POPSUGAR Holiday 2016 Limited Edition Men’s Box Review

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Each holiday season, POPSUGAR releases two Limited Edition Boxes great for gifting. This is the review of the POPSUGAR Must Have Limited Edition Men’s Winter box!


This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.

FYI – if you are interested in purchasing this box, it is still available, but there are fewer than 500 boxes left!


The Box: POPSUGAR Must Have Limited Edition Men’s Winter box

The Cost: $100

The Products: For Him: Everyone needs a set of timeless essentials to give or get as gifts. This array of rugged yet style-worthy goods is ready to keep your guy well-equipped for the holidays and the days after.


Each box comes with a fold out card detailing the items included.


The theme of this box is to “Stylishly equip your life for the holiday & beyond!”


This box is an “exclusive collection of rugged, vintage-inspired” items.


Now, onto the items!


Cortese Watches Prologo C12801 – €149 (This watch is European and sold in euros)

(Currently, this is the equivalent of about $160.)


As is custom with POPSUGAR Limited Edition boxes, this item is boxed and ready to gift!


This is the hero item of the box, and I think it fits the rugged and stylish theme very well.


The distressed leather on this timepiece gives it the look of a family heirloom, but its modern blue hue and domed glass face transport it to the present. The long strap is designed to be tucked into the first or second buckle.


The length of the watch is about 10 inches.

You can also adjust the back of the band to change where the watch face is located:


We found that the leather distresses easily, so with time, this band will have more of a lighter leather look.


The domed glass face has impressive dimension to it, too.


And here it is on my husband, Eric:


This is such a quality piece, and since it alone is well over the cost of the box, I almost feel like everything else is gravy!



Etiquette Men’s Mid Calf Socks in Seismic and Pixel – Value $42

Yay for another item in the box that comes in its own box! (Always good in case you are buying this box and breaking it into multiple gifts.)


These socks are made in Italy with and “are individually constructed on a 200-needle knitting machine using soft combed cotton-blend yarn.”


Eric absolutely loved these socks! No surprise, the quality is great, and the patterns are fun, too!


Izola Take Care Shave Kit – Value $48

This is a perfect size, heavy-duty Dopp kit!


It measures 10″ x 5″ x 5″ and it has an exterior pocket.

The material is a sturdy (100% cotton) canvas. Here is a closer look a the fabric:


And the interior is lined with water resistant PEVA so it is easy to clean up any spills:


This kit is big enough to fit full-size products, too!


Gentleman’s Hardware Credit Card Tool – Value $17


This stainless steel tool is slim enough to fit in your wallet. And it basically does all the things:

  • Can Opener
  • Knife Blade
  • Screwdriver
  • Ruler
  • Bottle Opener
  • Position Wrench (2 Variations)
  • Butterfly Wrench
  • Saw Blade
  • Direction Ancillary Indication


My husband has received a similar tool in the past, but he said this one is the nicest one he’s seen. (And I love the Altoids-like tin packaging, too.)


Bald Guy Greetings Set of 3 Cards – Value $10.50


I think this box is a great collection of classic items – so these cards were a little unexpected!


These are NOT your standard greeting cards! But if you’re gifting this box to someone who would like to give an unconventional Birthday, Love, or Thank You card – they are perfect.







Definitely unique!


Peak Ice Works Extra Large Ice Cube Tray – Value $12


This tray is made with an internal steel frame, so you don’t have to worry about the silicone material moving around too much and spilling water.


This ice cube tray comes with a lid to prevent freezer burn:


And my favorite part? The silicone is BPA-free and dishwasher safe!


These cubes measure 2 and 1/4 inches – AKA perfect for scotch, bourbon, whiskey, etc on the rocks:


These large cubes are perfect for a good-looking cocktail, and also the ice also melts down slower!

And speaking of bourbon…


Sugarfina Maple Bourbon Caramels – Value $7.50


Eric has loved just about every treat POPSUGAR has ever sent in a box, and these are his newest favorite! They are maple sugar caramels infused with Maker’s Mark and covered in chocolate. (How amazing sounding is that sentence?) Needless to say, this box of chocolates is now empty!

Verdict: This box has a value of about $297. I think that’s great for a $100 box. The watch, socks, and Dopp kit are all high-end and quality accessory brands, and I think the other items are a nice way to round out the box. What do you think of the POPSUGAR Must Have Limited Edition Men’s Winter box?


Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

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  1. I don’t understand the Izola Take Care Shave Kit. Mine was just the empty bag. Is there supposed to be some shaving products inside?

    • No, it’s just the dopp kit bag – no items included. Hope that helps!

