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The Bark Box has plenty of doggone fun — maybe a growler of pooch beer?

No more complaining that your only mail is bills and Netflix. Stylish-but-busy New Yorkers are realizing subscription boxes are the easiest and coolest way to keep their lives in order and discover the hottest must-haves.

Open your door to a bit of surprise with these monthly mail-order services, which keep apartments stocked with makeup, organic household supplies, dog treats and even underwear — all wrapped up in a pretty package.

Project DIY

For: The girl who wants to make stuff — not buy stuff

The deal: The Garment District’s 70-year-old M&J Trimmings is full of ribbons and buttons of every type. But what do you do with them? The shop’s new subscription box, with instructions for fun, do-it-yourself projects, has the answer.

What’s inside: Two or three fashion-forward, of-the-moment projects a month, including instructions, materials and trim from M&J, plus a tip sheet and an inspiration sheet to customize pieces. The first box ships in September with everything you need to make a suede-fringe bag tassel.

Cost: $ 30 a month


For: Every woman in New York City (we all wear tights in the winter, right?)

The deal: Get tights from all over the world, including leggings, stay-ups and garter belts.

What’s inside: A recent box included a pair of graphic black stockings and a pair of decorative toe-stockings.

Cost: Three levels of monthly memberships range from $ 19-$ 48. Drawer full? Users can choose to skip a month.


For: Nail-art fanatics

The deal: This monthly manicure box comes with three limited-edition nail wrap sets by Scratch, in collaboration with a different nail artist each month. Add nail art tools and “accents,” like gems, step-by-step instructions for achieving various looks, plus a “surprise gift.”

What’s inside: The first box ships Tuesday and features goodies picked out by L.A.-based nail artist Natalie Minerva, aka Nail Swag.

Cost: $ 30 a month

Citrus Lane has all sorts of gifts for little kids — and something for moms, too.

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Citrus Lane has all sorts of gifts for little kids — and something for moms, too.

Citrus Lane

For: Little ones — and their moms

The deal: Each adorable, age-specific box — customized for newborns to 5-year-olds — is full of toys, educational books and snacks. And there’s always a treat for mom, too.

What’s inside: A recent kit included a toy submarine, the “ Journey Home from Grandpa’s” book and CD set, and Happy Munchies Rice Cakes for kiddos. Moms got a moisture stick from Deep Steep.

Cost: $ 25/month


For: Dogs and the people who love them

The deal: Cute toys and fun, often organic treats for pups, based on the dog’s size.

What’s inside: At least four treats every month — toys, bones, all-natural snacks and other doggie innovations. One kit came with a Heartland Premium bone, a beef-based nonalcoholic drink for dogs called Bowser Beer, Puptato Chips, Tail Mix Grilled Sirloin Burgers and Dale Edgar’s Calm K9 anti-anxiety dog snacks.

Cost: $ 29 a month for a year, or $ 19 a month for six months.

The Birchbox set is ideal for makeup mania.

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The Birchbox set is ideal for makeup mania.


For: The makeup maven who must keep up with trends

The deal: The original beauty-sample subscription service, Birchbox keeps it cheap at $ 10 for five beauty samples — and maybe a tiny tasty treat. If you love a sample, you can buy full-sized versions through its site, earning discounts for each dollar spent.

What’s inside: One box included Juicy Couture La La fragrance sample, Klorane dry shampoo, COOLA cucumber moisturizer, Whish shaving cream, and Color Club nail polish.

Cost: $ 10 a month


For: Globetrotting glamour gals

The deal: Five deluxe and travel-size samples wrapped up in a gorgeous box from international brands like Marvis toothpaste, organic U.K. beauty line Fig & Rouge, California’s Benefit Cosmetics, Greece’s Korres Natural Products, and the edgy Urban Decay cosmetics.

What’s inside: The newest kit came with a full-size bottle of SpaRitual nail polish, tarte lipstick, Philip B. travel-size deep-conditioning rinse, Oscar de la Renta fragrance samples, c.Booth dry oil mist and a mini “Glossybox Mag” charting the latest trends and “it” personalities.

Cost: $ 21 a month

Pop Sugar boxes bring a wealth of apartment items and decorating touches.

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Pop Sugar boxes bring a wealth of apartment items and decorating touches.

PopSugar Must Have box

For: Twentysomethings with their fingers on the pulse — and sparsely decorated apartments

The deal: Fun stuff, from cute glassware to things you didn’t know you needed, like an enameled snack bowl shaped like a fruit. Also, simple items of clothing or a piece of jewelry, the latest buzzworthy book, beauty products — and always a snack.

What’s inside: One kit included a stackable bento lunch box, Lulah body wash, a weekly to-do notebook, a necklace from Gorjana, an apple-shaped snack bowl by Lunares, dried Granny Smith apples, and a sample-size Dermalogica face cleanser.

Cost: $ 35 a month’s Sample Society with Allure

For: The beauty product geek who needs her fix straight from the experts

The deal: Sample Society delivers five samples from high-end brands, paired with a mini-mag from Allure on makeup tips and trends. Each box comes with a $ 15 monthly gift code redeemable on a $ 50 purchase — but the deal only works if you buy a brand included in that month’s box.

What’s inside: One box recently came with eye shadow from Vincent Longo, cleansing hair wash from Red Flower, Tres Pure face tonic, Supergoop eye cream and Lollia perfumed hand creme.

Cost: $ 15 a month

Beauty Army

For: The sample addict who hates surprises

The deal: You don’t know what you’ll get with most subscription boxes, but Beauty Army lets you choose. Fill out a profile outlining your hair type, style preference and a few other details, then choose six items from the site’s “showroom.” (Don’t like your choices? Go back and fill out the profile differently.)

What’s inside: Look for Glow Baby Glow gloss by Mark, deep conditioning mask for hair by Birogeo, Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels by Skyn Iceland, moisturizer by CerActive and Bikini Soft Shave Oil.

Cost: $ 12 a month

Honest Company Essentials

For: Folks who want their cleaning, beauty and baby products to be chemical-free

The deal: Household essentials in an attractive bundle from Jessica Alba’s eco-friendly company. Products are vegan, not tested on animals and free of silicones, parabens, dyes and petrochemicals — leaving your conscience as clean as your kitchen.

What’s inside: Organic lemongrass hand soap, two-in-one shampoo and body wash, face and body lotion, healing balm and 50 nontoxic laundry pods

Cost: Select five full-size products for $ 35.95 a month, plus $ 5.95 shipping

Panty by Post

For: Ladies who fall behind on laundry

The deal: Tell them your size, choose between thong or panty (or a mix or both), and receive a pair of anything-but-basic underwear a month.

What’s inside: Look for intimates in satin polka dots or festooned with ribbons. It all comes wrapped up in a bow.

Cost: $ 16.50 a month

Nature Box features health treats and snacks.

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Nature Box features health treats and snacks.


For: Snack attacks and health nuts

The deal: Five individual bags of snacks a month. They’re customizable, too — log on and pick your preferences, such as vegan, dairy-free or soy-based.

What’s inside: Five bags of country ranch sunflower kernels, lemon tea biscuits, whole wheat and blueberry fig bars, garden tomato almonds and dried pineapple rings.

Cost: $ 19.95 a month

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