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The 9 Best Date Night Subscriptions in 2023 – Readers’ Choice Awards

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakApr 23, 2023 | 18 comments

Cooking a meal, crafting cocktails, playing a board game, or cozying up with a movie are all classic date-night-in ideas. But, if you’re having some trouble planning fun dates— or you’d simply like some inspiration — date night subscription boxes can give you exciting new ideas. These subscriptions deliver fun date night ideas and they’re a great way to strengthen your connection with your partner on a deeper level.

Every year, we ask our readers to share their top recommended subscriptions of all types. Then we ask our experts to share what they know about each subscription to make it easy for you to know which subscription is right for you. Below, you’ll find readers’ top choices for date night subscription boxes in 2023.

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The 9 Best Date Night Subscriptions In 2023

Ready to spice up your date nights? Read on for our reader’s recommendations for the best date night subscription boxes for couples currently available. If we missed anything, drop us a comment. If you’ve tried any of these date boxes, be sure to leave a quick review (even if you had a poor experience — your review can help other readers avoid subscription remorse).

1. Date Night In Box

Best Overall

Date Night In Box with tasting score card and tasting mat

Image from Date Night In Box.

About This Date Night Subscription Box:

Date Night In Box sends monthly date boxes for couples, each including multiple creative activities, mood-setting accessories, high-quality snacks, mixer ingredients, a dinner menu, and recipes curated by a chef — almost everything you need to create a special evening with your loved one. We say “almost" because you’ll need to go on a quick shopping trip to get the ingredients for the recipes.

That said, Date Night in a Box is well-curated with fun games, thoughtful instructions, and interesting themes. Each date night box comes with a different theme which helps keep the spark alive and makes upcoming date night feel fresh and inspired.

Looking for something to keep the conversation and connection going between date nights? Date Night In Box encourages you to plug into their social media channels, where you and other members can share ways you made the box's activities your own, exchange parenting hacks, and more!

Date Night in Box also offers a “faith option,” which adds a Christian discussion guide, if that is something you would enjoy together!

Shipping: is free to the US; international shipping costs vary.

Starting at $41.99
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2. Hunt A Killer

Best for True Crime Lovers

Hunt A Killer Box Set with newspapers, letters, and clues

Image from Hunt A Killer.

About This Date Night Subscription Box:

Designed for amateur sleuths, Hunt A Killer takes couples on a journey full of thrill and intrigue. This box isn’t specifically designed as a date night subscription box but provides a fun way to spend quality time together — provided that you and your partner love a good mystery and an adventure challenge.

You’ll need to review police reports, find evidence, listen to audio, and read case files to catch the killer. The full mystery is told over the course of six “episodes,” so you’ll need to stick with this subscription to get answers, rather than opt-in for occasional one-time purchases.

The included materials feel authentic, and they’re meticulously planned by the box’s creators. The scenarios can be somewhat creepy, but they’re not outrageously violent. So, if you’re comfortable with true crime, this makes for a perfect night in.

If you try Hunt a Killer and love it, we’d recommend upgrading to a season pass (six months, or one full game) or a double season pass (12 months, two full games). The season passes cut the cost of the subscription, and both include additional gifts (currently, a Killer Cocktails set, which includes two branded Moscow Mule cups and a cocktail recipe book).

Shipping: Ships to the continental U.S. for a fee for monthly memberships, free for longer subscriptions. International shipping is available and the cost varies by location.

Starting at $30.00
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3. Escape The Crate

Best for Couples Who Love Solving Mysteries

Escape the Crate game night box.

Image from our review.

About This Date Night Subscription: If you love cooperative gaming, you’ll love Escape the Crate.

About This Date Night Subscription Box:

If you love cooperative gaming, then you’ll love Escape the Crate for future dates.

This bi-monthly game night subscription sends all the materials you’ll need to adventure through an escape-room-style storyline. The adventures allow you to use clues to decipher codes, solve puzzles, and form an escape plan. Designed for 2-6 players, this is one of the best date night subscription boxes for double dates (or triple!).

You’ll get as much as you put into it — if you love a little roleplaying, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to get creative. The puzzles are always fresh and engaging, and while they’re designed for one-time use, they’re great for gifting after you’ve “escaped.”

In case you’re wondering, Escape the Crate features a new adventure challenge in each delivery. While you use some of the same puzzle-solving techniques in each scenario, the creators put a lot of energy into delivering a completely fresh experience each time. We also love that the games can be broken into small “chapters,” so if you don’t have time to get through the entire mystery in one go, you can pick up the adventure later.

Shipping: is $5 to the US and varies internationally.

Starting at $29.99
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4. Adults & Crafts

Best for Couples Who Love Crafts

About This Date Night Subscription Box:

If you’re looking to build your connection with your partner, try building something together. Adults & Crafts is one of our favorite craft subscription boxes, and we think it makes for an ideal date night.

