GlobeIn Artisan Limited Edition “Admire” Box Review – April 2017
The GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box is a limited edition box filled with original crafts by global artisans. The box contains handcrafted items from around the world and the stories of the artists who made the pieces. The theme of this box is “Admire”!
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
This review is of the Globein Admire, $90 box.
The Box: GlobeIn Admire Box
The Cost: $90.00 for this limited edition box. GlobeIn also offers regular subscription boxes for $40 a month + free U.S. shipping. Save with 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions.
COUPON: Use code MSAWELCOME to save $10 on a 3, 6, or 12-month subscription.
The Products: Handcrafted items from around the world.
Ships to: U.S., Canada for $12, and International for $15
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This is my first GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box, and I’m really excited to check out what’s inside. I love filling my home and wardrobe with beautiful things, but lately, I’ve been trying to do so in a more conscious, ethical way. I’m hoping this box helps satisfy my love for beautifying my space while benefiting real artisans from around the world.
The theme of this limited edition box is “Admire.” According to the info booklet, the contents of this box should spark plenty of wonder and admiration.
On the subsequent pages of the booklet, there are detailed stories of the makers of the products in the box, ideas for how to use each item, and photos of the real people involved in producing them. I love that—it’s a great reminder that behind everything we enjoy, there are hard-working people, each with their own life story.
There’s also a postcard-sized “print” on a piece of matte card. I don’t know that I’d display it anywhere, but I like the sentiment a lot!
Woven Vase from Rwanda – Retail Value $36.00?
I couldn’t find this exact item in the Globein site store, so I linked to a similar item they do feature.
I love this vase! The patterns, the colors… it’s so perfect for springtime, and the craftsmanship is gorgeous. It’s super sturdy and has a smooth, almost fabric-like feeling to it. According to the tag on the vase, this product was made from dyed sisal fibers and sweet grass. It does actually have a bit of a sweet hay-like aroma to it when you get close!
You can get a better idea of the craftsmanship by looking at the tightly woven, spiraling bottom of the cylindrical vase. The mouth of the vase is about 4-inches wide, so there’s plenty of room for flowers, decorative branches, or whatever else I might want to stow in here. I could see this vase being a great alternative to a gift bag if you were giving someone a bottle of wine. Of course, I like it way too much to ever consider giving it away, haha!
Floating Necklace from Thailand – Retail Value $36.00
This necklace was super tangled up when it came out of the box. Be prepared to spend some serious time puzzling the different threads apart! But when you finally do get it all unwound, boy is it beautiful!
The pattern of the super-fine threads creates a bib design that lays beautifully across my collarbone. I love how delicate it is, even if it means I have to be really careful about it tangling!
It’s hard to tell from afar, but the among the clear beads is a really beautiful mix of warm, pinkish-orange, white, and cloudy-gray stones. They look so pretty dancing along the golden threads.
Hand Blown Wine Glass, Set of Two, from Mexico – Retail Value $30.00
I’ve been trying to play it cool with the whole unicorn-stuff trend, but even I can’t resist a set of dreamy, iridescent wine glasses! Can you imagine these pearlescent goblets filled with perfectly pink rosé? Ugh, I love it!
Apart from aesthetics, I love how sturdy these glasses are. The stem seems much thicker than usual wine glasses, which is good for me (I can be a bit of a klutz, so dainty wine glasses make me a little nervous).
Brass Bottle Stopper from South Africa – Retail Value $10.00
Once I’ve finished swirling my rosé around in my new wine glasses, I can save the rest of the bottle with help from this cute cork! I’m a big fan of elephants, so I was delighted to see this tiny distressed-brass creature topping this stopper. Note that this stopper is only about 2.25 inches tall and just under an inch in diameter at its widest point, so it’s on the smaller side.
Infinity Scarf from Vietnam – Retail Value $22.00?
I couldn’t find this exact item on the site, so I linked to a similar product from the same producer.
I love scarves and wear them all year ’round. So this lightweight scarf, made of a blend of cotton and silk, is going to serve me well. (Not to mention it’s the perfect gold color for a Pittsburgh Steelers/Pirates/Penguins fan like me to wear to games!)
Here it is on. (Pay no attention to my amateur modeling skills…) At first, I was worried that it was going to be really skinny since it’s twisted really tight initially. But it unfurls into a really nice voluminous scarf that’s beautifully semi-sheer. Awesome!
Verdict: I was so happy with this box! From the color palettes to the quality of the items, it was a real winner for me. I could see putting all of these items to use, too, especially those magical glasses! The retail value I estimated was $134.00, which is pretty good for a $90.00 box (with free U.S. shipping). I totally get that even $90.00 might seem like a lot to spend on housewares and accessories that you could probably find aesthetic equivalents to at your local discount store. However, I’d say that the quality and the ethical production practices behind these products are harder to come by (especially at a reasonable price). Long story short, I’m already a huge fan of this box, and I’m eager to check out what else GlobeIn has up its sleeve.
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