Elevita Artisan Subscription Box Review – January 2018

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Elevita is a 100% volunteer organization dedicated to helping artisans in developing countries find a global marketplace for their goods. What a noble purpose!

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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.)

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About Elevita

The Subscription Box: Elevita

The Cost: $30 per month

The Products: Three to four handcrafted items (exclusives, not available in Elevita’s regular online store)

Ships to: US for free, contact [email protected] for international inquiries

Elevita January 2018 Review

black and white paisley drawstring pouch

Once again, everything arrived in this lovely cotton drawstring bag! Such a nice bonus!

This is the letter I received in my package this month, detailing the contents. I especially appreciate the detail it provides about the artisans who created this month’s handicrafts. It gives it such a special, personal touch!

Wooden Spatula

Wooden Spatula, Philippines

I recently decided to try and use more wooden utensils for cooking, and this spatula is just beautiful! It’s really finely crafted, definitely a quality piece. It was made by a wood carver in the Philippines as a way to support his ten children!

Beaded Photo Holder

Beaded Photo Holder in use

Beaded Photo Holder, Philippines

I feel like I receive a piece just about every month from this single mother in the Philippines, so I like to imagine she is prospering as a result of her partnership with Elevita! This lovely bead holder is just right for holding a 3″x4″ photo on my desk. It’s very pretty.

Mini Heart Baskets

Mini Heart Baskets, Philippines

These tiny hand-woven wicker hearts are so pretty! They are just precious for Valentine’s Day! The only thing is, they *appear* to be sort of glued together in the back and do not really feel like they could be opened very much to put treats inside. But, if I were to get them open, they are about the right size to put a couple of chocolate kisses inside.

The Verdict: Elevita is awesome! I really appreciate everything they do to help global artisans, and I love feeling like I’m a part of that. This month’s items were all great! I especially love the spatula. I can’t often find values for the items Elevita sends, but I always feel like the value far outstrips the cost of the box. $30 for these lovely items is a steal!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the February box. Order by the 18th to get the current month’s box.

Value Breakdown: This box cost me $30 with free shipping, which means that each of the 3 items in the box has an average cost of $10.

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Written by Anna Rodriguez

Anna Rodriguez

Anna has been a fan of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013, but didn’t become a true addict until discovering subscriptions she could share with her children. Her favorites include Kiwi Crate and Fab Kids.

Posted in Elevita Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: elevita | 6 comments


  1. Any person who is working hard to support their family should be commended. Where is the love?

    • I got this box. I loved it. The spatula is NOT CHEAP, its a lovely and substantial piece. I am very happy with my Elevita box every month, having subscribed for over 2 years. While some months may have less value than others, some have much, much more. This is a volunteer run organization, no salaries are paid, unlike GlobeIn. The cadiz shell pieces I have received in the past are gorgeous, and I got the nicest scarf I have ever owned from them, much nicer than anything from Popsugar or FFF.

  2. I do not see the value in these trinkets plus a cheap spatula. Nothing about this is a $30 sub box, IMO!
    I’d much rather donate to a charitable organization directly, as there are so many needs, both domestically and abroad.

    • Agree that these cheap items are not worth $30. And agree that it’s better just to give $30 directly to an organization. And agree that there are many needs right here in the US.

      That spatula crafter has been featured in boxes before, again and again. Having ten children is excessive if your pockets are not deep.

      • Completely agree.

      • Wow. Judge much?

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