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POPSUGAR Must Have Box December 2017 Review + Coupon

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POPSUGAR Must Have is a monthly lifestyle subscription box for women. Each month they send a mix of items from categories like beauty, fashion, food, fitness, and home.

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

The Subscription Box: POPSUGAR Must Have

The Cost: 39.95 a month

COUPON: Use coupon code MUSTHAVE5 to save $5 off your first box.

The Products: “Must Have” items for women selected by POPSUGAR editors. (Fitness, Home, Beauty, Food, and more)

Check out all of my POPSUGAR Must Have reviews and the Women’s Subscription Box Directory!

Each box comes with a fold out card detailing the items included, and what themes inspired the box.

The themes this month are cozy, giving, sparkling, traditions, warmth, celebrate.

Now, on to the items!

Chloe + Isabel Pavé Bar Long Pendant Necklace – Value $42

This is the first time ever that POPSUGAR gave subscribers the opportunity to pick the color variant of an item! (You could pick between this silver version or the antique gold version.)

And I also love that this necklace arrives boxed and ready to gift in case you don’t want to keep it for yourself!

This necklace is hypoallergenic and nickel-free, and measures about 30 inches long with a 2-inch extender.

I really love the clean lines and subtle sparkle of this necklace – plus the length should work for just about everyone!

Here is Marne modeling the necklace for us:

Tilo Twilight Scarf – Value $98

This scarf is stunning! It’s a lightweight sheer weave with delicate eyelash fringe on the edges.

And it has a grid sequin pattern throughout:

Here it is on:

It’s the perfect amount of sparkle in my opinion! (The gray color may vary a bit from scarf to scarf due to the hand dyeing and washing technique.)

Bauble Bar Sugar and Spice Coaster Set – Value $38

Yay for sparkly home items!

These coasters are made with glitter embedded in the acrylic, so you get all the sparkle without any glitter fallout.

They are lightweight and semi-translucent when you hold them up to the light:

I love that these are festive for the holidays, but also great for all year round, too! Here they are with the tray from the August box:

(It’s a perfect setting for New Year’s Eve!)

Lalicious Sugar Kiss Extraordinary Whipped Sugar Scrub – Value $35

I am so excited about this sugar scrub for a number of reasons:

  1. It’s 16 ounces! (Most body scrubs are usually half the size.)
  2. It’s ingredient conscious! (Paraben, phthalate, and sulfate free.)
  3. It smells like sugar cookies! (If you loved the Lalicious Body Oil from the October 2016 Box, you will love this, too.)
  4. It’s moisturizing without leaving your skin oily. (I think this is the perfect scrub formula: exfoliation with just a touch of hydration from the Coconut and Sweet Almond Oils!)

And this scrub also comes with a coupon for 20% off any order at Lalicious!

Wild Ophelia Sugar Cookie Milk Chocolate Bar – Value $3.50

WOW! I was expecting a sweet treat in the December box, and POPSUGAR did not disappoint!

This is a milk chocolate bar made with bits of buttery toffee, gluten-free sugar cookie crumbles, and sea salt! (Plus it is fair-trade and Non-GMO!)

ASHKAHN Gift Tags – Value $12

This set includes 10 tags that say “FOR YOU” – pretty simple and should go with just about any wrapping paper.

(And again, I like that these are great for the holidays, but not holiday-specific.)

They look good with the wrapping paper from the November box, too!

Pier 1 Imports Vanilla Bourbon Scented Candle – Retail Value $14.95

(This item is a Special Extra in the box!)

(You’ll receive one of several different cocktail-inspired candles. The candle has a burn time of 42 hours.)

I wasn’t sure if the Bourbon would be overwhelming for me, but I found it to be subtle and sophisticated. (Plus the glass vessel and hammered copper-style lid didn’t hurt!)

And this candle comes with a coupon for $10 off any purchase at Pier 1!

Minimum purchase of $10.01 required. Expires January 31st, 2018.

