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Tombow VIP Club Subscription Box Review – January 2018

Anna Reilly
ByAnna ReillyFeb 17, 2018 | 2 comments

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Tombow VIP Club is a monthly subscription box filled with art and stationery supplies.

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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 Tombow VIP Club Art Supplies Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: Tombow VIP Club

The Cost: $30.00 + free USPS ground shipping

The Products: "VIP" stands for "Very Inspirational Products"! Each Tombow VIP Club box includes a selection of favorite Tombow products, plus at least one exclusive item that's not yet available in the US or Canada!

Good to Know: All items are final sale! They don't accept returns or refunds on VIP Club items.

Ships to: the US and Canada

Tombow VIP Club January 2018 Box Review

information sheet for january 2018 tombow club pack

instruction sheet

craft idea sheet

more craft ideas

Here's the info card for this month's box. I like that they include a visual product list and an activity that incorporates the items I received!

happy mail calendar

happy mail calendar from behind

january page of happy mail calendar

calendar opened and laying flat

close up on calendar page

details in calendar date boxes

Happy Mail 11" x 8.5" Calendar by Hello!Lucky - Retail Value $24.99

Don't confuse this calendar with the stationery subscription by A Beautiful Mess, but do enjoy this colorful calendar's quirky designs and illustrations! The idea of this calendar is that each month's spread contains prompts to inspire you to create some good ol' fashioned snail mail. Write to far-flung friends, pass a note to a coworker, jot out some fan mail... there are oodles of ideas in here!

black felt tip pen

felt tip pen

tip of felt tip pen

felt tip pen and ink

Mono Twin Permanent Marker - Retail Value $3.39

I love this smooth-writing black marker! Both ends are felt-tip, but one is slightly thicker than the other. It's a great pick for writing notes, thanks to the neat, clean lines it makes. I could see using the wide end for short notes inside of greeting cards, and the finer end for long letters where space is at a premium!

multicolor pen

three color pen

multicolor pen and ink

Reporter 4 Compact Pen - Retail Value $4.46 (Found here for $2.82)

I remember owning a pen like this in elementary school! I thought it was so cool how I could swap between 4 different colors, depending on the types of notes I'm taking (or my mood). Switch the pen color between blue, red, green, and black ink with just a flick of the switches on this chubby pen.

corrector tape tool in package

back of package for corrector tape tool

red corrector tape tool

Retry Adhesive - Estimated Value $7.49

I couldn't find this item on the Tombow site, so I linked to a similar adhesive item above. This little tool makes a neat and tidy line of adhesive glue that makes it easy to seal envelopes or add bits of flair to stationery crafts in a precise way. The magenta color is cute, too!

corrector pen in package

corrector pen package

pink and blue corrector pen

pink and blue corrector pen with button

pink and blue corrector pen vertical angle

Mono 2 Way Correction Tape - Estimated Value $4.22

Tombow is the master of two-sided products! This little multitasker has a pen-like correction tape end and an eraser end, too. No matter what you need to correct, you're set! The color is fun and bright, too. If I was still in college, I would be over the moon about this little item. It'd make it so easy to edit or correct printed papers. (I'm the type that likes to mark up drafts by hand, rather than just via the computer.)

small stickers

small transparent stickers

Bonus: Tombow Stickers - Estimated Value $1.00

These little stickers are only about 1 inch big each (if that), but I love the simplicity of the designs. I'm not sure if there's a specific purpose these are intended for, but I could see using them to decorate notebooks, pencil cases, etc.

The Verdict: This box was a lot more stationery focused than my first box, which was artsier. I feel like everything in this package would (and will) live happily at my office desk. And I was so impressed by the number of dual-purpose goodies! A two-sided pen, a double-ended correction tool, a calendar that doubles as writing inspiration... so cool! The box is $30.00, which seems like a lot for 5 items, but knowing how pricey nicer stationery items can be, it didn't feel like a splurge.

To Wrap Up:

Can I still get this box if I sign up today? No. Sign up now to get the next upcoming box!

Value Breakdown: This box cost $30.00 plus free USPS ground shipping, but I estimate that I received $44.55 in value (not counting the bonus stickers). That means that, proportionally, I paid the following for each item:

  • Calendar - $16.83
  • 2-ended pen - $2.28
  • 4-color pen - $3.00
  • Adhesive tape - $5.04
  • Correction tape - $2.84

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Anna Reilly
Anna Reilly
Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she's swooning for all things kawaii!

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This subscription is active? I did not see the February box , and I subscribed in the middle of February. Supposedly my first box is going to be the March but there are no spoilers no info…

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I received my February box today and was super excited to open it! The items that I received were great, but I was missing 3 of the 6 items in my box. I emailed customer service so hopefully they will respond and ship me my missing items. As a stationary nut I was super excited to sub to this box. Hopefully their customer service won’t make me rethink my decision!

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