With the current world climate, we could all be forgiven for not wanting to traipse around the shops rummaging through clothing or grooming products which a bunch of other people have already rummaged through. Plus, even though we’ve probably done enough internet shopping for the next few generations, we're still not bored with getting new stuff – which is where the subscription box comes into its own.
When you sign up to a subscription box, you put forward some money together with a little bit of trust, and companies will curate monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly gift sets which are sent straight to your door. They’re the perfect mood-booster, and best of all, from fancy foods to clothing or retro gaming, there is a company and box specific to every guy's interests.
We touched on it slightly just before, but we want to make sure everyone knows exactly what we’re talking about before we crack on with our guide and recommendations. As the name suggests, it’s a subscription to a company. This company will send a recurring physical delivery of curated, specific products.
However, although you’ll know what kind of things you’ve signed up for, say, hot sauces or coffee, you never know precisely what you’re going to get. This adds an element of mystery, intrigue and surprise, which is probably why these boxes have become so popular!
The most common trait between boxes is that they are generally packed beautifully with custom packaging and a thoughtfully-arranged presentation, which in turn makes the receiver feel like they’re getting a real treat.
Another appealing factor is that they aid in discovery. This way of shopping is great for those interested in items from consumer markets which have a wide amount of options, such as grooming or craft ales. These curated boxes will help you navigate through confusing and often saturated markets, and hopefully, find some new favourites!
Now to the fun part, the shopping. Here we'll be considering the different styles of subscription boxes available, as well as how much you can influence what you receive and how much it's all going to cost you.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the different styles available. Of course, there are subscription boxes for everything, so, unfortunately, we can’t talk about them all here. Instead, we’ll be focusing on some of the more popular ones. However, don’t be afraid to stray from the regular path if your interests are a little more niche.
Food and drink are certainly the most popular of all subscription boxes, and as a result, the options are endless. From niche Japanese snacks to healthy recipe kits, it's just a case of looking for the type of food you like or would like to eat.
Most of the time, after giving the company an indication of what you’d like, you'll receive ingredients and a recipe book. From there, it’s all over to you. These are great for those that love exploring different cuisines but don’t quite know where to get started, or simply those who love to eat delicious and interesting food.
As you can imagine, you won’t be expected to do any cooking or preparation if you choose a snack subscription, as they will be pre-packaged.
What’s not to love about sprucing up your home with gifts from family, friends, or even yourself? The contents of home subscription boxes can include plants, vases, candles or other general homeware pieces. They usually have a touch of luxury about them and are often from brands other than those found on the high street.
Of course, you’ll want to check if there are preference options (more on this later) when it comes to this style of subscription. No-one wants to be paying £30 a month to keep receiving purple cushion covers for their green sofa, unless you're planning on selling them off, that is!
There is a broad scope when it comes to entertainment subscriptions, as they can range from retro cassettes to modern gadgets and pretty much everything in between. Anyone for a game of Super Smash Bros on the SNES?
This category of boxes are brilliant for anyone who likes to unwind and indulge in a little escapism. Again, you’ll want to check to see that you can arrange some preferences, as you’ll want to make sure the genre, age-range and other factors are suitable for whoever will be using it.
For some reason, there’s nothing quite like a new moisturiser, shaving kit or some decadent aftershave to make you feel special. These sorts of products help breed confidence, which in turn, is going to put a spring in your step. However, they can be a minefield, even for those in the know.
This makes subscription boxes the perfect place to start discovering new self-care products. This way, you can step away from the classic Lynx Africa set your mum has been buying you every Christmas for the past 15 years.
Depending on the company, there are different directions you can go, such as learning how to cut-throat shave (a brave move!), finding new serums for tricky skin, or testing different hair products. It’s all a case of identifying what you sort of products you would like to get, and then trusting the curator to do their job.
As we’ve touched on here and there in the article, you might want to check that you can give the company some indicator as to what your preferences are in terms of what you receive, without them telling you exactly what's inside, of course!
