According to science, monthly date nights are part of the secret to having a long-lasting marriage.
In our experience, subscription boxes for couples can be a fun and unique date night opportunity, or, they can be a huge flop.
There are so many monthly subscription boxes for couples flooding the internet and social media.
After reviewing and testing dozens, these are the seven best date night subscription boxes.
the best subscription boxes for couples
That’s right, monthly date nights are part of the secret to having a long-lasting relationship.
A 2016 study by the Marriage Foundation followed 10,000 married couples in the UK, tracking how frequently they had a date night.
Ten years later, the verdict was in:
Couples who went on date nights once per month had the best likelihood of staying together and the highest ratings of relationship satisfaction.
Surprisingly, the folks who either went on weekly date nights or rarely at all had nearly identical breakup rates (14% higher than the monthly daters).
It turns out that weekly date nights add unnecessary financial stress and take away well-needed personal time.
Considering that the average US date night costs $98 (and $150 if you live in New York City), it’s no wonder that date night can be a source of stress.
So how can you re-invent date night and show your loved one a meaningful, unique, fun, or romantic date night without breaking the bank?
Four words: subscription boxes for couples.
Our List of the Best Subscription Boxes for Couples
If you think a date night subscription box isn’t sexy, think again (especially since you can actually find subscription boxes focused on just that — sex).
If you think a subscription box can’t be so fun that you feel like a kid again and completely lose track of time, again, think twice.
Frankly, as minimalists who take pride in our creative date night ideas, we thought subscription boxes were pretty cheesy and unnecessary.
However, these monthly subscriptions seemed like a perfect way for couples to always have a fun date night planned every 30 days. So we scoured the web, asked for recommendations, and tried a bunch of boxes ourselves.
Some of the date night boxes were so unique and fun. But, as we suspected, many others were a flop. We won’t be mentioning them on our list of the top subscription boxes for couples.
According to us, these are the best subscription boxes for couples that are absolutely worth it.
The Best Monthly Subscription Boxes for Couples
The following are our top recommendations for date night boxes that suit every duo, from engaged couples to older couples with years of relationship under their belt.
Have fun with it and let us know if we missed any of your favorites in the comments below! Of course, lean into your hobbies as a couple and we hope you discover your perfect date night box as well!
The #1 Best Subscription Box for Couples (By a Long Shot): The Adventure Challenge
The same study also found that when you have “couple time” at least once a week, each partner reports being 4X happier with the relationship than those who have it less frequently. (“Couple time” was defined as one-on-one time spent talking or doing an activity.)
With The Adventure Challenge book, you have your next year of date nights already planned.
High-quality, spontaneous (and affordable or free) dates with the perfect mix of adventure and sentimentalism are awaiting you right now with The Adventure Challenge.
The company that went from a failed Kickstarter to a $100 million business in a few years has a seriously awesome product.
We highly recommend The Adventure Challenge: Couple’s Edition (with the camera). It’s a journal with 50 scratch-off dates/adventures/experiences. The premise is that you don’t know what the date is until you scratch it off, and then you’re committed.
We’ve done 21 of the 50 dates so far, and they’re all fantastic with some seriously special ones in there. From painting each other’s bodies to replicating a date night that your grandparents went on, we share in our full Adventure Challenge Book review and what our dates have been like.
For a monthly subscription box, they also sell an Adventure Box that goes a long with the book.
Our #1 Murder Mystery Subscription Box: Hunt A Killer
Seriously, this subscription box is crazy fun and has our #1 vote.
While it’s not necessarily a “date night” box strictly for couples, we were delighted and surprised with Hunt a Killer. You work together to solve a murder mystery as if you’re the private investigators.
We were given instructions, access to an online portal to review the evidence, a tutorial on code-breaking, a creepy Spotify playlist, plus a packet in the mail that included things like a police report, town map, journal, and, darkly, a funeral service program.
This box felt kind of… real. Over the next 2-3 hours, we worked together to figure out where the murder took place. It was not overly hard but a genuine challenge.
Plus they provide tips and hints on their website if you need a bit of direction (and the answer, which you submit through their online portal to see immediately if you got it right before moving on!)
And the best part? Each monthly subscription box is only one part of the whole murder mystery. The boxes we solved for the murder of “Beth” on creepy Mallory Rock, Maine were part of a 6-part series.
So throughout 6-months, we got to play along (and dress the part), amass all of our evidence, and solve the murder.
Bravo, seriously well done Hunt a Killer! We had a ton of fun and it was hilarious how into it we both got! This is a straight-up cool and ridiculously fun subscription box for couples.
Prices start at just $25 a box if you commit to a double “season” (aka a yearly subscription with boxes shipped out monthly). There’s a good reason over three million boxes have been sent out — give it a try and see for yourself!
Hunt A Killer is the most unique monthly subscription box we’ve found. Therefore, we think it’s the best gift subscription box to share with special couples in your life.
Update: We completed our first season and are still hooked. Check out our full Hunt A Killer game review where we share our thoughts and experience.
Our #1 Pick For the Romantics: DateBox Club
Are you looking for the perfect, romantic date night? Look no further than DateBox Club.
We tried several date night boxes, and honestly, most were either lame, difficult to follow, or felt a bit cheap. DateBox Club was none of these things and our unmistakable favorite for romance.
It’s clear that a lot of thought, love, and research goes into every DateBox Club. What’s most impressive is that the team behind DateBox Club actually makes their own games from scratch.
