Vices Subscription Box ($130)
Box Review: I love how curated the box is with an overarching theme to make it an experience. I got the mezcal tasting kit, which came with three bottles of different mezcal, three tasting glasses, and four food-based items. The food included artisanal chocolate, spiced mango jerky, blood orange slices dipped in a sugar cream, and smoked Oaxacan mole, which you can either pair with one of the mezcal bottles or use as a garnish for cocktails! I wasn't familiar with mezcal, and loved that I could learn more about it through this experience. Now, not only do I realize that there is a difference between it and tequila, but trying them all was also a fun activity to do with the family at Thanksgiving! We tried out the mezcals and paired them with the food pairings, and we even tested out our bartending skills. I also got the Anna x Robert Vices elevated entertaining set, which came with an agate cheese plate, a cheese knife, agate whiskey rocks, and an agate bottle stopper. This set is so gorgeous I primarily use it for home decor! The cheese plate is on the smaller side, so it can double as a bottle coaster. My dad, who loves scotch, uses the whiskey rocks instead of ice for his nightly cap. You can use both boxes together to transport yourself to a swanky bar on the Upper East Side or separately. Either way, it's truly an elevated experience! This box embodies appreciating the finer things in life while making it an experience to learn about the artisanal goods in the box.
Whom would you gift it to?
This would be a fantastic gift for the holidays, especially while we are stuck at home. The box is truly an experience. It's on the pricier end, so this is something I would get for those closest to me who I know would appreciate experiences like this. This makes a great gift for friends, family, and even coworkers if your personal budget allows for it. You can curate the boxes to their interests as well, but it's also fun to discover and learn something new! I would honestly even gift this to myself!
— Anvita Reddy, editorial coordinator, Shop