Subscription Box Insanity: Bespoke Post (Oct. ’14)

One man's subscription

One man’s subscription

Oh happy day! My husband’s very first subscription box has arrived! How did this occur?

We had a funny “old married couple” moment the other day. I had just been reading up about Bespoke Post and wondering if it might make a good candidate for a box for husband. Lo and behold, the next morning as he is making the two of us breakfast (he’s such a good hubby!) he holds up his phone and says I think I’ve found one I’d like to try…Bespoke Post!

My husband doesn’t take a shine to much…he doesn’t have the shopping bug like me. So of course I immediately signed him up. He is camera shy so there his hand is with his first box. His comment about this picture was that perhaps he (his hand) would be “discovered” and soon he would be traveling around the world as a hand model. As his agent, I’m the best person to contact about booking him. ;o)

Okay, so on to the review of a subscription box that would turn a man’s head!THE DETAILS: Bespoke post is a monthly subscription box that caters to men. According to their website, they “scour the world for time-tested, small-batch, or otherwise remarkable gear”. They then put together two, themed boxes each month and the subscriber can choose one or the other, or to skip that month’s offerings entirely. This works just fine for the hubby, who actually isn’t a big fan of surprises and is always poking around looking for the holiday gifts. The monthly fee is $45, which includes shipping costs. Bespoke Post ships to the U.S. and Canada, as well as military addresses if you email them first. Their site is very man-friendly. Honestly, the language is just way more straight-forward and “guy-speak” then some of my subscription box sites. I actually prefer it, myself. They do accept returns of whole boxes within 30 days of an order placed in the continental U.S.; you can choose either a store credit or true refund, less a $6 restocking fee. They will also pay return shipping and the entire box must be returned in mint condition. For this box, I had a discount code so only paid $31.50. My husband also purchased an add-on product which I’ve included at the end of the review.

First look

First look

Here’s the first look. Everything here is full-size and the color palette is very man-friendly. Especially for a man like mine, who has 5 t-shirts, all in some shade of gray. So far so good. It also comes with a great itemization card that includes tips and additional information about a few of the items.

Fancy pen

Fancy pen

Ink refills

Ink refills

The first thing hubby pulls out is this clean-looking pen. It is very well-made and comes with a box of cartridges. The hubs tested it out right away and was pleased; our sole complaint was that Bespoke Post only sends this with blue cartridges , but black ones can be purchased online. Retail value of this Kaweco sport fountain pen is $25.57 and the cartridge retails for $8.

Pocket knife

Pocket knife

The next item he pulled out was this Opinel No. 8 Pocket Knife. According to the information card, this pocket knife has been made in the same small village in France since 1890. With a little research, my husband discovered that by twisting the silver ring that binds the handle to the blade, you can lock the blade in an upright position. He loved that! This knife retails for $13.95.

Bottle opener

Bottle opener

This whale of a bottle opener is made by Machine Era. It is made in the U.S. of cold pressed steel. He tested it out during a Saturday football game and deemed it fit for future duty. It retails for $29.

Notebook

Notebook

The last item in this box was this great looking notebook by Poppin. It has an internal pocket, a ribbon marker, and lined pages. This retails for $9.

LED mini-flashlight

LED mini-flashlight

My husband was also trolling the Bespoke Post site and took a liking to this mini LED flashlight. I found this online for $25.50. If he didn’t love it so much I’d have him return it as he paid almost $10 more for it at the site.

In any case, it’s time for the grand total rundown! This box included four items that had a total retail value of $85.52. That’s almost double what the monthly fee is, and well over the $31.50 we paid with the discount. This gain in value makes up for the additional $10 we spent for the flashlight. As for the intangibles, well he loves every single thing and has been giving me the frowny-face because I have kept everything in a box until I could do this review. Here he comes now…love you, babe!

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