You’ll get everything you need to build or decorate a useful item with contemporary appeal. Past boxes have included projects like a cool geometric clock, a wall hanger, and a mug stand with personalized mugs.

Given that this box is designed for a single crafter, you may want to order two — then again, you might get more date-night mileage from working on a single project together. The subscription can be canceled at any time, and Adults & Crafts also offers craft party packs if you’re planning a night with another couple.

Shipping: is $6.95 to the US and worldwide for $20.

Starting at $39.95
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5. Crated With Love

Best for Lighthearted Fun

The Awkward Years theme box by Crated With Love

Image via Crated With Love.

About This Date Night Subscription Box:

Crated With Love date subscription boxes arrive with a themed spread of relationship-strengthening adventures to unbox. Each month, you can expect a different type of date; you might receive funny card games, crafting projects, or problem-solving activities.

The focus is on building communication skills and developing a better rapport with your partner. You’ll find yourselves laughing quite a bit — and since every date night box contains at least four activities, you’ll have tons of fun and form plenty of new date ideas.

If you’re still on the fence, Crafted with Love offers individual boxes for one-time purchases.

Shipping: is free to the US and $10 to Canada, the UK, New Zealand, and Australia.

Starting at $39.99
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6. Happily

Best for Couples Who Like to Cook

Happily date box contents - cake pop diy kit.

Image from our review.

About This Date Night Subscription Box:

Happily is a monthly subscription box for couples that contains creative activities for developing a stronger bond, and we love that it’s personalized — if other date night subscription boxes don’t quite hit the mark, this is the one to try.

You’ll start by answering some (non-intrusive) questions about your relationship and personal preferences. Tell Happily what activities you like, what you don’t like, and any dietary preferences or allergies. Happily will send out a box with treats, materials, and step-by-step instructions for building the perfect date night.

There's plenty of variety with these romantic activities, so if you’re stuck in a Netflix-and-pizza rut, this is a great way to break out of it. You might enjoy a wine-and-cheese tasting, learn new dance moves, or make ice cream — you’ll never know until the date night box arrives, and the mystery helps to make each night memorable.

Shipping: is free to the US; digital subscriptions are available worldwide.

Starting at $7.99
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7. DateBox Club

Best for Busy Couples

Check out the spicy items in this month's Date Box Club subscription box!

Image from our review.

About This Date Night Subscription Box:

It’s all about spending quality time together, right? DateBox Club curates date ideas that are fun and easygoing and delivers a complete date-in-a-box. This date night box typically includes a snack or a sweet, which you’ll prepare as a team. You’ll also get a game or activity to bring you closer as you nosh.

From our reviewer Brandi’s experience, this is a great one for parents or other busy couples, as the dates don’t require much prep or clean-up. DateBox Club simply delivers fun, low-key date nights.

Past date night boxes have included puzzles, conversation cards, and painting kits. Of course, you’ll never know exactly what you’re getting — the anticipation is part of the fun.

Shipping: is free to the US.

Starting at $41.95
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8. The Modern InLove Box

Best for Helping Couples Connect on a Deeper Level

Digital Date Night Subscription for Couples

Image from The Modern Love Box.

About This Date Night Subscription:

Initiating thought-provoking and enriching conversations with your partner just got easier with The Modern Love InBox. This digital download subscription delivers tips and activities to foster communication and ignite sparks with your significant other. You’ll receive conversation starters and activities in your inbox every month.

Enhance date night with engaging topics curated by a licensed relationship therapist. Topics include self-reflection, society, sex, relationship needs, childhood influences, values, and more. It’s a way to start more fulfilling conversations — and if that sounds like a lot of work, don’t worry. The activities are designed to be engaging and fun, so while it may seem like this box has tough topics, the Modern Love InBox is a date night subscription — not a therapy session.

This digital subscription seeks to bring couples closer together for a meaningful date night at home, and they do an excellent job. Their site also has plenty of resources for connecting with your partner and working through common relationship issues.

Shipping: is free to the US.

Starting at $12.00
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9. Unbox Love

Best for Couples Who Love Surprises

Digital Date Night Subscriptions for Couples

Image from Unbox Love.

About This Date Night Subscription Box:

Each month, Unbox Love brainstorms one-of-a-kind perfect date night ideas to help you stay excited about spending time with your loved one.

Filled with activities that allow couples to learn about one another while sharing new experiences, the mission is to make memories that last — one box at a time. Past boxes have included escape room mystery activities, brain games, and trivia with a nostalgic twist. You might also receive edible treats and beverages, but every box is a mystery. The included instructions will provide all the guidance you need, and the service never asks you to provide different materials.

