Subscription Boxes – Gifts That Keep On Giving

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Giving gifts can be a pain in the ass.  How on earth are you supposed to know what to get your 12 year-old brother? Or 75 year-old grandfather (Can I interest you in a Cannabis Box, Grandpa)? We know you already have the Dapper Gentleman in your life covered, thanks to our gift-guide, but that doesn’t account for quite a few people on your checklist.

Well fortunately, there is now a way to get the perfectly suited gift for every person on your list – and here’s the best part – you NEVER have to leave your home – Subscription Boxes.

You’re already familiar with the model, because duh, that’s how you get your ties. But what you may not realize, there are over 100 companies sending out boxes for all types of people. Most allow you to purchase as little as one month, up to a year, then you’re off the hook and the recipient can decide whether he wants to keep up with the subscription (That’s how we do it). It’s a great way to help them “discover” something they may love, and there is just something about the feeling of getting a nice little boxed surprise every month.

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For the Foodie

Nature Box – Health-concsious snacks ($19.95/month)

NatureBox

Blissmo Box – Eco-friendly products, including snacks ($24.90/month)

BlissMo

Mantry – Manly, American, Artisinal Food ($75/month)

Mantry

Taste Guru – Gluten-free box of the month ($34/month)

Taste Guru

Honorable Mention: MistoBox (coffee)

For the Girl who spends her free time at Sephora hoarding samples

GlossyBox – Deluxe-sized beauty products ($21/month)

Glossy Box

BirchBox – Sample-sized beauty products (Women – $10/month, Men – $20/month)

BirchBox

Lacquerous – Nail Polish Sharing Service (“FreshNeck for Nail Polish!”) ($14.95/month)

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Honorable Mentions: Wantable (makeup), GetFresh (men’s skincare)

For the Guy/Girl who forgets the Essentials

HelloFlo – Feminine Products ($21/month)

Hello Flo

Dollar Shave Club – Razors ($6/month)

Dollar Shave Club

ManPacks – Build your own monthly package, including socks, underwear, razors, condoms (varies)

ManPacks

Honorable Mentions: Sock Panda (socks), MeUndies (underwear)

For the Man/Woman who Hates Nothing More Than Spending a Day at Bloomingdale’s

Bombfell – Affordable, men’s clothing curated by a stylist ($69/month)

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Stitch Fix – Personalized clothing and accessories for women (varies – you keep what you like)

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FreshNeck – Seriously, didn’t see this coming? If you don’t know, now you know ($20+)

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Honorable Mention – TrunkClub (men’s clothing)

For the Gym Rat

JackedPack – Workout Supplement Samples ($14.99/month)

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Ellie – Women’s Workout Apparel ($49.95/month)

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Honorable Mentions – Klutch Club (Health/Wellness), StrideBox (Runners)

For the Animal Lover

BarkBox – Dog Goodies ($29/month)

BarkBox

BestFriendBox – Dog and Cat Goodies ($30/month)

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Honorable Mention – Toys4Tails (dog toys)

Unfortunately, we haven’t yet been able to try out all these amazing boxes (and the dozens more on the market). For more information, you can visit this great third-party review site.

We’d love to hear from you. Do you have any experience with any of these (or other) subscription boxes? Which are your favorites?

For the Ladies: Women in Bow Ties

Women wearing ties isn’t a new thing.

Diane Keaton (the original hipster) made nerdy guys everywhere think they had a chance, as the tie wearing love interest of Woody Allen, in 1977’s Annie Hall.  And even before that, Audrey Hepburn (a favorite of Tumblr and Pinterest users everywhere) was known to rock a bow tie every once and a while.  Well, like all trends, what’s old is new again.

The Bow Tie is Back.

The women in bow ties thing has been percolating for a few years now.  Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds star) made it her go to accessory a few years back.  Even Rihanna (singer and Chris Brown enthusiastic) experimented with the bow tie look here and there.   But, in 2013, the bow tie look seems ready to explode.

Whether it’s indie favorite Janelle Monae (singer from last summer’s most earwomy hit “We Are Young“), superstar Beyonce (the most powerful woman on Earth, sans Oprah) or TV’s guiltiest pleasure Kim Kardashian (Kanye’s baby’s mama) bow ties are definitely a trending topic in women’s style.

And we love it.

Emerging brands, like Modern Day Mogul, have started to cater to women’s needs in the bow tie department and we at FreshNeck think it’s totally dope.  I mean, why should men have all the fun?  The bow tie, especially for women, can be so versatile.  It can add a pop of color to a simple black & white outfit.  It can add some fun and irreverence to a blouse or dress shirt.  Or it can grab some attention with a cool print or some sequins.

The women in bow tie look definitely has our stamp of approval.