Kal-Elle Fandom Monthly Box Review + Coupon – April 2017
Kal-Elle Fandom Monthly is a monthly subscription box that delivers “specially hand selected high-quality fandom inspired designs” from one fandom each month.
You can expect items like jewelry, accessories, small decor items, and other finds, often sourced on Etsy or designed by Kal-Elle.
This month’s box was actually supposed to arrive much sooner (the last box I got was back in March). As an apology, Melanie, the founder, sent along this apology and a coupon, too! It’s a bummer this was so late, but I appreciate this gesture.
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: Kal-Elle Fandom Monthly
The Cost: $19 per month + $3.50 US shipping
COUPON: Use code WELCOME to save 10% off any length subscription!
The Products: 4-7 pieces of jewelry or collectibles from one fandom
Ships to: USA ($3.75 shipping), Canada ($11 shipping) and the rest of the world ($14.25 shipping).
Good to know: Kal-Elle Fandom Monthly recently opened a shop page where you can purchase any extra past boxes!
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This month’s featured theme is… Pirates of the Caribbean!
I know the new Pirates movie is coming out soon, so these items should help me prep for the premiere. Two of the items this month were made by Kal-Elle, and one was made by Megan E. Risk. I’m not sure where everything else comes from, though—with accessory boxes like this one, knowing the brands or makers behind the items helps me get a better idea of value and quality.
Davy Jones Locker Key Necklace with Heart Charm (Designed by Kal-Elle)
This necklace is super long—the tip of the key reaches just a few inches away from my belly button. The key itself is about 3 inches long and has a nice weight to it.
While the metal doesn’t feel like anything too sophisticated (it’s probably the type that’d turn my skin green pretty quick), I think the design is pretty cool. There’s a heart charm, too—by which I mean, a legit human heart!
These earrings are about half an inch long, so they’re definitely pretty eye-catching for silver studs. I don’t know what kind of metal these are made from, but they’re pretty comfortable so far. I like that they’re not just flat skulls—there are neat patterns pressed into the metal that look like abstract flowers and leaves. It gives them a bit of a bohemian vibe that seems fitting for the whole Pirates aesthetic.
This bracelet is maybe 6 inches long with an extra few inches of chain that you can use to adjust the bracelet. I’m thankful that it’s adjustable because the first loop of the chain had this bracelet sitting really tight around my wrist.
Again, the metal isn’t very sophisticated, but it is silvery and shiny. From afar, you can’t really tell that these slender charms are bones—it’s the kind of thing that would make someone look again!
Pirates of the Caribbean Magnet
This thin magnet is about the size of a business card. I’m pretty sure it’s the exact image from the movies, which is cool. The magnet doesn’t have all of the stick in the world, so it’s more like a bumper sticker for your fridge rather than a functional magnet.
Pirate Skull Tea Infuser
I love loose-leaf tea, so this infuser is perfect for me!
The skull and crossbones are made from a soft, squishy silicone that can hold up to heat. The top of the skull pops off so that you can drop a scoop of tea inside the skull and dunk it into your tea water. Meanwhile, the crossbones hangs outside your mug so that you can easily lift the skull out when your leaves have steeped enough. It’s pretty cute, and the skull has a lot more space inside it than other infusers I’ve used (so you can add more leaves).
Pirates Life for Me Tote Bag (Designed by Kal-Elle)
I’m never one to turn down a tote bag! This bag isn’t the thickest, highest-quality product (there were some loose threads, and the fabric is a pretty thin weave), but I’ve already put it to use with books, groceries, and other odds and ends.
I like that the design is inspired by Elizabeth Swann’s medallion!
4″ x 6″ Art Print by Megan E. Risk
The final item in the box is this print. It’s a neat design, but not really something I’d display around my home. That said, I’m not quite a Pirates superfan. If you are, maybe this is right up your alley!
The print appears on super shiny, high-gloss, photo-quality paper. I’m a little underwhelmed, though, since I can see the HP logo watermarks on the back of the print. It makes it feel like something that I could just print from a computer, rather than something more special and unique. That said, if you like the design, it could look pretty cool framed or just hung amidst other Pirates of the Caribbean posters and art.
Verdict: This Kal-Elle Fandom Monthly box was pretty fun! I’m not a huge fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, so I was kind of meh about the theme. But I thought the items in the box were cute and captured some of the fun elements and icons of the film (the key, the skulls and crossbones, the flag, the medallion, etc.). The quality of the products wasn’t amazing, but hey, this box only costs $19.00—each of the 7 items inside would only have to be about $2.71. The shipping cost was $3.50 for me, which isn’t too bad (though I don’t know if it’s worth the cost of international shipping). It’s a cute subscription, but with a missing item (which is supposedly coming separately in the mail), the late arrival of the box, and my personal apathy around this month’s theme, I wasn’t wowed by it this month.
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