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Five subscriptions boxes that you need to know about

Not only do subscription boxes provide something to look forward to, but they can also really help to broaden horizons and introduce new products into our lives. We've rounded up our favs...

Written by High Life North
Published 17.01.2020


The seasonal subscription box with a motto of empowering and supporting women. The idea is to have a fresh start to the four seasons of the year with a little help from the Fempowerment box which includes a range of products created by powerful female-founded businesses – all in aid of improving the self-confidence of women throughout the UK. Better yet, this female-led subscription box service was founded right here in the North East.

What’s included? Four times a year, the Fempowerment box consists of a twenty-page magazine full of exclusive discounts, product tips and the stories behind every brand. Each box also includes 6-8 full-sized products all selected carefully to help empower subscribers. 


£35 for a one-off box

£30 payment 4 x a year for a seasonal subscription

£100 payment upfront for an annual subscription.

Craft Gin Club

With over 60,000 current members, this monthly package containing one of the world’s finest small-batch gins is Dragons’ Den approved. Over a yearly subscription, six bottles are sourced from the UK and the other six from around the world. The passion behind the company comes from business school friends who wanted to help gin lovers discover and enjoy new gin brands while supporting the fantastic producers.

What’s included? Each subscription box contains a full-sized bottle of craft gin, as well as tonics and garnishes, that are carefully selected to compliment the alcoholic flavour. Subscribers will also receive a recipe pack for cocktails of the month, sweet and savoury treats to enjoy while trying the drink and a 56-page club magazine.

Price? £40 per box which can be issued monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly.

The Newcastle Veg Lady (Riverford Organic Farmers)

Farmer Guy Watson first started growing and delivering organic vegetables to local friends in Devon in 1987. Since then, the business has expanded nationwide, offering employment and strong grower-consumer links with local farming support. Now Riverford farmers deliver over 47,000 boxes a week UK-wide. The North East regional representative is @thenewcastleveglady who delivers the organic veg boxes straight to subscribers’ doors weekly.

What’s included? Choose from small, medium, large or bulk boxes which include seven to twelve organic seasonal vegetables, with potatoes, carrots and onions included each week. Riverford also offers an organic meat box which often includes, pork shoulder, beef sirloin steaks, chicken breast, beef mince and lamb chops. Wanting to take the hassle out of the full weekly food shop? Select the meat, fruit and veg subscription box which supplies you with all the products you need.

Price? Small fruit and veg boxes start at £12.65 and bulk boxes at £23.95. Meat, fruit and vegetable boxes start from £30.95 per box.

Little Crumbs

Little Crumbs is a North East-based cooking box designed to deliver a magical experience for children aged three to 10-years-old. Each box contains all of the ingredients needed to enjoy a range of family activities delivered straight to your door. The founders of Little Crumbs understand the hectic schedules parents have and their subscription boxes are designed to be as hassle-free as possible while keeping children entertained, engaged and educated.

What’s included? Boxes contain all dry food ingredients and materials along with the monthly recipe and craft/activity instructions. A short-illustrated story allows children to relate to the story characters and make a memorable experience. The Little Crumbs monthly boxes allow children to experiment with new flavours, explore their senses and understand where their food comes from.

Price? £12.99 per month.

The Willoughby Book Club

The Willoughby Book Club is the UK’s leading personalised book subscription box. Founded in South Leicestershire in 2012, the club sends books out to thousands of subscribers in almost forty different countries worldwide. The passion behind the business is to celebrate book-lovers’ enjoyment of receiving a new book through your door, which has been hand-picked and gift-wrapped, especially for the reader.

What’s included? Fill out a short questionnaire about your reading tastes and The Willoughby Book Club will deliver three, six or twelve new, hand-selected books once a month. Each book will be gift wrapped, alongside a personal message from the literary team. Every package is unique to the receiver, based on the subscriber’s love for fiction novels or recipe and picture books. The best part is that for every subscription box sold, the company donate one new book to the charity Book Aid International.

Price? Boxes start from £39.99 for three books per month.

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