A new array of companies are catering to subscription boxes for men – just in time for graduation and Father’s Day. In very deliberately curated experiences (like designer Vinyl records!), these unique boxes add a little spice to their lives. There’s now a little box out there for every man, dad or grad and here are a few of my favorites.
1. For the ultimate music fan, try slammin’ record of the month club: Vinyl Me, Please
It is part Spotify, part record store. It is the best damned record club out there, according to members. Vinyl Me, Please takes music as seriously as your music fan does. “For us, music isn’t just something we listen to, it’s a part of us, ” writes company management, which includes seasoned music executives. Over the course of a year, the service curates a broad selection of music from different artists and genres – both new and well-known – and delivers a custom record pressing made just for members. In addition to your killer vinyl, you also get a custom lyric books, art and even a suggested cocktail recipe to whip up and sip while you enjoy your tunes. If you don’t like your selection, use one of your SWAPS to exchange it for another title. Past selections have included: Wilco, Black Sabbath, Big Bill Broonzy, Fugees and Weezer.
Pricing details: Membership prices vary between $23-$27/month
Try it now here: http://vinylmeplease.com/
2. Foodie men will count down the days until their Mantry box arrives.
I love this “experience” for dude foodies because Mantry doesn’t just shove a bunch of random items in a box for men, but instead uses a team of Artisans, who source and craft with care a designer foodie box. In your mailbox you receive a creative food experience with an original theme (Bourbon BBQ Box and Tailgate Tour Box). The Mantry Manual tells you about the items, how to use them step by step in recipes and even a little about the artisan’s crafting process. The bi-monthly service delivers 6 full-size, super premium foods from around America, with little commitment. Any item you like, you can order more of through the service, as long as it is in stock. Every Mantry box ships in a signature wooden crate, “which is also a great conversation starter in any home,” says the company.
Pricing details: $49 / every 2 months or $249 annually
Try it now here: www.mantry.com
3. Looking for an excuse to upgrade his wardrobe? Frank & Oak will deliver a stylish new look for your man.
Unlike some of its competitors, Frank & Oak’s personal styling “box” is a great gifting option for men. Perfect for those without a girlfriend / personal shopper to do all the necessary wardrobe purchasing that we tend to do for our guys; and also a great way to introduce new style trends to men who are open to it, but can’t find them at the local mall. This custom experience delivers unique, affordable and edgy (if you’d like) pieces you won’t see on a single person at Citi Field. Simply sign up and answer a few questions about your style. A personal stylist will choose up to 6 items that suit your taste and budget. Try the pieces on at home on your schedule. Pay for the items you like and return anything you don’t like. There are no monthly fees unlike competitors, Trunk Club and Five Four Club. The prices of the clothing is more affordable than them, as well. Use the styling program as much or as little as you like. With the new Elevate membership (now free for 90 days), get expedited shipping, 2 hour delivery and members-only pricing options. This is a great, fun way to shop.
Pricing details: no cost for styling, simply pay for what you purchase
Try it now here: www.frankandoak.com
4. Birchbox for men: I love this service for me and why not extend it to your better half too? For $10/month, men can get premium, one-of-a kind grooming products including: face washes, moisturizers, hair products and fragrances. Great products to take along in a carry on Dobb Kit, I have found. You will thank yourself for getting him this gift.
Pricing details: starting at $10/month
Try it now here
5. For Your Handy Man who would rather spend his time with a DIY project, try The Handy Box.
Designed for handy men and women, DIY’ers and those who enjoy projects around the home. The Handy Box delivers 3-5 useful tools and gadgets to help you complete projects of any size, whether you’re hanging a picture or renovating the bathroom.
Pricing details: $83.85 for a 3 month subscription
Try it now here