Verdict: This box has a retail value of about $243!!! (Not including the value of the Pier 1 coupon.) WOW! This might just be my favorite POPSUGAR Must Have Box of all time! I love all the items, the brands, and everything is useful and feels special, too. (Plus I love that this box is perfect for the holidays, but everything works post-December, too.) And you could break this box into multiple gifts if you are willing to part with it!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? As of today, 12/8, yes! When you click “Subscribe Now” on the POPSUGAR site, the box your subscription will start with will be highlighted. But make sure to sign up soon if you want this box!

Coupon – Use coupon code MUSTHAVE5 to save $5

Value Breakdown: At $39.95 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Scarf: $16.11
  • Necklace: $6.90
  • Body Scrub: $5.75
  • Chocolate Bar: $.49
  • Bauble Bar Coasters: $6.25
  • Gift Tags: $1.97
  • Pier 1 Candle: $2.47

What do you think of the December POPSUGAR Must Have Box? What’s your favorite item in the box?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

179 Comments

  1. Oh PopSugar, this is my last month and I stayed strong and did not re-subscribe for any of the deals but this is a great box… Very few of the boxes last year were of this quality. I guess I’ll wait and see how January looks – will they return to excellence now that they won’t have large numbers of subscribers paying $20-something a box or is this just to lure us back in?

  2. Now if my box would just ship 😭😭😭😭

    • Yes…has anyone actually received their box yet? Mine hasn’t even shipped and I’m a regular subscriber. I’m officially done with Popsugar!

      • Nope…still not here! It’s pretty frustrating🙁

      • My regular subscription and the extra one ordered finally arrived today. Both had Moscow Mule scented candles. I love EVERYTHING!!
        BEST BOX EVER!

      • Yes, my Neiman-Marcus LE, Women’s LE, and December have arrived. My candle is the vanilla Bourbon. My poor NM box was so smashed and crushed, but the contents were fine. That’s what matters. I haven’t tried the watch yet, though…eek.

  3. I don’t think I’ve ever hit subscribe on a box so fast! This one seems more along the lines of the kind of items I expect from Luxor and it’s only $40! Incredible!

  4. Just got one of my discounted October boxes from PS- anybody want the 50% Keurig code? It says to go to keurig.com/popsugar-box and then the code is PSMHB-LV324D0V1 and yes that is a zero not an O. Coupon expires at the end of the month.

    • THANK YOU SO MUCH. My mom’s coffee maker just broke and because of you I ordered her a new one for Christmas. I have a shutterfly code I would be happy to give you in exchange for your kindness. my email is [email protected] if you want it

      • AWESOME! Glad someone could use it. I am savage and drink instant coffee. 🙂 Save your shutterfly code for someone else!

  5. Wow!!! They knocked this one out of the park with this one. A great box to give as a whole or to break up into individual presents, which is what I’ll do. I just bought a third one!

    • I just bought the one-time Dec box again. My 2nd and got the other necklace metal tone! yay.

      • I did that same thing! I was going to try to swap for the other necklace finish but once I saw how good the whole box was, I couldn’t resist ordering another. Give me all the sugar scrub!!

  6. It’s seriously like they have different teams that work on different months. I wish I could buy the individual boxes rather than subscribing. Last month was a horrible and I really like this month.

    • This. Definitely this.

    • The last few months I had been cancelling, waiting for spoilers, and then resubscribing. And then I forgot to cancel after October and got the horrible November box.

      • That’s what I’m going to start doing (but hopefully I don’t forget).

    • There is an option on the popsugar site to buy the December box as a one time box, currently.

    • You always have the option to just buy the individual box each month without a subscription. Just click the gift option when checking out. Then you are only charged for that month. I only buy the months I like after the spoilers come out and I’ve been doing so for over a year.

      • Do they cost extra or are they the same price?

        • Same price but obviously any new sub discount codes won’t work. I’ve done it before too…and really hope they don’t get rid of the option.

