1. New Korean & Japanese Beauty Products
If you’re a lover of Asian beauty brands, you’ve probably heard of No Make No Life. Each of these adorable pink boxes typically come with eight to nine Korean and Japanese products.
With items ranging from skincare to haircare and makeup products, you may chance upon popular brands such as Etude House and Dollywink. Subscription plans start at US$31.50.
The best part? The subscription prices for these boxes include free shipping to Singapore!
2. Fresh Bouquets For Your Home
Love the sight and smell of a fresh bouquet of flowers in your living room? Treat yourself and give Ask A French’s Surprise Bouquet (from $68) a go.
Simply pick from options such as ‘Pastel’ and ‘Tropical’ or select ‘Surprise’ to leave it completely up to the florists’ imagination. No two arrangements are identical, so you can rest assured that each monthly delivery of blooms is unique. Your home will never look or smell the same again.
3. Get Designer Clothes Delivered To You
Buying clothes every month can cost a lot of money. But having something new to wear every day doesn’t have to break the bank. Select three pieces of designer clothing from Style Theory and have them delivered to your doorstep each time. When you are ready for the next three, just schedule a pickup!
It costs $99 for the first month and $129/month thereafter with free dry cleaning. There’s no limit to how many boxes you can have delivered (just three pieces at a time). For the price of one quality dress, you can get unlimited choices and no clutter at the end of the year. Not a bad deal!
Can’t find something you like? No problem, check out these other fashion rental services in Singapore too.
4. Enjoy New Wines Every Month
Do you know your Pinot Noirs from your Sauvignon Blancs? Whether you’re popping bottles at breakfast and dinner, or just dipping your feet in and getting to know your preferred wines, The French Cellar’s monthly wine subscriptions (from $88) are the perfect way to expose yourself to a wide range of bottles.
Offering everything from the hidden gems of lesser-known vineyards to gourmet bottles popular amongst wine experts, subscribers receive two mystery bottles per delivery.
READ MORE: How To Look Like A Wine Expert At Your Next Party And Impress All Your Friends
5. Get Fresh Organic Groceries Every Week
Grocery shopping can be one of the biggest challenges when it comes to eating healthy meals and keeping a balanced diet. In fact, just thinking about carrying heavy bags home after a long workday is enough to make most of us groan!
Simply Fresh changes all that by delivering a weekly box (from $150) of fresh, organic European produce to your doorstep. While there’s not much ‘surprise’ in these crates, you can select the type of box that carries fruits and veggies you need – effectively eliminating a bulk of your weekly grocery shopping!
Photo: Simply Fresh
6. Rent Designer Timepieces For Less
As with clothes, why spend a fortune on luxury timepieces when you can rent them? From $175/month, rent a watch from Acquired Time and exchange it for a new one in the same tier the next month. Take your pick from brands like Rolex, Audemars Piguet, and IWC.
7. Watch Your Favourite Shows In One Place
Who doesn’t have Netflix nowadays? To maximise it, share the subscription with friends or family. For $16.98/month, you and your loved ones can watch Netflix in ultra HD on four screens at one time. That’s just $4.25 each if you share with three other people.
8. Stream Music Whenever
Enjoy music and podcasts with Spotify Premium for just $0.99 for the first three months and S$9.90/month thereafter. Want to pay less? Get Spotify Premium for Family. It’s $14.98 for six accounts. Just make sure that your friends share the same address as you when they sign up.
9. Receive New Reads Every Month
Any bookworm worth their salt has been to the immensely popular Books Actually at Yong Siak Street at least once, if not far too many times to count.
Beyond romantic poetry books, under-the-radar local works and titles giving off major hipster vibes, the store also offers Book Box – a book subscription service (from $59) that delivers potential great reads to you.
From themes such as ‘Food’, ‘Singapore Literature’ and Travel, to a special edition box (selections are made by the bookstore’s resident cats!), readers will be spoilt for choice.
10. Get Free Delivery + Rebates
LiveUp is a membership program that offers you benefits, such as free delivery and rebates from Lazada, RedMart, Netflix, Chope, Grab, Foodpanda, Ofo, Citibank, and SISTIC.
For example, at RedMart, you will enjoy free delivery for orders over $40, 5 per cent rebate on every delivered order, and 8 per cent rebate when you checkout with a Citi Credit Card, capped at $30. Also, you will enjoy four months of Netflix for free for the first year of your LiveUp membership.