      • Thank you, Liz!

  2. Woo Hoo! I just saved $88. I really wanted the ice tray and sort of the other stuff in the Mens box for me. Since I have the Womens LE box on the way I went over to Amazon and got the ice tray. I exercised some restraint on BF and I am still trying.

  3. I didn’t get last years box & it sold out really quickly after the reviews came out. I got this years box w/o hesitation & wow am I disappointed. Last year there was a bag & a nice throw. This year a watch, socks, ice trays, & cards w/bald guys on them. Gross. Wish I could return it for last years.

    • Can I just say I can’t believe those socks have a $42 value. Who spends that much on socks besides Kim Kardashian :’D

    • I would be willing to buy your box!

  4. I’d love to swap for the Gentleman’s Hardware Credit Card Tool!

  5. Finally broke down and ordered this. Hope it ships quickly as it has to come here and be broken apart and shipped elsewhere.

  6. I have checked way too many times today for the woman’s box. 👀

    • You and I both sister lol

    • My husband would be upset if I spent $100 for a box like this. Unless you really ant the watch. The travel kit is not worth $48 and no guy would care

  7. Is it wrong that I totally want this box for myself 😊😂

  8. At this point it just seems lazy of them to offer a dopp kit and ice cube trays in a men’s box, since for years those two items have been in so many men’s boxes of every price range. I would have expected something a lot more interesting, but I did buy the box specifically for the watch, and like Liz I consider everything else gravy. Wish it had been better gravy though (those cards don’t belong in a box of classy items!).

  9. I love this box and I love that it’s a box my husband would actually want! Thank you for the review, Liz, since I was able to pull the trigger and get something for him 🙂

  10. I’m not even going to lie….I bought this box for myself after I saw the watch, lol! I loved it and figured I could gift whatever else came in the box…Which is exactly what I plan on doing! So it was a win-win for me 😉

    Now, I cannot wait to see what is in the woman’s LE box!!!

  11. My comment really got removed just because I said I didn’t like this box? Wow! Ok then.

    • Never mind. I see it now. Sorry Liz!

  12. I’m so tempted to steal the cards for myself because they’re the exact kind of cards I’d give, but my boyfriend is bald and our relationship is pretty much based on me making bald jokes, so the brand makes it!

    He’s really going to love the watch, but I’m envious – I want one for myself, but can’t drop $100 on myself this time of year! Guess I’ll watch for someone swapping, though it’s the biggest reason people love this box, so I’m probably SOL!

  13. Maybe I’m in the minority but I absolutely hate this box. I thought about getting it for my husband but decided against it when the watch spoiler came out since he doesn’t wear a watch. There’s nothing in here that he either doesn’t already have a ton of or would use. I’m glad most people who bought it are happy with it though!

    • I bought this box and I’m disappointed. Cards in a en’s box, really? The watch is the only thing in the box I’m happy with.

    • I’m not a fan either. I’m glad I didn’t buy it…

    • I don’t like it either. But I never buy the men’s boxes.

  14. I like to use my giant ice cube tray for freezing flowers inside. I get the organic ones from Wholefoods. They look so festive in a drink.

    • Ooh, great idea!

    • Like this idea!

  15. I love bald guy cards, I hope people will want to swap for them. Hilarious!

    • I’ll swap them!

  16. I do wish the dopp kit didn’t have writing on it, but since my bf works overseas a lot, this may still be a good item for him. I was hoping to have more things to split towards other people, but it looks like he’ll get the whole shebang. (which means it was nicely put together!)

  17. When I saw $48 for the value of that bag I expected there to be something inside. I can buy leather ones for less? What makes it worth $48, does anyone know? I’m sure it’s nice, I’m just not sure it’s that nice.

  18. This is an incredible box for my husband! The only thing that I don’t see him using is the Dopp Kit but maybe he will pass it along to me because I could use it! 😂 Overall I am quite pleased that I picked this up for him.

  19. Caved and bought it for my boyfriend!! I love the watch and think it’s his style. he already has a watch I got him for Valentine’s Day that he loves and wears most days but this one is more casual so I think he would definitely still wear it just for different occasions. Happy to see a more casual watch that clearly isn’t cheap. The socks I love and know he will use, he always needs more socks. He has a similar bag already but plain black and this one seems nicer so we’ll see about that. I’m sure it’ll be used. The card I think he will love. It will bring out his inner boyscout (most his childhood lol) but in a cool and mature not 12 years old way lol. especially since he loves cool bottle openers I’m thinking he’ll be really into it. I personally want the ice cube tray lol! So I’m happy it’ll be in our apartment. I think he will love it for drinks too. I usually do more like 125 as a limit for him so I am thinking of pulling the cards out of the box (I like them and may use them but they don’t fit the theme at all and he definitely won’t use them) and replacing them with a bottle of whiskey and/or maybe a nice glass that will go with the ice cubes! Put my own personal touch on the gift, and those candies look amazing and will fit the alcohol theme!

