Pet GiftBox Dog Review + 50% Off Coupon – January 2018
Pet GiftBox is a monthly subscription with themed treats and toys for your dog or cat.
This is a review of the large dog, or “Hefty Hound” version for $25.00 per month. For reference, my dog Nyx is a Rottweiler who weighs about 87 pounds.
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.
About Pet GiftBox
The Subscription Box: Pet GiftBox
The Cost: Boxes start at $25.00 per month (save with a 12-month subscription). One time boxes are also available for $30.00.
The Products: Toys and treats curated according to a monthly theme.
Ships to: US. Ships free
Pet Gift Box for Dogs January 2018 Review
Pet GiftBox usually does a pretty good job of sticking to a theme for each box; this month, there was a hippie/1960s theme:
The box came with this information card.
There was also a notice that a treat got substituted after the information card was printed.
Chirpies Cricket Powered Dog Treats with Coconut (5.29 oz) – Retail Value $7.49
Cricket protein is becoming more popular these days as a sustainable protein source. (It makes me glad to be a vegetarian…) What I like about it is, it is suitable for dogs and cats with inflammatory bowel disease (Mr. Kitty and Nyx can both have cricket). These are also grain free. Nyx thought they were pretty awesome and I’m happy to have such a large bag. You can see her eating one below.
Cookie from Dante’s Doggy Delights – Estimated Value $3
This particular design isn’t available from the Dante’s Doggy Delights Etsy shop, so I’ve estimated the value based on my best guess regarding per-package cookie count and cookie size. (This company is in Canada, which explains the strange prices in the Etsy shop, as Etsy does automatic currency conversion. Anyway, this means shipping would be super expensive, so it is fun to get a product like this to try out in a subscription box.) This is the grain free version of the cookie, which is great because Nyx can have it (since I gave her the Chirpies treats already, I’m waiting a few days to let her have this, but she has done fine with Dante’s cookies in the past). We also received this in Pawpack this month.
Gear Hound Turducken & Sweet Potato Dog Treats (4 oz) – Estimated Value $6
This product was packaged for this box. (I can’t say exclusively because we got the same treats in slightly different packaging in Pupjoy this month.) I love that it’s grain free and that it has turkey and duck, which are not as allergenic as chicken (though there may be some cross-reactions for dogs having issues with other poultry, so feed with caution if your dog has food sensitivities). These are hard treats that are free of wheat, corn, and soy.
These show up in dog subscription boxes every now and then and Nyx is happy to destroy them (see her hamming it up for the camera with this toy below). They are actually breast cancer awareness-related toys, but the hearts and pink work well enough for Valentine’s Day, too. This is a plush toy with a squeaker that is only semi-annoying.
Mesa Hefty-Hemp Rope Toy – Retail Value $5.99
This is an eco-friendly toy. It is about a foot long. It is not long or sturdy enough for tugging with a dog like Nyx, but she seems to like chewing it well enough. (If you let your dog chew it, do watch him or her and take the toy away if they cause damage. You don’t want your dog swallowing pieces of string if you can help it!)
Nyx got very excited about getting a treat.
She also had a lot of fun with this toy.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $31.47 for the January Pet GiftBox for dogs. That’s a decent amount over the cost of the box on a month-to-month basis, though I did have to estimate some of the values. The toys were size-appropriate for a large-breed dog this time, if not particularly durable. If your dog doesn’t have any allergies or food sensitivities, the treats seem to be of good quality, though if your dog has dietary issues, you might be better off with a more customizable dog subscription. This month, two of the treats were suitable for Nyx (who has inflammatory bowel disease), but that’s not always true. For dogs with grain sensitivities and no other issues, the treats tend to be more appropriate.
To Wrap Up:
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Value Breakdown: At $25 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Cricket treats $5.95
- Cookie $2.38
- Gear Hound treats $4.77
- Plush toy $7.14
- Rope toy $4.76
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