21 Free Subscription Boxes to Try in 2021

Everybody loves free stuff, but getting free subscription boxes (whether just for the first month, or every month) is definitely some kind of special.

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Almost all subscription box services require you to sign up and hand over credit card information. You’d have to totally okay with this since companies know how valuable your information is and may use your address to send future promotions to you via email or traditional mail.

How do Free Subscription Boxes Work?

The steps vary between companies, but they generally follow these steps:

  1. Sign up. Create a profile with your address, photo, and other information.
  2. Choose a plan. (if there are options available)
  3. Check out. In some cases, companies include their ‘free subscription boxes’ as part of their online store, so you’d have to add to your online cart and checkout before adding your credit card details.
  4. Pay for shipping fees. Not all companies shoulder the shipping and handling of your free subscription boxes, so be ready to pay for shipping fees especially if the box you’ll be receiving is a bit on the bulky side.
  5. Enter your credit card details. Yes, the first month or two is free, but the company is banking on the possibility that you’d love their product(s) so much that you’ll continue the subscription beyond the free months and the payment method is already in place.
  6. Wait for delivery. Depending on the subscription plan you signed up for, you’ll get them on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis.

Almost all subscription boxes can be “paused” (that is, skip a month or two of subscription fees) or canceled (stopped completely) if you wish.

21 Free Subscription Boxes to Try

Get one, or get all. The choice is up to you. I’ve categorized them so I could easily add new subscription boxes as I find more.

Free Drink and Food Subscription Boxes

The following are just free food samples, except they’re carefully hand-picked and grouped with other similar products.

1. BlueBottleCoffee

Blue Bottle Coffee

With Blue Bottle Coffee, you can try their famous coffee and espresso blends on them. You just need to cover shipping.

  • What’s in the box: For the free trial, you can choose from either the espresso assortment, a blend assortment, or a single origin assortment.
  • Price: Trial sample is free, and regular subscription plans start at $11 a week.
  • Shipping: At-Home subscriptions have a flat, per-shipment shipping charge of $5, or $4 for just one 6oz bag.

2. Dollar Snack Club by SnackNation

SnackNation is a healthy snack delivery service where you can order snack boxes for yourself and everyone else in your life.

Dollar Snack Club is an offshoot of this service that sends you 6 snacks monthly at a $9.99 value for only $1 in exchange for your feedback on the snacks that you received that month. As long as you answer the surveys, the price of the box remains at $1.

It’s not really free, but at a 90% discount, it’s pretty close.

  • What’s in the box: Six better-for-you snacks
  • Price: $1 per month
  • Shipping: $3.99 per month

Free Health & Beauty Subscriptions Boxes

3. Walmart Beauty Box

Walmart carries a lot of beauty brands, so it would be easy to promote products on this subscription box service, which is sent 4 times a year. The box not only includes product samples but also includes instructions.

  • What’s in the box: The contents would vary, but mostly includes products for the skin, hair, and cosmetics.
  • Price: $6.98 per box (plus tax); you can think of this as the shipping fee for a free subscription box
  • Shipping: Only in the USA

4. BirchBox

This beauty subscription box is also a popular choice if you’re interested in sampling the newest hair care, skin care, makeup, or fragrance in the market. The items included in the box are sample-sized, but you can always buy the full-sized versions on BirchBox on top of your regular box.

  • What’s in the box: Receive 5 free mystery grooming samples
  • Price: First box comes free with the purchase of a men’s 3-month, 6-month, or yearly rebillable subscription; the next ones cost $15 per month
  • Shipping: Free for new members from the US

5. Hubble 

With Hubble contacts, you only have to answer the quick questionnaire to join the community and have contact lenses replaced automatically each month.

  • What’s in the box: Comes with 15 pairs Hubble lenses
  • Price: Free for the first month; $36 per month afterward
  • Shipping: $1 for the first month; $3 per month afterward

6. Curology

If you’re having skin problems (acne, clogged pores, rashes, breakouts, wrinkles, etc.), Curology creates skincare boxes especially for you.

  • What’s in the box: Trial products sent depends on your current skin issues.
  • Price: Free for trial, $19.95 per month after the free month
  • Shipping: $4.95 in shipping + handling

7. Second Nature

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You may think this should be under the Home category, but since having clean air is a matter of health, I included this one here.

Formerly named Filter Easy, the company provides monthly furnace and air filter replacement. You just have to choose the size and frequency (options include every month, every 2 months, every 3 months, or your own custom schedule).

  • What’s in the box: Includes one air filter for each delivery
  • Price: Free for the first air filter; starts at $15 for the next ones
  • Shipping: Free

8. GLOSSYBOX

This makeup and skincare subscription box sends out your first “glossy box” free of charge, but there’s a catch: you have to purchase a 3-month plan first.

  • What’s in the box: Contains 5 hand-picked beauty products worth at least $60
  • Price: You’ll be charged $58.50 for 3 months, with a free first month included in the deal
  • Shipping: Free

9. Waldo

If you’re wearing contacts and want to try another brand, Waldo gives US residents a free box of high-quality contact lenses.

  • What’s in the box: Get 10 pairs of daily contacts as a trial pack
  • Price: Trial pack free; $18 per box of 30 lenses afterward
  • Shipping: $2.95 for the free trial pack; Free afterward

Free Subscription Boxes for Men

10. Dollar Shave Club 

The Dollar Shave Club is one of the earliest companies that made subscription boxes popular. They don’t have a free trial box, but they do have a 30-day money-back guarantee, so if you cancel before the month is over, they’ll refund your costs.