    Wasn’t sure about this box after first reading the review, I went back and forth but the more I think about it the more excited I am about it. And of course the value is great!!!

    • I was totally thinking the same thing! Pull the cards and put in a bottle of whiskey! 🙂

  20. This is my first Limited Edition box and I am happyish with it. Since I’m Jewish, we do 8 nights of gifts for Hanukkah and at least three of these items will work.
    The watch will make a great “big” gift.
    We always do a pj night, and the socks will be a great addition.
    Not sure what my husband will think of the dopp bag. I might fill it with another gift. Being that my husband is a bit of a geek I think he will get a kick out of the “credit card.”
    The cards are not my husband’s type at all, and not something I would gift.
    My husband does not drink so not sure what I will do with large ice cubes. (Any ideas would be helpful)
    Being kosher, the candy won’t work but we will gift it to someone at work.

    I am happy that the higher cost items are the ones I will use. Only having 2 negative items (the cards and the ice cubes) isn’t too bad. (I never count the food)

    Now just waiting to get the email that its getting shipped.

    • The large ice cubes can be used in any non-alcoholic beverages as well. I don’t drink but I was excited to see the ice tray in the box. I’m someone who loves a lot of ice and it always melts too quickly. These supposedly have a slower melt, so I’m excited to try them.

      • I’ll probably end up using it myself. Not sure if its gift worthy.

    • I am excited for the ice cube tray for iced tea. They should last much longer to keep my tea cold. I will be purchasing more for this summer. Love that they come with a cover.

      • Agreed about the large ice cubes being great for any type of drink. Those big cubes in a glass of ice water in a Ozark Trail Double-Wall tumbler (cheaper version of yeti mug) keep it cold all night with cube still there in the morning!

        The box seems like a great deal!

    • I would totally buy your ice cube off of you 🙂

  21. Where is the watch made? Thanks!

  22. I’m happy with everything. LOVE the watch. My fiancé can always use more socks. Candy with always be eaten. I can give the ice cube tray to my drinking buddy. The tool is novel, even though I have similar ones from tech conventions – he’ll love having his own. The cards are cute and it doesn’t bother me that they don’t fit the theme, but I doubt I will ever use them. The dopp bag bums me out because I bought one at Fossil for him already, and he prefers the kind that the opening kind of stands up. I guess I’ll use it or give it to his brother. We’ll see – it’s just a bummer that it’s a decent dent in the value of the box and he won’t use it himself. Overall, I’m pretty happy, and it’s due to arrive Saturday! Typically my boxes arrive a day earlier than tracking shows, too.

  23. I am so wishing I would not have spent the money for this box and bought more of the cyberMonday deals. The watch is a win, and the hubs will love that, but the rest…not gonna fly.

    • Agreed! Everything but the watch is going to swaps – maybe I’ll keep the little tool for myself but not thrilled with the rest.

  24. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks the cards are fab! This is my idea of a wonderful box, but my husband already has a watch he loves. It’s probably not worth buying the box if the watch won’t be used.
    I should buy this box for the cards!

    • I like the cards too. Guys can be terrible at remembering to get and send cards. This is a great pack to have on hands so that they are easy to use. Even if the cards aren’t exactly your taste, I think putting something like that in a box is a great idea. I’ve never seen a guy buy a pack of thank you cards…something sleek and classic like that would be good too.

  25. Wow!! Fantastic box. I’m thrilled with it. Still debating whether to give the watch to my brother or keep it for myself; we’ll see how it looks on me when I get it. If the women’s box is this nice/such a great value I will be one happy addict.

  26. When’s the womans box review coming?? Ahhh iI’m so excited to know whats all in it

    • Me too! I didn’t buy the women’s box, but I’d loooove to know what’s in it. I kind of have FOMO over this one, and I usually don’t get very excited about the PSLE boxes. Happy with the men’s box though!

  27. Am I the only one who actually likes those cards, I think they are hilarious! Anyways, totally wish I got this box, but I wasn’t sure if my boyfriend would actually wear the watch so I had to pass. :/

  28. Lol, I didn’t buy this, but I JUST bought a very similar large ice cube tray as part of my boyfriend’s Christmas gift. This looks like a great combo! Except the cards don’t really fit, but everything else seems like it was well put together!

