Idea Chíc Parcel Post Subscription Review + Coupon- Fall 2016
The Idea Chíc Parcel Post is a seasonal (quarterly) stationery and paper subscription box. It’s produced by Idea Chíc, a husband-and-wife duo who run their letterpress and print shop out of Denver, Colorado. Their Parcel Post subscription box contains newly released items, popular existing pieces, and exclusives made just for subscribers.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
Idea Chíc also has a monthly subscription box called the Idea Chíc Stationery Box Set. In addition to being more frequent, that box has different themes month to month, which are sometimes inspired by the seasons and sometimes not. If you like this box, you might want to check it out!
The Subscription Box: Idea Chíc Parcel Post
The Cost: Individual boxes are $30.00/box, or $109.00 for 4 boxes
COUPON: Use code MSA20 to save off any subscription!
The Products: Handmade stationery and gift items.
Ships to: Worldwide (International shipping is $6). Free shipping in the U.S.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Gold Lace Notes/5-pack – Value $12.95
Wow, are these ever pretty. The true-gold color of the ink is just metallic enough to make a statement and really pop against the textured ivory card. These are notecards, in other words, thicker cardstock paper with nothing to unfold (almost like a postcard). The label on the clear plastic package notes that these were pressed on a vintage 1933 press. They definitely nod to a vintage aesthetic, with their floral lace print. And the best part? The accompanying envelopes are made of metallic gold paper. This is the perfect combination to use for a very special occasion like a wedding or a big birthday.
Orange Pumpkin Letterpress Note Card – Value $5.95
Next up is another notecard (just one this time) that comes with an envelope stitched with orange thread. The thread creates a vine pattern that runs across the flap of the envelope. The stitching is tight and neat and makes such a unique statement. Your recipient might expect some flair on the card itself, but on the envelope? That’s an extra special touch.
The pumpkin designs on the ivory notecard are done with pencil-thin lines and artful details. Sometimes pumpkin designs can get kind of juvenile, but this one is crisp and sophisticated. Plus, because of the letterpress process, you can feel that the design is recessed into the thick cardstock. It’s a lovely tactile experience as well as a great visual one.
Thankful Leaves Greeting Card – Value listed: $4.00
This blank-inside card would be the perfect gift for your Thanksgiving host this year. The leaf illustrations look right out of a picture book with their rich color palette, and the salutation, printed in black ink is sweet and sincere. I love the little flecks of gray and brown paper pulp that speckle the ivory card. They give the card a more rustic, laid-back aesthetic that’s great for fall.
Beehive Patterned Wood Veneer Postcard – Value $5.95
How cool is this birch veneer card? To be clear, this card is actual wood—it’s light and flexible like cardstock, but you can see and feel the texture of the grain. The graphic “beehive” pattern is printed in black, but against the wood the color looked more like an ash brown. The Thank You salutation is either dark green or a blue-toned black, and it looks extremely classy against the birch, which sparkles in the light.
The same font appears again on the back, labeling the card and pointing you to where to write your note and the address of your recipient. The whole card has an unexpected vintage vibe to it. I really love the way this postcard blends crisp graphic design with elegant textures from nature.
Brown Birch Letterpress Tags – Value $4.95
More birch, this time in illustrated form! These gift tags were made using the same letterpress techniques as on the pumpkin card, so the designs share that recessed feel. I love the simplicity of these tree trunks, and the gold strands running through the thread that’s included.
Cedar Sachet – Value listed: $4.30
Last, but not least, this little sachet of cedar. The second I freed this sachet from the clear plastic envelope it was in, the aroma hit my nose and all I could think about was fall. The scent of the sachet is woodsy, spicy, and surprisingly clean. I’m not sure if there’s anything in addition to cedar in the mix, but it smells pretty pure. The little drawstring ties are long enough to tie around a hanger or loop around a clothing rack to keep your closet smelling nice (and ward away moths looking for warm winter homes).
Verdict: The quality of these items makes this box extremely worth it. You can tell each piece was designed and made by people who really care about the work they produce. I love the mix of paper products in the box, from note cards to gift tags, and how they all have a similar aesthetic. What’s more, the value of all of these high-quality stationery pieces comes to about $38.00, which hits above the $30.00 price of the box. What a delightful deal! Stationery like this makes me want to write more correspondence more often, so I’m really happy with this box!
Do you like the fall-themed stationery in this Idea Chíc Parcel Post?