This feature is super important if you have specific dietary requirements, religious practices that need to be adhered to, or you simply don’t want to waste your money. After all, what would be the point in receiving a bunch of retro games for a console that you don’t own?
As you’re signing up, some companies will ask you questions about what you would like to receive so they can gauge what would be best for you. However, many also won't. This could be fun if you like the sense of mystery, but it might not be for everyone. We've noted how in-depth the preference choices are for all of our recommendations.
Finally, you’ll want to consider the price. This will vary depending on what type of products you subscribe to and the length of your commitment.
Companies offer different tariffs depending on how long you sign up, so if you choose only a single month, then you’ll likely pay a higher rate than those who sign up for a whole year straight off the bat. The most common options are bi-monthly, monthly, quarterly or annually.
If possible, it’s always worth looking out for companies that give you a trial, a discounted rate for the first month, or any other money-saving bonuses. These tend to be for first-time buyers and will help you get a sense of whether you think the company’s products are going to be the right fit for you.
So, now that we’re all clued up on what to consider when purchasing a subscription box for men, let’s take a look at some of the best available right now. From cultured coffees to contemporary gadgets, we’ve got something for every bloke, and best of all, if you subscribe today, you’ll have the first package by the end of the week.
|Preferences||Yes, choose your cuisine and ingredients|
|Cost||From £13 to £60+ per delivery|
|Cost||From £24.99 p/m to £215.88 p/y|
|Cost||From £39.00 p/m to £448.00 p/y. Free £50 voucher with annual|
|Preferences||Yes, vegan options available|
|Cost||From £18.99 p/m to £215.90 p/y. 10% first box discount|
|Cost||From £21.50 p/m to £221.95 p/y|
|Preferences||Yes, you'll choose one book, the other will be a surprise|
|Cost||From £18.00 p/m to £159.00 p/y|
|Preferences||Yes, you choose a specific collection|
|Preferences||Yes, select specific genres you enjoy|
|Cost||From £24.95 p/m to £299.50 p/y|
|Preferences||Yes, choose how you like your grain|
The Retro Store
Blurt it Out Buddy
Gadget Discovery Club
The London Sock Exchange
Monthly Subscription Box
A Kind Box for Unkind Days
Hot Sauce Subscription Box
Plant Subscription Box
The Quarterly Subscription
Never Lose Your Caffine-Induced Buzz Again
The Perfect Subscription for the Audiophiles
You Know It Makes Scents
A Countrywide Book Club Focusing on Writers From the BAME Communities
Look After Your Mental Health or Someone You Love With a Pick-Me-Up Package
Take a Trip to Hot Sauce Heaven
Ideal for Green-Fingered Plant Dads
Sit Tight and Wait for a Digital Delight
Why Wait 'Til Christmas for New Socks?
Eat From Some of the Country's Favourite Restaurants Without Ever Getting Dressed
|Preferences||Yes, choose how you like your grain||Yes, select specific genres you enjoy||Yes, you choose a specific collection||Yes, you'll choose one book, the other will be a surprise||No||Yes, vegan options available||No||No||No||Yes, choose your cuisine and ingredients|
|Cost||£16 p/m||From £24.95 p/m to £299.50 p/y||£14 p/m||From £18.00 p/m to £159.00 p/y||From £21.50 p/m to £221.95 p/y||From £18.99 p/m to £215.90 p/y. 10% first box discount||From £39.00 p/m to £448.00 p/y. Free £50 voucher with annual||From £24.99 p/m to £215.88 p/y||£20 p/q||From £13 to £60+ per delivery|
Shunning a slog around the shops for an online order is only becoming more popular as the years roll on, but finding what you need can be tricky without seeing the item in person. Fortunately, helping you choose the right products is our forte! Here are some more recommendations for guys available for stress-free home delivery.
So there it is, our comprehensive guide to finding the right subscription box for men. Whether you're hoping to learn or try something new or you're just trying to look after yourself a little better, we hope you've found our buying guide and recommendations useful. Here's to 12 Christmases a year – something you definitely deserve!
Author: Lewis Clark
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