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Pop Sugar Must Have – December 2012 Review – Monthly Women’s Subscription Boxes

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Pop Sugar Must Have - December 2012 Review - Monthly Women's Subscription Boxes

December’s Pop Sugar Must Have box was an interesting one for me – I love all the items, but the value wasn’t as high as I expected.

Pop Sugar Must Have - December 2012 Review - Monthly Women's Subscription Boxes

The Box: Pop Sugar Must Have

The Cost: $35 a month

COUPON CODE: Use code REFERFRIENDS to save $5 off your first box

The Products: Must have products in home, food, beauty, fitness, etc.

Pop Sugar Must Have - December 2012 Review - Monthly Women's Subscription Boxes

Bodum Bistro Double Walled Glass Mugs – Value $30

Pop Sugar Must Have - December 2012 Review - Monthly Women's Subscription Boxes

I love these mugs. My favorite part? They are dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe!

Pop Sugar Must Have - December 2012 Review - Monthly Women's Subscription Boxes

Tea Forte Sampler – Value $15

Typically when I get tea in a subscription box, it’s a few loose bags, so I love that this was a boxed set. I may end up using this as a gift – the packaging is so nice, and the teas smell great!

Pop Sugar Must Have - December 2012 Review - Monthly Women's Subscription Boxes

Bogdon’s Peppermint Poles – Value $3

Yum! These are already out on my coffee table!

Pop Sugar Must Have - December 2012 Review - Monthly Women's Subscription Boxes

Jaboneria Marianella Soap – Value $14

This soap smells divine, and at the price point is probably something I wouldn’t buy myself, but I’m thrilled it was in the box.

Pop Sugar Must Have - December 2012 Review - Monthly Women's Subscription Boxes

Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit – Value $15

Pop Sugar Must Have - December 2012 Review - Monthly Women's Subscription Boxes

This little kit is impressive! I couldn’t believe everything they fit in the case. I immediately put it in my purse.

Pop Sugar Must Have - December 2012 Review - Monthly Women's Subscription Boxes

GoSwype – Value $1.99

Love this product! It completely cleaned my phone of any streaks, and knowing it also removed germs and bacteria made me feel better about having it so close to my face when on a call!

Pop Sugar Must Have - December 2012 Review - Monthly Women's Subscription Boxes

Rent the Runway Coupon Code – $30

I think Rent the Runway is a really cool site, and after checking out their amazing dresses, I totally plan on using the service someday. My issue with this coupon though, is that Pop Sugar states it is a $30 Gift Card, but it is actually just a $30 off coupon code that can only be used on rentals. (Rental accessories start at $10, but shipping and insurance aren’t covered by the coupon). Because this is a coupon and not a true Gift Card, to me the $30 value shouldn’t go toward the box total value.

Verdict: I will definitely use everything in the December Pop Sugar Must Have box, so I’m very pleased with the items! The value of the box without the coupon code is only $79 though, so previous boxes have definitely had more items and higher value. No complaints here though – now I just want my Luxury Edition box! What did you think of this month’s 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!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

5 Comments

  1. I agree that I may have been expecting a little more out of this box since it’s the holiday season, but overall I am really happy with it. I was excited when I saw the Bodum mugs because I’ve actually been WANTING them, but they were too expensive for me to go out and buy for myself. Even though I paid for the box it still feels like a present that I didn’t actually buy. Haha. I love tea so I’m excited about the sampler box, too. I think I may actually gift the minikit to my mom. I’m still having high hopes for the Luxury box too. I think mine may be coming today or tomorrow so we’ll see!

  2. I debated whether or not to read your review since I did not receive my December (first) pop sugar box yet. The box looks great as usual. I think I will be regifting many of the items in the box.

  3. I feel like Pop Sugar is saving the higher end items for Luxury boxes now, Going off of the high value items from the September and October box. Although I will be using *everything* in the box which doesn’t happen all the time with subscription boxes, it is upsetting that you will have to spend more money to use the gift code. And like Kate said, it is missing the “wow”.

  4. I like mine just fine. The mugs alone ( with another company’s shipping added) are the value we paid for the entire box. I thought the RTR code was tacky and unlike what PopSugar has done in the past.
    Some people didn’t think this box had a ” holiday” theme to it, but I definitely think it does have a nod to the season and to winter time with the tea, the peppermint, and the tiny emergency kit which is perfect for taking in a small bag to holiday parties.

    Maybe I’m biased, but I think the Must Have box always has high quality items which I usually use a lot more often than most other boxes I subscribe to.

    Did you get a Dec. Golden Tote? FAB!! I got both clothing totes offered. Your review helped me see their items and the value in a new light.

    Happy Holidays!!

  5. I haven’t received my box yet but decided to read your review anyway. I’m so uninspired by this box that now I don’t have to be waiting with anticipation for it to arrive. I’m very disappointed that part of the box is something that will require me to spend more money since the shipping and insurance isn’t included for the Rent the Runway coupon (which, honestly, I probably would never use anyway).

    I had high expectations that this box would be festive or include at least one “Wow!” item. Not one item is something that I’d give a second look at in the store.

    Oh well, if January’s box isn’t an improvement, that’s $35 I can spend on something else every month!

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