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GlobeIn Artisan Box “Play” Review + Coupon – December 2017

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The GlobeIn Artisan Box is a monthly subscription that sends you original crafts by global artisans. Each box contains handcrafted items from around the world and the stories of the artists who made the pieces.

There are two levels of subscription: Essential and Premium. The Essential subscription comes with one handpicked artisan item each month, and the Premium comes with a full curated collection. Each month (with the Premium subscription) you have a choice of two new themes, as well as any theme from the previous month that may not have sold out. They also have a shopping club they call the Starter in which you can choose one of three levels of monthly membership, which is applied as a credit to shop in their online store at a discounted rate. 

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This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

This is a review of the Premium, $40 per month, box.

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About GlobeIn Artisan Box

The Subscription Box: The GlobeIn Artisan Box

The Cost: The Premium box is $40 per month + free shipping for the first month ($10 shipping for future months). The Essential box includes one item for $10 per month+ free shipping for the first month ($3 shipping for future months). There is also a Starter level where your monthly membership fee gets put towards credit to use in their online shop. 

COUPON: Use code MSAWELCOME to save $10 on a 3, 6, or 12-month subscription.

The Products: Handcrafted items from around the world curated around a monthly theme.

Ships to: U.S.

December 2017 GlobeIn Artisan Box “Play” Review

cover of globein play info booklet page 1 and 2 of cover of globein play info booklet wooden puzzle info page rosewood dice with pouch info page wooden spinning top info page recycled textile cover sketchbook info gift tags info page mini palm leaf info page back of cover of globein play info booklet

GlobeIn always includes a beautiful little booklet that highlights the artisans who made the goods included in your box. They tell personal stories of how making these items helps encourage independence, fair wages, and safe work environments for the craftsmen. These co-ops and small businesses also help the local communities in which they’re based.

Rosewood and Mango wood Puzzle, assembled Rosewood and Mango wood Puzzle, partially assembled Rosewood and Mango wood Puzzle, disassembled

Wooden Mini Puzzle, India – Listed Retail Value $20.00

Puzzles like this drive me a little crazy, but this one is so beautifully crafted that I can’t stay mad at it, even if I can’t solve it. Each piece is hand carved from rosewood and sustainable mango wood to give it the two lovely natural tones that make it a lovely piece to keep out on your coffee table to delight or frustrate your guests.

Rosewood and Mango wood Puzzle answer key

Luckily, they’ve included this answer key in case you can’t solve it!

aqua and white dice pouch set of four wooden and brass dice coming out of pouch

Rosewood Dice With Pouch, Set of 4, India – Listed Retail Value $12.00

Well, these have to be the loveliest dice I’ve seen. Carved from rosewood with brass inlaid dots, this set of four dice are certain to class up any game you use them with. Each die is 3/4 inch squared and feels super light in your hand. They come complete with a soft cotton drawstring bag to keep them safe. This will be a great stocking stuffer for my family!

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Wooden Spinning Top, India – Listed Retail Value $10.00

My mom used to collect tops when I was younger, and I have fond memories of playing with all of the different ones that she had displayed on a bookshelf in our living room. This one has been hand carved like the other wooden items in the box and is overall a stately piece to have laying around to occupy idle hands. I love the striped pattern of the different woods that were used!

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Sketch Book (Assorted Colors), India, Listed Retail Value $12.00

The perfect gift for the artistic one in your family or friend group, this unique sketchbook made from 100% recycled cotton really wows with its colorful mixed pattern cover. The paper used to make this notebook started as discarded material from India’s textile industry. It was collected and broken down to make pulp, then ironed and hung out to dry. The binding is sewn by hand with cotton thread and the gorgeous cover is incredibly soft. The best part is that Matr Boomie (who also made the gift tags below) is a family-run business that has empowered 20,000 artisans in 40 communities.

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Assorted Gift Tags, Set of 4, India – Listed Retail Value $6.00

Gift tags are always needed this time of year, so they made a great move including these in the collection this month. Each of the four designs features a different pattern and color to brighten up the package you attach it to. The back of each tag is a solid color which allows you to write a short holiday message or at the very least, “to” and “from”.

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Mini Palm Leaf Basket, Mexico – Listed Retail Value $8.00

My house is now flourishing with palm baskets, thanks to GlobeIn. Since this one is a mini and stands about four inches tall, it makes the perfect gift box (which is how I intend to use it). This festive maroon and green basket the right size to present the wooden top from this month to my Mom. I can even use one of the included gift tags!

Verdict: GlobeIn Artisan Box’s “Play” box is full of beautifully carved wooden pieces, handmade paper goods, and of course a palm basket. This ended up being a wonderful December selection to use as small gifts for my loved ones, which takes a bit of holiday pressure off of me. I received six handmade responsibly sourced items for $68 for a cost of $50.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! If you subscribe by the 15th, you can choose to get this box. Premium Box schedule from Globein:

1st – 5th: Customize your theme and choose add-ons!
10th: Last day to cancel or skip before getting this month’s box (and add-ons).
15th: Last day to update your shipping address
18th – 21st: Your box starts to ship!

Coupon – Use coupon code MSAWELCOME to save $10 off any subscription

Value Breakdown: At $50 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Puzzle: $14.71
  • Dice: $8.82
  • Top: $7.35
  • Sketchbook: $8.82
  • Gift Tags: $4.41
  • Palm Basket: $5.88

*These prices would be even less if this was your first order and you didn’t pay shipping costs.

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Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a lipstick connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. She loves discovering new clean beauty brands and has quite the collection of beautifully packaged serums and moisturizers.

Posted in Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: globein | 7 comments

Comments (7)

  1. We are saying the same thing. The key as posted does not match the puzzle as posted, which is why I said I have a chance at solving it because there is more than one winning combination.
    It’s all good 😉

  2. That key does not match the puzzle…. I might have a chance of solving it if there are multiple winning combos!

    • ?? The key matches.

    • It definitely matches…

    • Technically there are multiple winning combos because since it’s a square you can orient it whichever way you like.

      • It doesn’t match. Look at just the lighter pieces…. in the actual puzzle the M-shaped piece in the upper right is in the same place in the key. So is the square in the middle. None of the others are in the same place. In the actual puzzle, the light L-shaped piece butts up against the M. In the key the light chair shaped piece does. You can orient it any way you want… but it doesn’t match.

      • That’s because there is more than one solution. You can take the pieces and place them in the square to make them match exactly how the key lays them out. So, I say the key matches because it has all of the pieces you actually receive, not because they are the same solution. What you say is a match and what we are saying must be two different things. But there is an ‘m’ in the key and you get an ‘m’ puzzle piece, same as all the other pieces so the key matches because you get one of each shape piece with your actual puzzle.

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