NorseBox Subscription Box Review – January 2016

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NorseBox is a new quarterly subscription that sends Scandinavian home goods. I subscribed to a similar box that went out of business about a year ago, and I was so happy to hear about this one in the post where you suggested the boxes you would like to see reviewed this year! I was even happier to get the opportunity to try it!


(This little sticker is hilarious!)

NorseBox kindly sent us this box for review purposes. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)


The Subscription Box: NorseBox

The Cost: $60 + $15 shipping to the US = $75

The Products: Up to five items (valued between $80-$100) from the latest Scandinavian-inspired designers

Ships to: US for $15

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This is the information card that was included in the package. It details the items in the box and talks about the designers featured this quarter. To clarify, this is NorseBox’s most recent box, but it was sent to subscribers on December 1. Their next mailing is due to start shipping at the beginning of March. Don’t worry! You won’t get a holiday package in January! I only got mine in January so I could review it for you!


Postcard by Nina Schmalenbach, Gothenburg – Value $4

This beautiful postcard was the first thing I pulled out of the box. I love the design and colors! It’s also pretty nice quality for a postcard. I don’t think I would ever send this through the mail as a postcard and get it all worn out! (By the way, I couldn’t find this exact postcard on her site, so this value is an estimate based on her other postcards.)


Now on to the presents! It’s so nice when subscription boxes wrap your presents for you! But then I wonder, how do you know what you’re giving someone? And let’s face facts, I’m probably keeping all of them anyway!


Lysestage No. 1 by Nicholas Oldroyd Design, Copenhagen – Value $22


Of course I had to know what was in the pyramid box! It’s a candle holder!


My camera wouldn’t focus on this shot very well, but here you can see there’s a point where the bottom of the candle rests to hold it in place. How clever! I love copper, and I love the minimalist design of this piece.


Concrete Diamond Pendants by Pasinga, London – Value $19

I have to be honest, I didn’t really understand what these were when I opened them. I had some thought they might be ornaments, and then I saw this picture on the NorseBox blog:


The note that came in the box calls them “concrete art.” Pretty cool! Our Christmas trees are usually so big and full that I think these would get lost, but I love the way they are styled on the bare tree. That picture inspires me to make a special Christmas project just to display these! I will NOT be using them as gift wrapping decor, though! NorseBox, stop trying to make me give my new goodies away!



Brilliant Box by Simon Legald for Normann Copenhagen – Value $55


This is definitely my favorite piece in the package! It’s sparkly and new, yet it’s completely mid-century modern! In fact, it’s so mid-century, I can remember a candy box (dish) almost exactly like this from my grandmother’s house, which I’m pretty sure was decorated in the actual mid-century. This is exactly the type of piece I am always hoping for with home goods subscriptions. I love it!

Verdict: I’m blown away by my first package from NorseBox! I loved everything I received (and will not be giving anything away), and the value of the items was about $100! I also feel like everything was carefully curated to fit the Scandinavian aesthetic, and it all feels wonderfully special. What more could I hope for?

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Written by Anna Rodriguez

Anna Rodriguez

Anna has been a fan of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013, but didn’t become a true addict until discovering subscriptions she could share with her children. Her favorites include Kiwi Crate and Fab Kids.

Posted in NorseBox Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: norsebox | 6 comments


  1. I really like this box, but I do feel the need to say that my grandmother has an ashtray that looks almost exactly like the ‘Brilliant Box’ item…

    • Mine too! The green part was just the same. I had a weird reaction seeing that item and it took me a minute to make the association.

      • I also thought it was an old cigarette tray then a candy dish!

  2. I have signed up for this box but do not know if i receive this box or the next box. Excited!

  3. What an amazing box of creativity! Thanks for sharing, I hd never even heard of this box before.

  4. That dish is beautiful! Nice box.

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