The CuteBox Subscription Review + Coupon – March 2017
The CuteBox is a monthly subscription box that sends you 10 or more handpicked cute and kawaii items. These items may be wall stickers, nail art supplies, key chains, mini figures, hair accessories, jewelry, stationary, and candy.
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The Subscription Box: The CuteBox
The Cost: $19.00 per month + free US shipping (discounts on longer commitments)
COUPON: Use code ADDICTION to save 20% off any subscription!
The Products: 10+ cute and kawaii items
Ships to: U.S. only
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Each box contains an info slip and colored card.
This packet holds a mystery Gudetama magnet. I got Gudetama dressed up as the Easter Bunny! Or is he an Easter egg? The white magnet says “Like a rabbit” and Gudetama says “As you can see… I want to go home.” I would have preferred a different design– there were some adorable options shown on the packet– but I’m always happy to see Gudetama in a box.
This is a vampire cat from the anime/manga series Nyanpire. A little context: “nyan” is the Japanese onomatopoeia for “meow.” This cat vampire is pretty cute in its own odd way. The body is made from super soft fabric and its wings are made from felt. Personally, I would have preferred a higher quality material for the wings, but overall the plush is nice.
Sumikko Gurashi Finger Puppet
This is a Sumikko Gurashi finger puppet that comes with a fold-your-own cardboard box.
I received Tonkatsu. In Japanese cuisine, tonkatsu is deep-fried pork cutlet that’s usually eaten with rice, but if I didn’t know any better I would have thought he was a potato. I don’t know what it is about Tonkastu–the posture or blank expression, maybe–that makes him super endearing. The cardboard box is quirky though and I’m not sure what its purpose is.
Sumikko Gurashi Card and Stickers
The next Sumikko Gurashi item consists of three things: a place card, a sticker sheet, and a small piece of gum.
The place card doesn’t have much purpose other than to add cuteness to a desk or table. I wish it was a little bigger.
The sticker sheet is adorable. Look at the Tonkatsu one trying to hide under a bowl! Look at the polar bear at his mailbox!
Hello Kitty Mini Coloring Set
I love getting coloring books in my subscription boxes but I never actually have the time to sit down and color. Cute coloring sets like this Hello Kitty one reminds me to find time to decompress after long, stressful days. I’m really happy that it comes with pre-sharpened colored pencils, too.
Kawaii Fashion Bracelet
This is my least favorite item in the box. It’s a bendable wrap bracelet with different sized beads. It has the look of a child’s arts and crafts project, and while that isn’t bad, it’s not what I want in a subscription box, you know?
Here it is on my hand. On the plus side, it is adjustable and should fit most wrists.
This is indeed a very mini kitty–it is 1.5 inches tall. Squeezing the back of its head causes it to flash red, yellow, and blue lights. Squeezing a second time turns the lights off! I like that its body is soft and rubbery, which makes it even more fun to squeeze.
Disney Tsum Tsum Mirror
This is a simple compact mirror with Disney Tsum Tsum characters printed on the top. It measures 2.75 inches on each side. The lid has no locking mechanism so I would be careful when putting it in a purse or backpack. Other than that, I really like the addition of this “practical” cute item.
Goma-Chan Capsule Toy
Shonen Ashibe GO! GO! Goma-chan is about the happy-go-lucky daily lives of first grader Ashibe and his adopted pet baby seal, Goma-chan.
The egg capsule opens to reveal a Goma-chan charm inside. I love how round Goma-chan looks from all angles! I am going to attach the charm to my backpack.
Ice Cream DIY Cider
There are two DIY kits this month. This one makes mini cider-flavored ice cream cones.
Ice Cream DIY Strawberry
This one makes strawberry-flavored ice cream cones.
Each kit comes with almost everything needed to make the snacks (just add water). Simply combine 10 ml water with the powder to make a fizzy concoction to add to the cake cones.
Here is the final product for DIY strawberry ice cream. Unfortunately the cones tasted stale for me. The fizzy “ice cream” isn’t bad, but it definitely tastes more like sour foam than anything else.
There were different types of erasers sent out and I received these adorable kiwi ones. I wish they were a little bigger so they aren’t so difficult to grip and use. I can see them as cute party favors, though.
Verdict: This month’s The CuteBox has some misses but feels like a decent box overall. There are 12 items total for a cost breakdown of $1.63 per item, which is a good value, but it doesn’t feel as significant as previous boxes because most items are small in size. My favorite is the Sumikko Gurashi finger puppet. The DIY kits would have been better if the cake cones weren’t so stale. I wouldn’t mind seeing a “hero item” in the mix for future curations, which might make the box feel more substantial.
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