    • I have been just buying as want, so far this has worked for me. When I subbed, I was not thrilled. This one was offered as a separate box with 20% off. I got it within days. Only thing was I had mistakenly thought they would all be bourbon vanilla – got one that smell like ginger ale – not bad, just not expected

  7. GREAT BOX! So happy i got this one with one of the deals!

  8. Liz- if we resub today, is it definitely the December box or is there a chance I’ll end up with a second november box (ugh)

    • I just resubbed and got this box! Picked necklace color and everything. You’re good to go

      • Mine didn’t go to the screen to choose the necklace 🙁

        • I think you only had until Nov 30th to pick a necklace, so I’m pretty sure they’ll just pick the color for you ☺️

          • No, you can still pick your jewelry color. I just did it yesterday with the PS LE and add on a Dec box for $10. I got another silver one for gifting 🙂

          • I ordered my 2nd last night and s woke to choose the necklace

        • I ended up subbing and mine didn’t either. I just went to my account overview this morning and I was able to choose my necklace. Hope that helps!

    • There is an option to buy the December box as a ‘one-time buy’ on the popsugar site currently.

  9. Boy did they hit it out of the park this month! Fabulous! Can’t wait to wear that beautiful scarf all through the winter. (To add a little zest to that horrible month known as January). 😁

  10. Best box ever!!! Way to go, PS!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  11. I am so happy that I took the plunge and got the LE box and was able to get this box for $10. It is amazing and for $10 if I only liked one thing it would have been an awesome deal. I love everything and even after my daughter steals half of it…I will still have amazing things. I may have to score another box for a friend of mine.

  12. For the love, why can’t PS just be consistent and always put out boxes like this?? After the bomb that was the men’s LE Box, plus getting 2 stinky November boxes because of the BF deal I cancelled. If they were more consistent I’d resub in a heartbeat. I am happy I’m getting 2 of these boxes at least.

    • You’re right about the inconsistency! Summer months tend to be a flop, for me at least.

    • I totally agree. That’s why I never subscribe. I usually just buy what items I want on eBay, but if they were all like this, I would sub.

  13. Bummer that this review didn’t come out yesterday when the coupon still worked. But I’m sure it’s all very intentional. Without a coupon I’m still on the fence.

  14. Fantastic box! Now I know what to get my best friend for Christmas.

  15. Wow great box! Just bought a second one. I wish I had taken advantage of the BF deal but oh well. Everything but the tags are incredible and even they are fine. For Christmas this year, I put together “boxes” for my nieces and my son’s girlfriend. They are filled with items from my subs and some add ons. It’s so much fun to do and I know they are going to be so excited to open their boxes.

  16. Aw man, after seeing these spoilers, I had to resubscribe. Nothing in the last few boxes tickled my fancy, but this one looks amazing. I missed out on Black Friday deals, but I’m not too bummed about paying full price for this one.

    • Me too, just resigned up again! Have skipped the last many boxes but this one is great! I hope they keep it up because I have been getting sub box withdrawal, lol, only get Detox Market and FFF on a regular basis lately. Keep up the good work PopSugar!

  17. This is a great box!!!

  18. Love everything in it and I already have a tracking email. That candle is a perfect gift for my mom but I really want to keep it for myself, so I guess I’ll actually use the coupon.

  19. Do you have any coupons? Because Musthave5 is not working 🙁

    • You have to be a new subscriber to use it.

  20. How’s the texture of the scarf – is it scratchy due to the sequin?

  21. Why can’t they always curate like this? I cancelled after the horrible November box, this one is great… I would be happy to sub back but it looks like some months are just awful, don’t know if it’s worth it.

  22. So glad I have 2 of these coming. Love this.

  23. So glad I sprung for this box! I haven’t been getting PS boxes for months now, but December never disappoints. I’m excited to try that body scrub, I love scrubs but I can’t stand oily ones–that Honest Co. one we got awhile back was horrid.

    • Completely agree! I think that Honest co. scrub scarred me for life and made me wary of body scrubs in general. Hopefully this one great! Overall, this box looks fantastic.

