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Once Upon a BookCase Subscription Box Review – December 2016


Once Upon a BookCase is a monthly subscription for book lovers that sends a book themed phone case as well as 2-4 other gifts that match that month’s theme. They offer subscriptions geared towards men (“Manly Man”), women (“Girly Girl”), or mixed (“Anything and Everything”). 

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This review is of the Once Upon a BookCase’s Girly Girl, $26 a month + shipping, box. 


The Subscription Box: Once Upon a BookCase

The Cost: $26 a month + shipping ($5.50 to NJ), discounted with 3-, 6- and 12-month subscription options.

The Products: a book-themed phone case (available for various models of iPhone, Samsung, Galaxy Note, LG, HTC, Moto, Nexus, Sony) and 2-4 other small gifts related to the theme of the month

Ships to: U.S. and International

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The information card listed the book phone case of the month: A Christmas Carol. It also listed the other princess themed gifts. The back of the card was a quote from Charles Dickens.


Book Phone Case – Value $29.00

What a perfect selection for the month of December! I love the colors used, the wonderful font and most of all Scrooge’s mustache. The phone case is made from faux leather and is more like a phone wallet in that it opens with a magnetic snap closure and has slots for credit cards. The piece that fits around your phone is hard plastic and reminds me of my normal iPhone case.


This is a view of the case opened so you can see the slots inside. The phone case also comes with a cleaning cloth and protective film to apply to your screen.


This is the back view of the case with a quote from A Christmas Carol.



Bookish Hat – Value $10.00?

This soft cotton beanie hat has text written all the way around, but I can’t read it well enough to recognize from which story. I think this beanie is adorable, especially for a librarian such as myself!

Candy Cane – Value $0.25

Yum! I always love discovering a small sweet treat in my non-food subscription boxes.


Sweet Sequels Ornament – Value $12.00?

I can’t seem to find this pillow-like ornament on the Sweet Sequels Etsy shop, but they have others that look like scrolls. I discovered Sweet Sequels through Litjoy Crate and I think they have such fun literary themed gifts. This Christmas Carol ornament is already hanging on our tree.

Verdict: I really enjoyed my Once Upon a BookCase box this month. I’m a children’s librarian who loves all things books, so as soon as I found out about this subscription I had to give it a try. The phone cases are so unique and well-made. I think the value is fabulous too. This month’s value with my estimations was around $51. The phone case alone (if you purchase it on Etsy) is $29.00 so everything else they add to the box is just a bonus in my eyes. I’m very happy to see that this month they included higher value items as the bookish extras. I think this hat and ornament are much more unique and special than what I’ve received in the past.

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Written by Jessica Telesmanich

Jessica Telesmanich

Jessica’s addiction started off slowly enough with Birchbox, but it has grown and grown over the last three years. An elementary school librarian and mom of two she loves boxes that are child-centric. But she’ll never turn down a good fashion, beauty or tasty treat subscription.

Posted in Once Upon A BookCase Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: once upon a bookcase | 3 comments

Comments (3)

  1. Any idea if there will be a hint for January?

  2. I like it! I’ve been eyeing this since summer and asked just last month if they were getting Google Pixel cases and was pretty much told no, so I’m happy to see they decided to make them! I will be getting a box ❤️❤️

  3. The phone case is awesome!!! That happens to be my favorite movie of all time. I have almost every version ever made and there are a bunch!!

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