When it comes to discovering new tastes, new gear or a new hobby, it is hard to beat a subscription box. Stuffed with a curated mixture of goods picked by experts, a subscription box can be a gold mine, offering hard-to-find gems alongside some of the latest and greatest innovations in whatever world you're diving into. Perfect for newly initiated and seasoned enthusiasts, anyone can find excitement in opening up that month's box, wondering what new discoveries are in store this time.
Subscription boxes can make an excellent gift — if you know what someone is into, get them a box to match. Boom, perfect gift (especially for the dad who is reluctant to receive a gift). What we also love about monthly subscription boxes for men is that they're the gift that keeps giving — he's getting more than one item and, if you spring for it, a fresh box every month. Plus, they're even great to give yourself, if for no other reason than liking the surprise of receiving a box full of new goodies every once in a while.
Whether you're just getting into premium coffee, want to discover new microbrews or looking to add some upgrades to your wardrobe, there is a box for that. Since there are so many to choose from, we decided to highlight some of our favorite subscription boxes for men below.
- Tons of options
- The value-to-price ratio could be better
With each box valued at up to $70, you can get the best new gear in a number of cleverly curated categories for just $45 a month. Each box is themed, and there are a ton of options you can choose from, like beer, coffee, style, cocktails, everyday carry and more.
- Easy to subscribe for different amounts of time
- Carefully packaged
- Some customers complain about customer service response time
Are you the Michael Jordan of smoking cigars? (Seriously, that guy smokes a lot of cigars). If so, get a subscription to Southern Cigar Co. You'll get four premium cigars a month (a $50 value) delivered straight to your door — perfect for an evening with the grill or a day on the golf course.
- Fresh, high quality food
- Tons of options, including city-focused subscriptions
- Can get pricey
Perfect for foodies everywhere, the subscriptions offered by Goldbelly have anything you could want, from ice cream and cookies to barbecue and pizza. If you want something less specific, you can opt for the best of Goldbelly subscription or even subscriptions to top American restaurants.
- Excellent for beer discovery
- Selections across all types of beers
- Most beers are pretty expensive
No matter what kind of beer you like, Beer Drop is going to be exactly what you want from a beer subscription. Each month you'll get 10 beers that come from five different breweries, all based on your preferences in styles. Beer Drop has a network of over 50 breweries and 400 unique beers per month, so you'll never run out of choices.
- Get things you won't find in every liquor store
- Sending both tasters and full-bottles give a good balance
- Expensive (understandably)
Dubbed a "Spirits Club for Explorers at Heart," Flaviar is a spirits membership that takes your taste to the next level by sending you a quarterly tasting box with three generously sized samples and a premium bottle of your choosing. Plus you get access to Flaviar exclusives and free shipping.
- Great for the reluctant style guy
- Gives a modern update to golf apparel
- How many golf clothes does one really need?
Golf has seen a boom in the pandemic, thanks to the obvious open air of the golf course and small group sizes. If you've been working on your game for your whole life or just a few months, Short Par 4 can help you step up your style on the links. Choose between two membership levels and receive a box of new clothes each month. Look good, play good.
- Hand-cut meats from the heart of America
- Possibly an overwhelming amount of meat
Frequency: Every 2, 4 or 8 weeks
Porter Road specializes in hand-cut meat sourced from Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Deliveries offer a lot of flexibility for larger families (or those who frequently eat meat) and you can choose between beef, pork, lamb or chicken.
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- No pressure to buy
- Easy to personalize
- Styling fee
- Options can be sort of plain
Price: $20 Styling Fee + Price of clothes you keep
Frequency: Every 2-3 weeks, every month, every other month or every 3 months
Hate shopping for new clothes? It, admittedly, can be a bit of a drag. Plus, nobody likes trying on clothes at the store. Just tell Stitch Fix your sizes, style preferences and price range and it sends the perfect box of clothes straight to your door. If you don't like what you get, send it back with no hassle.
- You only get beans from one roaster
Frequency: 1-4 times per month
If you love Blue Bottle, or just want to find your go-to coffee roaster without the hassle of testing a bunch of different beans, then this is the subscription to get. You can choose from any of Blue Bottle's blends, single origins, espresso, cold brew or even decaf beans. The subscriptions also only start at $11, so there's no risk in trying.
- Easy to mix-and-match meats
- Lots of options to get exactly what you want
For meat lovers, there is no better subscription than Butcher Box. The company partners with some of the most responsible purveyors of beef, chicken, pork and seafood to make a box that you'll love firing up the grill for. You can make a custom box or get a combination of meats delivered each month.
- Hits every aspect of his grooming routine
- Only DSC products are available
Frequency: Every 2, 3 or 4 months
More than just a razor company, a Dollar Shave Club subscription provides you with the best grooming products the brand has to offer, including shampoo and conditioner, hand creams and deodorant. You will, of course, get everything you need to keep your beard in order, too.
- Tons of the best roasters are available
- Flexible plans
- Variety and curation comes at a price
Frequency: Every 1, 1.5, 2 or 3 weeks
One of our favorite subscriptions here at Gear Patrol, the Trade Coffee subscription aims to give everyone who joins a personalized coffee experience that matches their tastes with some of the best coffee roasters in the country like Madcap, Ritual and Sightglass.
- Super affordable for wine
- Personalized to your tastes
- No top shelf options
Deciding what types of wine you like can be difficult. There are wines from every part of the world in a variety of colors and flavors, how are you supposed to choose? With Winc, you don't have to. Just take a super quick five-question quiz and then it does the rest, shipping you hand-picked bottles.
How do you shop for the guy who owns the fanciest, rarest things? Aim for gifts he wouldn't anticipate.