The Best Monthly Subscription Boxes For Guys
The idea of monthly subscription boxes for guys used to sound kind of girly, but now, dude. Mail-order man memberships are everywhere. And include clubs for pretty much anything you can think of. Socks, razors, and beer, sure, but also EDC and survival gear, bacon and steak and hot sauce, gym clothes and Italian silk ties, and sweet little trinkets for sexy time.
Here are my picks for the best monthly subscription boxes for guys.
Note: Subscription box prices are listed as they were at printing. Prices are subject to change.
Fuego Box Craft Hot Sauce Club
A hot sauce club filled exclusively with craft and small-batch releases, Fuego Box has traveled the world tasting heat, hot, and fire, and collecting some of the finer specimens they've found to bring back for you. And for Dad, your little brother, and Uncle Joe. And for the tacos, BBQ, and pizza you'll sauce up and sweat together over as you beg bystanders (i.e., Mom) to crank on the AC.
That said, while Fuego Box delivers the fire, their goal is not to scorch your tongue or ship you bottled gimmicks. Instead they hope to "deliver you the best hot sauces that you've probably never heard of." When you purchase a subscription, either as a gift or for yourself, you'll receive your choice of monthly or quarterly shipments of 1 to 3 hot sauces you're almost guaranteed never to find anywhere else.
SHTF Mystery Gear Box Club
Survival and prepper gear curated, consolidated, and caddied to your front door. The SHTF Survival monthly subscription box contains stuff you may have otherwise spent hours scouring the web to assemble yourself, thus bringing in all the benefit for a fraction of the infringement on the time you could be spending
watching porn gaming working at work.
Mystery Tackle Box Monthly Subscription
Mystery Tackle Box monthly subscriptions aren't just for fishermen who dig the thrill of reeling in a big one or getting bite after bite during a stellar day on the water. They're for fishermen who also dig the thrill of reeling in shiny new gear and adding lure after lure to their arsenal of rod ammo.
Each month Mystery Tackle Box subscribers will receive a shipment of lures, jigs, spinnerbait, terminal tackle, and soft plastics tailored to their choice of fish species.
The Craft Beer Club
This one's been around since the 90s. Each month The Craft Beer Club will send you 12 or 24 cans and bottles of domestic craft brews. Become an ongoing club member or choose one of the Craft Beer Club gifts to ship monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly.
Under Armour ArmourBox
The fitness fiend's boxed-up and doorstep-delivered best friend. Since they're shipping clothing and other wearable gear, Under Armour operates their ArmourBox subscription service a little differently. After filling out a style and size survey they'll ship you 4 to 6 UA pieces at designated intervals - 30, 60, or 90 days. Then you'll have a week to try it on and decide if you like it. You pay online for the stuff you want to keep, and stuff the rest back inside the shipping box to return it free of charge.
Vinyl Me, Please Record of the Month Club
To preclude their fall into oblivion, and many a hipster's broken heart, Vinyl Me, Please has a Record of the Month Club for vinyl enthusiasts and newbies alike. They want to help you "Discover essential albums and build your vinyl record collection."
Each month Vinyl Me, Please members will receive an "exclusive pressing" of one record, along with an original 12 x 12 album-inspired art print and - and! - a paired cocktail recipe.
Tender Belly Bacon of the Month Club
No one on earth...who counts...doesn't love bacon. Some, such as the founders of Tender Belly, have allowed this love to amplify into an obsession. And joyfully for the rest of us it is an obsession as devoted to distributing as it is to consuming.
Tender Belly produces fine strips of meat utopia from the finest of heritage pigs. All of their animals are naturally grown, using no antibiotics, no hormones, and no gestation or farrowing crates. Raised on a 100% vegetarian diet, the company notes the pigs' exceptional resultant meat-to-fat ratio gives them the perfect bacon-makin' belly.
One Tender Belly bacon reviewer said, "This bacon is so good I want to put it in my hair." Me? I just want to eat it. A lot of it. Say, 4 pounds per month.
The less hungry can also opt for shipments every 60 or 90 days.
Flaviar Whiskey Club
Flaviar + Effortless Gift Idea = The WhiskGiftey You've Been Looking For. For those who enjoy a fine pour, gifting a Flaviar Whiskey Club membership could earn you major points from your father-in-law, a major nod of approval from your bros, and major street cred from your grandma.
