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Culture Carton February 2021: Towles

I received February’s Culture Carton in exchange for an honest review. This post also appears on A Year of Boxes.

Sure we’ve been indoors for 8345 months and maybe we let ourselves go a bit … but the days are getting longer and we are seeing sunny beautiful days. Days like that deserve an effort. If you’re looking to make tasteful improvements in your daily life — from intellectual growth to self care — the men’s subscription box Culture Carton has the tools to do just that. Today I’ve got a look at February’s Standard Box which includes a book and three to five lifestyle items.

Culture Carton offers three subscription options (all prices in USD):

Book Club Get the handpicked book of the month from Culture Carton. Start building your library now with the best of classic and modern fiction. $16/month + free US shipping.

Standard All the best men’s lifestyle items and a book every man should read delivered to your doorstep monthly. $45/month + shipping.

Essential All the best lifestyle items, hand picked by the Culture Carton team, delivered monthly. $35/month + shipping.

Culture Carton also ships outside of the US. Shipping costs vary.

Each box includes a product card with a brief description of the contents. I’ve quoted from it in italics.

Our book this month is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. This is a fascinating dive into an old Russian noble secluded in a hotel in the middle of the Russian Revolution. It has been regarded as one of the best books of the past five years. This book will make a great addition to your bookshelf. ($17)

Here’s more from the publisher:

“In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

Spring cleaning is all about clearing out the cobwebs and this much-heralded novel sounds like an excellent choice for any reader looking to sweep away some old or limited ways of thinking and dust off a new perspective. I gifted a few copies of this one two Christmases ago after reading fantastic reviews but haven’t gotten to it myself.

Next, a ceramic outdoor mug by Exploria. This is the perfect vessel for your daily cup of coffee at the home office, or for hot cocoa near a blazing fire. ($20)

When filled with your favourite coffee (perhaps exploring blends from around the world?), this generously-sized mug is sure to get you through mountains of paperwork and help keep you going until you climb into bed.

A travel manicure set by Bennkai. The perfect set to keep with you at all times. Never let a hangnail get you down again. ($25)

Consider this small-but-mighty collection of nail tools the armory in your battle against unkempt cuticles. A handy, handsome set in a pocket-sized case. Keep it in your dopp kit and use it on the regular.

Finally, a wool blend beanie from Lucky Pheasant. This beanie is the union of form and function. It keeps your head warm, while simultaneously looking great. ($30)

Unstated and cool while keeping you warm, making you a style multitasker.

February’s Culture Carton is valued at $92 and man-oh-man, it hits the mark. Four is definitely his lucky number with this quad of quality and style.

If you’d like to try or gift Culture Carton, A Year of Boxes has a special promo: save $20 on your first month with the code AYOB20.

What do you think of February’s box? Is there someone in your life who’d enjoy it?

4 thoughts on “Culture Carton February 2021: Towles

  1. It is a quarantine Quattro perfect to send to your favourite guy whether he’s in your bubble or further away – he is bound to feel special getting this! I just love the beanie!!!

  2. Hey love this pack of goodies and it works for men and me. I read the book and truly loved it, beautiful writing and really interesting story. It was my book club read and most of us still talk about what a great book it is. Fun “Tea” mug, great nail caring set and who doesn’t need that beanie for maybe a few more weeks and then again next frosty December etc.
    And agreed, it does seem like 8345 months that this has been going on, so let all spruce up and get ready for the great sunny outdoors – (except when you have difficulty putting down A Gentleman in Moscow).
    A always, love reading your comments and your great pics.

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