Date nights are a great idea for couples but they can be tricky. Just like anything, they require planning. What do you eat? What do you talk about? Do you come up with a fun activity at home or do you go out?
This is where Datebox comes in. The idea behind it is that they do all the planning so that couples have more time to enjoy each other’s company. Each date is based on a questionnaire the couple answers when they sign up – what you get will correspond to your tastes and preferences.
If you find it hard to fit in date nights in your daily life, you can join the club of people who delegate the organization to Datebox.
When you first hear about this service, your first reaction is probably, “What’s in a datebox?” There’s actually no way to know exactly before you’ve tried it. Every datebox content is personalized depending on the couple’s preferences. Also, every date has a different theme which is a surprise – there’s no way to know in advance exactly what you will find in it.
However, you can expect to get a fun activity, food or drink recipes, conversation starters, and keepsakes (to remind you of your date night). If you’ve chosen to go out, you will receive detailed information about where you’re headed – it can be a restaurant, a tour, or even something more adventurous. If necessary, there will be vouchers included in the instructions.
How Does It Work?
The first thing you need to do is choose a plan and subscribe. Once you’ve made an account, you can start saving your preferences. Datebox needs to know a few things about you and your partner so you can get the best experience. You will answer a few questions about things you like and dislike, how you prefer to spend a date etc.
After that, your date will arrive either via email or via USPS Priority Mail, depending on the plan you have chosen. The very first date arrives in the month after the subscription. For example, if you have subscribed in October your first date will be in November. From then on, dates will arrive around the 15th every month.
Cost and Price Plans
Datebox offers four different pricing plans depending on your budget and desire to commit.
The cheapest option is only digital – you pay $7.99 for a date delivered as a pdf file to your email inbox. It’s a good one if you’re on a budget or if you just want to get an idea of the concept.
If you want to try for a month, then the cost is $39.99 and you’ll be able to choose between a date night at home or out in town. Depending on your location, the latter option may not be available.
Once you’ve decided you like the service and want to continue using it, you can opt for the three-month commitment which is also the most popular one. It comes at a slightly reduced monthly fee - $36.99.
And when it’s time to make date night a serious tradition, then the six-month subscription would be the best option for you. If you choose this plan, the cost per date will be $32.99.
On the website, you will also find an option for a free trial for a Datebox digital date.
You can easily contact the Datebox team for additional information or clarification. Just click on the chat box at the bottom right corner of the page. This will give you the opportunity to write your comment and get a reply immediately. There is no phone number listed but starting a conversation in the chat box is just as easy.
They also have a very comprehensive FAQ section on the site. You can find the link to it under Support – Help Center. It’s divided into different categories which makes it easy to find what you’re looking for.
You can cancel your Datebox subscription at any time. All you need to do is login and click on “Cancel”. You will still receive any dates that you have prepaid for but after that, your subscription won’t be renewed.
There’s also an option to pause your subscription which is convenient if you plan to travel. And if you want you can easily switch to digital dates without canceling your subscription and starting a new one.
Most people love getting a surprise date night planned for them every month. They have a lot of fun following recipes together, playing games, or even learning something new, like dancing waltz. They say Datebox has made their date nights easy and convenient. It has even helped them get closer to each other thanks to arts-and-crafts sets, curated playlists, and conversation starters.
However, some people have complained that their datebox hasn’t been as personalized as they had hoped. There have been boxes whose content hasn’t entirely corresponded to the information the couple has provided in their account. Despite some criticism, even those couples admit that they find the idea of a datebox great.
Competitors and Alternatives
In case you decide Datebox isn’t the best option for you, there are several alternatives.
Datebox vs. Unbox Love
Unbox Love is very similar price-wise and also includes games and suggestions for things to cook or create. You can choose between different subscription lengths. Like Datebox, they are also very strict in not revealing in advance what’s in the box.
Datebox vs. Date Night In Box
Date Night in Box is a similar service with similar but slightly more expensive plans. Just like Datebox, they offer a different theme every month, ranging from Adventure Together to Easy Like Sunday Morning. What’s interesting about Date Night In Box is that they have a faith option, meaning that you can get a discussion guide for couples that are interested in deepening their relationship with God.
Datebox vs. Crated With Love
Crated with Love is the name of another subscription box. They offer weekly, customized digital dates that include games and challenges. Just like other such services, they also have a monthly subscription price that is cheaper compared to their competitors.
Where to Buy?
You can get your datebox at their website www.getdatebox.com. It’s easy to subscribe and get started.
Miscommunication, lack of time or exhaustion are some of the excuses you can have for skipping date night. Despite knowing it’s what your relationship needs, it’s not so easy to organize in practice, let alone turn it into a tradition. This is why a service like Datebox is so valuable and can make your life (and your relationship) richer and more stable.
2 ‘DateBox’ Reviews
Concur completely with the other review. I also bought a three-box subscription for my wife for Valentine's Day and completed the online questionnaire, which is supposedly used to curate the type of box you receive. Waited three weeks for our first box to arrive (according to the website, this is so they can carefully curate your box based on your questionnaire). Cake batter, acrylic paint, and two small thin pieces of canvas. Okay. Second one arrived a month later - cocktail recipes and a cheap card game. Third one arrived a month after that - pancake mix and another cheap card game. Mind you, these boxes are $35 a piece.
I contacted customer service to let them know that two of my boxes were practically identical and had no discernible connection to our questionnaire, and the response was apathetic. Save your money.
I would like to start of saying that my significant other and I were really looking forward to using the service as a fun way to try new things and have fun date night ideas that we wouldn’t have to plan.
I originally ordered the date box before Valentine’s day and was told it would be shipped out during the first week of March. I figured that was fine, it takes time to plan something and get it shipped out.
However, the date box did not get delivered until 3/19 which was a month and a half after it was ordered. It said it was being shipped for 2 weeks. I understand that DHL is an extremely slow service to use, but 2 weeks is excessive especially because it was getting shipped from Grand Prairie, TX to Salem, OR.
But then I figured maybe the box is going to be really great since it too so long to get here. But when I opened the box and I was yet again extremely disappointed. What did the box contain you ask? A package of pancake mix, a citrus squeezer, some powdered sugar, “romantic” cutouts, a card game, and last but not least a plastic orange juice carafe. Excuse me, what? My significant other looked at the box and asked why would anyone send that as a date and make you wait a month and a half? I didn’t have an answer because that is exactly what I was thinking too.
Who thought that this was a good date idea? Because it’s not one. In fact, it is the furthest thing from. Plus, I could have gone to the store and purchased everything that you put in the box itself for about $15-$20. Why did it take a month in a half for your company to put together a simplistic and awful idea for a date and charge $40 to do so? It’s quite clearly a rip off.
Just thought that you should have some real feedback from a couple who was looking forward to trying out date box to being extremely disappointed. Worst $40 I’ve ever spent. I hope that other people have actually gotten a good date idea out of this and not what we’ve experienced. But I highly doubt that is the case.