At the price of $28.80 for the first year ($49.90/year thereafter), the benefits are pretty good if you frequent the participating brands. Plus, they have a 60-day free trial!
11. Get Your Lunch In The City Delivered To You
Working in the CBD can be quite a pain when it comes to lunchtime. Skip the queue and explore new meals with MealPal. They will deliver restaurant meals to you for just $7.99 per meal. You can even add two hawker meals to your subscription for just $1 extra each.
12. Inspire Your Child With Something New Every Month
Are your kid’s toys piling up to the ceiling? Instead of buying so many toys, consider engaging your child differently.
My Messy Box offers messy-sensory subscription boxes that are delivered to you once a month. Each box contains toys, crafts, and sensory materials that would encourage your child to imagine, experiment, and learn. Prices start from $38 for a single box purchase.
13. Get Your Fitness On Track
Yoga, Barre, and Pilates Reformer classes are not just for people who can afford Lululemon. You can gain access to great studios and classes by signing up for a fitness membership, and ClassPass is an affordable and flexible option.
Try it out with their one-week free trial. The pricing begins at $59/month and depends on how many classes you want to take.
14. Get Coffee Delivered To You
Hook Coffee delivers more than just your regular dose of caffeine, they send out fresh and unique blends representing some of the best coffee farms. All coffees are sustainably grown and ethically
With two distinct coffee plans – Classic and Special Edition, and plenty of fun flavours such as Hands Off My Nuts, Berry Berry Nice and Butterfingers, your daily cuppa is about to get much more exciting.
Not sure where to start? Customers can take a short quiz on their website to determine the perfect type of coffee for their needs. Classic from S$14 per delivery. Special Edition from S$18 per delivery.
15. Tea Delivery
If tea is more your thing, local company Gryphon Tea Company has a subscription service too, from $28.80 a month for 30 sachets from its Artisan Selection.
16. Overseas Personal Shopper
Don’t be that annoying friend who asks other people to get stuff for you when they’re travelling, or gets major buyer’s regret when the goods you ordered online arrive at your doorstep.
With Shopandbox, you just hand over a wish list, indicate which country to get it from, and the site assigns you a personal shopper (called a “Boxer”).
Chat with the Boxer, and tell him which stores to get the items from before he shops for them. When they arrive, he’ll send pictures to make sure everything’s in order, and even remove unnecessary packaging to save on shipping fees.
The goods will then be boxed in a single order and shipped to you. Expect to pay a service fee of between 10 and 14 per cent. Shopandbox has Boxers in 31 countries, including the US, Japan, France, Korea and Britain.
17. Get A Cleaner Home
You aren’t keen on live-in or part-time help, yet don’t want to get your hands dirty with household chores. You need Butler in Suits.
The service sends Home Managers with a 75-point checklist to take care of all the stuff you hate – changing the bedding, cleaning the inside of your microwave, wiping and disinfecting the toilet bowl, right down to basics like mopping.
Besides keeping your living space clean, the Home Managers also take specific requests like emptying your mailbox, doing the laundry and even getting your grocery shopping sorted.
Prices start at $330 a month for daily visits to a studio to two-bedroom apartment, and $240 a month for weekly visits.
18. Eat Clean Effortlessly
Health-food eatery Yolo designs delicious meal combinations based on the number of calories you want to consume in a day, and delivers the meals to your home.
Choose a plan starting from $19.80 that includes one lunch and one dinner (packaged in microwave-friendly boxes so you can take them to the office), plus an afternoon snack (like almonds or a healthy smoothie).
The bowls are designed by local chefs with the help of a nutritionist. If you prefer, you can build your own bowl. Each box has a label indicating the calorie breakdown.
19. Get Legit Medical Advice On Your Mobile Phone
Skip the queue at your GP’s or polyclinic with the Guardian-Mydoc app (available on the App Store and Google Play). Open a live chat with one of Guardian’s certified pharmacists or a doctor registered with the Singapore Medical Council. They’ll be able to answer basic health questions, provide general health advice, and answer queries on medication.
We asked the pharmacist for a muscle-cramp remedy, and she offered a number of recommendations that included sports tape and two types of muscle rub.
The app is linked to Guardian’s website, so you can get the necessary products immediately after speaking to the experts. Or if you’re feeling up to it, you can head for any of the outlets to pick up your order.