Gift giving can be a stressful activity for even the most adept of holiday shoppers. With the holiday season right around the corner, your source for IT staffing solutions decided to double down and become your source for holiday shopping solutions. We ordered 3 of the best subscription boxes on the market (Geek Me Box, Loot Crate, and Geek Fuel) to see if they passed the Modis test. Better yet, we’re giving them all away! Read on to learn more.
Geek Me Box
The first mystery box to receive the Modis unboxing treatment was Geek Me Box. Geek Me Boxes contain 5-8 geek & gamer items with no set theme month-to-month. It was unanimous amongst the Modis team that the highlight of September’s box was the “Anti-Hero hang out” shirt, featuring Deadpool and Walter White of Breaking Bad.
The t-shirt is a Geek Me Box exclusive and is available for purchase individually on the company’s online store, along with a number of other exclusive items from past boxes. Out of the three different subscription boxes that we subscribed to, Geek Me Box is the only one to feature an online store where you can purchase individual items. A definite perk as it allows consumers to pick up any items that they may have missed and purchase some of their favorites for friends and family. The biggest drawback of Geek Me Box is the price. It is by far the most expensive of the three boxes that we reviewed, with one month subscriptions set at $30.00 after shipping/handling and the 3 month, 6 month, and 12 month plans being $28.00 per month after shipping/handling.
Loot Crate was the most unique box that we received. Each month, the Loot Crate team curates their boxes based on a specific theme. September’s theme was “Summon” and featured items with television shows and video game like Supernatural and World of Warcraft that feature creatures and characters that need to be “summoned to the mortal realm.” The box contains a guide book that details the theme and how each item ties into it. There’s a great deal of thought and creativity that goes into crafting each box and it really comes through in the final product. It is worth noting that Loot Crate is the only one of the three boxes that we reviewed that does not include a t-shirt. The standout of the box, at least in the eyes of your esteemed blogger, had to be the Pickachu beanie. As soon as I gazed into the Pokemon’s beady black eyes, I felt a wave of nostalgia wash over me for days passed when I dragged my father to 1998’s Pokemon: The First Movie five times. He slept soundly throughout the film four of those five times, while I watched, enthralled by the adventures of Ash Ketchum and his trusty sidekick.
Nostalgia points aside, Loot Crate certainly impressed. While some may view the monthly themes as constraining, the curators did a fine job of including something for everybody, at least in the September box. You can find details on subscription pricing here.
Geek Fuel is somewhat of a cross between Geek Me Box and Loot Crate. Like Geek Me Box, it includes an exclusive t-shirt and features a new theme each month like Loot Crate. September’s theme was “Stardust” and featured items from properties like Star Wars, Doctor Who, and The Martian. The stand out item was the exclusive t-shirt, featuring Boba Fett’s helmet with David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust face paint. It’s fitting considering how fond George Lucas is of making ch-ch-ch-ch-changes to those early Star Wars films, even though they were all Hunky Dory to begin with.
Amongst the members of our team that checked out the three boxes, Geek Fuel consistently stood out as a favorite. Much like Loot Crate, the box curators did an exceptional job of coming up with an interesting theme while still managing to include items that can appeal to a variety of audiences. The exclusive t-shirts are a lot of fun and a nice touch, however it would be nice to see Geek Fuel set up an online store where they can purchased individually like Geek Me Box. You can find details on subscription pricing here.
How Can YOU Win?
It’s pretty simple, actually. Visit our Facebook page and tell us what you think about these subscription boxes. What you like, what you don’t like, what boxes we should check out next, and we’ll randomly select 4 lucky winners!