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New Hobby Box Subscription Box Review + Coupon – March 2016


New Hobby Box is a subscription that sends you everything you need to take up a new hobby every month! I love learning how to do new things, so I was really excited to try this!

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)


The Subscription Box: New Hobby Box

The Cost: $29.99 + $7.26 shipping = $37.25 per month with discounts for longer commitments

COUPON: Save 10% off your first box with ADDICTION (6-month subscriptions only).

The Products: Everything you need to try out a new hobby every month

Ships to: US

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This month’s hobby was gardening! There was no paper / written information in this month’s box. Their instructions and video tutorials are online. Gardening is actually not a new hobby for me. I’m not a master gardener or anything, but I’ve grown a vegetable garden for my family for the past six years or so. Their online instructions this month were pretty good! They sent two growing kits – salsa and herbs.


This is the inside of the salsa kit. Each kit includes six different types of seeds, growing medium (dirt), stakes, and a pencil. The salsa kit also includes a booklet of salsa recipes. New Hobby Box also sent a really nice spray bottle for indoor watering that I somehow forgot to take a picture of, sorry!


Here are my two kits after two weeks’ time! Look at all those sprouts!


Here’s a closer look at my herbs. From left to right are oregano, parsley, chives, basil, thyme, and sage. So far, so good!


Here’s a closer look at my salsa plant sprouts. From left to right are beefsteak tomatoes, scallions, cilantro, tomatillos, jalapeños, and roma tomatoes. The jalapeños sprouted literally moments before this photo was taken.

From this stage, I will transplant the herbs into pots and the vegetables into my garden. This is a tricky stage where a lot of these will die, but luckily I have loads more seeds if I want to replant. Wish me luck!

Verdict: I think New Hobby Box is so fun! Gardening is not a new hobby to me, but I haven’t used little kits like these since I was in college. It’s really nice to have all the materials all collected and tidy to get started; that alone is worth a lot to me. My only criticism is that if you’re growing some of these vegetables, like tomatoes, from seeds, you need to start in January. I doubt these tomato sprouts will ever actually make tomatoes, but you never know. I also think there should be more instruction on how to cultivate these little guys after transplanting. Otherwise, this is a great hobby, and the package was put together very well. I’m getting hooked on New Hobby Box!

Spoiler Alert: May’s hobby is scrimshaw! How unique!

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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 New Hobby Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: new hobby box | 7 comments

Comments (7)

  1. I have started tomatoes here in NY in March and April (when we start) and they def sprout here and grow endless tomatoes. Great kit, decent price. Good luck Anna, nice to see at 2 weeks they grew (I’ve gotten kits where half or nothing grew, lol)

    • fyi…. Sometimes here the weather still hasn’t warmed up enough, and the pop bottle method to start is great if your coming at a later time (and you get great roots for transplanting to.

  2. Looking around at my shelves of unfinished projects, I can say with certainty this be is not for me. I have too many hobbies as it is!

  3. I miss the fresh tomatoes and things like that!!!!! I have Standard Poodles and they love to eat the green tomatoes off the vine, along with cucumbers and any other vegetables. ….
    Lol…. looks fun..

  4. I love the idea of this sub, but those kits are $12 each from Backyard Safari Co., so $24 RV total. Or you can get both shipped with Amazon Prime for $25.60.

  5. What fun! And thanks, Anna, for including the photo of your sprouts 2 weeks later – that was great. Congrats on having a green thumb!!

    • Thank you Karen!

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