The Beauty of Book Crates: My Top Five

by Gurpreet Sihat

There’s nothing better than opening your front door to a postman carrying a package with your name on it. It’s like getting a birthday present when it’s not your birthday, or a Christmas present when it’s not Christmas.

At the end of last year, I discovered book crates and now, I am obsessed!

The idea is simple: for a monthly fee, the company of your choosing sends you a box jam packed with bookish goodies, a new book (usually signed) and exclusive material from the author. Everything links together with a fun theme. It’s incredible!

It’s easy to get lost in the insane amount of choices. There are so many different subscription services to choose from, it’s hard to know which one is right for you. Don’t fret! I’ve done the research, I’ve bought the boxes and I’ve even counted down my top five for you.

So, without further ado, let the countdown begin!

  1. OwlCrate

What’s brilliant about OwlCrate is that whatever stock they have left over at the end of the month is sold in their online store! You can choose between buying the whole box, their exclusive edition of the book (usually signed with an author letter) on its own or the bookish goodies on their own! Not only do they cater for YA reads, they also have OwlCrate Jr. which is great for younger readers.


  1. LitJoy

The LitJoy team is made up of seven incredible women with a huge passion for books and who believe that a book without goodies is Gollum without the One Ring. And Oh My God! do they have some incredible goodies! What I like most about LitJoy is that they have five different types of crate: YA, Middle Grade, Picture Book, Board Books and Limited Edition Crates (which are often valued at twice their price). You can even add on past crate goodies which will ship as a single item but at no additional shipping cost! I’ve got my eye on a Feyre-Tamlin art piece at the minute!


  1. Book Box Club

If any of these boxes truly feel like unwrapping presents, it’s Book Box Club! Almost every item in the box is concealed from you somehow with the actual book gift-wrapped! What I love most about Book Box Club is their Secret Book Group! You get an invitation with your box to join the group where you can chat to other members AND the featured author! They also have a purely books subscription for those that aren’t into bookish goodies.

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  1. Illumicrate

Their subscription service is brilliant. Every three months they send your box with a book and bookish goodies, and as a quarterly service, they always seem to have a hell of a lot more goodies than monthly subscription book crates. You’ll receive a signed book (usually with a letter from the author), four or five bookish goodies and then a handful of extras that range from posters to badges, bookmarks to temporary tattoos. An extra bonus is that you also receive a special advanced for upcoming masterpieces! It’s fantastic! Something else Illumicrate offers is their Special Edition Boxes. These are specially curated boxes inspired by a specific book instead of a specific theme. I’ve preordered and am currently waiting eagerly for the Starfall edition which releases in a few weeks.


  1. FairyLoot

Despite how mad I am about the previous four book crates, my number one is FairyLoot! This is the box that I chose to subscribe to monthly, instead of picking up the odd single purchase or past box. What I love most about FairyLoot is that, in your box, you receive a card with a hash-tagged number on it. Put the tag into Twitter or Instagram and you’ll be paired off with a Reading Buddy! It really makes you feel like part of a community. If you’re into YA Fantasy, this is the box for you!

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If you’ve found any book crate that you think ought to be in this list, then send me a message and I’ll check it out!

Until then, have fun reading!

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