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Fancy Box Review – January 2014

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Fancy Box Review - January 2014 Review

The Fancy Box is the original Fancy subscription box. They let you customize this box based on interests, but from what I’ve observed I think the only big variations in box depend on your gender preference for the box (sometimes they include jewelry), and your shirt size.

We’ve been subscribing since the first box, but this month Fancy kindly sent me the January Fancy Box at no cost to review.

Fancy Box Review - January 2014 Items

The Subscription Box: Fancy Box

The Cost: $39 plus shipping (my shipping cost is $7.95)

COUPON: Use coupon code FOLLOWUP10 to save 10% off your first box!

The Products: $80+ worth of stylish products.

Ships to: US and Worldwide (shipping varies by country).

Check out all of my Fancy Box reviews!

Fancy Box Review - January 2014 Cards

Each Fancy Box comes with cards detailing the items included for that month.

Fancy Box Review - January 2014 Mug

Sweater Mug – Value $25

I received the sweater tea cup set in my January Fancy Food Box, but this mug is way more practical for everyday use. I love it! (Who knew mugs could be cozy!)

Fancy Box Review - January 2014 Rings

Katie Dean Wrap Arrow Ring – Value $45

Katie Dean Athena Wrap Around Ring – Value $55

I’m not a big ring wearer, but I absolutely love both of these gold-plated rings. And I can’t believe Fancy sent us two!

Fancy Box Review - January 2014 Tee

Just Do You Tee – Value $28

I normally don’t get too enthusiastic for clothing from Fancy, but then I end up wearing their clothing all the time. This tee is super soft and I’m sure I will wear it a lot too!

Fancy Box Review - January 2014 Charger

CrossLink Cable – Value $18

This charging cable isn’t super exciting, but I guess once in a while it’s nice to get a practical item in a Fancy Box! This bonus Miniature People Book is filled with pictures from Fancy Box subscribers:

Fancy Box Review - January 2014 Book

(A few months ago Fancy sent out miniature people as a part of the box, and asked subscribers to take photos and post them to Instagram).

Verdict: I think this might be my favorite Fancy Box ever. The rings and the mug are perfect for me, the tee is kind of great too, and I know that charger will come in handy. Plus this box has a retail value of over $170!

What did you think of the January Fancy Box?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. The February box is fabulous! I won’t spoil it 🙂

  2. Do you ever think it’s too coincidental when companies offer to send you a free box to review and then it ends up being a particularly good one?

    • I do my best to avoid getting an unrealistic free box. Whenever a company offers to send me a box to review, I let them know I will only accept the same box a paying customer would receive. If you’re curious, I’ve outlined my entire review process here:

      I do think that this is one of best Fancy boxes in a while (at least for my personal tastes), but hopefully it’s not a coincidence and future boxes are just as good!

      Of course I wanted to disclose that this box was received at no cost, but I hope this review is still valuable to you!

    • I got this box too! I am a paying customer and got the same box, with a slightly different mug, which I personally love. So, I can attest that this is an actual box one can receive, and this is only my third month as a member. I LOVED this box, and think it was very worth it for the 40+ I paid, but also, it was an amazing surprise and made my month a lot better.

  3. This was my first box and I loved it! I stated I did not want ANY profanity so I was happy they listened. Instead of the ID Cable, I got the Hickies Elastic lacing system and gave it to my daughter. On my profile I put ABSOLUTELY NO PROFANITY so maybe that will help some of you that got the gross mugs with curse words on them. Perhaps it’s a flook I didn’t. Who knows. Anyhow, I loved my box!

    • Yay so happy to hear you loved your first box! 🙂

    • I did have in the comment area no swear words, if I received something with swear words it would be returned! So what do I get two items with the word f______. They don’t care and didn’t take time to read my profile, shame on them.

  4. I think it’s really telling that there’s no sign of a review for the December Fancy box. This was a particularly poor selection with only three items in it – cheap earphones, a (damaged) candle and some shot glasses (again). This was the first box I had ordered in ages from Fancy and it was the most disappointing yet. I would have returned it but but as I live in the UK the cost of postage makes this impractical.

    It seems to have turned from a novel and fun way to receive interesting and unusual items into a cheap stock clearance exercise. Fancy are also completely intolerant of any criticism and immediately censor any negative feedback left on their site.

    • I feel the same way! Except I got ugly sunglasses in my December Fancy Box! I was thinking that maybe it was b/c I used the Black Friday 25% off code. Either way, I’m jealous of this lovely haul!

  5. I got the same box as you and I really like what I got. I wish the sweater mugs weren’t so expensive otherwise I would try to get more to have a matching set. Maybe they are selling elsewhere for less. The rings seem overvalued to me, but I guess if they are gold plated, that increases the value.

    • In fact, at, the sweater mugs are available for $12 each.

      • Thanks for sharing this – I may have to buy more to make a complete set!

  6. The sweater mug is cute, but way overvalued. I saw almost the exact ones at my local grocery store for $10, regular price.

  7. this box looks amazing. i love that feather ring and that charging cable is actually really cool! (i have two different iPads and an iPhone 5 for work so…)

    does anyone know, if i signed up for the fancy box now, would i get this months or next months? tia!

    jenn @ hello, rigby!

    • I’m not sure – I would say to be safe, maybe email [email protected] before your order to make sure you get this box?

      Also, I think some readers have gotten different intro boxes, so that may be a possibility too.

  8. I too got that procrastination mug. In my special notes I also have stated that I don’t want anything with swear words. They also got my t-shirt size wrong. I also have written that I don’t want any skulls and in a different box I got a skull bracelet. The past 6 or so boxes I have received have all had issues. Once I’m done my last month in my 3 month subscription I’m completely done. It doesn’t help that when I send an email they don’t respond. I once sent 10 emails within a 3 week period before they finally responded to one. If they had responded earlier some of the issues would have been avoided. Still waiting to hear back from them regarding the cup. I also somehow skipped box 2 of the Kelly Rowland box even though I ordered 2 months in a row. Which means I received the little camera but not film like they had promised. Way too many issues!

  9. I had the same procrastination mug and I dislike it immensely. I don’t even have anyone I can re-gift it too. I am going to stick it somewhere and hopefully will be able to give it as a gag gift. I liked the rings and the shirt is really soft, but this was my last Fancy box. I cancelled after this one.

  10. Stephanie, you are not a prude! I got the same mug as you and it went directly back to Fancy! I had put in my profile not to send me anything that had swear words etc. on it! It tells me that they don’t read or care about someone’s profile. This is the second month in a row I have gotten things out of my profile. My profile says home, media, gadgets and no women’s products! and the first month they sent me womens sunglasses, eyelash curler, mascara, candle and that’s it! I was very upset as it didn’t match anything in my profile! And the same with this month except for the plug thing. Real good CS Fancy!! Well this month they got the t shirt back and the mug and coaster back! After calling them and being on the phone for over an hour and finally I think talking to someone up there, he promised to send me some gadgets which I got yesterday. A small mini camera and film(kinda cute) and a power block which my husband can definitely use! But it took an awful lot of time and patience (which was hard to come by in the middle of that call) to finally get what should have come to me in the first place! All I can say is I have 1 more month on a 3 month sub and it will be my last! And this month better be good or it will go back too!!!! Sorry, just thinking about Fancy gets my dander up!!! : )

  11. Lucky you! I also go the cable cup and saucer last month, but this month, got a different mug than yours….which I would have liked! Mine was a black graphic mug that says “Don’t F….ing Procrastinate.” It’s not that I don’t swear or am a prude, but I’d prefer not to have a mug with profanity on it! Not my style. Wish I’d gotten one like yours!

    • I got that procrastinate mug in a previous Fancy Box and felt the same way. (I think we ended up using it as a gag gift).

      Maybe Fancy can exchange it for you for the sweater mug?

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