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MyIrelandBox Subscription Box Review – November 2016

Anna Reilly
ByAnna ReillyDec 6, 2016 | 5 comments

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My Ireland Box
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MyIrelandBox is a monthly subscription box that sends you a selection of unique Irish gifts, crafts, housewares, or beauty products straight from Ireland. Each month, you'll receive one or more items totaling at least $45.00.

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

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The Subscription Box: MyIrelandBox

The Cost: $45.00 a month + shipping per month, 3-month prepay ($135, which accounts for $45/box + $31.50 shipping), or 6-month prepay ($247.50, which accounts for $41.25/box + $63 shipping). 

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Products: Irish-made gifts, crafts, housewares, and beauty products

Ships to: US, Canada, UK, EU, Australia, and Taiwan

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The box always comes with lots of information about the makers behind the items in the box.

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This tidy little bag was the first thing I found inside the box.

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Cupán Tae Heart Shaped Tea Ornament - Value approximately $10.77 USD

Inside the bag is this cute little ornament and a card from the creator, Maple Tree Pottery. The heart is ceramic, with letters and designs that were pressed into the clay before being painted. "Cupán Tae" means "cup of tea" in Gaelic—that little phrase is the only overtly Irish part of this ornament, which I think is neat. (It's a more subtle way to show off your heritage or love for Irish culture.)

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The ornament has a cute, rustic feel to it—it's a little more country than my tastes usually run. Luckily, it's almost the holidays, and I can think of plenty of folks who would appreciate receiving this handcrafted ornament as a gift. Speaking of the holidays, I also like that this ornament could be right at home on a tree, or hanging year 'round in a kitchen.

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Double Oven Gloves - Value approximately $22.61 USD

This item is sort of like if oven mitts had a baby with a scarf—it's one big piece with pockets to slip your hands in on either end. I like that the print is a bunch of little Irelands, though I like each of the individual Ireland patterns so much that I kind of wish the oven mitt was covered entirely in one of them (the beige style with the little blue flowers is my fave).

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I was curious as to how these mitts would work. I tried them while doing some Thanksgiving cooking. They protected my hands just fine, but they weren't the easiest to work with. You don't have a thumb to work with, so it's hard to get a good grip on what you're picking up (for me it was a casserole dish in the oven). And I found the extra, in-between fabric to be a little clumsy. I think these mitts are more decorative than practical, but they are handy in a pinch!

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The Dublin Cookbook - Value approximately $15.89 USD

This cookbook was created to raise money for the Temple Street Children's University Hospital, a medical center in Dublin. Inside, there are recipes from actual restaurants across Dublin. There are multiple international cuisines represented, and the recipes cover everything from appetizers to desserts.

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I also love that the book is spiral bound so that it lays flat on your counter as you cook. Hardbound spines look really classy, but I always end up needing a paperweight (you know, something sophisticated, like a box of butter or a rolling pin...) to hold the pages open and steady.

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Each section comes with some illustrations by real kids. Cute!

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This isn't an item you can find on Amazon or in any major retailers, so it feels particularly special. I'm used to Irish cookbooks filled with traditional Irish recipes, but this one offers a neat way to experience what it's like to eat your way through the modern food scene of Dublin!

Verdict: I liked this month's MyIrelandBox, though I might not keep all of the items for myself. As usual, the items are really unique and go beyond the world of shamrocks and such. The value of the items totals around $49.00 USD, which hits above the $45.00 price point. One thing I've noticed the MSA community talk about is how after the cost of shipping, this box ends up being pretty expensive for what it is. I completely feel that. I think this box is best for people who are really passionate about Ireland, and the delight of getting something actually from Ireland adds an extra, intangible value that makes the box worth the cost. If you're just looking for some handcrafted gifts and housewares, but aren't particularly passionate about Ireland, this box probably isn't the most cost-effective.

What do you think about the November MyIrelandBox?

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My Ireland Box is a monthly delivery of various Irish-made products. Boxes will contain either 1 large or 2-4 small items each.
Anna Reilly
Anna Reilly
Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she's swooning for all things kawaii!

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5 comments

Tara Dawes

$22 for those mitts isn’t that far out there, at least stateside. Double oven mitts like that are awesome once you get used to them, took me FOREVER to find the ones I have (years ago) as they are my preferred type of oven mitt. Now they can be found on Amazon but are usually between $15-23.

I do think the items in this sub lean a little more towards “country/rustic” decor which is a little disappointing.

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Anna Reilly

I agree, Tara. Lots of the artisan-made items are pretty “homey”. It’s still a more updated take on Irish items than I’ve seen before, but it does tend to lean more traditional. I also hear everyone’s concerns about value… I wonder if they’re able to add more value to the box without the price (or the shipping) going up much higher. Fingers crossed!

Thanks for reading!

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Dea

No, the value doesn’t hit above the cost. $22 for the oven mitts is plain laughable. The Ireland print could bump up the value to $10. That’s it.

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Catherine

I bought a year long subscription just before I left for my two week Ireland trip this summer. I am very disappointed in it. I have yet to get anything that I want to keep, let alone display in my house. I wasn’t expecting shamrocks all over things, but this has turned out to be a bad Etsy shop that is too “country” for my taste. I had hoped for some Aran knits, a wool throw or scarf from the many sheep I saw throughout the country. Maybe something with Connemara marble or a little piece of Beleek….
Nothing like those ideas have come, I’ve traded about everything I’ve gotten. Yuck, I wish I could cancel!

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Chelsea

They won’t let you cancel? That’s seems like a bad business practice in itself. I am glad that I read your comment, you saved me from a frustrating experience. Good luck with your swapping. If you hate your ornament, I would buy it off of you, face value, plus shipping cost.
Email me at daiseywizbang at gmail
Thank you.

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