Subscription boxes are all the rage these days, and for good reason. When you sign up for a subscription service, you essentially increase your birthdays by a factor 12 by virtue of new, exciting products arriving at your door every month. Some services allow you to choose exactly what you receive each month, while others involve a healthy dose of suspense. Whether you like surprises or really don’t like surprises, we urge you to check out this list of the best subscription boxes for men. Like everything else on The Manual, these boxes are ideal for men of distinction.
Are you in a beer rut? If so, you might consider shaking up your beer-drinking habits with the Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club. This club has been in the subscription box game since 1994 — before subscription boxes were cool. You can choose from four excellent subscription boxes, each conceived by a panel of brewmasters: US microbrews, international microbrews, US and international variety pack, and rare beers.
We love our cigars at The Manual, and we feel a lot of our readers do, too. Thanks to the thawing relations between the US and Cuba, we could be seeing some tasty, tasty Cubans before too long; but for now, we suggest you try the Thompson & Co. Cigar Tour Sampler of the Month Club. Each monthly box comes with a selection of five cigars hand-picked by the experts. You’ll receive a cigar cutter with your first box, in addition to tasty cigars from Padron, Romeo y Julieta, Aging Room, and other popular brands.
3. Taste Trunk
As with all other trades, becoming a proficient cook involves practice and the occasional gamble. Taste Trunk makes it easy to step out of your comfort food zone and experiment with all sorts of tasty ingredients and condiments. You can either choose a theme for your box — such as BBQ, healthy, or gourmet — or you can roll the dice with a monthly sample. In a single box, you can expect to receive such items as peach and lavender preserves, white truffle oil, butcher salt, gourmet BBQ sauce, and much more.
Accessories can be the difference between a good outfit and great outfit. Sadly, many men opt out of accessories, or are unsure of how to deploy them effectively. Whether you’re clueless about accessories or an accessory aficionado, you would do well to hit up a SprezzaBox subscription. SprezzaBox offers all sorts of great stuff, including good-looking ties, pocket squares, and socks. Monthly subscription boxes are also known to include lip balm, soap, and other items.
If you’re not on board with the whole beard thing, you might enlist the Dollar Shave Club to help keep your face smooth. For as little as $1 month, you can receive fresh razors every month. You also have the option to sample a wide range of shave products, including shaving creams, shave butter, aftershave balms, and more. Dollar Shave Club allows you to upgrade or downgrade your subscription at any time, or opt for every-other-month deliveries if you would prefer to cultivate a few days’ stubble between shaves.
If the Dollar Shave Club had a nemesis, it would be the Dollar Beard Club. We recognize that The Manual is visited by shorn-faced men and beardy men alike, so it’s only right to present both subscription options. For as little as $1 a month, you can receive products that make owning a beard more pleasant, including beard oil, wax, balm, and shampoo. You may also include a special brush or comb in your beard box.
7. Bespoke Post
If you’re unsure of what kind of subscription box you want, we urge you to look at the box options over at Bespoke Post. They have something for everyone: outdoorsy fellas, coffee lovers, boozehounds, travelers — the list goes on and on. You can either select a one-time box of a certain theme, or you can join the club and receive a new array of items each month.
A glass or flask of liquor can make almost anything better. Still, even the most fervent spirit-lovers can grow weary of their go-to brands. If you’d like to add a shot of adventure to your drinking, consider having excellent spirits delivered to you each month with the Flaviar subscription box. Every Flaviar’s liquor experts select tasty samples from around the world. One month you might get whiskies from Asia and Oceania, the next you might get a world tour of gin. It’s a great way to expand your boozy horizons. Flaviar is currently so popular that they’ve had to start a waiting list for future customers. Be sure to log-on and sign-up now to secure your spot for a future box.
If you’re looking to step up your grooming game, you’ll find the Birchbox subscription service to be an excellent ally. Each month, they send a customized assortment of four excellent grooming products — shaving cream, cologne, beard wash, and the like — plus a bonus lifestyle item, like socks, earbuds, or something else awesome. Birchbox also sells individual products through their site, so if you like something you receive in your box, you can continue enjoying it for all time.
10. Wine Awesomeness
As a sophisticated fella, you probably enjoy a good glass of wine every now and then. If you would rather enjoy a good glass of wine every day, we suggest you check out the wine delivery options from Wine Awesomeness. Wine Awesomeness is a great friend of The Manual and, somehow, a contributing author. Their subscription service allows folks to receive three hand-selected bottles of white wine, red wine, or a mix of both every month. If you’re a prodigious wino, you can choose to receive all six red and wine options each month.
This piece originally appeared October 8, 2015 and was updated on July 27, 2016 by Chase McPeak.