So far we’ve played holiday-themed “Christmas Carol” charades, tangrams, baked dessert, and even painted and stenciled on small canvases!
Our all-time favorite has been the “Date Night Match-Up.” For this date night, you and your partner compete in 45 challenges (like flip cup or trying to eat an Oreo placed on your forehead). It’s super fun, and the boxes provide everything you need — even a playlist!
Additionally, each romantic box for couples usually includes a small snack or even a candle to set the mood!
If you’re looking for a huge range of differing date nights each month that are fun and unexpected, look no further than DateBox Club. Hands down, this is the best monthly subscription box for couples who want to connect and have a romantic date night.
A DateBox Club box starts at $41.95, but with 3, 6, or 12-month subscriptions, you’ll save up to 10%.
The Best Sexy Date Box: The Modern Love Box
Seriously, who doesn’t want to spice up their relationship with steamier and more connected sex?
We think most couples want to but don’t know how to get started. Looking at “games” on Amazon and elsewhere, it all seems underwhelming. What if it’s weird or awkward? Or, worst of all, what if it’s lame and closes that door forever?
The Modern Love Box was created by a Licensed Relationship Therapist who wants you to have better sex and a better relationship.
The Modern Love Box offers a bunch of different boxes that are one-time purchases but they have an “InBox” monthly digital email with relationship games. They all have differing levels of sexiness, as some boxes are more focused on romance and connection.
We had the “Sexy Adventure” box, which includes a blindfold, oral gel, a communication game, and truth or dare sticks. Here are a few (and frankly, more PG) truth or dares to give you an idea:
- What turned you on most the first time we had sex?
- Describe the hottest sex dream you’ve ever had.
- What’s the most taboo place you’ve ever wanted to have sex?
- What’s one place in the house where you’ve always wanted to have sex? It’s time to christen it.
- Put on some music and treat me to your most titillating striptease. Make it last.
- Give me an orgasm where I can be as loud as I like and then I’ll give you one where you have to be silent.
Fun, right?! The Modern Love Box is a winner in our book, and their blog is an excellent resource for spicing things up.
For a high-quality date night box to guide you towards a sexier adventure, our vote is with The Modern Love Box.
Most boxes from The Modern Love Box are one-time gifts between $60-$66. Their talented team also offers monthly “digital” date nights sent straight to your email for only $12 a month.
Favorite Wine Subscription Box for Date Night: MYSA
Have the date night activities already planned and only missing the wine pairing?
MYSA is a couple-run company (and you know we love that!) focused on natural, sustainable wines, many of which are organic.
These are the wines we prefer, as Ryan sometimes experiences headaches from wine (and I’m not talking about over-indulgence). Did you know that more than a third of wine drinkers occasionally experience these headaches?
While there’s no silver bullet, this is heavily dependent on the type of wine and how it’s made. We find that natural wines help a lot.
With an MYSA subscription box, you can select anywhere from 3-12 wines to get shipped to you each month, starting at $84.95. All of the wines are natural, and you can pick a mixed selection or even specify all orange or red.
The subscription can be anywhere from 1 month to 1 year long.
Additionally, MYSA wine makes an excellent gift subscription box for couples. Talk about an amazing gift that is lovingly curated also celebrates smaller vineyards. As their slogan says, “Don’t drink boring!” Cheers!
The Prettiest Puzzle Date Night: JIGGY
Has the pandemic awoken any sleeping puzzlers out there as well?!
Puzzles don’t need to be reserved only for a rainy day at the cabin. There’s something cozy and hygge about it, especially when pairing up to puzzle for date night.
We love JIGGY, because as their motto says, they provide puzzles worth framing.
The monthly subscription includes 500 piece puzzles from a diverse set of amazing artists. They also offer puzzles designed through collaborations with companies like Anthropologie and Kacey Musgraves, so you know it’s cute.
This is an excellent date night monthly subscription box for couples to de-stress, shut off their mind, power on their teamwork, and connect in a meaningful way.
Therefore, if you need more beautiful puzzles in your life, check out JIGGY’s monthly through quarterly subscription boxes, starting at $27.55/month.
Also, while most of these are subscription boxes for adults, JIGGY puzzles are a great activity for the whole family.
Best for Your Sweet Tooth: Mix Box
Do you and your sweetie have a sweet tooth?
If you’re budding bakers and love to cook together, try out Mix Box. Each box comes with all the raw materials you need (except, perhaps, the eggs!) so you and your honey can whip up some delicious home-baked goods from scratch.
What we like about Mix Box is that the recipes push even us semi-experienced bakers further than we’ve gone before, with recipes for berry compote-filled cupcakes and cinnamon buns.
Each month features a different recipe, and one alternative if you prefer to swap it out. In addition to the recipes and raw ingredients, a video tutorial is included so there’s no second-guessing if you’re messing it up or making it right.
Honestly, that’s our biggest complaint about other date boxes we’ve tried — the recipes are too simplistic that we get lost.
Each Mix Box makes a generous 12-32 servings, so odds are your friends and family will be voting for you to gift these subscription boxes for couples!
The cost starts at $27.95 per month with up to yearly subscriptions.
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Closing Thoughts on Subscription Boxes for couples
These fun subscription boxes for couples are worth your time. The reward is increased love, intimacy, and simply sharing a fun experience together.
Since monthly date nights strengthen your long-term bond, date night boxes are a great way to stay on track and spend quality time together.
Did your favorite couples subscription box make the list? Comment below and we’ll keep on crowd-sourcing the best boxes for you and your loved one.
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