Deliveries straight to your door…
Is there anything better than getting a delivery? Especially as we don’t have a regular mail system in Dubai so anything that comes direct to our door is mega exciting and often makes life that much more convenient. Groceries, beauty products, kids books – even fresh flowers – they’re all available on subscription now, mama! These are our top picks of some of the subscription boxes you should sign up for pronto!
This awesome subscription does exactly what is says on the tin (or box) by delivering a monthly collection of the latest in beauty, décor and lifestyle right to your door – for a regular dose of chic. From home décor items to beauty products, spa treatments to restaurant deals and vouchers – this carefully curated box of treats is just what every mama needs in her life.
Lost your cooking mojo? Not to worry mamas (and dads)! Cook a Box sends fresh ingredients in perfectly measured out quantities plus dietician-approved recipe cards right to your door each week. All you have to do is choose which meal plan you want to go for and order – simple! Even if you only opt for 2 evening meals for 2 every week – that’s dinner for you and hubby sorted. Or go for a meal for 4 and feed the whole fam. We haven’t tried it yet but when term starts again, Cook a Box is definitely getting a call…
No time to grocery shop, plan family meals and ensure a balanced varied diet for you and your little ones? Dinner Time might just be your saviour – delivering a box to your doorstep each week, jam-packed with all of the ingredients you need to make 4 healthy meals (so no running backwards and forwards to the supermarket mama!). The provisions in the box cover a broad range of food groups and include fresh fruit and vegetables, protein and cupboard essentials. There’s also a menu card and recipes that’ll guarantee simple home cooked feasts for all the family in a few easy steps. Yum!
If making sure that your family is getting their 5 a day involves countless trips to the supermarket and the same old boring fruit purchases then sign up for this fabulously fruity box subscription and expect to receive a heap of fresh, vibrant and seasonal fruit beautifully packaged up and ready to eat (lots of items come washed and sliced and perfectly wrapped for popping straight into snack-boxes – too easy!). Boxes are available in 2 sizes and in 2 varieties – staple (for all the faves including apples and bananas) and discovery (for a few surprises). We love.
New beauty products are always a treat – but snapping up the full-sized versions without checking them out first can be risky (teenage acne is not a phase we’d like to repeat). The answer? Sign up to a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription with GlamBox and receive 4 or more beauty samples at your door each month – including makeup, skincare, fragrances, body and hair products – all from well known and up-and-coming brands and all sized big enough to allow you to figure out if you love them or not. Mamas of girls, watch out for your little ones wanting to pinch that pretty pink box each time it arrives!
If you’re on a mission to feed your family in the cleanest, healthiest way possible then a weekly box from Greenheart is a must. All produce is grown on the Greenheart farm or brought in from carefully sourced partner farms and everything is produced using 100% honest, sustainable organic farming methods. Choose from boxes that offer all the staples (salad items, onions, carrots etc) or go for a mixed juice box , mixed family box or a mixed box deluxe that has added extras including seasonal fruits – plus loads more. Always delivered with a huge smile.
Happiness in a box? Yes please! These monthly activity boxes for small and big kids will get your little ones busy and smiling through 8 different activities and a book surrounding each month’s theme. Beautifully packaged (because we’re suckers for that stuff) and filled with non-toxic, carefully sourced materials to complete each activity plus step-by-step instructions, The Happy Box is great for promoting sibling love through sharing (anything helps right?!) and making craft-time exciting.
Looking to get crafty with the kiddos but always find that you’re clean out of tape/glue/card and the scissors have gone walkabout? Kenzibox is your answer mamas – this very sassy subscription service sends monthly craft activities right to your door. Designed by 2 mamas, with the help of primary school teachers, you can guarantee that the goodies inside the box will not only fire up little imaginations but also stimulate ‘learning through play’ in the best kind of way – AND will include absolutely everything you need so there’ll be no need to rush out for supplies. Perfect. Kenzibox is designed for 3-8 year olds – the older kiddos will be able to cut and glue with supervision while the littles will love spending time sticking and painting with mama. From creating the cutest birds nest to discovering the world of magic with Magic Phil and his box of tricks, there’s something to suit all interests.
