The Austin BatBox Subscription Box Review – February 2015
The Austin BatBox is a subscription box from Austin, Texas. Every month, they feature locally made food, music, fashion, art and promote a myriad of other small businesses.
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription: Austin BatBox
The Cost: $25 + shipping monthly, or $135 + shipping for 6 months
The Products: 4-5 hand selected items from Austin, Texas
Ships to: Internationally
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Every box contains an info card that lists each item featured, and this month they also threw in a cute, hand-written card from the team.
Here’s a close-up of the info card. This month, there’s a “musician of the month” and “Spratx featured artist of the month” listed. I’m not sure if this means they’ll be including a CD and a print from an artist every month or not, but it’s something new on the card that I noticed.
Blue Sparrow Cozie – value: $5.95
This print is interesting – I like the style a lot, so I’ll probably find a place to display it. I’m not sure what it has to do with “Never Quitting” but I know it’s art, and everyone sees and feels different things with every piece of art.
Drink cozies are something we never, ever use so this one will be passed along to a friend!
Black Stallion Cufflinks – value: $40
Austin Honey Company Vanilla Lip Balm – value: $3
I think cufflinks were an interesting inclusion in this box – unfortunately, I’m not sure they’re really anything my husband will get much use out of, so maybe I’ll try and swap these.
This lip balm is great! It’s made with almond oil, beeswax, honey, and vanilla so I’m thrilled with the simple ingredient list. I know it says its vanilla flavored, but I couldn’t personally smell any vanilla. That’s fine, though because I like just having a plain lip balm on hand.
Natalie Zoe, “The High Road” Album – value: $10
Crave Artisan Chocolate Bark – value: $8.50
This musician, unfortunately, isn’t my taste, but I think a friend of mine might like it.
This chocolate is my favorite thing in the box!
The chocolate has music notes printed on the back of it. It tastes like dark chocolate and has what I think is some kind of salted toffee bits mixed in it. It’s delicious.
MoonCat Designs Keychain – value: $11
I can’t find this specific keychain for sale on their site, but it’s a guitar pick and a couple glass beads. Personally, I’m not sure I agree on the $11 value they have on the card, but maybe that really is what they sell this keychain for.
HOPE Farmers Market Poster – value: $10
This poster is interesting. I’m not sure why it says “August” on top, but the whole thing definitely makes me miss summer and actually being able to go to farmers markets here in Michigan!
Each Austin BatBox has a “swag” envelope that contains little things like stickers, business cards, coupons, etc.
Here’s what this month’s “swag” envelope contained: a pack of matches, a guitar pick, an Independence Brewing Co. Sticker, a pen, and a button and postcard for the HOPE farmers market.
Verdict: Personally, I’m not exactly thrilled with this Austin BatBox. The value adds up to over $103, which is a great value, but I won’t use the CD, drink cozie, or the cufflinks which takes away $56 of the value and leaves me with a lip balm, some chocolate, a small keychain, and a small piece of art I’m not specifically crazy about. I know the point of this box is to feature small businesses and cool artists and things in Austin, but I’m not sure I feel like this box gives me that feeling much. Overall, I’m alright with this box and I’m definitely happy with the value, but I’m looking forward to seeing what future boxes have to offer.
I definitely hope to one day travel to Austin and experience some of the amazing things, businesses, and artists they have there. I feel like having a personal experience there would give me a more personal appreciation of the curation for this box – as I’m sure subscribers who are previous residents of Austin feel.
What do you think about the February Austin BatBox?