  24. I want that sugar scrub!

  25. Liz, where did you get the pink & green trees? I need them! TIA!

    • They were a Target purchase from last year. I couldn’t find them on their site now, though. Sorry!

      • Thanks for responding! This just ruined my Christmas 😉
        They are so pretty! I found some in the Dollar Spot (not as cute as these) but the glitter fallout was insane!

        • If you get some spray adhesive glue and spray them as soon as you get home, the fallout on most of those is a lot less.

          • HeatherK…would hairspray work?

          • Rosemary, I would think that it would but why use good hairspray when you can get spray elmers at wallyworld for three bucks?

          • HeatherK, YOU just saved Christmas! Thank you for the genius idea!
            I also need to do that to my Trader Joe’s “grump tree” that dried out in like two days. TY!

          • @Rosemary – With significant experience in applying glitter to stuff (I’m in a Mardi Gras krewe that decorates glittered shoes to throw to parade attendees) I can indeed tell you that Aqua Net or any other inexpensive AEROSOL hairspray is great for keeping glitter on things that will be mostly stationary.

          • If you don’t mind me asking, which krewe are you in? I haven’t been to Mardi Gras in forever but loved the parades, especially Zulu.

          • @ Treat_Choself, Thats how I learned it too! Gotta be a NOLA thing!!!

  26. So glad I bought an extra box with that $27 deal!

  27. I got 2 of these boxes- 1 with the BF deal, 1 for $10 with the LE box deal. I’m so happy I did! if there was ever a box to get 2 of this is it for me! I have 1 of the scarves up for swap but that is it, at least for now the rest is mine all mine!

  28. This is truly a “must have” box. I love everything! I think it’s my favorite PS box of the year. AndyD: if you’re reading, well done!!!

  29. This sucker just resubbed!!! Couldn’t pass up that candle and body scrub…and I’m hungry so the chocolate bar looks extra appealing. (Shame spiral begins)

  30. WOW – WHAT AN AMAZING BOX!!!! Merry Christmas to you TOO PopSugar!!! 🙂 <3

    • Amen! Best. Box. EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. This is a perfect December box. Love everything! I am kicking myself for not biting on the special offer the other day to get a Dec box for $10 w/the Limited Edition box.

    • You and me both.
      Ugh, though I really liked the winter box and I am in love with this box, and I just got my bonus check at work today. So goodbye $150, it was nice having you.

      I’m gonna justify this with the need for a new watch, since I recently started having an allergic reaction to my fitbit. $100 for a watch is reasonable. Add in some pretty accessories, a cute bag, and some luxe skin care items, and it’s totally worth it.

    • Me three!!!

  32. I’m glad we finally got the review I’ve been praying for. Bought my aunt a box for Christmas and needed to know if it’s a good one or not. Lol She loves pier 1 so shell be happy

  33. I am an on-and-off subscriber and I am so happy I re-subscribed in time for this box! Wow, this is a great box and is replacing July 2017’s box as my new all-time favorite. I’m going right now to check if I can buy another as a gift!
    This review makes up a bit for the RZBOS not shipping in time for all my holiday party disappointment!

  34. You guys. This Lalicious scrub is the BOMB. I love it!!! I’ve been buying it (at full price – so basically the price of this entire box) at my waxing salon in peppermint. It’s the only scrub I’ve ever found that doesn’t make me feel like I need to wash off the oily residue after I use it. It’s so so good.

    I broke up with PopSugar at least a year ago but I went in on a different email address and re-subbed for this. We’ll see how long I stick around (probably not that long) but this box was TOTALLY worth it for me for the scrub alone (and I’m totally into the coasters and the candle too).

    • Oh, I forgot to include that this box also comes with a 20% off coupon for Lalicious! I’m totally going to use it to buy the Peppermint scrub, now! 🙂 Thanks for the recommendation!