Not sure you (or the kids) can face another nightly rendition of the same old bedtime story? Possibly the most exciting box subscription we’ve found recently, Kitabox is a new concept that sends monthly collections of children’s books in English and Arabic to your home – perfect for all those little book worms out there and the ideal way to build up a library of reputable locally and internationally published books for the littles. Each month, the Kitabox team selects a theme and curates relevant tomes to suit – along with a fun playbook and other surprises. We love their ‘make reading a habit’ motto – and the kids will love the free animal bookshelf that comes with every annual subscription. Consider it booked.
A box that caters to pregnant and new mamas, this lovely subscription makes a perfect gift. Each box is very carefully packed according to you, your bump or your baby – plus customised to your pregnancy stage or bubba’s age and each one has a fab mix of practical stuff with a good sprinkling of surprises too. From maternity clothing to beauty products, breastfeeding essentials to weaning utensils plus a few treats to make mama smile (because we all need a little help sometimes).
Owned and run by Irishman, Martin – who loved the old fashioned idea of groceries being delivered daily by a regular guy whose name you knew (we’re picturing a push-bike laden with goodies) – and who now makes all first deliveries for new customers himself (sans bike – but this is Dubai after all). From poultry to red meat, seafood to pork (if that’s your thing), all produce comes from the same wholesalers that supply most of the city’s best restos and hotels – but at a fab price. Whether you’re looking for a ‘party box’ or a regular ‘weekly shop box’ there are all sorts of options to keep your household stocked up on protein!
If snack time sees you reaching for the biscuit tin then shake things up a bit and subscribe to a healthy snack delivery service that’ll bring guilt-free and scrummy treats to your home (or office) each month. Stop popping open those pringles and start munching on dried fruit, nuts, healthy chocolatey stuff and much more – each month’s box brings something new so there’s something for the whole fam to enjoy (and a few bits and pieces to add to those ever challenging lunch boxes…).
Our fave Dubai organic farmers market comes direct to your door with Ripe’s selection of boxes – whether you’re juicing or just want to make sure that your fam is getting their weekly dose of fruit & veg then this is for you mamas – and there’s lots of other produce, from eggs to baby food and pantry items all available on their online store too.
Once you’ve tasted Springbok’s homemade burger patties you won’t look back mamas – this group of UAE based South Africans know a thing or two about meat and are on a mission to bring a taste of their native land to our homes. Their ‘Weekly Clean Pack’ guarantees no nasty additives, fillers, gluten or grains of any kind and only 100% natural, grassfed hormone free beef of the highest quality. Their smoked and dried meat is completely yummy and their turkey is already on order for Chrimbo (only 6 months away – yikes!).
There’s almost nothing that brightens our day more than a bunch of fresh flowers – so how about signing up to guaranteed beautiful blooms in bud delivered straight to your door each week?! The Flowerful Project provides a box of stunning stems and easy to follow instructions on arranging them in a vase (sounds complicated but isn’t – if I can do it then anyone can!) that also provide 10 mins of completely therapeutic time away from rushing about or checking emails. Minimum effort – maximum gorgeousness – the ideal way to satisfy your floral cravings (and the perfect gift to send too!).
Reward your furry friend with a monthly box of toys, treats and chews to keep his tail wagging until the next delivery! Each box is customised according to the size of your pooch – but whether you have a Great Dane or a Chihuahua you can expect everything from Tibetan dog chews to rawhide batons, fresh breath treats and natural goodies plus loads more. WOOF!
All those beauty products – how on earth do you figure out which one actually does eliminate your wrinkles and smooth your frizz? Zanedo is a discovery online beauty site that offers a monthly sample box to help you to learn about the best beauty products and brands available in the Middle East. From high-end beauty products to grooming and lifestyle samples, the Zanedo test everything first and call on local and international beauty experts to provide their tips and tricks on how best to use everything from skincare to make-up and loads more. Want to treat hubby (or think that his soap and water routine needs a spruce up?) there’s a men’s subscription offering grooming products plus accessories from socks to techie gadgets.
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