5 Fun Subscription Boxes for Pop Culture Fans

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Chainarong Prasertthai, iStock via Getty Images Plus

If the unboxing-video trend has taught us anything, it’s that we really enjoy getting boxes in the mail full of cool things to inspect. Subscription box services scratch that itch nicely. Typically sent on a monthly or bimonthly basis, these services stuff their regularly scheduled care packages with items that fit a particular theme, whether it's pop culture franchises like Harry Potter or something broader, like vintage video games. If you want a box of something fun to land on your doorstep each month, check out these geek-friendly pop culture-themed subscription boxes that you can sign up for right now.

1. Funko Pop in a Box; Starting at $11 per box

A number of Funko Pop! figures based on the James Bond franchise are pictured
Funko

Funko Pop! figurines are the must-have collectible of the 21st century. If you want a steady supply, their Pop in a Box service will deliver figurines to your doorstep. The price varies on the number of Pop! figures included in each monthly box. If you’re happy with one, it’s $11. For 12 Pops! per box, it's $100. You can choose Pops! you like and keep track of ones you already own to make sure you don’t get any duplicates. The company also offers custom Pop in a Box subscriptions for fans of Marvel, Disney, animation, television, movies, and more.

Buy it: Funko

2. Wizarding World; Starting at $45 Per Box

An assortment of Harry Potter merchandise is pictured.
Loot Crate

Harry Potter fans can get their fix with this bimonthly shipment of four to six officially licensed goods that should appeal to wizards and fantastic beasts alike. Past packages have included bookends, apparel, and wands.

Buy it: Loot Crate

3. Sci-Fi Collectables and Gear; Starting at $45 Per Box

A subscription box with sci-fi merchandise inside.
Loot Crate

In this sci-fi subscription box, fans have the option of selecting one crate for $45 or four crates for $180. Then, every two months, a bounty of clothing, collectibles, and more merch from sci-fi movies, books, and games will be delivered right to your door. And the offerings are as diverse as the genre itself—boxes can include merchandise from serious sci-fi like Alien and the Deus Ex video games, or more lighthearted fare like Ghostbusters and Back to the Future.

Buy it: Loot Crate

4. Marvel Gear and Goods; Starting at $42 Per Box

Two Marvel pillows sit next to one another.
Loot Crate

Marvel fans can get their fill of goods in this bimonthly service that picks a theme or event from the comics universe and assembles four to six related items, ranging from Spider-Man throw pillows to Thor drinking glasses to Wolverine tote bags.

Buy it: Loot Crate

5. Rick and Morty Collectables and Gear; Starting at $45 Per Box

A Rick and Morty subscription box.
Loot Crate

Fans of Rick And Morty will get a lot out of this box. Every three months, subscribers can enjoy a crate packed with clothing, collectables, and more merch surrounding a particular character from the hit television series.

Buy it: Loot Crate

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This Outdoor Lantern Will Keep Mosquitoes Away—No Bug Spray Necessary

Thermacell, Amazon
Thermacell, Amazon

With summer comes outdoor activities, and with those activities come mosquito bites. If you're one of the unlucky people who seem to attract the insects, you may be tempted to lock yourself inside for the rest of the season. But you don't have to choose between comfort and having a cocktail on the porch, because this lamp from Thermacell ($25) keeps outdoor spaces mosquito-free without the mess of bug spray.

The device looks like an ordinary lantern you would display on a patio, but it works like bug repellent. When it's turned on, a fuel cartridge in the center provides the heat needed to activate a repellent mat on top of the lamp. Once activated, the repellent in the mat creates a 15-by-15-foot bubble of protection that repels any mosquitos nearby, making it a great option for camping trips, days by the pool, and backyard barbecues.

Mosquito repellent lantern.

Unlike some other mosquito repellents, this lantern is clean, safe, and scent-free. It also provides light like a real lamp, so you can keep pests away without ruining your backyard's ambience.

The Thermacell mosquito repellent lantern is now available on Amazon. If you've already suffered your first mosquito bites of the summer, here's some insight into why that itch can be so excruciating.

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These Rugged Steel-Toe Boots Look and Feel Like Summer Sneakers

Indestructible Shoes
Indestructible Shoes

Thanks to new, high-tech materials, our favorite shoes are lighter and more comfortable than ever. Unfortunately, one thing most sneakers are not is durable. They can’t protect your feet from the rain, let alone heavy objects. Luckily, as their name implies, Indestructible Shoes has come up with a line of steel-toe boots that look and feel like regular sneakers.

Made to be incredibly strong but still lightweight, every pair of Indestructible Shoes has steel toes, skid-proof grips, and shock-absorption technology. But they don't look clunky or bulky, which makes them suitable whether you're going to work, the gym, or a family gathering.

The Hummer is Indestructible Shoes’s most well-rounded model. It features European steel toes to protect your feet, while the durable "flymesh" material wicks moisture to keep your feet feeling fresh. The insole features 3D arch support and extra padding in the heel cup. And the outsole features additional padding that distributes weight and helps your body withstand strain.

Indestructible Shoes Hummer.
The Hummer from Indestructible Shoes.
Indestructible Shoes

There’s also the Xciter, Indestructible Shoes’s latest design. The company prioritized comfort for this model, with the same steel toes as the Hummer, but with additional extra-large, no-slip outsoles capable of gripping even smooth, slippery surfaces—like, say, a boat deck. The upper is made of breathable moisture-wicking flymesh to help keep your feet dry in the rain or if you're wearing them on the water.

If you want a more breathable shoe for the peak summer months, there's the Ryder. This shoe is designed to be a stylish solution to the problem of sweaty feet, thanks to a breathable mesh that maximizes airflow and minimizes sweat and odor. Meanwhile, extra padding in the midsole will keep your feet protected.

You can get 44 percent off all styles if you order today.

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