Think­ing in­side the box for Dad

Los Angeles Times - - HOME - BY BONNIE MCCARTHY

When it comes to gift giv­ing this Father’s Day, the Na­tional Re­tail Fed­er­a­tion re­ports that Amer­i­cans will spend a record $15.5 bil­lion to cel­e­brate the Day of the Dad. Not sure what to get yours? Check the box. Specif­i­cally, monthly sub­scrip­tion boxes de­signed to de­liver a mind-bog­gling va­ri­ety of in­ter­est-themed prod­ucts on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. The best boxes or club-of-the-month-style ser­vices of­fer a cool, cu­rated as­sort­ment of items (seem­ingly ev­ery­thing from ar­ti­sanal salami to shav­ing cream to sur­vival gear) aimed at in­tro­duc­ing re­cip­i­ents to new stuff that’s right up their al­ley — or IP ad­dress, as the case may be. “It’s like a bet­ter ver­sion of shop­ping,” said Liz Cad­man, founder of on­line re­view site My Sub­scrip­tion Ad­dic­tion, adding, “sub­scrip­tion boxes are pro­vid­ing the new method of prod­uct dis­cov­ery.” And ex­pe­ri­en­tial gifts that pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity to try some­thing new is ex­actly what 27% of dads say they want this year, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey by Pros­per In­sights and An­a­lyt­ics, done for the Na­tional Re­tail Fed­er­a­tion. It sure beats an­other tie that will go straight to the back of the closet. Here are some sub­scrip­tion boxes we picked out, ac­cord­ing to per­son­al­ity type:

Everett Christo­pher

THE WORK­OUT BEAST A cu­rated crate of fit­ness gear, ap­parel, sup­ple­ments and train­ing aids shipped monthly. Start­ing at $59.95. Ship­ping $6. Strength­Crate.com

Be­spoke Post

THE DIS­CERN­ING DUDE Themed life­style boxes for gen­tle­men who ap­pre­ci­ate the finer things in life (think: Churchill-themed cigar box, shav­ing kits, weekender bags and more). Start­ing at $55. Free ship­ping. Be­spokePost.com

Geek Fuel

THE SU­PER­HERO GAMER GUY Gam­ing and Marvel-in­spired col­lectibles, T-shirts, down­load­able games, comics and books are packed into monthly ship­ments from Geek Fuel and de­signed to cel­e­brate the su­per­fan. Start­ing at $14.90 monthly. Ship­ping not in­cluded. GeekFuel.com

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THE BEERMEISTER The Craft Beer Club de­liv­ers a sam­pling of a dozen craft beers from small, in­de­pen­dent Amer­i­can brew­ers and a monthly news­let­ter. Start­ing at $42. Free ship­ping. CraftBeerClub.com

Mantry

THE TOP CHEF The manly pantry, or Mantry, de­liv­ers a themed wooden crate con­tain­ing six full-sized Amer­i­can-made food items (think: Ba­con Na­tion, Tail­gate Tour, Bour­bon BBQ) with a man­ual show­ing prod­uct ori­gin, maker bios and recipes ev­ery two months. Start­ing at $49. Free ship­ping. Mantry.com

Bat­tl­box

THE BOY SCOUT-MEETS-SUR­VIVAL­IST Sur­vival and tac­ti­cal gear (think: an­tiper­spi­rant grenades, fish­ing gear, tac­ti­cal pens, camp stoves, util­ity knives) hand picked for out­door en­thu­si­asts, emer­gency pre­pared­ness ex­perts and off-the-grid kind of guys. Start­ing at $24.99, ship­ping not in­cluded. Bat­tl­box.com

Lady & Larder

THE CHEESE MAN The Cheese Board Club de­liv­ers ar­ti­sanal, hand­crafted Amer­i­can cheese, cured meats, nuts, olives and spreads monthly. Com­pli­men­tary crack­ers. Start­ing at $300. Free de­liv­ery. LadyandLarder.com

Stephen DeVries

THE MEAT EATER

Four-to-six va­ri­eties of hand­crafted cured meat from around the world, de­liv­ered monthly, bi­monthly or quar­terly start­ing at $50, taxes and ship­ping in­cluded. Car­ni­vore Club.co

Dani Chase Sock Fancy

THE SARTORIALIST Got style down to his toes? Send one, two or six pairs of fun, trendy socks monthly. Start­ing at $11. Sock­Fancy.com

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