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Weekend Express with Lynn Smith

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What's in the box? Adventurous eats & handmade art

  • Each week, Weekend Express is taking a look at a new subscription box
  • This week, we looked at gourmet samples and handmade goods

Over the past few weeks, Weekend Express has been taking a closer look at a hot gift-giving trend: subscription boxes! Whether you're on the hunt for the perfect gift for your pups, kids or even a sweet surprise for yourself, we've learned there's something for everyone.

To wrap up our boxes of fun, we're looking at yummy treats and goodies for your home that you won't find in a big retailer.

For the new homeowner: "Umba" is Swahili for "to create," a motto the company strives to achieve in their day-to-day business. For $25, Umba Box will send you two to three handmade products -- perfect for someone looking to furnish their home with cutesy trinkets. The monthly surprises can range from handcrafted vases and jewelry to kitchen towels. Unlike the products you may find in the home goods store down the street, the company works directly with the artists who create the goods. Each box includes the personal story about the artist. If you like what's in the box, you can buy more of it directly from their website.

For the foodie: If you've always wanted to try a dark chocolate, orange fortune cookie or taste salted caramel corn, Love with Food may be right up your alley. For $10, the company will send you a monthly delivery of eight or more gourmet samples. The best part? For every box purchased, it'll send a meal to a kid in need. So far, the company has donated over 50,000 meals. If your taste buds fall in love with one of the funky flavored samples, you can buy full-sized products directly from the website.

To see a full list of all the boxes we've checked out, check out our slideshow.

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