WeeBox Subscription Review + Coupon – February 2017
WeeBox is a monthly subscription box of authentically Scottish treats and treasures.
In addition to providing its subscribers with Scottish gifts wrapped in local Scottish newspapers, WeeBox also partners with Save the Children, helping provide much-needed household items to low-income families with wee ones.
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: WeeBox
The Cost: $42.83 a month, $39.77 per monthly box with the 6-month subscription, or $36.10 per monthly box with the 12-month subscription
The Products: According to the Wee Box site, “Each WeeBox is filled with both traditional and progressive Scottish products showcasing the best from our network of local, specialist suppliers. They… are a combination of luxury, quirky and heritage items…”
Ships: U.S. for $9.79 and Canada (will vary in cost)
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I love the colors in this notecard.
The box was addressed to MSA founder, Liz, but I’m excited to be the one to get to review it! I love the personal, playful tone of this note. It’s a nice way to get acquainted with WeeBox.
This February box puts a Scottish spin on Valentine’s Day, with items to help you feel and express gaol, which the card says is Gaelic for “love.” I’m a nerd for languages, so I was really tickled by learning this new word!
There are four items to look forward to inside this box. WeeBox doesn’t note just how many items to expect each month, so far as I can tell. Last month, there were 5 items, so I’d suspect 4-5 is usual. (It is a “wee” box, after all!)
Shearer’s Candles “Ae Fond Kiss” Candle – Value $11.50
This gold-tinned candle is named for a classic Robert Burns song. As the label notes, the fragrance is a mixture of white heather and highland honey. The scent is earthy, warm, and indeed, romantic. It’s a bit musky, which I like (I always tend to like more masculine scents, as opposed to bright florals and powdery perfumes).
According to the Shearer’s Candles site, the candle has a burn time of 40 hours. I lit it on a cold, rainy night, and the fragrance made my living room feel all the more warm and cozy.
Box of 4 Truffles by the Iain Burnett, the Highland Chocolatier – Value $10.93 USD
What’s Valentine’s Day without a little chocolate, right? I’m a huge chocolate fan, and as soon as I saw this little red box, my mouth started watering.
These small chocolate truffles are velvety, pillowy soft, and deeply flavored. They’re the kind of chocolate flavor that’s so rich, it’s almost fruity. I love the way their dark chocolate shells have been beautifully stamped with elegant hearts and gold insignias.
Scottish Valentine by Brave Scottish Gifts – Value $3.05 USD
According to the info card, this is an exclusive design for WeeBox subscribers! I like the bold red and black colors of this greeting card and of course, the colloquial Scottish sentiment. “Daftie”, as I’ve discovered in my internet research, is basically Scottish for “silly goose”. So this would be a good card to give to a whoever you love joking around with.
101 Scottish Songs Book (a.k.a. the “Wee Red Songbook”) – Value $8.38 on Amazon (retail price $11.95)
This little red book is more than a cute gift. It’s sort of a Scottish folk institution—a record of traditional songs that are still pervasive today.
Book Summary on Amazon:
A small format gift book which is a reproduction of the popular book 101 Scottish Songs published by Collins in 1962. Popularized as “the wee red songbook” in Scottish folk circles, this publication was in print for 26 years. One of the most influential books of folk songs ever, compiled by Norman Buchan, it is the book which provided a foundation repertoire to many a young singer in the 1960s. These songs were a collection of the most significant and influential traditional Scottish folk songs in 1962 and many are still widely sung today. Popular traditional songs are featured, such as “A Man’s A Man,” “Auld Lang Syne,” “Mingulay Boat Song,” “Coulter’s Candy,” “The Ballad of Johnny Ramensky”, “Jamie Raeburn,” and “Katie Bairdie”. This comprehensive collection also contains a number of lesser known songs such as “The Rovin’ Ploughboy,” “Macpherson’s Rant,” “The Bressay Lullaby,” and ‘Get Up and Bar the Door.” This unique collection from children’s to bothy songs and traditional to love songs celebrates Scottish traditional music at its best. This publication is launched as part of the 50th anniversary of The Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland. Links to listen to these songs will be available via their website.
Verdict: I was pleased with this month’s WeeBox! It’s WeeBox’s mission to bring “mindings of home” to their subscribers. This box brought Scotland to life through taste (the chocolates), sight (the card), smell (the lovely candle), and sound (the song book)! I was impressed with the quality of the items and was only really underwhelmed by the greeting card—when I’m paying a lot for a box with just a few items inside, I feel like single cards or pencils, etc. (even when they’re really cute) can be a bit underwhelming.
Speaking of value, I estimated the value was $34.00, which is about $10.00 less than the cost of the box. Factor in shipping and the difference in value is even greater. International boxes like these are always tough for that reason—they’re usually a bit pricier by design. But if you really love Scottish culture (both traditional and new), this box is a great bet.
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