Club W Wine Club - $39
[the lush / girlfriends / significant others]
For only $39/month [and there’s no minimum commitment – you can renew each month, or not], Club W delivers 3 bottles of wine to your door. That’s $13/bottle for small batch wine that you’ll actually like. When you first sign up, you answer a few questions about what kinds of wine you’ve enjoyed in the past to make sure you’ll love the bottle that’s coming your way. Each month, new suggestions are provided, but you can also adjust quantities or select your own if you’re feeling more like a Malbec and less like a Merlot. If you aren’t into the wine they suggest, they’ll send you a replacement or a refund. I love having to wines to try each month and have yet to be disappointed.
Club W Wine Club - $39
Lacquerous: “Netflix for Nails” polish-sharing service.
[tools / beauty / creativity / inspiration]
For all those gents out there, nail polish isn’t exactly cheap. And it’s one of those things where we usually go through phases, but rarely use the entire bottle. Instead of spending ~$14 bottle, Lacquerous lets ladies subscribe for $18/month for three different colors that can be returned and swapped for new colors at any point in time. If you’re looking for a gift for a lady in your life, this is a good one.
Try tech before you buy with YBUY.
[Gadgets / Tools / Technology]
Been wanting a new espresso machine, but not sure how much you’ll actually use it? YBUY is a subscription based service that lets you try the coolest gadgets before committing to a purchase. For $24.95/month, you’ll get a new product each month (or skip a month with no charge) that you can test: from iPads to FitBits to Blenders and even air purifiers. All of the products have been curated by experts and tested by the product team to ensure they’re the best in class. If you like the product, your trial/subscription fee goes towards the total purchase cost and if you don’t like it, you can return it using pre-paid shipping.
Caskers: a new way to discover craft spirits.
I’ve been a huge fan of Club W - Maybe it’s the New Yorker in me that loves subscriptions, but it’s fun getting a few bottles of small batch wine delivered to your door without having to think too much about it. (It’s also a great talking point!) Caskers isn’t a subscription service, but like Club W, they provide introductions to small batch spirits - and give you the deets on who’s behind the bottle you’re ordering.
Mantry: a curated selection of items for the modern man.
While it’s hard to figure out exactly what Mantry will include, it bills itself as a subscription service and guide for the modern man. Prices haven’t been disclosed just yet, but I’d expect to see it somewhere in between Birchbox ($10/delivery) & Quarterly ($25/delivery.) Complete with a logo that could be from Hipster Branding and a well-designed Tumblr, this is something to watch.
Grubkit: A cooking experience in a box.
Not in NYC? GrubKit is a less sophisticated version of 19 Charles Street, but available across America. From PadThai to Banana Muffins, Grubkit sends you the non-perishable items and a recipe with a grocery list to recreate these dishes. While they only have 3 options at the moment, they’ll be launching new kits soon. Visit their website to sign up to get a notice when the next one rolls out.
PaperKarma: Easily unsubscribe from junk mail.
Take a picture of the junk mail you’d like to stop receiving and PaperKarma does the rest. Yup, it’s that easy.