By Ash Stevens
Are you a guy looking for a subscription box that can tickle your macho fancy? Or a woman trying to find your man something that he will actually find likeable and useful? Well, you came to the right place! I’ve been on the search for subscription boxes worthy of my rugged Montanan brother and my construction worker husband, and I’ve found three boxes that cater to manly-men and their array of likes and interests.
The Nomadik box is a monthly subscription curated for lovers of the outdoors. Each box is packed with 3-5 items which revolve around the theme for the month. Subscribers can expect to receive any combination of tools, outdoor gear, and food-related items, plus expert tips and tricks to maximize wild times in the wilderness. All of that comes with a price tag of only $31.50 a month. It gets even better though, because Nomadik gives you points that you can use for discounts and freebies. They also do a monthly photo challenge where subscribers take a photo outdoors for a chance to win a specially-selected goodie.
I got their Camping Essentials themed box which included Uncle Bill’s Super Gripper Tweezers (which is sure to make any sliver quiver in defeat), BLDG’s Active Repair Hydrogel (a totally natural wound and rash healing gel that kills 99.9% of bacteria and is actually based on our own biotechnology — wow), and the EMPOWERD Luci EMRG light (an inflatable, solar-powered light with 4 settings which make it a flashlight, a lantern, or an emergency light). With tools and gear like this, you obviously don’t have to be a guy to dig a Nomadik box subscription. Actually, you don’t even have to be an adult to enjoy it (the Luci EMRG light is now the official property of my two boys). But it’s especially man-worthy because it’s full of fun “toys” and new things and ideas to try. Toys and ideas that make a man want to get up and step out of his man cave to explore the world outside. What guy couldn’t use a little more fresh air in his life? If you’re ready for a nomadik adventure, be sure to order by the 14th to get this month’s box.
Dollar Beard Club
Unless you live in a hole — like I apparently do — you’ve surely seen one of Dollar Beard Club’s viral videos. When I first discovered Dollar Beard Club, I did a basic search for information which suddenly threw me into a whole new world of beard culture and this incredible male movement of beardism or manlinism that even a feminist like myself can admire. Chris Stoikos –the Nordic-looking god-esque star of DBC’s commercials — is the poster boy and the owner of Dollar Beard Club and he’s inspiring a beard movement with major manspiration. Whether a guy is looking for entrepreneurial advice or he wants to reclaim his manliness with some facial hair, Chris Stoikos and Dollar Beard Club have the subscription box and the community for just that.
My Dollar Beard Club box came with their vitamin spray, original beard oil, sandalwood beard oil, beard shampoo, and an old-style beard brush that would make a woman detest her favorite hairbrush. Being a woman, I could only do so much with my Dollar Beard Club box. Luckily, I have my lovely husband with legit facial hair that hails from Central Africa. I really didn’t expect much from a box of beard products, but I am totally love in love with it. My man’s beard looked, felt, and smelled amazing. I loved the results! I put the products on them, and I couldn’t stop touching his beard long after I had him sprayed, oiled, and brushed. I don’t know what it was but I was suddenly and overwhelmingly attracted to him, and I could hardly keep my hands off him. So, Dollar Beard Club stands to be the cure for dry beards and mundane relationships. And their products are totally natural! Dollar Beard Club gets two thumbs up from this hippie woman and her manly African husband (who gives his thumbs up with a wink).
The Apocabox is advertised as a subscription survival box, but this gem is about so much more than outdoor survival. Creek Stewart — the owner and box curator– is an Eagle Scout and an expert survival instructor who has been teaching for over twenty years. He also hosts two survival shows produced by The Weather Channel. That man most definitely knows a thing or two about the outdoors. Better yet, he knows all about quality tools, and gear that’s simple and basic yet highly-useful. Whether you’re a hunter, an outdoor nut, or you’re fascinated by traditional living and bushcraft skills, this box will rock your world.
My Apocabox included a survival trot-line kit, a beeswax bar, a hand-carved bone feather, a bushcraft dump pouch (designed by Creek himself), a knife sharpening brick, and their awesome handcrafted Whiskey Burr knife. To top it off, I got survival skill training on how to make a limb-line set using my trot-line. I may live in the city and I may have an African husband who laughs at the idea of camping, but I have found so many uses for my Apocabox goodies. I love going around the neighborhood looking for herbs, wild edibles, and alleyway fruit trees, and my knife and dump pouch are amazing for that. I’m really digging learning how to tie knots too. When you get Apocabox, you get both top-quality gear that is carefully sourced and selected (or even designed) by Creek and his team, and you get some down-to-earth tools and skills that get you to see and use your surroundings in a whole new way. Apocabox may not be for everybody, but for the right type of person it may be the coolest thing to ever happen to them. This bimonthly box is $50 plus $10.95 shipping, and I will say that it’s worth that and then some.
Ash Stevens is a gardener, a writer, and a fan of all things green. Her love for health and sustainability began with her journey into motherhood, and it’s grown exponentially ever since. She’s passionate about living a healthy lifestyle through gardening, cooking, and spending time outdoors. If she isn’t writing or reading up on exciting green trends, she’s probably playing Connect Four or swimming in the river with the kids. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.