09 Apr 11 Things you Didn’t Expect Could be Delivered to You

When you think about “on-demand” what comes to mind?

Perhaps you’re imagining cars picking up passengers from city sidewalks, delivering them to their next clubbing location; or gourmet food being delivered to starving twenty-something’s–but what else?

Turns out, there’s a host of things you can have delivered to yourself. From everyday necessities to oversized luxuries, we’ve scoured the web to bring you the top eleven unexpected things you can get delivered. Let’s go!

1. Ice Cream

Ice Cream

It’s hot out and you’re craving something sweet. You think to yourself, “If only there was a creamy frozen treat that I could get delivered to where I am, sitting beneath this palm tree.” Frozen treat, palm tree-sitting dreamer, you are in luck.

Companies including MilkMade Ice Cream are revolutionizing the ice cream space, bringing quality ingredients and taste to consumers in need of a simpler fix. Just start your subscription and enjoy as flavors like “Five Dollar Toast” and “Spiced Apple Cider Donut” arrive at your doorstep.

2. Massages


After a long day of work, a massage can be amazing. Problem with this is, if you don’t already have one on speed dial, a massage therapist can be a hassle to find. A typical search might involve numerous sites, cross-checking information, searching for reviews. By the time you’ve found one, it’s probably to time to start the next day.

On-demand massage services, like Zeel, bring together all of this information and more in one convenient experience. With just a few clicks, you can have a great massage therapist on their way to you.

3. Durian


For the uninitiated, Durian can be quite an experience–one whiff and you’re searching around for what went bad around you. For many though, the taste is amazing and almost heavenly. The unique look of this fruit paired with its overpowering smell and taste has deemed many to call it the “King of the Fruits.”

Grocery delivery startups like Instacart bring you anything you would want to get from a supermarket with the convenience of staying in bed. As long as the grocery store you would normally get Durian from is a provider of theirs, you can have a shopper happily pick it up and bring it home to you.

4. Toilet Paper

Toilet Paper

Speaking of overpowering smells, when you got to go, you got to go. What do you do when you use that last sheet of toilet paper though?

Normally, one might panic. Subsequent steps might include reaching under to pilfer some paper from a neighbor’s stall, embarrassingly calling a significant other or roommate for a roll, or using whatever resembles paper within reach to clean-up.

Luckily, through the wonders of technology, you can do your business, stress-free, by calling on businesses specializing in toilet paper delivery.

Services like Toilet Paper Society aim to solve the problem of people stranded on their toilet seat with rolls that are effortlessly sent to your door, based on how much you use, so that you never run out.

5. Condoms


Have you ever had one of those moments when… well, you know… when… Okay, we’re not going to beat around the bush with this one, but yes… you can get condoms delivered, on-demand, thanks to services like L.

Here’s to making amorous congress little safer, for everyone.

6. Bento Boxes


If you’ve never had lunch or dinner that is compartmentalized, you’re missing out. Bento boxes are the perfect meal option for those of us who like to keep our foods separate from one another. Typically reserved for Japanese restaurants and trendy fusion places, the bento box is finding new life with help from companies like Bento.

Choose from a selection of main and side dishes that are rotated daily to create a customized lunch experience. Food just got a little more fun.

7. Cash


Have you ever had one of those moments when you go to a restaurant, finish your meal, and suddenly see the “Cash Only” sign? Frantically searching through your wallet, you realize that you only have card because you decided to spend your last bill on a slice of pie?

We know your pain, and so do services like Nimbl.

Now, you can discretely get cash whenever you need it, delivered to your location with just a few quick clicks on your phone.

And when the money comes, just tell the delivery person to meet you in the restroom. Your date will never know.

8. House Keys


Losing keys can be such a hassle. You need to find out who has a spare, how to acquire them, where to get them copied, and return the spare to its rightful owner. Companies like Keys Duplicated make this process a little less painful.

By utilizing on-the-go technology, these services aim to speed up the key creation process from beginning to end. For Keys Duplicated, in particular, users simply have to take a photo of the front and back of the key. The unique angles and spacing of the key notches, are used to create keys for most any door.

All that’s left, after this, is for the key to be delivered to you.

9. Haircuts


Everyone has their preferred hairstylist. How many times, though, have you been away on vacation or a work trip, looked at yourself in the mirror, and thought that you could use a haircut?

Do you now 1. Spend a large chunk of time finding someone to cut your hair, or 2. Simply ignore your feelings?

How about a third option?

With help from services like Shortcut, you can get a barber on-demand. Get your haircut at home, in the office, abroad–however you’d like, whenever you’d like. Receive peace of mind and always look your best.

10. Bikes


There’s something special about riding a bike around town. It provides an experience that’s quite distinct from getting around by foot and car. Riding a bicycle around can be a great way of exploring towns when vacationing, but who can really take their bike to go?

Apps like Spokefly help provide the experience of riding a bike, whenever you want, wherever you want. In Spokefly, you simply choose a bike to ride, located it, unlock the bike with the provided password in the app, and go. Later, when you’re finished, you simply lock up the bike, take a photo, and check-out.

Transportation made simple.

11. Snow Plowers

Snow Plowers

It’s been snowing non-stop since you fell asleep early last night. Now your alarm went off and you have to go to work.

Do you 1. Wake up now because you need to shovel a significant amount of snow before you can see the top of your car, or 2. Call for a snow plower and sleep in more?

Price pending, many people would probably go with the latter option and sleep more. On-demand snow plowers companies, like Plowme, give people in snowfall prone areas the kind of comfort and reliability they need to focus on everything but the snow.

Bonus: Art


We wanted to include this in the main list, but it seemed a bit of an outlier. Most of the items on this list have a pretty well-defined use; ice cream to eat, keys to open up doors, and snow plowers to remove snow from paths. Art, however, is a little more esoteric.

Easely is one such service that allows you to get art delivered to you. For free, once a year, you can swap out your leased art–allowing you to keep your place looking fresh and the envy of all those around you.

What’s something unique that you would like to see delivered on-demand?

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