It could be a mighty fine winter pick-me-up for yourself too.
The Flaviar private, members-only tasting club provides its subscribers with regular sampling packs of small-batch craft spirits, plus big brand, big cost liquors. The club seeks to broaden members' palates, add variety to their drinking pursuits, and present opportunities to try fine whiskeys, bourbons, and scotches (plus some rums and gins) they might otherwise not be able to access.
ButcherBox Premium Meat Delivery
When the doorbell rings, and you open it and find an insulated crate on the porch, and you lift off that crate's lid and you start pulling out slabs of bacon, pounds of ground beef, a package of sirloin tips, 4 steaks, and a coupla pork chops...is that not the stuff dreams are made of? Well. It's the stuff ButcherBoxes are made of.
ButcherBox is a monthly subscription service that delivers 100% grass-fed and grass finished meat from small, family-run farms to your hungry, carnivorous belly. By way of your front door. You can choose from beef, pork, and chicken boxes, or go for a combo.
It's the beginning of the month and the doorbell rings. First thought: Ugh, what fundraiser, salesperson, or kid selling peanut brittle for judo camp am I going to have to turn down this time? But then as I get closer to the door, I see the brown uniform. The UPS guy standing there with a package. I don't remember ordering more butt-enhancing boxer briefs--what could it be?
I sign for the box, slice open the lid, and [Cue angels singing. Really, really loud!] holy chorizo and capocollo! It's meat!
Carnivore Club delivers its members 4 to 6 handcrafted cured meats each month (or bi-monthly, or quarterly). Boxes are filled with artisanal selections from a variety of farms, and centered around themes such as French Charcuterie, Italian Salumi, Spanish Chorizo, or South African Biltong. All meats come from ethically treated animals and producers who practice humane slaughtering and use locally sourced ingredients.
Chicago Pizza Kit Subscription
Aw, man. At first I thought this was a subscription for actual Chicago pizza delivery. Like once a month the Deep Dish Santa would set out from the Windy City dropping off ooey, gooey, chewy, piping hot pies to all good little subscribers around the country. But no.
It's a subscription for the monthly delivery of a Chicago pizza kit. It comes with the sauce and a mix for the dough, but the cheese, toppings, and elbow grease are up to you. Puh. Sounds like a better gift for a frenemy than a swell manly subscription service if you ask me. I'm mostly including it here so you don't get tricked like I almost did.
The Dark Knot Men's Ties & Accessories
The Dark Knot is a men's tie and accessory retailer, a subscription service, and an online consultant for aspiring gentlemen of style. In other words, if you know a dude who's currently the Before version of Steve Carell in Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Dark Knot will Gosling him into the After.
Dark Knot subscription services begin with a free Style Consultation. After that, the company sends monthly shipments of accessories curated to individual tastes and needs. Choose from 5 different clubs, including Tie of the Month, Pocket Square of the Month, and Tie, Pocket Square & Lapel Flower of the Month.
Mystery Geek & Gamer Loot Crates
Loot Crate hails itself the first-ever subscription service for the Double Gs. Available in 1-month, 3-month, or 6-month blocks, Loot Crates ship out once every 30 days. Each crate carries a different overall theme and at least $45 worth of mystery toys, games, books, gear, and other representative treats from logos you know and love. Marvel and DC. Stars Wars and Trek. Nintendo. And World of Warcraft, to name a few.
Another flavor of geekery, MyGeekBox ships out monthly surprises with Star Wars, DC and Marvel universe, Disney, and Funko stamps of approval. Boxes contain 4 to 7 items, with a minimum total retail value of $40. Each also includes a limited edition T-shirt.
The Grill Masters Club
Grill Masters Club is a monthly (or one-off for $32.95) curated subscription of BBQ rubs, sauces, marinades, wood chips, and other grilling delights. Each box includes 4 to 5 top shelf BBQ products, plus recipes and BBQ tips.
Spicy Subscriptions Adult Product Boxes
Spicy Subscriptions' monthly boxes o' sex life enhancement are the ultimate gift that keeps on giving, and the kind every man can get behind.
Particularly when your uniquely themed shipment includes some lube.
Spice Boxes contain a curated assortment of candles, sex toys, oils, and other romantic items intended to turn couples' intimacy up to 11. (Speaking of which, I'm pretty sure the boxes work even better when used in conjunction with some Van Halen.)