Techvibes Holiday Gift Guide: Subscription-based Presents for Men

Men who complain about how hard it is to shop for women, don’t realize that they’re not exactly easy to buy gifts for either. And in-between dropping off the kids at school and cooking dinner, the last thing a woman wants to do is spend long hours in a cramped mall trying to figure out which gadget to buy that he doesn’t already own.

Save yourself the headache and shake things up with an online subscription service. Today you can get anything delivered to your home from trendy and affordable clothing to exotic and rare foods. Here’s a list of our favourite subscription services that will put a smile on his face without breaking the bank.

Mantry

They say the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. If that’s true, brace yourself for a whole lot of lovin’ after you gift him with a subscription to Mantry. For $75/month, the New York-based company will ship a selection of exotic and rare foods from Oaxacan Hot Chocolate to Norwegian reindeer jerky.  Their products are so tempting that you’ll be hard-pressed not to take a bite or a mouth full. (When he’s not looking, of course.)

Quarterly Co.

How amazing would it be to get a gift from someone you admire?  That’s the idea behind Hollywood-based company Quarterly Co. Every 3 months, he’ll receive practical, yet exciting items from a contributor of his choice. According to the website, he might “get the same type of notebook his favourite author used to plot a recent bestseller or the tea a musician was drinking while he created a famous track.” Each package also comes with a letter explaining the meaning behind the selection. Starting at $25 a package, he won’t just be getting a gift, he’ll be getting an experience.

Manpacks

Men like to preach practicality, but always seem to run out of the basics like clean underwear. Thankfully, now, there’s even a subscription for that. Rhode Island-based company Manpacks will ship the essentials – a razor, toothbrush, socks – right to his doorstep. It’s not just a gift for him, it’s a gift for everyone who has to be around him.

Dollar Shave Club

Now that we’ve established the importance of grooming, there’s grooming on a budget. Because everyone loves a good bargain, we bring you California-based company Dollar Shave Club. Admittedly their razors are a little more pricey in Canada (here, it costs $3.50/month for five two blade cartridges) but like the company says, “our blades are f-ing great.”

Frank & Oak

Unlike shopping for yourself, shopping for guys can be hard work. Take the day off and let the team at Montreal-based company Frank & Oak take care of the rest. All your man has to do is answer a few simple questions and the online clothing store will ship a selection of recommended menswear directly to his doorstep. Join the company’s exclusive, free service, Hunt Club, and they’ll throw in free shipping for up to three items. And to top it all off, most of the pieces, ranging from oxford shirts to socks, are under $50 each – a price even men can’t complain about.