Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome Review – July 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!
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
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!
Each month, this subscription gives away a high-value item to a limited number of subscribers. It looks like next month, just one lucky person will be getting a Nest Learning Thermostat in place of a box. I know several homeowners who love their Nest, so fingers crossed this arrives in the mail next month!
There’s a coupon for Hello Fresh in the box if you’re looking for a reason to try the service!
There’s also some information on the Monthly Mini Mystery Box of Awesome…
… and information on giveaways going on at ThatDailyDeal.com.
Beach Towel – Value $10.00?
I was in need of a beach towel this year, so this shell-printed towel is a welcome sight!
The towel is 28 x 58 inches, so it’s pretty standard. The quality isn’t amazing (it’s a bit on the thin side), and I noticed that the manufacturer, as noted on the care tag on the towel, is CVS (as in the pharmacy). It’s not available via their site, though, so I took a guess at the value, based on other styles I found online. A cushy towel, this is not. But it’s perfectly practical for a day at the pool or beach.
Magnetic Dry Erase Board – Value $5.99?
I couldn’t find this specific item on the Board Dudes’ online shop, so I linked to something of a similar size and shape to give an idea of value. I love leaving notes (or to-do lists, or grocery lists, or reminders) on dry erase boards, so this smaller-sized board is going to come in a lot of handy to me.
The 8.5 x 11 inch board comes with a dry-erase marker, a set of mounting stickers, and a set of magnets, if you’d prefer to stick this board to a metal cabinet or a fridge.
The marker comes out a bit more gray than black, but that’s no big deal. There’s also no eraser component. But the board is magnetic (and comes with a magnet), so you can tack notes or receipts or coupons to it. I’m so excited to add this handy tool to my day. I just have to decide whether I’ll use it at work or at home!
Talbott Teas Field of Purple Flowers, 1.20 oz (15 sachets) – Value $16.00
$16.00 is a lot for tea, so this must be some really high-quality stuff. This is a whole leaf tea, packaged in pyramid-shaped sachets (which I know is the shape tea connoisseurs have recently been lauding).
This is basically a green tea with touches of other floral flavors, but I found it to have the slightest notes of a traditional Earl Gray (maybe because of the cornflower in the mix?). It’s a fresh, grassy taste that more importantly, looks gorgeous in the cup.
I’m wild about the cornflower petals sitting amidst the green and brown tea leaves. It’s so pretty!
Spray Pump – Value $5.00?
I had no idea what this was at first, so thank goodness there are instructions printed right on the device!
To use this misting device, fill it first with water, then pump the bottom until you feel the pressure build.
Once the pressure is high, you can push the button on the top of the bottle to release a consistent, strong mist out of the nozzle. I’d imagine this would feel great on a hot day (maybe at an amusement park). Personally, I used it to water my succulent plants—since they don’t need a ton of water, being able to spritz them with a quick, dew-like mist is perfect.
Instant Salad – Value $12.99
This subscription often includes one or two really as-seen-on-TV-type items. This slotted dome is a great example.
This plastic contraption is the size of a big salad bowl. The idea is that you lift the slotted part off of the lid-like base, and set a head of lettuce (or any other ingredients) inside. Slide your knife through the slots of the dome to chop the veggies, then treat the device like a colander to rinse and wash what’s inside.
You could even use the lid as a plate once you’re all set to go. This tool seems a little excessive to me, since chopping salad greens already isn’t too difficult a task (plus, most of the salad ingredients I get these days come pre-washed and chopped in those bagged salad kits). But it’s clever, that’s for sure. I’d at least use it as a colander!
Here are the directions. Note that the dome part twists around so that you can cut your veggies in multiple directions before you flip the bowl over and serve your salad.
Electric Hurricane Lamp – Value $15.00?
Lastly, there’s this glass lamp, which runs on an electric candle.
I couldn’t find this specific piece online, but I’d venture it’s about $15.00 based on how similar electric lamps are priced.
The lamp is battery operated, which means there are no worries about a candle running out or having something burning in your home (if you’ve got curious or klutzy pets around, this is a reassuring feature).
You can, of course, sit whatever you’d like on the base. If you’re in the mood to burn a candle, this should work just fine.
This simple lamp is actually quite big (it’s at least a foot tall and about 6 inches wide). It doesn’t provide a lot of light, but it’s a nice touch on an end table, or a bedside table (if you like sleeping with a little bit of light in the room).
Verdict: This Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome was pretty solid. For $24.99 (plus free U.S. shipping), I estimated that I got about $65.00-worth of products. Most of them are pretty useful, if a little odd (like the salad tool and the mister). I’m very glad to have gotten the towel, and I’m always happy to add to my tea collection. It’s always a risky box to get, but this month’s box was more hit than miss to me.
What do you think of the Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome?