Mini Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome Review – March 2017
That Daily Deal is a site for daily flash sales at deep discounts. They also offer two subscription boxes, the Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome and the Mini Mystery Box of Awesome. The super-random assortment of products in these boxes are a true surprise—no themes here! Just lots of unexpected fun.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
This review is of the Mini Mystery Box of Awesome, $9.99 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Mini Mystery Box of Awesome
The Cost: $9.99 a month
The Products: The products you receive are a complete mystery! There’s no theme and items are pretty much gender neutral.
Ships to: U.S. for free
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
If you couldn’t tell by the “Stay Regular” sticker on the front of the package, Mini Mystery Box of Awesome is a little cheeky and totally unpredictable. Their branding is a strong hint at what you’ll find inside each shipment! This info card talks about the “stupid good” deals now available via this subscription, as well as the giveaway they’re doing next month—some people might get a “zero gravity lounge chair” in lieu of their usual box. Out of curiosity, I looked it up, fully expecting some kind of space-age recliner. Turns out, it’s basically a fancy piece of patio furniture, but hey, that might come in handy on a nice summer afternoon!
If you’ve got a canine companion in your life, you can also sign up for the Mini Monthly Box for Dogs!
There’s also a “Mystery Code” in the box for something fun on 13deals.com!
Gund Zombie Skateboarder Backpack Clip – Value $7.98
I’m not really into the whole zombie trend—I’m a real wuss when it comes to scary movies and so forth. So I probably won’t get much use out of this little 4-inch plush.
That said, I can see how someone would think this goofy, cartoonish little zombie, with its cool haircut and floppy, oversized arms would be a charmer. It’s got a big plastic clip on it, too, so that kiddos or anyone else who likes bedecking their backpack or bag with cool keychains and charms can add this zombie to the mix.
Carmount Phone Holder – Value $1.69?
I couldn’t find this exact product online, so I linked to something similar to demonstrate the value. I’ve been looking for a phone mount for the car, so I was super excited to give this product a whirl.
The holder itself pulls apart, using tension to keep your phone secured. It gets pretty big, too, so even giant “plus” phones should be able to fit in here securely. One note—if you have any kinds of buttons down the side of your phone (like volume controls), be careful that this isn’t smushing them in by accident! I kind of had to play with the placement until I figured out where it’d hold best (without messing with my audio or inadvertently turning my phone off).
The holder connects to your car via this light gray squishy plastic grip. Just press it into your vent, and the “fingers” of the grip hold the phone in place.
The holder twists around so that you can adjust the angle at which your phone sits. While this mount worked in a pinch, it’s got a few flaws that you don’t really experience until you give it a try. First, it’s impossible to take your phone out of the mount without taking the mount down altogether (when I tried to pull my phone out of the mount, the grip would just slide off my vent). Second, the fact that the mount can only really live on your vent means that any heat or cool air coming through the vent will hit your phone. One morning, it was a little chilly when I got in my car, so I put the heat on low. 20 minutes later, when I pulled into my office parking spot, my phone was super hot from sitting in the vent. I can’t imagine that’s too good for the phone!
3W Cree Zoom Head Lamp – Value $2.11?
I wasn’t sure if I was looking at this specific brand of headlamps in the results I found online, so I linked to something similar to give an idea of price. I’ve never in my life thought about buying a headlamp, but now that I have one, I’m thinking up all kinds of ways it could be useful (cleaning in the basement or in tight spots in my car, popping it over my bike helmet…).
The headlamp comes with a soft, stretchy band, the main circle of which goes around your head. There’s also a top band that goes over your head.
It’s actually quite comfortable to wear. There’s a little pad on the back of the lamp (which doesn’t weigh much more than a simple computer mouse) and the bands are all adjustable. And it’s got a ton of features, like a zoom, and a tilting base that lets you angle it up or down.
The only buzzkill? The three AAA batteries are not included!
Karmin Creations 100 Piece Mandalas Color-a-Puzzle – Value $3.33
I love puzzles, but wow does this one seem difficult!
The idea behind this intricate puzzle is that once you’ve finished the 10″ x 8″ black and white design, you can go in and color it as if you would an adult coloring book page.
I really like the concept—it’s like two pastimes in one. It’s definitely going to take me a minute to figure out this pattern, though!
Verdict: This month’s Mini Mystery Box of Awesome was only worth about $15.00, and most of that value came from the zombie toy that I didn’t really love. Shipping is free in the US, so the value of the items in the box (or bag, rather) was more than the $9.99 it cost. That said… I don’t know. The items are really random (hello, head lamp) and not the highest quality (the phone mount feels like something I’ll want to replace with a better version), so I’m wondering just how much use I’ll get out of them.
What do you think of the Mini Mystery Box of Awesome? What did you get?