A box is delivered to your doorstep once a month. A box is delivered to your doorstep once a month. Who doesn't love a freshly stocked box delivered to their door every month? (Photo: Courtesy of Matana)

6 best monthly subscription boxes for college students

Care packages for your favorite college student just got a ton easier with monthly subscription boxes. Here are our favorites.

The dorm-room shopping has begun, the orientation visits are scheduled, the tears have already started flowing ... the day is drawing nearer that you'll have to bid your college-bound child farewell. At least there's email, you tell yourself. And Facebook, and texting and ... care packages!

Luckily, there are all kinds of boxes you can send them these days. There are subscription food boxes, gift boxes, things-you-probably-forgot-to-pack boxes ... all ensuring your newly minted freshman will be well-equipped to handle the perils of being far from home. Here are a few we carefully curated. You might even decide to order a subscription for yourself, too.

Campus Cube

Known as the classic college care package, CampusCube ensures that the necessities are taken care of, and it does so with the student's schedule in mind. Its shipping works in semesters, so your student likely won't be out on winter break and risk missing a delivery. The Cubes are filled with an assortment of fun and wholesome snacks, bath and body items and other useful odds and ends. You can also pick a theme for your Cube, like Glow Spa, Midnight Snack or Smart Start, or organize boxes according to gender.


Matana

Matana boxes contain products from various regions of Israel, including jams, sauces, teas, olives and vinegars. Matana boxes contain products from various regions of Israel, including jams, sauces, teas, olives and vinegars. (Photo: Courtesy of Matana)

Matana is a culturally enriching subscription box that contains artisanal products from various regions of Israel, including jams, sauces, teas, olives, vinegars, and a sampling of non-food items such as cosmetics and handwoven baskets. Also in each gift box is a personalized postcard that tells the story of one of the vendors, creating a meaningful bond between manufacturer and consumer. “These boxes are the portal to a very beautiful ... country,” says founder Emily Berg.


Bean Box

bean box coffee subscription box Anyone need a wake-up call? (Photo: Bean Box)

Since you can't be there to make sure your college student gets up in time for that 8:00 class, allow Bean Box to deliver a well-needed jolt. Every month Bean Box handpicks four gourmet coffees from Seattle’s top small-batch roasters. They even include a stronger blend for midterms and finals. Not only is it a thoughtful gift, it's also way more economical than daily Starbucks visits.


Send Happy Things

Who doesn't like happy things? Moreover, who doesn't like getting happy things delivered right to their doorstep? Send Happy Things is a subscription box for everyone, but it's especially uplifting for those who may be struggling with the stresses of college life. Each month brings a uniquely curated group of items to make you laugh, smile and think happy thoughts. You can choose the items you want to send, like motivational stationary, sparkly tote or cosmetic bags, and jewelry.


DotBoxx

Monthly periods are no fun, but they're especially horrible when you're away from home for the first time and (possibly) have to share a restroom with 19 other women. Enter DotBoxx: a way to make your time of the month a little more tolerable. The essentials, like tampons, pads and chocolate (naturally) are a popular option, but you don't have to choose just that. You can choose adult care items or items geared toward the younger set. You can choose spa items to help your daughter feel clean and fresh, or you can choose inspirational swag to help boost her mood.


SnackSack

If your offspring lives in a dorm, he/she is going to snack. The whole three-square-meals-a-day thing you tried so hard to instill has just been given a swift kick out the residence hall door. So why not help them make it easier to choose smart, wholesome snacks over Cheetos and Skittles? With SnackSack, each month is based on seasonal themes and flavors. You can also choose from three snacking plans: classic, vegan or gluten-free.

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6 best monthly subscription boxes for college students
Care packages for your favorite college student just got a ton easier with monthly subscription boxes. Here are our favorites.