There is no better place to start than with the original subscription box. Birchbox started way back in 2010. When they launched, its boxes and products were exclusive to women. Now, however, they offer subscription boxes to both men and women. Far and away, Birchbox is your cheapest option, with boxes going for $10/month for a womens’ box or $20/month for a mans box.
So what do you get? Well, it is different every month, but you can expect a few things: “deluxe beauty, grooming, and lifestyle samples, tailored to your profile. Try cult brands, up-and-coming lines, and everything in between.”1 The men, on the other hand, get a little bit more: “a personalized assortment of four grooming samples, plus a lifestyle item, delivered to your door each month.”2
Loot Crate, as you have probably seen from their new TV commercials, is a monthly subscription box that caters to gamers, ad various other self-described nerds. The company offers wildly different boxes each month. The items in each box follow a theme. For example, November’s theme is Combat. The October theme was Time, and had some pretty cool items:
A monthly subscription costs anywhere from around $18-20/month depending on the length of the subscription.
Bramble Box is the perfect gift for the children on your list, specifically those children aged 3-8. Every box is aimed at helping children develop some aspect of their mind:
Bramble Box’s mission is to provide imaginative play kits, including dramatic play materials and activities to inspire children to use their imaginations while encouraging independent, free play. Encouraging them to step into a make-believe world while building skills in essential development areas, including social and emotional, language, problem solving and gross and fine motor skills.3
You can buy each box for $25, or sign up for a subscription for a small discount.
Bespoke Post is a bit higher-end than any of the previous subscription boxes. Also, it is strictly for men. Here is how the company describes its boxes:
We scour the world for fresh and interesting products. Each month we create a themed ‘Box of Awesome’ that will introduce you to a new and different way of thinking. In the previous months, we’ve sent aged cocktail sets, coffee hand-grinders, high-end shaving kits, and more.4
The boxes vary by a pretty wide margin. There have been boxes containing leather gloves and winter gear, to high-end shaving supplies, to Italian socks, to a cocktail kit, and everything in between. Bespoke Post costs a little bit more, at $45/month, but the quality of the products is much, much higher than the other monthly boxes.