Trust us: Dad does not want a subscription to the Golf Socks of the Month club for Father’s Day (June 15)—again. But we’ll bet our bitters that he wouldn’t complain about a box of whiskey arriving at his door. Here’s our list of preferred clubs for foodies and beverage aficionados. Just think of us as the Craft Fairy.
The Fare Trade
Serious foodies only! The Fare Trade ships delectable regional artisan specialties, along with suggestions about how to use them. Plus, online videos put top chefs in your kitchen. June’s box includes Nonna’s Smoky Sauce, White Speckled Grits and Texas Grapefruit Shrub. $65 per month, TheFareTrade.com. (See also Plated.com.)
Each themed “box of awesome” arrives stuffed with manly goodness. “Maker,” for example, includes a sturdy apron, spice collection and cedar grilling wraps; “Seared” pairs a Himalayan-salt block and grilling tool with habanero sugar. Subscribe for $45 each month, or get boxes a la carte for $55. BespokePost.com.
The Mantry Company
Along the same lines, Mantry (“The modern man’s pantry”) delivers a box of American artisan foods all tucked into—what else?—a sturdy wooden crate. Past boxes have included Franklin BBQ espresso barbecue sauce, Som drinking vinegar and Dancing Deer Co. buttermilk pancake mix with bourbon-barrel-aged maple syrup. $75 per month, Mantry.com.
From the site that already delivers deals on incredible hard-to-find craft spirits to your inbox comes three clubs: Vodka ($115), Select ($135) and Whiskey ($155). Every quarter, receive three incredible, hand-picked bottles, along with tasting notes and insider perks. Caskers.com.
Raising the home bar, Julibox delivers everything needed to make two each of two different cocktails; a pre-shipment email reminds you to pick up any citrus needed to complete drinks such as the Strawberry Letter and Basilica. $36 per month for six months, Julibox.com.
Get noncommittal with the flavor(s)-of-the-month club that is Flaviar. It would cost you more than $350 to buy the full-size bottles from which the June collection samples in five 45-milliliter bottles. $41 per month, Flaviar.com.
Powered by the online craft-beer marketplace LetsPour.com, BeerBoxer ships fresh, limited-edition and sought-after labels that you might not otherwise be able to purchase in this market. Monthly plans start at $50, BeerBoxer.com.