MyIrelandBox Subscription Box Review – June 2016
MyIrelandBox is a subscription box that sends you Irish made surprises directly from Ireland! Each month you receive a curated box filled with 100% Irish artisan craft, home ware or beauty products from Irish makers. You will receive either 1 large or 2-4 smaller items and the creators guarantee that each box will be worth at least $45.00 or higher.
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
I like receiving small gift bags because that usually means there is a small, but very nice gift inside!
The Subscription Box: MyIrelandBox
Cost: $45.00 + shipping per month, $125.10 + shipping for 3 month prepay (free treat with purchase), $229.35 + shipping for 6 month prepay (receive one box half off & jewelry gift with purchase) or $458.70 + shipping for 12 month prepay (receive a free box & jewelry gift with purchase)
Products: 1 large or 2-4 small Irish made crafts, home ware or beauty products from Ireland
Ships to: US, Canada, UK, EU, Australia and Taiwan
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Each MyIrelandBox comes with a welcome letter from the MyIrelandBox team. A Star Wars movie is currently being filmed on the Dingle Peninsula and the last Star Wars movie featured the Skellig Michael (otherwise known as the Skellig Rock). With that being said, the creators wanted to somehow share Skellig Michael with us which leads to this month’s theme “Skellig Michael”. The letter gives you a brief background on Skellig Michael so you will have an understanding of its importance to Ireland. At the end of the letter they also let you know the upcoming theme for July’s box.
Sun Dancing: A Medieval Vision by Geoffrey Moorehouse– €20.39 ($22.95 )
This book is very unique and looks extremely interesting. It’s unique because there are two parts: one part fiction and one part nonfiction. The first part is imagination and reconstruction of how the Monks lived on Skellig Michael. Today it is uninhabited but from the sixth to thirteenth century it was home to a monastic community. The second part of the book is a collection of short essays setting out evidence for the detail in the first part, and describes many features of medieval monastic life. According to the creators- it is a page turner!
Description from Amazon:
In this remarkable feat of imagination and reconstruction Moorhouse shows how the medieval monastic community of The Great Skellig, an island off Ireland’s southwest coast, worshipped and survived from 500 bc to ad 1200. The first part of the book is a fictional description of the austere life of the monks beginning with their arrival on the island, withdrawing from the world to a life of prayer, fasting, hardship, and danger. Subsequent scenes depict aspects of Celtic spirituality, a dangerous Viking raid, and spiritual crises. Finally, the abbot and his aging disciples abandon the island following a severe storm. The second part is a collection of short essays describing the many features of medieval monastic life.
Back of Sun Dancing: A Medieval Vision by Geoffrey Moorehouse
Skelligs Jewellery– €100.00? ($112.57?)
This necklace is absolutely beautiful! It’s real sterling silver (woohoo!) and great quality. The story behind it is very cool and it was made exclusively for MyIrelandBox so it is one-of-a-kind! It is hand made by Louise, founder and creator of Skelligs Jewellery, in her studio in County Kerry. She named this exclusive necklace “Is tusa mo chrann taca”, the gaelic saying for “You are my Rock”.
According to the welcome letter, Skelligs Jewellery is inspired by the natural beauty of the spectacular Atlantic Coast of Ireland. Using traditional jewelry making skills, Louise creates each jewelry piece by hand from sterling silver and Irish slate rock sourced from the Valentia Slate quarry Co Kerry. Her jewelry collections are inspired by the jagged drama of the Skellig Islands. She castes select pieces of slate rock in solid silver so the organic texture, shape and layers of the rock from Ireland’s South West coast are captured and can always be treasured.
I am in l.o.v.e with this necklace! It’s delicate, handmade, unique and is so simple it practically goes with everything. The welcome letter says the necklace has a retail value of over $75USD so I based my value guestimate off the Skelligs Jewellery website.
Closer view of the necklace on.
Verdict: I really liked this month’s MyIrelandBox! When I first saw that this month’s theme would be based on Star Wars I was thinking actual Star Wars merchandise. As you can see the theme is based on the location the first movie was shot in Ireland versus the actual movie. My favorite item out of this month’s box is the necklace- it’s my new go-to piece! The book was just okay for me, but I did learn some history about Skellig Michael so that’s always good. I estimate the value of this box to be at €120.39 ($135.52) which is significantly higher than the $45+ purchase price. This is the highest value box I’ve received yet so I’m extremely happy! As always, I recommend this box to anyone that wants an international surprise or something different than your typical sub.
What do you think about June’s MyIrelandBox? Do you like the necklace as much as I do?