Date Box Club Subscription Box Review – August 2015
Date Box Club is a monthly subscription that delivers a date night activity directly to your door. This activity will take around two hours to complete and is done in the comfort of your own home.
The Subscription Box: Date Box Club
The Cost: $49.99 (save with longer subscriptions)
The Products: Everything you need for a creative date night activity. The activities are designed for couples in committed relationships but are not romantic or “adult” in nature.
Ships to: US. Shipping is free.
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This envelope contained the directions for this month’s activity. Note: I am not including prices/values in this review for two reasons. (1) Some of the items are exclusive and (2) the items are really intended to be used as a group rather than individually.
This booklet contains instructions for the monthly activity, including spaces to write down your answers to the questions.
This month’s activity is to plan a road trip. The scenario: you have 30 days off work and a rental RV.
Here is your rental RV. =) I am sure my cats will knock it off the shelf and I will find it in the middle of the night when I step on it…
The booklet includes questions relevant to trip planning like “will you take pets?” as well as a list of potential destinations. The list of destinations seems heavy on Presidential libraries, probably because one suggestion for the road trip is to visit themed locations. This is a photo of one of the pages. I’ve actually done all the Missouri things! (Well, OK, I’ve been to the American Royal but not the American Royal Barbecue…)
Part of the activity for this month is to put together this puzzle, which is a US map. My fiance and I probably took about an hour to do this part. Puzzles are tougher when you don’t have the picture on the top of the box to guide you. Of course we know where the states are (!) but there was still a little bit of a challenge.
Here is the completed map. I think the little pictures on each state are fun, if not exactly geographically accurate (i.e., the St. Louis Arch is not in the southeastern corner of the state…). Oddly, all the states I have ever lived in (Missouri, Massachusetts, Georgia) are green.
Also included were this pen and these stickers (blue for “his” destinations and pink for “hers,” though I didn’t notice the pink ones until long after I took these pictures). You were supposed to put the stickers on the map.
However, the stickers were kind of a fail. While they look like they are a reasonable size, the actual removable stickers were only about half the diameter of the colored circles. So these were pretty much impossible to manipulate with my fingers. (Maybe tweezers would’ve worked?) So anyway, no stickers on the map to show you.
If you have this box and haven’t gotten to the activity yet, I’d suggest finding some larger stickers so you can complete this section. (Unfortunately, all my office supplies are still packed in boxes from my recent move.)
The pen is for writing in the booklet. Also included (but not pictured) is a permanent marker for marking your route on the map. (I found the marker a few days after this activity when I was emptying styrofoam peanuts out of the packing box…)
The booklet does include spaces to write down your itinerary, though, so you can do that even without stickers. The road trip we created was completely unrealistic, starting in Boston (where I went to college), going down to Palm Beach (childhood vacation spot), and ending up in Las Vegas, along with stops in other states to visit family. If anyone actually went on our trip, they’d be spending 99% of their time on the road, just getting from place to place. But it was a good opportunity to talk about the sorts of places we might go if we had some time off.
Verdict: It didn’t make sense to me to calculate a value because this subscription is more about the experience (and because many of the items were not easy to locate online). This box is aimed at couples in committed relationships and, based on this month’s activity, I think that is about right. It would be weird to spend a couple of hours planning a road trip (even a pretend one) with someone you are only casually dating, but if your relationship is at the level of living together or at least spending some quiet evenings at home instead of going out, an activity like this could be a nice change of pace.
I think the goal of Date Box Club is to spur conversation between spouses, romantic partners, etc. And it definitely did that for us. My fiance and I don’t travel much because of my special needs pets, so we have really never talked about travel. This got us reminiscing about places we’ve lived in the past, favorite childhood vacation spots, family members we haven’t seen for a while, etc.
What do you think of the August 2015 Date Box Club box?