Papergang by Ohh Deer Stationery Box Review + Coupon – January 2018
Papergang is a monthly stationery subscription box from quirky UK design team, Ohh Deer. Each month they partner with a different artist and have a theme to bring you paper goods and desk accessories.
They always feature beautiful packaging designed each month by the featured artist. This month’s artist is Jacqueline Colley, who brings us an adorable, cheerful Palm Springs theme. On the back is a paper cut out craft—it’s a little hard to see from the picture I took of the back of the box, but this time around, it’s a pale pink parrot! Here, I tried my hand at making the little fella.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Papergang
The Cost: About $14.81 USD (10.95 GBP) + shipping.
Coupons: Buy a 3-month subscription and save 50% off your first box, no code required, just link here! You can also get a free box with a 6-month subscription or 2 free boxes with a 12-month subscription!
The Products: Each month you’ll receive a box full of papery goodness. The product selection will vary, however, it will include the likes of greeting cards, notebooks, desk accessories, and art prints.
Ships to: the US and Canada for $3.99 USD (£2.95), UK for $3.86 USD, Australia for $7.79 USD, and Worldwide (shipping costs vary).
Good to know: Papergang partners with Tree Aid to make sure that for every four boxes they sell, one tree gets planted in the African Drylands, which helps with vital food and income.
Papergang January 2018 Review
Papergang includes a fun little info booklet each month that matches the box and theme of the contents! This month’s illustrator is Jacqueline Colley, whose aesthetic is full of petite, detailed illustrations of plants and quirky lifestyle depictions.
Open the booklet and you’ll find the contents of this box (Box #23), as well as a quick intro to Jacqueline’s work.
The next two pages feature an interview with Colley. It’s a little word-heavy, but they break it up with different colors and font weights, so it isn’t too overwhelming to dig in. Colley’s sweet personality totally comes across in her responses, and in the interview, she addresses things like color palette, medium, her connection with Palm Springs, her background, and her favorite animal (spoiler: you definitely won’t find it in Palm Springs!).
On the last two-page spread, there’s a little peek at some of the other illustrations Colley has made, which are available on cushions, notebooks, greeting cards, and notepads on Ohhdeer.com. I miiiight just have to snag myself a houseplant pillow.
And, on the back cover, a fun little offer. It looks like, if you refer 2 friends, you can receive a free box. Holler! More details at papergang.ohhdeer.com/faq.
Palm Springs Deskpad – Listed Value About $11.31 USD (£7.95)
I’ve always admired people who have large paper desktop calendars or notepads in their workspace because I think having your tasks and notes right in front of you in a pretty way is just such a lovely service to oneself! I can only imagine it helps with prioritization and productivity, and plus, they’re nice to look at. I’ve never taken the leap and bought one for myself because I got too overwhelmed with how many cute ones there are out there and couldn’t ever make a decision. But, I’m so excited to have my very first one right here, right now, right in front of me! I love, love, love the doodles section—I think it’s so honest! It measures about 8.25 x 11.5.
Illustrated Washi Tape – Listed Value About $3.56 USD (£2.50)
I actually subscribe to a washi tape (paper tape) sub box, so I have a whole collection going in the top drawer of my desk at home (which, let’s be honest, is totally a craft desk and doesn’t see any actual, serious work action). But, this washi tape is unlike any I’ve ever seen! I love the bright colors and warm-weather imagery. For those whose washi tape roll this is the first, I use washi tape to hang photos on my fridge, leave notes/grocery lists for my husband, cover the camera on my laptop so the government doesn’t spy on me…you know, regular, everyday things.
4-Sheet Pack of Stickers – Listed Value About $5.62 USD (£3.95)
Stickers are another not-so-secret obsession of mine. I’ve been collecting them since I was a wee bairn. The difference between then and now is that then, I coveted them too dearly to ever really stick ’em to anything. Now, I’m like “WHO WANTS STICKERS?” like, to the degree that, for the year and a half that I worked in the box office of a local music venue, I often had a few sheets with me so I could help kick off people’s show-going experience right. Even people who claim not to have a connection with stickers aren’t gonna say no to a smiling face giving them something funky to wear. Anyway, these paper stickers are rad, and I can’t wait to put them all over my life and friends.
Road Trip Pencil – Listed Value About $1.35 USD (£0.95)
While my writing utensil of choice is most often a fine-tip Sharpie, I have a handful of pencils that I keep on my desk and kitchen counter because sometimes you just have to go the old school route. I love the trend of putting fun little phrases on pencils, because if you can insert a little quirk seamlessly into the situation, why not do it? You know?
Peach Car Enamel Pin – Listed Value About $8.46 USD (£5.95)
Such a cute pin! And, I was especially impressed to see that it has 2 little stabby parts on the back so that it will A) stay in place without spinning around, and B) be more secure whilst going about life. My pin collection is small, but one I’m proud of, and this is a great addition. I took a quick pic of it on the fuzzy sweater I was currently wearing, but it’ll ultimately go on the chest pocket flap of my denim vest.
Bonus: February Calendar Card – Estimated Value $1.35? (£1?)
Finally, the riso printed calendar that’s always included as a little bonus item in each Papergang box! It features illustrations by Jacqueline Colley, but with a succulent theme that isn’t part of the Palm Springs collection. This calendar is for March, so you can plan ahead!
Verdict: It’s no mystery that I’m a Papergang fanatic! This month’s illustrations were such a welcome treat in the midst of a cold and snowy winter. I received a desktop notepad, a roll of washi tape, a 4-sheet pack of stickers, a pencil, an enamel pin, and a bonus calendar card, all with exclusive designs, which added up to about $32 USD. That’s an awesome value, considering the box itself is $18.80 USD, including shipping costs!
To Wrap Up:
Coupon – Buy a 3-month subscription and save 50% off your first box, no code required, just link here! You can also get a free box with a 6-month subscription or 2 free boxes with a 12-month subscription!
Value Breakdown: This box cost me $14.81 + $3.99 shipping, which means that each of the 5 items in the box has an average cost of $3.76.
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Did you like this month’s Papergang theme?