Over the years, the number of monthly subscription boxes has skyrocketed, and it seems there is a new one popping up every week. From ipsy to Love with Food, there are plenty of boxes centered on food, health, and beauty. Women can choose from an array of boxes filled with fashion, cosmetics, intimates and even bridal wear. Babies, kids and pets have their own options…so what about the men? Below, you will find a few gift subscription box ideas that aim to cater to the male population:
Noted for their high-end subscription boxes, Bespoke Post seems to follow a quality over quantity model. Therefore, instead of receiving a gaggle of sample products or small trinkets, gift recipients are treated to more substantial items in the lifestyle department. All items are curated to fit a specific limited-edition theme, such as the ‘Cheers‘ box shown below, which would make an ideal gesture for a beer lover. The boxes are also made to introduce subscribers to up-and-coming brands.
The cost to join the ‘club‘ is $45 a month, where you’ll initially select a box to start off with. For each new month, you (or the gift recipient) will pick a new box after previewing a selection of available themed collections OR you/they could skip anytime. Those in the club also enjoy free shipping and hassle-free exchanges.
For $55, you can purchase one of Bespoke Post’s monthly boxes as a gift.
If you’re not ready to commit to a monthly subscription box like this, you can still browse the company’s store to find unique brands, products and gift ideas.
Birchbox Man is a monthly subscription box that blends grooming product samples with a hodge-podge of lifestyle items that may include socks, belts, wallets, TSA-approved cocktail kits, and/or tech gear. Each box comes with a card which gives details on every enclosed item, as well as estimated prices. You also get a choice of one sample product to add to the box.
Those who currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past seem to describe the contents of the box as something geared towards:
- urban/hip/professional young men
- those who dress more professionally
- for men who take their grooming seriously
- a nice introductory for men looking to expand their grooming options
The cost of a monthly box is $20, with discounted prices if you spring for an annual subscription – breaking it further down to $16.25 per month. Birchbox gift subscriptions for men are only available in 3-, 6-, and 12-month increments, and deliver a collection of 3-4 personalized grooming samples, and one stylish accessory or gadget. A 3-month gift subscription costs $60; 6-month is $110; and a 12-month subscription is like getting 2 months free for the price of $195.
If your fella likes something in particular from one of the Birchbox Man subscriptions, the company does sell Value Kits centered on various brands, such as Art of Shaving travel kits.
If you’re shopping for a meat and potatoes type of guy, or one who is a food connoisseur, Carnivore Club is a monthly subscription box filled with quality, handcrafted artisan cured meats. Each box is packed with 4-6 meats geared towards putting a smile on a foodie’s face. A box could contain salami, artisanal jerky and/or prosciutto, including international selections such as Spanish Chorizo, French Charcuterie, Italian Salumi, and South African Biltong.
Pictured above: (1) CLASSIC PEPERONE (2) SAUCISSON SEC (3) CHORIZO (4) SALAMETTI (5) ORANGE PEEL WILD FENNEL SALAMI
The items inside of the impressive packaging are ready to eat, and come accompanied by a description of each meat, including tidbits about their origins. For those who’d like to save a particular meat for consumption at a later date, refrigeration will extend the shelf life.
Pictured above: (1) SERRANO HAM (2) JAMON IBERICO (3) SPICY CHORIZO (4) SPANISH CHORIZO
COST: Carnivore Club boxes are available for purchase as a single gift box with no commitment for $55; or $50 per box when a monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly subscription is selected.
Described as delivering “the modern man’s pantry,” Mantry is just what their name suggests – a subscription box service centered on primarily satisfying the palates of male foodies. One of the initial things that recipients of a Mantry subscription often notice is the signature wooden crate used to package and ship their selection of gourmet food items. Each crate is filled with artisan products, accompanied by a fold out card that provides details on the origin of food, and who made it.
Although those who have received a Mantry subscription have praised the variety and quality of its contents, the price of Mantry is one of the costliest subscription boxes around – $70 a pop. During the holidays, the company does offer promotions, coupon codes, and chances to slightly lower the price. Offers to save big on the first box are also available, if you’d like to spring for a one-time experience.
Nerd Block, Arcade Block, Comic Block or Horror Block
For the nerdy or geeky man in your life, or for someone who is simply a fan of pop culture, Nerd Block offers a few subscription boxes with limited curated themes that cater to very specific personalities. Appealing mostly to those with a nerdy or geeky personality, the original Nerd Block Classic ($19.99)offers an assortment of collectibles, toys, gadgets, and a T-shirt.
Other offshoots of the company include:
- Arcade Block ($19.99): Monthly boxes include gamer gear, collectibles, as well as a brand new T-shirt your loved one can add to their collection.
- Horror Block ($19.99): Recipients get a horror themed T-shirt, in addition to collectibles, toys, comics, and exclusive artwork.
- Comic Block ($13.99): A comic book lover will appreciate this box’s selection of goodies, which includes 3 comics (some could be variants or graphic novels); one exclusive T-shirt; and one comic collectible.
Fashion-Forward Box Subscriptions
For the fashionist-o in your life, there are several monthly clothing subscription boxes for men that send a variety of new wardrobe pieces at once, with most options allowing for the return of styles that do not fit personal tastes. A few examples:
- Five Four Club: For $60 a month, a stylist will curate 2-3 pieces based on a style profile and measurements, which is worth $120 or more. A prepaid label is provided for size exchanges.
- Frank & Oak Hunt Club: Prices per piece of clothing start at $20, and each month, they send out 5 items shipped to a recipient. They can return the items they don’t want…and only pay for what they keep. Also, there is free shipping both ways.
- Button Up A Month: For $16.99, you can sign someone up to receive a men’s dress shirt every month. Members get a chance to choose the size and style.
There are also a few monthly subscription services for men that focus on T-shirts. To see a more in-depth overview on the clothing-related boxes for men, click here.
Monthly box subscriptions for men make ideal gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, Father’s Day, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. Don’t know which box to select? Let the man in your life do the choosing. Create a PickUrGift Reverse Wishlist™ of possibilities, and send your hand-picked gift ideas to the one you love with the click of a button. Once they’ve made a final decision, you complete the purchase, and they’ll get the subscription that they most prefer.