Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome Review – June 2017
The Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome is a subscription offered by thatdailydeal.com. They send a variety of random items that should exceed the cost of the subscription and every month one subscriber wins a SUPER box with a really expensive item in it. What will you receive in your mystery box? It’s a complete surprise!
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This review is for the Standard, $24.99 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome
The Cost: $24.99 per month for the standard box or $34.98 per month for the deluxe box
The Products: The products you receive are a complete mystery! There’s no theme and items are pretty much gender neutral.
Ships to: U.S. for free
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
The Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome is unlike any other subscription box I’ve experienced. You literally don’t know what you’re going to get (for better or worse). There’s also a chance that you’ll get one of these special gifts instead of the standard box! This month, someone received a Segway, but next month, I could receive a set of “zero gravity chairs.”
There’s also a card with a secret code—head to 13deals.com to find out what your code is for.
The company also offers a mini box if you want something a bit smaller.
The first thing in the box is a coupon for Hello Fresh, which is a popular food subscription box. I suppose if you’re already subscribed to a meal kit subscription box like this one, this is less valuable to you, but if not, this coupon is a good excuse to experiment with such a service. Already a subscriber? Pass it along to a friend!
9″ Kitchen Shears – Value $3.29
I’m always surprised by how practical some of the items in this box are. At first, I was worried I would get a bunch of goofy items I couldn’t use, but things like this pair of scissors keep popping up!
I’m in need of kitchen-specific scissors so that I can stop running to my desk for craft scissors when I need to open a package. So these scissors are perfect for me!
The toothy center of the scissors can be used as a bottle opener, according to the package. The shears have serious stainless-steel edges to them, too. It looks like they’ll work well on some more heavy duty jobs. I will say that the plastic of the handles is a little lighter than I expected it to be, but it’s still a solid pair of scissors.
I pretty much wing it every time I hang a photo, so this little gadget might be good for me!
The idea is that even after you hang your frame, you can adjust it left, right, up, and down using this little device. As the picture suggests, this could be particularly useful for gallery walls, or areas where you’re trying to line a bunch of different pieces up perfectly.
My only real qualm with this set of three hangers is that it expects you to screw the photo into your wall using the tools provided. That’s probably wise, but I tend to hang framed photos on nails rather than screws (partially because my walls are really hard, and I don’t have a drill to start the hole).
Chocolate Bar Pillow – Value $12.99?
I couldn’t find this exact pillow online, so I linked to something similar to give an idea of the value! This polyester pillow is about the size of a laptop, but about 4 inches thick.
It’s surprisingly soft, almost like microsuede. Though a giant chocolate bar doesn’t necessarily go with my decorating scheme, I am a big chocolate fan… Maybe I’ll put this cheeky pillow to work on my desk at home. (It’s the perfect size for my lower back!)
Solitaire Frenzy – Value $16.95
I’m somewhat ashamed to say that I don’t really have any board games at my house. That seems so weird! It’s not that I don’t like board games or game nights—I just happen to know enough folks with big game collections that I end up going to their houses to play games rather than have them come to mine. Regardless, it’s good to have something to help me start my own collection!
The concept is kind of funny—solitaire is classically a game you play alone, but this version brings multiple players into the fold.
“Fast and frantic” is definitely not what I usually associate with solitaire (which, honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever played in real life before—just on the computer)! I’m excited to give this a try the next time I have folks over. It might not be the first game I would’ve picked if I was shopping for myself, but it’s not bad to have. If anything, it’ll make a good gift for someone if I never get around to trying it!
Chocolate S’mores Dip, 14 oz. – Value $2.99
As I said earlier, I love chocolate, so I was excited to try this dip! I never really consider buying dessert-y dips, but this seems like a fun snack to set out at a summer party, doesn’t it?
It reminds me of thick chocolate fudge with a hint of vanilla-ish flavor that must come from the marshmallow notes. The obvious choice here would be to dip graham crackers, but I used pretzels and was just as pleased! I wonder if this would be tasty with fruits, too (like a chocolate strawberry).
Modern Classics Desktop Bowling – Value $6.30
Here’s another fun game to add to my collection! I love bowling, and this tiny desktop version looks pretty darn cute. I like the vintage vibe of the packaging.
It comes with tiny metallic pins and balls, as well as a little launcher to help you aim.
How fun! Pro tip: be sure you’ve got something acting as a backstop for your bowling “alley”, like a book or a wall. Otherwise, that ball can go missing pretty fast!
Large Green Canvas Tote – Value $13.55
Here’s another practical pick from this box. This big canvas tote is large enough to fit a rolled-up blanket, a bottle of wine, and some other odds and ends for a day at the park or on the beach.
Aesthetically, it’s not my favorite, so I won’t be using it in place of a purse anytime soon.
But this zippered bag is perfect for summer adventures and errands!
Verdict: This Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome was full of good stuff, in my opinion. For $24.99 (plus free U.S. shipping), and I got about $61.00-worth of products! While these aren’t things that I would think to grab for myself, they’re the kinds of items that are just helpful to have around (tools for my home, games for entertaining, a big bag for all kinds of “utility” needs). And the chocolate-themed treats were fun, too! If you’ve already got a good stockpile of useful things around the house (for instance, a very full junk drawer or closet), then this box might just be adding unnecessarily to those collections. For me, I’m still building up my collection of “essential” home items, so I have room for these random picks!
What do you think of the Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome?