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POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review – December 2014 + Giveaway!

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POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2014 Box

POPSUGAR Must Have is a monthly lifestyle subscription box for women. Each month they send a mix of items from categories like beauty, fashion, food, fitness, home, etc.

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes). I also have a POPSUGAR Must Have subscription that I pay for, but my box hasn’t shipped yet. (Since POPSUGAR sent me this box for review, I’m giving away my December box to one lucky My Subscription Addiction reader – giveaway at the end of the post!)


The Subscription Box: POPSUGAR Must Have

The Cost: 39.95 a month

COUPON: Use coupon code MUSTHAVE5 to save $5 off your first box.

The Products: “Must Have” items for women selected by POPSUGAR editors. (Fitness, Home, Beauty, Food, and more)

Check out all of my POPSUGAR Must Have reviews and the Women’s Subscription Box Directory!

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2014 Items

Each box comes with a fold out card detailing the items included.

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2014 Necklace

Sparkle Pop Jewelry Sydney Pendant Necklace – Value $42

This necklace manages to be both delicate and a bit of a statement piece – I love it. This picture should give you a better sense of length:

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2014 Necklace On Model

(You could also drape it around your neck twice for a layered shorter look).

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2014 Detail

And I think it pairs really well with the scarf:

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2014 Scarf

Subtle Luxury Speckled Metallic Scarf – Value $62

This is a very lightweight weave with gold metallic speckles on one side.

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2014 Draped Scarf

The underside of the scarf is a bit of a muted silver sparkle, so you could get a bit of a different metallic look depending on how you drape it.

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2014 bowl

Canvas Home Dauville Bowl in Platinum – Value $29

This is one of those items I would never think to buy myself, but I love getting little trays and bowls in subscription boxes – they are great for keeping my desk and nightstand organized. Plus this one is gorgeous! The outside white part has the traditional ceramic feel, and it’s a nice contrast with the metallic chrome inside.

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2014 Bowl

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2014 Smashbox

Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer in Bordeaux – Value $24

The info card references the “deep bordeaux color” of this lip lacquer, so I think it is safe to say all subscribers will get the same color. This lip lacquer seems to be part gloss/part stain. It’s not too sticky, and I like the deep-berry color.

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2014 Cupcake Mix

Williams Sonoma Cupcake Mix in Vanilla Bean – Value $15

I can’t eat these cupcakes because of dairy/gluten, but I’m totally OK with that because I think this cupcake mix will make a great gift. (This is another item that was listed as Vanilla Bean in the card, so I’m guessing there won’t be variation).

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2014 Tags

Knot & Bow Gift Package Tags – Value $4

I think this is a smarter packaging/gift wrap item than the holiday gift wrap in last year’s December box. I know quite a few people gifted the box for the holidays, so it was a little too late to get gift wrap paper as part of your gift. This is a small value item and the color works for all holidays all-year-long, so no complaints here!

Verdict: This is one of my favorite POPSUGAR Must Have boxes ever. It feels very thoughtfully curated, and I think they nailed just the right amount of sparkle! I also love it because I think it’s a great box to gift. If you bought a gift subscription or are planning to buy one – I think this is a great introductory POPSUGAR box!

What do you think of the December box? (Make sure to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win one from me!)

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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. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Liz, did the card state the color? I see that this scarf is also made in a pinkish tone and wonder if there will be a color variation for some people. Thanks!

  2. This box is awesome I want everything! I hope I win this giveaway


  4. Thanks! Just got this box from Rue la la. Like one of the ladies I left the box unchecked on the Popsugar site, so I hope to get Nov/Dec, not two of the same month!

  5. I am not sure what is going on with my account. I ordered a six month subscription for myself on Black Friday. Then I ordered a box for a gift with the HOLIDAY50 code. The box for the subscription has shipped (though why it is going to take from today until Thursday to go from CT to MA is beyond my comprehension!). However, the gift box has not shipped and it states next shipment is January.

  6. I also ordered a Six month with the Blck Friday $75 off…which I received Shipping info for yesterday. However, I also purchased a few extras as gifts, which have not shipped but all say “next shipment January” I wonder if the December gift boxes will still ship if I select “cancel subscription?” Ugh…I really dont want to be charged for multiple subscriptions next month, and I did make sure GIFT was checked when I ordered, but PSMH do not like taking blame or giving refunds!! GRRRR!! Their site can be so confusing! But I love the box just hope they all ship soon!!

    • What does it say for next payment? I also ordered a box as a gift – it says next shipment in January but next payment as N/A so I’m going to assume the N/A is correct (my six month subscription correctly says June)

    • is it possible you didn’t mark waitlist for the next box (meaning December) and it just moved it to the following month’s list??? If for a gift..honestly, I don’t think a surprise in January would be bad since so many of get things in December that often things aren’t as appreciated…if gifts coming in January I’d write to tell you peeps to expect something fun during the gray days of the new year…

    • I posted on FB asking about my gift subscription which has a next ship date of January and was told it means the December box is in process and is shipping soon.