The company sends different boxes depending on your physical location, and you might occasionally receive date nights featuring your hometown. Overall, Unbox Love is fun, quirky, and easy to enjoy.

Shipping: is free to the US and an additional fee for Canadian subscribers.

Starting at $42.00
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Bonus - Best Date Night Subscription Box for Food Lovers: HelloFresh

tacos from HelloFresh

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About This Date Night Subscription: Looking for a way to spend some quality time with that special someone? HelloFresh meal kits are a great way to organize a fun and easy date night that will turn up the heat. Opt for gourmet recipes like Sirloin Steak & Roasted Garlic Pan Sauce and Lobster-Filled Ravioli & Shrimp to really take things up a notch!

Starting at $56.95
Active Deal
16 Free Meals + First Box Ships Free + 3 Surprise Gifts
Use Coupon Code MSA16HF
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What Do You Think About These Date Night Subscription Boxes?

That's it for our list of the best date night boxes in 2023! What do you think is the best date night subscription box? Should we add more date night subscription boxes to the list?

Make sure to comment below with your thoughts and leave a review if you've tried any of these fun date night subscription boxes.

Jessica Hapak
Jessica Hapak
I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

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DO NOT USE UNBOX LOVE! They send you one box for the 3 month subscription, then don’t send any more, then charge you for another 3 month subscription. I CANNOT find out how to cancel and NO ONE will return my emails. There is not a phone number to call.

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Joe Hale

I want to learn more. This is some goooood stuff 🙂

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Has anyone tried sweetthenspicy.com – I am curious about this couples box.

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would love to do some sculpture work of art.

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Frankly, date night out with kids especially if you have young ones is exhausting. I’d rather do night in if we can stay awake long enough lol.

Plus, grandparents hate watching all 4 kids at the same time and end up sticking them in front of the TV instead of engaging them and getting to know them. if we do want to go out it’s hard to get them to help anyway and would rather not if that’s what they’re going to do every time. 😔

Babysitting seems like such a hassle to even try and find one you trust. Hard pass!

We’re just now getting around to date nights again but seriously we do brunch or don’t do anything but talk about nothing and watch TV.

I think these date night in a boxes are perfect for us and excited to try it! 🤗🥳

Our 13th anniversary is in a few days and plan on trying one box from a different place every month and vote on which ones we like the best at the end and see if we might continue for the long haul! Thanks for this article! I can’t wait to overhaul our date night ins!! 🥂

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Samantha Sendor

I totally hear you on all the points you mentioned, Jessica! It’s been ages since I’ve found time for a date night out, and I can’t even blame it on the pandemic! Date night boxes seem to be a great go-to (no babysitter required- score!) in light of all this. We’re eager to hear what you found to be a goodie, and hope you had a nice anniversary! 🙂

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Date boxes were the perfect solution for me and my military husband we don’t live near family or have a ton of friends so finding a babysitter can be a challenge. Date boxes helped us set aside time for each other after the kids went to bed without one of us falling asleep watching another tv show. They also allowed us to gave deeper meaningful conversations in a safe space.

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Samantha Sendor

I love this, Victoria! That’s so awesome to hear. I’d love to learn about which ones stood out to you!

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Please review Crated with Love. Would love to see what your actually getting in your box.

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Samantha Sendor

I’m with you on this– I’ll be sure to add Crated With Love to our priority list for reviews, it looks fun! 🙂

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I would love to review Crated with Love if you are looking for reviewers. Love reading your reviews for other subscription boxes!

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FYI all subscriptions are 50% off at Happily right now…so it ends up being $16.49-$20.00 per box depending on the subscription length you choose.

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Samantha Sendor

Great tip!

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These are pretty cool suggestions, since If I have to do one more jigsaw puzzle on a Friday night, I might pull my hair out!
Need some new fun ideas since I’m sick of the internet and the poor movie selections on Netflix!

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Uh, I don’t know what reality you live in, but everything in my city is…closed. Theaters, shops, parks, everything. Because of the pandemic.

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Christen Russo

Hey Celeste! I’m in your same reality—most things are closed where I live, too! This list features subscription boxes that offer an at-home date night experience as an alternative to going out. Though, I live near a large park, which has remained open during the whole pandemic—there are signs up reminding people to wear masks and keep a distance, and from my experience everyone seems to respect that. Sometimes I see couples having evening picnics away from everyone else, which I think is a nice idea. 🙂

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For the price of these you can afford to just go out and do something.. For the price you can hit up the movies then swing by the comic book shop for a cool bored game to take home after. Lol

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Christen Russo

Hey Tiffany! Like Celeste mentioned above, a lot of cities have asked restaurants and theaters and stores to temporarily close as a safety precaution during the pandemic. So these are options for while folks are staying home!

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