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5 subscription boxes for the man in your life

Robb Vices – robbvices.com
Foot Cardigan – footcardigan.com
Bestowed – bestowed.com
Dollar Shave Club – dollarshaveclub.com
Birch Box – birchbox.com
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By A.J. McNaughton
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Finding the perfect gift for the guy who has everything can seem to be a daunting task. But have no fear, the present that will leave him awestruck is out there. And as it turns out, it’s a lot easier to find than you think.

Subscription gift boxes are a fun, thoughtful present that truly keep on giving after the holiday season is over. The best part is you don’t have to spend hours in a crowded mall, searching for that Santa necktie.

Robb Vices – robbvices.com
“The person who has everything doesn’t have this.” Robb Vices is the epitome of cool. Every month they send a curated trunk of unique items aimed to please. In my first box I received a slick pair of shades from Finlay & Co, Ambessa black tea and a bottle of Glenmorangie Scotch complete with tasting glass. Other boxes have included Master and Dynamic MH40 headphones, Worth & Worth customized handmade woven hat and Noir Caviar among other vices. You have to be 21 or older to order since most boxes contain alcohol. Packages start at $74.95/mo with a 1, 3, 6 or 12-month option.

Foot Cardigan – footcardigan.com
Remember when getting socks as a gift was just as bad as getting a lump of coal? Well not anymore! Foot Cardigan will send a pair of crazy patterned socks right to your door for only $9/month. Designs range from octopi with hats, cacti, sharks, ’Merica and much more. Choose to pay monthly or pick a 3, 6, 9 or 12-month subscription. Not only do they look cool, but they are super comfortable. He will definitely be the envy of the office. These also work great as a stocking stuffer (no pun intended).

Bestowed – bestowed.com
The quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and Bestowed knows a thing or two about satisfying hunger. Starting at $20/month, you will receive an assortment of nutritionist-approved snacks. Included in my first box were Lundberg gluten-free, whole grain, sriracha rice chips which had just the right amount of kick and satisfied my afternoon snack craving at work. Also included in the box was organic rice protein powder, a couple packs of tea from teapots, apple cinnamon super oats oatmeal and more. Pick from a 1, 3, 6 or 12-month option.  

Dollar Shave Club – dollarshaveclub.com
Is your man turning No Shave November into Don’t Shave December? Then drop a subtle hint this season by gifting razor blades from Dollar Shave Club. For just $1 to start, DSC sends high quality razors right to your door. Also, they have a wide assortment of grooming products to add on, including shaving cream, shampoo, soap, hair pomade and more. You ask, “Are the blades any good?” To quote DSC founder Mike Dubin, “No. They’re great.”

Birch Box – birchbox.com
Maybe you’re not only looking to take care of your man’s stubble, but upgrade his entire grooming regime. Starting at $20/month, Birch Box sends a range of top-shelf grooming samples — from daily moisturizers to classic pomades — plus a full-sized gadget, bar tool or stylish accessory. It’s a fun way to try out a new cologne or shampoo without shelling out tons of cash. Plus, the full-sized products really come in handy. In my first box I received a multi-purpose tool that is great to carry in a backpack for camping or your car in case of mini-emergencies. ■

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