The 14 Best Men’s Subscription Boxes (That Go Beyond Socks & Razors)
Guys, they’re just like us. All they really want is to feel like a kid on Christmas…every month when a subscription box filled with wine bottles, coffee beans or tech gadgets shows up at their doorstep. Or maybe he wants to ensure he never runs out of razors and socks, two of life’s biggest necessities. Or he might just want someone else to do his clothing shopping for him. The truth is, there’s a subscription box for nearly every man, and these 14 are a good place to start.
1. Dollar Shave Club
What you get: The first shipment is a starter set that comes with a razor, two blades and a variety of travel-size grooming products. For following months, customize a restock box with full-size items.
Why we love it: If buying razors is always a forgotten task, give his scruff a little extra attention with personalized shipments. For less money than he’d pay in the store (and way more convenience), Dollar Shave Club offers three razor options (two blades, four blades and six blades) and has additional products to add to each shipment, including body wash, shampoo and toothpaste from Dollar Shave Club’s own brand. Plus, subscribers can select what day and how often they want to receive their box.
What you get: Four expertly curated bottles of wine each month
Why we love it: He’ll take a quick, six-question quiz that helps determine the flavors he likes, and then Winc will select four bottles based on his palate. No more judging reds and whites by their labels in the middle of the liquor store (admit it, you do it, too). Then he’ll rate his wines to get better recommendations for the next delivery.
3. Breo Box
What you get: Five to eight of the latest tech gadgets
Why we love it: Does he always pine after (and obsessively research) the newest tech launches? Then this is the box for him. Every three months, he’ll get a shipment of unique gadgets, home goods, fitness products and more (think drones, Tesla lighters and hydroponic herb gardens) that are curated to fit the season.
4. Menlo Club
What you get: Two or three items
Why we love it: This is just the thing to help men expand their style—without a fight or ending up with a pair of ill-fitting chinos. Expect boxes to come packed with clothing, footwear or athleisure from the brand’s in-house men’s labels. Eight months per year he’ll receive clothing-only boxes, while the other four months will be split between shoes and activewear. A yearly shipment calendar is sent to customers at the beginning of their membership, so he’ll know what to expect each month.
5. The Tie Bar
What you get: Twelve ties per year
Why we love it: Every three months, a box of three best-selling ties from this brand will arrive to freshen up his wardrobe. The Tie Bar has a surprising array of styles, from long to skinny and even bow ties, for all those formal weddings coming up.
What you get: Four to six sample-size products
Why we love it: Yep, the OG beauty subscription box also caters to dudes. This sample-packed delivery is great for test-driving products before committing to full-size bottles or tubs. Expect a range of grooming products from beard balms to oils, skincare items like moisturizer, plus hair care, so he can discover a new pomade (that actually works). P.S. You can purchase the full-size version of any item with an exclusive discount from Birchbox’s online store.
7. Amazon Prime Wardrobe
What you get: Three to eight items—and pay only for the ones you keep
Why we love it: If he likes to pick out his own clothes, Amazon Prime Wardrobe has a giant selection of name brands he can try before he buys. Just fill his cart with three to eight pieces and they’ll all get shipped so he can try them on at home. He can keep the items he likes and send back the ones he doesn’t with a prepaid shipping label. There’s basically no risk involved in this shopping experience.
8. Blue Bottle Coffee
What you get: Six ounces of whole bean coffee (about a one-week supply for one or two coffee drinkers)
Why we love it: Choose from single origin, blends, espresso or decaf, all sourced by hand from sustainable farms and delivered every one to four weeks (the cadence can be changed anytime). All of Blue Bottle’s coffee is hand-roasted to order in small batches and shipped within 48 hours. That means the morning brew will never be bitter and will always taste like it’s fresh from the coffee shop.
9. Trunk Club
What you get: Six to ten items
Why we love it: Under the Nordstrom umbrella, Trunk Club gives men (and women) access to the store’s massive inventory, but professional stylists do all the heavy lifting (i.e., the time-consuming process of browsing). Expect to give final approval on all items—and request swaps—before each box ships. Plus, if an item rips or breaks, Nordstrom’s A+ customer service will take care of it. Hello, stress-free shopping!
10. Hot Sauce of the Month Club
What you get: One to three bottles per month
Why we love it: Get the best artisanal hot sauce, curated by the experts at Heat Hot Sauce Shop (yes, that’s a real store in California) and delivered right to your door. Pick a spice level—mild, classic or extra hot—and turn up the heat on your next spread. The only thing missing is the actual food.
What you get: Two to four pairs of socks, or one to three pairs of underwear, shipped either monthly or quarterly
Why we love it: Not only does Stance make some of the comfiest underwear and socks, but it also features fun patterns with pop culture references, plus motifs from sports and movies. Just choose underwear or socks, the number he wants to receive (two, three or four pairs) and whether he wants them monthly or quarterly. Let the brand pick products based on a brief quiz or he can curate his own box.
12. The Craft Beer Club
What you get: Twelve beers
Why we love it: Impress all of his friends at Zoom happy hour with bottles and cans from microbreweries around the country. Each box spotlights beer from two breweries located in different regions and comes with four craft beer styles (three bottles of each one). It’s a great way to up your standing with the biggest beer aficionado in your life.
What you get: Three to six products
Why we love it: Create a profile that tells Cairn about his outdoor pursuits and expect a monthly surprise of expertly curated items fit for all types of adventures. Whether he’s a seasoned hiker or a beginner rock climber, each box can include new-to-market apparel, gear, snacks, skincare and emergency tools that match the activity (from brands like HydroFlask, Marmot and Clif Bar), worth up to $50.
14. Murray’s Cheese of the Month Subscription
What you get: Three or four half-pound cuts of cheese
Why we love it: Calling all cheese lovers—we’ve found the best subscription box ever. Murray’s Cheese of the Month sources the highest-quality cheese from producers around the world and delivers it to your doorstep, along with a handy information card with serving and wine pairing suggestions. Consider this an excuse to invite your friends over when social distancing ends.