  • What’s in the box: Starter set contains 2 six-blade cartridges, handle, prep scrub, shave butter, and post-shave dew, good for two weeks; next boxes are customizable
  • Price: Starter set is at $5; price of next boxes vary depending on products you choose
  • Shipping: Free

11. Harry’s

Harry’s is home to affordable men’s grooming products, and with a monthly subscription box, you’ll get awesome deals without thinking about it anymore. Similar to Dollar Shave Club, they don’t have free trials but have a 30-day money-back guarantee.

  • What’s in the box: Starter set contains a five-blade razor cartridge, handle, shave gel, and a travel blade cover
  • Price: Starter set is at $5; price of next boxes vary depending on products you choose
  • Shipping: Free

12. Badass Beard Care 

Works similarly to Dollar Shave Club, but their products are for cleaning, growing, and softening a man’s beard instead of shaving it.

  • What’s in the box: Free box contains trial size oil, trial size balm, beard wash, beard balm pick, and a sticker
  • Price: First box is free, Badass Beard Club paid subscription starts from $14.99 per month to $43.99 per month.
  • Shipping: $3.69 for free box; free shipping for next boxes

13. Lumin

Lumin sends out curated products based on your skin type and skin problems, such as acne, wrinkles, dry skin, and so on.

Your first trial box is free; you have 30 days to cancel the subscription so you don’t receive the next boxes.

  • What’s in the box: Depends on type of set (Age Management, Classic Maintenance, Correction Trio)
  • Price: Trial box free (good for 1 month); $48 per box afterward (every 2 months)
  • Shipping: $7.95 for free trial; free shipping for next boxes

Free Clothes Subscription Boxes

14. Gwynnie Bee 

This is one of the earliest rental boxes where you can rent clothes of any size from all the designers available. You can exchange the clothes without extra charges.

  • What’s in the box: Different products each month
  • Price: $0 for the first month; $69 per month afterward
  • Shipping: Free

15. Kidpik

This kids fashion subscription box makes shopping pretty easy for your kids sized 2T to 16. Sign up with your name and email address, take the style quiz, enter your shipping details, and wait for the box to be delivered.

  • What’s in the box: Get 3 head-to-toe mix & match coordinated outfits including shoes personalized for your kid
  • Price: Average clothing box is $98; return everything within 7 days if you don’t like anything, but you pay for what you keep.
  • Shipping: Free, even returns

16. Nadine West

Similar to Gwynnie Bee, Nadine West is a styling service for women where you receive 4 to 6 pieces of clothing a month, which you can return or keep. You only pay for shipping and for clothes you keep; no styling fees.

  • What’s in the box: Receive different clothes ranging from sizes small to 3XL.
  • Price: Receive your first box free; clothes cost from $10 to $30; pay only for what you keep;
  • Shipping: Free for trial box with discount code NADINE; $9.78 for next boxes

Free Jewelry Subscription Boxes

17. Rocksbox

Rocksbox works a lot like the clothes subscription boxes above, but for jewelry. For $21 per month, you get to receive 3 pieces of designer jewelry and return them when you’re ready for more.

The $21 per month goes toward your credit to buy jewelry that you want to keep.

  • What’s in the box: Three pieces of jewelry, curated according to your preference
  • Price: $21 per month
  • Shipping: Free

18. mintMONGOOSE

mintMONGOOSE is a small jewelry subscription store run by a mother of two.

If you subscribe for either a 6- or 12-month subscription plan, you’ll get an extra first box for free.

Currently, if you provide your phone number for updates, they’ll send you a free necklace. Plus, get a surprise bonus gift every 3 months.

The only downside is that they don’t process returns, but they do replace damaged items.

  • What’s in the box: A 3-piece jewelry set; you can add earrings or rings ala carte or add them to your subscription for an additional fee
  • Price: Double first box for 6- or 12-month subscription plan; $13.99 per month for a 12-month subscription plan
  • Shipping: Free

Free Pet Subscription Boxes

19. Bark Box

Fur parents will love the Bark Box, which includes two pet-friendly toys, two healthy treats, and one chew. What’s more? They have different monthly themes!

  • What’s in the box: The first box includes free dog stuff like food, treats, and toys, but if you pay for a 6-month subscription, you get the first month free plus extra toys too!
  • Price: First box is free, with the next months priced starting at $23 per month depending on the subscription plan
  • Shipping: Free to the US

Free Book Subscription Boxes

20. I Can Read! Book Club

Published by Harper Collins, I Can Read! Books have been teaching children how to read for years. They’re offering a welcome shipment of 2 free books ($4.99 value) and just pay shipping.

  • What’s in the box: Welcome shipment: two free books; 5 paperback books per month afterward
  • Price: Free for welcome shipment; $19.95 per month afterward
  • Shipping: $1 for welcome shipment; $4.99 per box afterward

21. The Next Big Idea

The Next Big Idea is a book subscription community curated by five best-selling authors aiming to give their subscribers the two best nonfiction books per season.

Committing to a 12-month subscription also gives you access to their library of e-courses breaking down the books’ key concepts through video insights, reading guides, and author interviews. You also get access to an online discussion group.

So it’s not only a book subscription service, it’s also a book club!

If you’re not happy with the books you get, they have a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can cancel your subscription for a full refund within 30 days of your subscription (so it’s possible to keep your first box for free).

  • What’s in the box: 2 books every 3 months
  • Price: First box for free; $199 per year for ebooks (4 digital deliveries); $249 per year (4 boxes)
  • Shipping: Free

What Kinds of Free Subscription Boxes Have you Discovered?

Unfortunately, there really are no subscription boxes that are completely free, except for free magazines.

When it comes to products, a month’s worth or the first box is usually the only one you can receive for free.

Hey, they’re still free (or mostly free), so what’s stopping you from getting them today?

Have you discovered subscription boxes that are worth checking out? Do they offer free box trials? Feel free to add more to this list by sounding off below!

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