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TinselBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – December 2016

Anna Reilly
ByAnna ReillyDec 20, 2016 | 3 comments

Read our review to see what's inside the Christmas 2016 TinselBox!

TinselBox is a bi-monthly subscription service that sends holiday and seasonal decor items that get you set up for celebrating.

Read our review to see what's inside the Christmas 2016 TinselBox!

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.)

Read our review to see what's inside the Christmas 2016 TinselBox!

The Subscription Box: TinselBox

The Cost: $33.95 every other month + free shipping 

The Products:  4-7 holiday or seasonal decor items

Ships to: U.S.

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Read our review to see what's inside the Christmas 2016 TinselBox!

Hooray for Christmastime! I'm not gonna lie—getting this box got me even more excited for the season than usual. Ready to see what's in store?

Read our review to see what's inside the Christmas 2016 TinselBox!

This little booklet lists out all the products featured in the box, plus some other inspiring content. There's a feature on one of their makers, a reminder that TinselBox makes a great gift, and on the back...

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... some cookie-cutter inspiration and a link to a TinselBox story about international interpretations of Santa himself!

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Peacock Gift Wrap & Tags by Prism of Starlings - Listed Value $10.00

As much as I enjoy the traditional reds and greens of the holidays, I've been really getting into the idea of a broader Christmas palette. How can something say "Christmas" without the regular red and green? This paper from Scottish company Prism of Starlings (you can see a feature on this crafter in the booklet) is a fantastic example!

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Each of these three sheets features a unique, almost Nordic pattern, complete with peacocks, banners, mittens, and trees. I love the way the pops of pink and orange stand out against the other icy hues.

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And look how intricate the patterns are! There's so much detail on these matte papers that you might not notice all of the wintry nods from afar. But look closely, and you start to appreciate the way all of these geometric details capture the spirit of the season.

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Christmas Tags by Prism of Starlings - Listed Value $5.00

The coordinating set of six gift tags from Prism of Starlings echoes the designs of the paper and the eye-catching color scheme.

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I think the pink peacocks are my favorite. I might have to glue the two of them back to back and use them as an ornament!

Read our review to see what's inside the Christmas 2016 TinselBox!

By the way, they are blank on the back, so you can write a little note, or just scribble the name of your gift recipient.

Read our review to see what's inside the Christmas 2016 TinselBox!

Sing-a-Long Garland by Meri Meri - Value $10.00

Speaking of non-traditional colors, take a look at this brilliant banner set!

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This package contains three separate six-foot garlands. Each one is a nod to a holiday tune, which I think is super cute.

Read our review to see what's inside the Christmas 2016 TinselBox!

The little glittery letters (they're only about 2ish inches tall) look frosty and fun against my white mantlepiece. I'm a sucker for glitter, so these won me over instantly!

Read our review to see what's inside the Christmas 2016 TinselBox!

It's neat, too, that the letters aren't all cut out in every space (for instance, the B in "bells" is a solid shape). Maybe that'd seem like a quality concern to someone else, but to me, it makes these banners seem even more delightfully irreverent than they already are with their bold, twinkling take on holiday hues.

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Key Bottle Opener by Blush Market - Listed Value $10.00

If you want even more irreverent fun, look no further than this key-shaped bottle opener! The little tag says it all: sometimes, the "Key to Christmas", be it the finishing touch on a holiday party menu, or a refreshing break from a busy day of herding family here and there, is nice holiday brew. Or, a classic soda! Ginger beer is my personal fave.

Read our review to see what's inside the Christmas 2016 TinselBox!

The key is made of brassy, distressed metal. It looks almost like a prop from a play. But the handle part is cleverly designed in a bottle opener shape.

Read our review to see what's inside the Christmas 2016 TinselBox!

I can't decide whether to keep this fun find for myself or gift it to one of the cocktail connoisseurs in my friend group. Either way, what a neat addition to this box!

Read our review to see what's inside the Christmas 2016 TinselBox!

Rose Ring by Lovely Fleur - Listed Value $8.00

From what I can tell from Lovely Fleur's Etsy site, this maker doesn't typically do rings, so this red rose ring is something unique.

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This ring isn't the highest quality—right away I noticed that it's very lightweight, and it looks like the rose is just hot-glued to the bendy, adjustable gold ring—but it's still a fun piece to add to your holiday ensemble. A little extra twinkle and bright, cherry red can help make even an everyday outfit feel more festive.

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Also, this ring is a real "Beauty" if you're excited for the re-boot of a certain classic fairytale film coming out this holiday!

Read our review to see what's inside the Christmas 2016 TinselBox!

Snowflake Cookie Cutter - Listed Value $3.00

This item is a classic. Christmas cookies are a must-have at any party (or, in my case, just laying around the house).

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The TinselBox booklet suggests a few unexpected ideas for using this tool, too. Slice tea sandwiches, melon, cheese for a cheese plate, or even use it with clay to create a garland. You could trace the shape, too, to make paper cutouts. I'm desperately in need of cuter cookie cutters, so I'm very excited to see what I can do with this sweet snowflake this season!

Read our review to see what's inside the Christmas 2016 TinselBox!

Unicorn Greeting Card - Listed Value $5.00

I love this unicorn card! First of all, who doesn't like unicorns? Second, I think the art style is pretty adorable. And lastly, I really appreciate having this non-denominational holiday card in the box. I have lots of friends who celebrate something other than Christmas this time of year, and it's always a struggle to try and find a non-Christmas greeting that's still fun (not just a generic "Happy Holidays" card in traditional script or boring colors).

Read our review to see what's inside the Christmas 2016 TinselBox!

This card has so much personality, plus it's blank inside, so I can decide what kind of salutation to share. The envelope is blank, too. I might dress it up with some wintry stickers I've been setting aside.

Read our review to see what's inside the Christmas 2016 TinselBox!

And if you're like me and bad at brevity, this card is also blank on the back! No need to edit my message!

Verdict: I liked this TinselBox a lot. The value of the box, according to the prices given in the booklet, is $51.00, which is substantially more than the $33.95 cost. I think some of the prices the booklet gave might be a smidge high, but I think the price of the box is at least fair, if not a bargain. I like that the products come from smaller, indie companies and that they put a fresh spin on traditional holiday finds. I like to dare to be different with my decor, so I'm excited to get to do so with my holiday decorations, too! I also like that the items in the box have a broader focus than just Christmas. As I mentioned, I have lots of friends and family members who are busy with other winter holidays this time of year, so I love finding items like the holiday card or the snowflake cookie cutter that are more inclusive.

What do you think of this month's TinselBox?

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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3 comments

Sara

I just bought a bottle opener like that at World Market, I want to say it was only like $8 and they always have coupons. I love it though!

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Anna Reilly

I do love the idea of the key bottle opener! It’s been serving me well 🙂 The wrapping paper ended up being really useful, too. Thanks for reading, Sara!

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Charlie

What a ripoff

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