  29. It’s only a win because of the beautiful watch. But we haven’t gotten a guy’s box in years because they’d only EVER get socks and giant ice cube trays. We have THREE from boxes we’ve ordered. The cards are a hideous lose. And the “tool” is something I’ve gotten for free multiple places as a dumb freebie. The dopp kit is nice but again, so many of these from past men’s boxes. Get creative for the guys PSMH! smh

  30. This is amazing!! My boyfriend will love every single item. Last year there were only 3 items that I actually gifted to him and I gave the rest to my dad and brother.

  31. Hmm…

    This box would be perfect for one of my brothers. However, my family does a gift swap and I have my OTHER brother who I will not be able to use anything for from this box. I’m not even sure my boyfriend will enjoy anything here. I think its a really nice box, but its not what I was expecting. Perhaps I’ll hang on to these things until their birthdays roll around in another 11 months….

  32. I don’t see my husband being excited about anything BUT this box screams my brother’s name!

  33. Love it all…..my boyfriend will enjoy everything in this box ….total hit

  34. Has anyone got a shipping notice for this box yet?

    Hope we get women’s spoilers soon!

    • Mine had a shipping notification LAST WEEK…and the tracking number said nothing until yesterday. But it’s just that the label was created. It’s expected delivery date is Saturday…which worries me a bit since we won’t be home much. =( And tis the season for people to steal your packages…

  35. Glad I passed, I was only interested in the watch and my husband would use the socks but nothing else. It’s kind of boring and I feel like guys get dopp bags all the time, along with useless tools. The watch is pretty though!!

  36. Am I the only one who saw the ice cube mold and thought it would be perfect for Jell-O shots?

    Seriously though, this box is perfect for the men on my list. Yay! Can’t wait.

    • I thought the same thing ….jello shots …

  37. I can almost always find something good to say about PS boxes, but I’m really disappointed in this one. The only thing I’m sure my husband will use is the socks, and he doesn’t need more socks. He might like the watch, but I’m considering just selling the whole thing and not even bothering to give it to him 🙁

    • You bought the box before a spoiler? My bf wanted the watch so that makes up for some of the misses with this box.

    • I would buy your box!!!

  38. I really like this box. I didn’t bite because my husband stopped wearing watches years ago. I like everything which is rare for me. I think people who purchased made out well. Can’t wait for the full review of woman’s.

  39. Is PSMH using nicer boxes than before? It looks more like the RZ box than the most recent PSLE boxes!?!

  40. Aww I think this box is great! I didn’t get it because my husband and I are separated (pray for me y’all 🙁 ) but last year’s men’s box was a hit and I think this box keeps the momentum going! Nice job Popsugar!

    • You bet!

      • 🙂

    • Aww… I’m sorry about that… But you know what they say everything happens for a reason! You have something better waiting!😉

  41. The bf loved the watch so I sneakily bought the box for him. But I don’t think he’s going to like anything else in the box! I’m debating giving him the whole box or just the watch.

  42. Glad I passed on the this for my boyfriend. Only item that I like is the watch. He already has sphere shaped ice molds for his whiskey/bourbon and I bought him a Dopp kit from bespoke post that he loves. In my opinion the Dopp it from bespoke post is better quality and my boyfriend wouldn’t care for the writing on this one. He also hates cards and any socks that aren’t low cut and white.

    Looking forward to seeing the spoilers for the women’s box!

  43. Glad I got this for hubs. I think he’ll really enjoy it!! P

  44. I like it. Can’t wait to see the full spoilers for the women’s box

    • I know right…?! The anticipation!!!!

  45. Thank god I waited for the review, I loved last year’s men’s box, this year is not for me. I love dopp kits and I love the watch, but not much else. I’m hoping the women’s is better.

  46. LOVE that I bought two of these boxes for father and son. Thrilled with this value!

  47. I like this box. I’m glad I got one for my husband. 🙂

  48. Whew, I’m glad I didn’t get this one. My husband has all of this stuff already and doesn’t need more. I’m hoping for a more original women’s box!

  49. Sold. Love everything. I adore those cards.

  50. I’m pleased with the box except for the cards – I like them well enough but they are a really strange addition and don’t fit in with everything else. It’s tempting to remove them before gift giving…

    • If you remove them, send them to me!! My favorites are the cards, candy and ice cube tray–hope they end up on the swap site!!

      • What’s your swap name, Elizabeth? I can send you mine. I don’t use cards too much…

    • Ooh, yeah, I’ll take the cards if you don’t want them! I know exactly who I’d give them to 🙂

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