by a military spouse, Brave Crate is a themed subscription box for women dealing with the deployment of their significant other. Thanks to Brave Crate, I’ve had the chance to review three of their boxes and check out everything inside. They are definitely a way to get out of the deployment funk.
Products: Past boxes have included full-sized products like boxes of tea, books, spices, candy, stationary, and bath items. July even included a solar device charger (which was pretty much the coolest thing I’ve ever gotten in a subscription box!). Each month also comes with a deployment challenge that matches the theme of the box and a calendar for the month to encourage you to make the most of deployment (and not just survive it). The subscription also comes with access to an online community of military spouses dealing with deployment .
One-month subscription: $39.99/box
Three-month subscription: $36.99/box
Six-month subscription: $33.99/box
Ready to take the plunge? Use JMG at check out to get $5 off your first Brave Crate box! (Woo!) Purchase here!
What: MilSOBox is a themed subscription box for military spouses and significant others created by a female veteran. All of the products in the box are from military spouse- or veteran-owned businesses (and very often they are handmade), or are from businesses who produce their products in the USA. Thanks to the MilSOBox, I’ve received quite a few of these fun packages, and I’m not joking–every time they delight, are really exciting to open, and get even better the next time around.
Products: Past boxes have included full-sized and sample-sized products like jewelry, spices, bath products, stationary, decals and magnets, food and candy, candles, zipper bags, shirts, tote bags, and drinkware. Often these products are personalized for your shirt size or the branch of the military you’re affiliated with.
You can also purchase themed gift boxes including “Adulting Is Hard,” “Inappropriate MilSO,” and “The Essentials.” There’s also an option to donate a MilSO Box to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation to provide military spouses with a little sunshine while their partner is deployed.
One-month subscription: $39.95/box
Three-month subscription: $36.95/box
Six-month subscription: $33.95/box
Make sure you use JOMYGOSH10 at check-out for any new customer purchase to receive 10% off your order! (Yasss.) Purchase here!
What: From the two military spouse entrepreneurs who brought you Hello Rosie Co., SpouseBox is a mystery package box that includes products from Hello Rosie Co. and She Swank Marketplace.
Products: Past boxes have included full-sized products like cute and sassy stationary, the Rosie Planner, jewelry, wallets, teas, and drinkware.
4. The Six Box
What: Created by two military spouses, the Six Box is a curated subscription box to remind military and first responder spouses that they “have your six.”
Products: Past boxes have included sample and full-sized products of healthy snacks like Bare Chips, jewelry like a Brave bracelet from Sseko Designs, their signature journal, bath and beauty products like scrubs and soaps, and home decor like prints. Each box is themed and contains six products
What: Troopster Care Packs, founded by an active duty sailor, was originally meant to make it easier for friends and families to send care packages to deployed loved ones. While they still do that, their company has exploded with exciting products and options, including a boyfriend and girlfriend care packages that can be sent either to or from deployment. (And you can always just sent it to yourself too!)
Troopster also has the option of adopting a service member and sending donated care packs to them.
Products: Products change based on which box you choose or which a la carte items you include… but here are a few examples: granola bars, single-serving snacks, magazines, socks, blankets, coffee, sunglasses, fidget spinners, bath and body products, and shirts and sweatshirts.
Frequency: On demand or through a recurring frequency of your choice (calculated in months)
Cost: Starts at $15.99 (changes with the care package you choose and any add-ons you want to include). When you choose a recurring subscription, you save 10%.
Use JOMG18 to get a whopping 20% off any and all orders with Troopster. (Sweet!) Purchase here!