  7. I definitely was not expecting to see spoilers already so this post was a nice surprise! The holidays have made me forget all about my sub boxes eeeek.

    I always love jewelry and scarves, so that’s nice! It would be nicer if they’d take into account that not everyone loves gold, though 🙁 Seems like they send gold A LOT and I personally look hideous in gold and it doesn’t match my wedding set. But I like these items enough that I think I’ll make myself wear them anyway! Cupcake mix is so cute for this time of year, and the gift tags are going to get used for sure!

  8. This may make me subscribe, it looks so well curated!

  9. Can’t afford this box, so I will keep my fingers crossed that I win this one! I LOVE The necklace and the scarf. Those are beautiful!

  10. My first box is on its way! I’m so stoked. Thank you for your amazing reviews and for the Black Friday coupon code.

  11. I love Popsugar and their boxes are great, it is definitely my favorite box to get every month!! The variation of products are great! the scarves are always a plus in the fall and winter months. The selection of lotions to candles to food items is amazing keep up the good work!!

  12. I love this box! My only thing is the deep berry lip color. It seems most box subscriptions give away the dark lip colors, something I hardly ever wear. I would appreciate more of a neutral shade and would wear it way more often!

  13. Can’t wait to receive this one! And my friend who I bought one for as well will be thrilled. This one makes a great gift!

  14. Thanks for the great giveaway! I don’t currently get this one.

  15. Oh man I CANNOT WAIT for this box!!! It is perfect! So glad I decided to jump. I’m excited for EVERYTHING!

  16. I just got my shipping confirmation from December, so I’m very excited to receive it. This is the earliest they’ve ever shipped…. maybe they finally got it together over there. I’m so glad I jumped on that 6 Month Black Friday deal!! I cannot wait!!!!

  17. oh i love the scarf! I might have to order one!

  18. This is really nice I am liking it all.

  19. Are there any coupons left for December boxes? I don’t like every Popsugar box so I try to just get them as I like them. This box looks great but because I still haven’t received my November box, I will not buy them without a discount! Please let me know if there are any coupons for this box! Thanks!

    • Yes! They have one deal on rue la la… For 19 dlls!!!! I bought the box from them today.

      • Is that $19 deal still there? I can’t find it. I’d really appreciate you linking me (if possible). Thank you!

  20. So glad I ordered this for the $20! I’m going to gift it to my sister in law, but I actually LOVE most of the stuff in here! (Not too excited about the lip gloss, too dark for me.. but the rest of the box more than makes up for it!)

    It’s so nice of you to give it away to one of us instead of.. you know.. a real life friend.

    (That came out way more awkward than I meant LOL)

  21. Got shipping notice today for the December box! Purchased on Black Friday. I’m so kicking myself for not getting a 6 month instead of just a single month. November was pretty good, but I love December and I feel like good coupons for them a few and far between. If they have any kind of good coupon coming up I will def take advantage and get a longer sub. The 6 month cyber Monday deal was awesome. Why oh why did I only get a one month sub?

  22. I’m such a sucker. I was only going to get November, but then the scarf and the necklace and the bowl…Curse you, Popsugar for choosing REALLY nice things. So, I scooped up this one too. I’m gifting most of the November box and keeping this one for myself. 🙂

  23. Yay!! Cannot wait to get mine and I am praying that all Popsugar boxes from here on out are this great and this will be my favorite sub box ever!! Great job Popsugar!

  24. I too had the same issue with my November box, sent a shipping email 11/14 and the box didn’t move. It’s actually in route now and I don’t mind waiting, but it is a little downer. I also signed up for the $20 December box and the 6-month $75-off sub, so I’ll have a full December box to gift. I hope Mom likes it! I do love PS boxes!

    • My post office delivered my November box today… On a Sunday!

  25. Love! I ordered one already but a 2nd one to gift out would be great. I am one of the lucky ones with shipping I’ve never had any problems. And I ordered the neiman marcus box at full price and don’t regret it. I am using everything in it!

  26. Can you still order this box in time for the holidays?

  27. Liz, you are so sweet for giving away boxes when you could easily gift everything. I’m obsessed with that vanilla bean cupcake mix. I literally love everything vanilla bean!

  28. Thanks for the review Liz. So love this box, in total I bought 8 boxes to gift (1 six month subscription and the rest were 1 time boxes during blk friday/cyber monday). I can’t wait for the recipients to get them and I can’t wait to get mine! Hopefully there’s no crazy delay in shipping.

  29. Wow! This box is Great! Thanks for the giveaway.

  30. I’ve read quite a few of your reviews on PS, and usually I’ve been so underwhelmed by this sub. I have to say though, I want this box. I would use absolutely everything in it and actually would consider purchasing some of these items individually for full price. I guess I can only hope that I win your giveaway, because I’m still not ready to subscribe to this one.

  31. LOVE this box! Can’t wait to receive it!!!!! Nice job on the jewelry and the scarf and the bowl. Who doesn’t like a Williams Sonoma cupcake mix. Gift tags are great, too! Better than the Neiman Marcus box in my opinion.

