The MSA Team’s Galentine’s & Valentine’s Day Subscription Picks!
Galentine’s Day is a big deal around the MSA office. If you’re not familiar, this blessed holiday falls on February 13th and celebrates all of the wonderful gals in your life. Instead of only focusing on romantic relationships (since we know those don’t always pan out), Galentine’s Day is a time to hang with your ride or die girlfriends and show them how much they mean to you by going to brunch (waffles, please), having a self-care day, showering them with affection, or gifting them tokens of your appreciation.
Many of us still have a soft spot for good ol’ Valentine’s Day too (as circus-y as it can sometimes feel), so we wanted to honor the romantic and platonic relationships in our lives since they’re both equally important. I asked everyone around the office what subscription they’d get their sweetie or bestie this year to say “I Love You, Boo” and make them feel appreciated. Let’s see what they had to say…
Selected by Sara: Partnership Manager, Forever Friend
Subscription Box: Winc
Cost: Bottles start at $12.99 each with a membership. (Shipping is free on orders of 4 or more bottles.)
Why she chose it: “My sister/BFF is a working mom of two (hi, Stephen & Gabe! <3) with little time for herself. As a fellow wine-lover, sending her a Winc gift card to pick out her choice of wines to enjoy is the least I can do to let her know I see her and appreciate her.”
Check out all of our reviews of Winc!
Selected by Marne: Content Specialist & Photographer, Lowkey Romantic
Subscription Box: The Detox Box
Cost: $55/month with free shipping.
Why she chose it: My bestie Alicia is the healthiest person I know. In addition to being super conscious about what she puts inside her body, she’s also concerned with the products and ingredients she puts on her face. I love that The Detox Box sends a mix of skincare and makeup each month and wouldn’t overload Alicia with product since she’s is also a minimalist. Since she has been my ride or die for over 20 years, I think this would be a great way to express my gratitude so she can discover new high-end brands that are free of toxins and make her skin look as great as she feels.
Check out all of our reviews of The Detox Box!
Selected by Lacey: Site & Analytics Guru, Married 10.5 Years to Stay-At-Home-Dad of 2
Subscription Box: Trade Coffee
Cost: $15-$25/month, depending on the coffee you’re matched with.
Why she chose it: “My husband and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but we’re always trying to find creative ways to treat each other and connect– it can be tough with two kids under 5, especially when I work full-time and our hobbies keep us each pretty busy in the evenings after the kids are asleep. One thing we have in common is our love of coffee! In our pre-parent days, we used to enjoy going to visit different local coffee shops on the weekends. Trade seems like a fun way to revive that tradition with a constant stream of interesting coffees from small roasters while allowing us to stick to our new weekend routine: staying in our pajamas until at least 10 or 11 AM, sipping on a couple cups of pour-over coffee, catching up with each other and playing with the kids.”
Check out our in-depth review of Trade Coffee!
Selected by Megan: Content Creator, Perfume Hoarder, Lifetime Devotee to Dogs (and Husband)
Subscription Box: BoxyCharm
Why she chose it: “My BFF is a makeup and beauty addict, and sadly, she is also long-distance. BoxyCharm is only $25 bucks a month which costs way less than all of the lattes and wine we would drink together if she were closer. I love treating her to cosmetics and skincare (she used to do the same for me when she was a MUA for Benefit then MAC) and this would be a great way for us to continue exploring beauty products together and comparing notes even though we can’t shop for them together anymore.”
Check out all of our reviews of BoxyCharm!
Selected by Andy: Photography Director, Perpetual Valentine Forgetter
Subscription Box: Vegancuts Snack Box
Why he chose it: “My wife Emily has been vegan for a long time, and she used to review one of the Vegancuts boxes here at MSA. We don’t normally buy a lot of snacks to have around, but when they’re available they get eaten pretty quickly. When we do pick up vegan treats, it’s often the same things over and over (Oreos and Chocolove and Hippeas forever) because we’re familiar with them and don’t have to stop to check ingredients. Having Vegancuts do the work and compile a box full of vegan delights will be a welcome treat every month!”
Check out all of our reviews of the Vegancuts Snack Box!
Selected by Christen: Copywriter & Editor, Giver of Consumable Gifts
Subscription Box: Atlas Coffee Club
Cost: $14/month + shipping
Why she chose it: “While it can be fun to go all-out and surprise your love with a completely impractical gift that they would never expect, my forever valentine and I are usually more practical gift-givers, going for snazzier versions of things we use regularly. And, I’d say coffee is a pretty regularly consumed thing around our house! We both recently discovered that we prefer medium-bodied coffee to darker roasts, and we both love to travel but haven’t been able to as much since having a baby—so this subscription would be an exciting way to both explore new flavors and scratch a little bit of that adventure itch in a manner that works well with our day-to-day.”
Check out all of our reviews of Atlas Coffee Club!
Selected by Savannah: Editor & Review Coordinator, Affectionate Cook
Subscription Box: Home Chef
Cost: Meals for 2 start at $6.99 per serving, and delivery is free for orders over $49. Shipping is $10 for orders less than $49.
Why she chose it: “I’ve learned after nearly 5 years with my partner that one of our shared love languages is quality time; namely, a delicious meal followed by an evening on the couch debating which Ghost Adventures episodes we’ve yet to watch. I made sure to load my February Home Chef order with options I know he’ll love and timed my delivery to arrive right around the holiday. We’ve largely forgone gifts in favor of experiences, so a fabulous dinner with a few candles, a bottle of wine, shared laughs, and some spooky TV is something I know he’ll appreciate. The best part is, we don’t even have to leave the house!”
Check out all of our reviews of Home Chef!
Selected by Emily: Creative Director, Andy’s Favorite Person
Subscription Box: Bespoke Post
Cost: $45 a month for members, $55 if purchased without a membership.
Why she chose it: “I’d get a Bespoke Post subscription for my husband, Andy, because it’s such a well-curated box. He’s very into making cocktails, discovering new face wash that smells like eucalyptus, and cast-iron pans these days so based on those themes alone, Bespoke Post is a great fit. There are lots of options to choose from each month and I know he’d discover something he wouldn’t think to buy for himself but would end up using and loving.”
Check out all of our reviews of Bespoke Post!
How about you? What are you getting your Valentine or Galentine this year?