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A Cozy, Bookish Night In With Subscription Boxes By Black Businesses

Erica Ezeifedi

Associate Editor

Erica Ezeifedi, Associate Editor, is a transplant from Nashville, TN that has settled in the North East. In addition to being a writer, she has worked as a victim advocate and in public libraries, where she has focused on creating safe spaces for queer teens, mentorship, and providing test prep instruction free to students. Outside of work, much of her free time is spent looking for her next great read and planning her next snack. Find her on Twitter at @Erica_Eze_.

Picture this: gooey melted chocolate, gourmet marshmallows, and a bomb candle. You have all of this while listening to an audiobook. Or, how about you nibbling on a freshly baked cupcake inspired by Filipine desert while you tuck into a cozy mystery book? If you need either of these scenarios to happen, like, right now, it may be time for you to invest in a subscription box or two.

Subscription boxes are such a great, consistent way to treat yourself. Having one (or a couple, if this list has anything to do with it), feels like getting a little gift every month. It’s especially nice when you forget it’s coming, then it’s like you get this little surprise present and your mood instantly rises. And, let’s be real, instant mood boosters are a constant need these days *cries in “I just read the news”*.

Books are an obvious go-to for unwinding, but I like to boost the relaxation factor by adding some snacks, drinks, and stress relieving things like candles. I also love to shout out businesses owned by people of color and wanted to end Black History month with a round-up of some Black-owned subscription boxes. The boxes listed below have everything you to keep yourself stocked up for whenever you feel the onset of cozy-itis. They offer snacks, books, or other bookish-adjacent things, and sometimes even a mix. As a bonus, please be sure to see if the boxes you’re interested in are having a promotion to get an even better deal.

hues book subscription box spread

Hues offers a box full of books and goodies made by BIPOC creators and writers. Ships quarterly, $16+

Bad-Alibi-Book-Box: The Obsession by Jesse Q. Sutanto, mystery themed goodies, a short story, and a mini mystery

The Bad-Alibi-Book-Box is kind of unique. It sends out a recently released Thriller/Mystery novel, 3-5 themed items, a short story, and a mini mystery that you write. Color me intrigued. You can also just have your subscription only include the book. $20+

peach colored items and books from the Call Number book box

Call Number helps you build your collection of Black literature by sending you a box of Black lit chosen by a librarian. Ships quarterly, $22+

The Jambo Book Club book box  with three children's books that have children of color on the covers

Jambo Book Club is for the mini Rioters in your life. It sends 2-3 books each month with a child of color as the main character. $35

Happier Every Chapter is another for the wee ones, but this time for middle grade. It comes with short stories (written by other 12-13 year olds!), diverse books, and treats. It’s great for youngins who love to read and are interested in creative writing. $41+

Now in Books box sample featuring the books Black buck, Fire Keeper's Daughter, Concrete Rose, and The Gilded Ones. There are also other little pamphlets with various visuals and a blue box that everything would be shipped in with the words "now in books" and "BOOKS & MUSIC BOX" in white lettering

Now in Books combines your choice of a newly released YA or adult fiction book with a curated music playlist, discussion questions, and an activity (like a recipe or puzzle) with each box! $15+

 Authentic Books box display: a face mask, the book Transcendent Kingdom, chocolate from Ghana, and other beauty products

Authentic Books sends you goodies for all five senses, connected by a centralized theme: a hardcover new release, a candle, cocktail or tea, a curated playlist, and beauty products. $48

Black Lit book box

The BlackLit box includes a new book by a Black author with discussion questions, a t-shirt by a Black designer, and 3-5 products from other Black-owned business. $50+

Paper Overhaul stationary box with lots oof cute, animal-themed items

Paper Overhaul will keep the notes you write about the books you’re reading cute. There are different themes every month and 8-12 items included in each box. $17+

Strictly Snacks

These aren’t specifically bookish, but are nice additions to your snack arsenal and will pair well with the books you’re reading.

Marshmallow of the Month Club sends you lavish, gourmet marshmallows and comes with graham crackers in case you want s’mores. Some of them are caramelized. I REPEAT: THERE ARE CARAMELIZED GRAHAM CRACKERS. $17+

snack box filled with  South African snacks

The Culture Cakes box gives you a box of snacks from a featured country (the one pictured has snacks from South Africa) and ingredients inspired by that country’s food to make your own cupcakes. $33+

My Bean monthly coffee with a French press, cup of coffee, two bags of coffee, and a leather satchel

Make a warming cuppa with MyBean Monthly, which sends you ethically sourced and organic coffee beans each month. $24+

I don’t know what you’re planning to do for your upcoming weekends, but I’ll be over here with my bougie, well-traveled cupcakes, my house smelling amazingly, and minding my moisturized business. You should join me.

If you’re looking for more goodies to satisfy your bookish heart, head on over to our Book Fetish archive.