    • Totally agree that beats the NM box. I was far more excited when I saw these spoilers than I was when I saw those. (I do love my Clare V. clutch, though).

  32. I reached out to Popsugar via Facebook to ask if we can expect to get this before Christmas and they assured me that it will arrive before Christmas (YAYY)

  33. I JUST got my November box, didn’t get my October box until November (which had Halloween specific items in it), and I caved and ordered the “For Her” box. I am going to cross my fingers that I get the December and For Her box before Christmas. I truly don’t understand their problem with the shipping. It’s just crazy. I hope that they surprise me and get it out on time…otherwise I will cancel for January (like many others).

  34. I Love this box, I think the curation is great and it really is perfect for the holidays! Luckily, the spoilers came out on Cyber Monday and I was able to get a 2nd box for $20, which means I get to keep a box and gift the second. My mom will absolutely love the scarf and necklace and I can’t wait to give it to her! I only worry that I won’t get the box in time since so many people have had issues with delivery. Here’s hoping at least one shows up by Christmas…

  35. I also got the black friday subscription deal. I unchecked the “waitlist” box, so that means I’m getting the December box, right? RIGHT? Unchecked it so i wouldn’t get the november box, but if i messed up and don’t get the December box i wil be sooooooo upset. I LOVE this box!

    • Right. 🙂 See previous posts about this box where this was already asked and answered.

  36. That’s a very nice box with a diverse variety of products. Thanks for the opportunity/giveaway.

  37. This is an awesome box. I purchased two six month sub during black friday and I just got a shipping confirmation for both! So glad I have never had any issues with PS. Thinking of gifting this box to my daughter’s kindergarten teacher.

  38. I love this box and can’t wait to get it! I love the scarf, I think it’s gorgeous and I don’t even care for scarves. The necklace seems a bit gaudy and bigger than I thought. I can’t decide if it’s too big or not. But I love everything in this box. I’m hoping this means Popsugar is stepping up their game.

  39. This is a GREAT box and for sure will be one of my faves ever too… BUT I think they need to come clean about their shipping snd customer service issues. My box (and many others’) for November had a label generated on nov 14. We were sent shipping notices bob 18. And they were NEVER sent to fedex. My box was finally shipped yesterday for delivery December 14. That is ludicrous and unacceptable. I thought October shipping would be the worst of it but I was totally wrong. I find it hard to rec psmh given their service issues even though I love the box itself. One of my friends had a prepaid subscription peremptorily cancelled by them today. 🙁

  40. I think this box has very chic things and is vry well worth the price! thanks for doing these posts it really is helping me make a decision on which box I want to subscribe too, thank you for the chance!

  41. After the problems they’ve been having I cancelled; wish I was getting this box, but I didn’t even get my November box until 12/4. No way I would have gotten this before January. Hope to swap for that necklace though!

  42. I’m going to gift the cupcake mix and bowl together. I was going to gift the necklace and scarf together, but now I really really like the necklace for myself… we’ll see. I just hope it gets here on time to gift. People’s comments make me nervous!

  43. I swore I was done with PS but then I jumped right on that $75 off the 6 month sub, so this will be my first box.

    I like this box. I agree about thoughtful curation and I like everything in it. But I don’t love anything except the bowl. And the tags.

    My issue with the scarf is personal to me- I look awful in gray. I see the website says the scarf comes in pink or gray but I don’t know if we’re all getting gray. Liz do you know? My issue with the necklace is also personal to me – I wear silver. People who can wear gray and/or like gold will probably love this box.

  44. Bummer — the giveaway button (or whatever it is) just keeps cycling with words “beaming give-away up”. I’ll try again in the morning.

  45. I’ve always been on the fence with PSM but this one is very enticing! I’d love it and now I will look into a sub for the new year!

  46. I probably wouldn’t pay for it (just can’t justify the expense), but free sounds good. Thanks for running the giveaway.

  47. This is such an amazing box but I’m still SO frustated with popsugar. Still waiting for Novembers box. :/

  48. This is a perfect Dec box. I’m so excited b/c we exchange gifts at work & the limit is $20. I bought it with the 50% off code–can’t wait to give it to a co-worker!!!!

    • OMG – you are going to be best office gift-giver ever! 🙂

      • Squeeeee!!! Makes me so happy–feel like Santa’s elf!

      • Liz- did you see there’s a new Boxycharm spoiler? 3rd one was released 25 mins ago.

  49. I just love this box so much that when they came out with the 1/2 price thing a few days ago, I bought a second! I know my daughter would love the necklace and scarf as well as the lip gloss and bowl. Everything is awesome in this box and I so agree with you that it is curated extremely well! I love Popsugar anyway and really don’t have any problems with their boxes but like you I have favorites and I have to say “A Big Yes” !!!! To this one!

  50. Wow, this is so much better than their past few boxes! I kinda wish I’d gotten this one…

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