  35. Of course when I am happy about cancelling my subscription, they put out this box.

    • Same here. I just bought it 🙂 🙁

  36. I love this box and sent to others as gifts! Well done popsugar!

  37. What an amazing curation! I absolutely love everything. I am going to force myself to learn scarf how tos because that scarf is so beautiful. Everything as you said could be gifted on its own. Props to PopSugar Must Have for this month. Merry Christmas to me!

  38. Wow! I LOVE this box!! I think I’ll use everything in it – and that’s rare for me! I’m so glad I got this with the BTBF deal!! 😀

    • If PS is able to make good boxes (like this) again, I may have to re-subscribe. Everything in this box is a hit for me. I hope I can swap for a couple of the items.

  39. Nice box ! In love with the coasters.

  40. Sweet!!! I thought I screwed up and got two of them, but looks like it wasn’t a screw up, the force was with me!

    The tags are kind of meh, but can be used year round, so not bad, I LOVE Lalicious, I wish I had the place mats from the LE box to go with the coasters, the scarf is beautiful, the necklace is my style, the candle is new, but sounds interesting, and who doesn’t like chocolate and toffee???

  41. Yea! What a lovely box, so much glitter, so many things I love (chocolate, candles, scarves) – I’m not a subscriber to PSMH right now but I’ll definitely grab this box as a Christmas present to myself!

  42. This looks like a great box! I’ll ask an annoying question though – does anyone know if these coasters would match or look good with the Kim Seybert placemats from the Neiman Marcus box? :):):) TIA!

    • I just put the coasters next to the placemats and I think they look good together. The coasters are more pink, while the placemats are more silver, so they aren’t too matchy-matchy. Hope that helps! 🙂

  43. Such a cute box, ordered!

  44. Yay! I’m in love with this box! So happy I got this box with the black Friday deal! It was less than 30$ for me!

  45. This is a great box! I think I’ll keep it all!

  46. This box is AMAZING! I think I’m most excited to see which candle I get. The coasters are so pretty (and they match the placemats from the NM box) but I’m also glad they match the tray! I can’t wait to get this

  47. I could do without the gift tags, honestly, but overall it’s a really nice box. I wish they wouldn’t put wrapping paper and gift tags etc into the boxes that come later in the year, just because I gift a lot of PopSugar boxes and gifting someone wrapping paper and gift tags is just kind of weird. Plus “to you” isn’t really the best tag in terms of being able to differentiate which presents go to which person etc, lol

    The box is really nice overall but I guess I have a gripe with gift wrap and tags being items in subscription boxes.

    • Why can’t you take the tags and paper out before gifting them? And you also realize that you can write to and from on the back of the gift tag LOL. I think it’s a nice touch to include the gift tags and wrapping paper, because they included items that are ready to be wrapped up and gifted. I think wrapping the individual items is more fun and personal that just giving them a popsugar box that’s already been filled.

      • To each his own, I suppose! I like to leave the info card in the box and it would be weird to have an item missing which is why I wouldn’t remove them. I also think wrapping the box as one large gift rather than individually creates more excitement as my sisters love the idea of subscriptions but don’t get them for themselves. Again, it’s a matter of preference and I’m sure many people will enjoy the gift tags- they’re just not my thing.

    • I was torn, but then went for the deal with the December box for $10 when buying the Winter LE box. $110 for both boxes is an incredible deal! Love the items in both boxes – Wow!! Way to go, POPSUGAR!!

      • I tried to use this promo and it says it’s not valid but it’s still advertised on their site. Any thoughts??

        • the fact that they ran this deal just solidified by idea to wait till the last minute to order; there seems to be no benefit of ordering early from popsugar..and it makes me upset that they offer better deals so late on, instead of for their loyal earlybirds.

  48. Well this makes up for the crappy November box. Love everything!! Can’t wait to get mine!!

    • Agree, agree, agree! Love everything!

  49. Yay! This is my first Popsugar box and I love all of it! Plus, I got my shipping notification two days ago–so on its way to my greedy hands:)

    • GREAT month to start a POPSUGAR subscription! 🙂

  50. Love, love, love!!!

    Finally Popsugar is back on track 🙂

    • Exactly!

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