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Miroja Small Home Goods Surprise Gift Box Review – June 2017

Miroja is a subscription box that focuses on minimalist design and plants! They have several different subscription options, and I am reviewing the Small Surprise Gift Box—it includes one plant and one home item.

This box contains a plant and a breakable item, so I’m glad it is well packaged. Because this subscription includes a live plant, always open it as soon as it arrives!

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

The Subscription Box: Miroja Small Home Goods Surprise Gift Box

The Cost: $30.00 a month + free shipping

The Products: Each surprise box contains 1-2 home items.

Ships to: US

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The box includes a card that tells you where you are in your subscription with information on how to care for your new plant. It also describes the included planter and home item.

Now, onto the items!

Cactus – Value $5.33?

This month’s box included a small, prickly cactus. Cacti like this one can survive for quite a while without water, but that doesn’t mean they’re happy about it. The best way to care for a cactus is to give it lots of light and water it whenever the soil feels completely dry. This little cactus was wrapped up securely in bubble wrap, and I made sure to open the box as soon as it arrived to get him out in the air and into some sunlight.

I wasn’t sure of the specific source of this cactus, but I linked to a similar product to give an idea of value. In my experience, small cacti like this one are usually between $3-$6, depending on where you’re plant shopping.

Metal Plant Pot – Value $10?

Miroja typically sends a plant pot to go with the plant in the box. I have loved the ceramic vessels so far and was surprised to see a metal one this time. While I appreciate them mixing things up, the style of this pot is not the simple aesthetic I’ve come to expect. This plant container has a more rustic or industrial feel versus the handmade, ceramic feel of previous pots I’ve received in this box. I think it’s the faux finish that doesn’t quite do it for me, as I can imagine a similar metal pot looking sleek with a more modern finish. I guessed at the value of this item, since there’s no information about the brand or source of the pot.

Potting Soil – Value $3?

It’s great that Miroja sends just the right amount of potting soil to pot the included plant. I have a few house plants at home but never want to bring home one of the huge bags of soil they sell at garden centers. The bag was well sealed, and I used all of it to pot my new cactus. The bag is unmarked, so it’s hard to estimate value (I’m not sure the brand, source, or exact amount inside). Big bags of soil are usually around $5-$10, so I assume this smaller bag is around $3.

Finishing Sand – Value $1?

In addition to the potting soil, Miroja included some finishing sand to place on top of the dirt in the pot. The sand has a larger grain than typical beach sand and has a nice white color.

Again, I’m not quite sure how to value this sand, since it’s unmarked. I should mention that Miroja does seem to be putting together an online shop where products like these might be sold in the future, but it’s not active yet.

Here’s the cactus all planted up! I have to say that the pot seems way too large for this tiny cactus. He looks so lost and lonely in there! I used all the included soil, but it only filled up about half of the container. I’m worried that the bottom half of the cactus won’t get enough sunlight. I think that Miroja should have included some rocks to both fill up the plant pot but also to make sure the soil has proper drainage.

Holbrook Candle Co Mini Candle in Destination San Diego – Value $12

This 4oz candle was hand poured in San Diego, California. The candle’s packaging is a lovely glass jar with a screw on metal lid with a well-designed label. The scent is very floral, with notes of orange blossom, gardenia, and sea salt. The scent was inspired by an afternoon walk in San Diego. Scents with strong floral or sea notes aren’t my favorite, but with this lovely presentation, it will make a lovely gift.

Verdict: This box cost $30.00 with an estimated value of around $26.00. This box is more about getting a surprise gift for you and your home each month than it is about getting a good deal. I appreciate that Miroja includes things you need to pot the included plant like soil, sand, and a plant pot, even though this month’s components seemed a little off. I am slowly becoming a true plant lady, so I look forward to this box every month! I was a bit disappointed in this month’s plant container choice but am pleased enough with ones in the past that I am still a fan of this box.

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Written by Emily Cosnotti

Emily Cosnotti

Emily is a design enthusiast who loves beautiful objects. She’s really into vegan snacks, corgis, home goods, and minimalist makeup. She is currently fostering a healthy subscription addiction.

Posted in Miroja Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: miroja | 6 comments

Comments (6)

  1. Emily, I LOVE that you referred to your cute little cactus as a “he” instead of an “it”. I’m all about that!! In my book, anything that is alive or just anything that has a face (like my dog’s toys) are all “he’s” and “she’s”.

    I think everyone is rooting for the little guy now. Fingers crossed he grows big and strong and starts to fill up his new gigantic home.

    Thanks for the review. This is such a unique sub.

    • 🙂 Thanks, I agree! I name all of our dog’s toys, and plants too now that I think about it. Everything deserves a name!

  2. Good luck, little cactus! He does look lonely, peeking out of that container. Hopefully you can place him next to other plants for company.

    • Thanks for rooting for tiny cactus! He appreciates your support.

  3. My mom would love a sub like this. If only it had a better value!

  4. Excellent review, thank you!

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