Paper and Pen Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 2016

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Paper + Pen is a stationery subscription box that ships 3-4 paper goods and supplies delivered to you monthly!

This box was sent to us at no cost for review.   (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.) 

The Subscription Box: Paper + Pen

The Cost:  $20.00/ month

COUPON: Save 15% off any subscription with code MSAFRIENDS!

The Products:  Can include: notebooks, notepads, pouches, pencils, pens, erasers, stickers, craft tape, desk accessories, and more!

Shipping:  The 12-month, 6-month, and 3-month subscription plans all say that they ship free.  When I go through the checkout process with the 1-month – it is also showing free shipping.  

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My Paper + Pen subscription arrived in a bubble mailing envelope.  All of the items were nicely wrapped in tissue paper when I opened it. 


2 – Mechanical Lead Pencils – $3.00?

I think these are mechanical lead pencils.  There is no lead inside, and I don’t have any to test them, but I think you twist them and the lead comes out the bottom.  I’ve inspected it every way I can see, and that’s all I can come up with!

2 – Floral Print Blue Ink Pens – $4.00?

These are really pretty ink pens, and they write smoothly.  They have a soft silicone type coating around the base of the pen to make the grip a bit softer.  


2 – Mini Clothespins – $2.00?

These are really cute, and I plan to use them with my holiday garland that I put over my mantle for the various holidays!  They seem to be pretty sturdy, and the colors are green and brown.  

Hamutelet Mini Notebook – $6.50

This is a really cute little notebook.  It is handmade, and the pages are blank. The description on Etsy says that the pages are organic and the binding is made from kraft paper and linen thread.  It is very well made, and I love it! 

Verdict:  The value of this Paper + Pen shipment is about $15.50, assuming my estimations are close to the correct value.  I always like the stationery items that I receive in this shipment, but I honestly can’t say I would spend $20.00 on them.  I understand that it’s really difficult to start a subscription and make it profitable, but I think one of the biggest things subscribers look for is value.  I think the curation of this box is great, but the value really isn’t there – but maybe I’m off base!  What do you think?  

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Written by Bekki Menzies

Bekki Menzies

Bekki first discovered subscription boxes in 2014 and they quickly took over her life! (Not quite, but pretty close.) She started with POPSUGAR Must Have, then moved to Little Lace Box, Birchbox, Hamptons Lane…the rest was history. Her favorite product find is Beekman 1802 Fudge (so, so good) and her favorite boxes are Birchbox and Hamptons Lane…but she’s always looking for a new subscription to try!

Posted in Paper and Pen Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: paper + pen | 4 comments


  1. The shipping is not free and when I started the checkout process it originally gave me a $5 shipping fee. However when I continued to PayPal it changed the shipping total to a “heavy goods” fee of $20 in addition to the cost of the subscription. I canceled the order. Extremely disappointed.

  2. I agree…it must be so difficult for sub companies, especially those trying to provide goods from smaller companies/artisans/makers. When I look at this, I feel like I could get similar items in the Target dollar section. And then I kick myself for thinking about that rather than thinking about supporting small artisans:( The items are definitely beautiful, though.

  3. I really don’t think it was worth the money myself, but I do really like the lead pencils. The eraser end is a cap and you pull it off. No place to keep it after it is off, and I can’t tell how to refill, but it does write well.

  4. I agree the value isn’t there. I do appreciate the idea…but they really needed to provide you with the pencil leads or at least a link of where to purchase them. Unfortunately, tis is an easy pass. Thanks for reviewing!

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