Busy Bee Stationery Box Review + Coupon – April 2018

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Busy Bee Stationery is a monthly subscription box that offers stationary items that are themed. This month’s theme is “Green & Wood.” From the Busy Bee blog:

Hello Fellow Stationery Devotee!  Let’s celebrate Earth Day, April 22, with shades of green and wood materials. This month we collaborated with Office Depot to bring you limited edition brights retractable gel pens!

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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.

Busy Bee Stationery April 2018 review

About Busy Bee Stationery

The Subscription Box: Busy Bee Stationery

The Cost: $39.90 a month + free US shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.

The Products: The contents of the box vary each month, but always include 5-10 items that help with journaling, letter writing, and planning.

Ships to: US for free, Canada for $7.50 and Worldwide for $12.50

Good to Know: There is no style profile, all boxes are the same and go with the month’s theme

Busy Bee Stationery April 2018 Review

I found the blog to be very helpful to learn more about each product in the box and how to use them for the theme.

American Crafts – “You Got This” Magnetic List Pad

American Crafts – “You Got This” Magnetic List Pad – Retail Value $5.00 (found here for $3.50)

I love cute notepads, so this was a fun surprise. I love the color and it has a magnet on the back to stick on the fridge if that’s what you prefer. I plan on using this as a reminder pad in the kitchen.

1 Canoe 2 – Hazelwood Collection – Alphabet Stamp Set – Retail Value $10.00 (found here for $8.74)

These letter stamps are in a cute mason jar, which I like because it’s a tidy storage option and cute at the same time. My son is learning his letters so I am excited to use these with him! I also think these would be very useful for any note card since every letter is included, you can use them for personalization.

American Crafts – Stamp Pad – Green and Black

American Crafts – Stamp Pad – Green and Black – Retail Value $11.99 (found here for $7.19)

These two ink pads, one black, and one green, go well with the stamps. Since this box is in celebration of Earth Day, I was glad to see green as one of the colors. They worked well!

1 Canoe 2 – Hazelwood Collection – Washi Tape 48 Yards – Retail Value $10.00 (found here for $8.74)

I love washi tape and this group of 8 tapes feels versatile and cute. I feel like you can really never have enough. This washi tape is from the same line as the stamps and I think they complement each other. I will be using all 48 yards of this tape!

Office Depot – TUL® Limited Edition Brights Retractable Gel Pens

Office Depot – TUL® Limited Edition Brights Retractable Gel Pens – Retail Value $7.99

This is a set of 4 retractable gel pens. The colors are very vivid and write seamlessly. I was happy to see these in the box as I will use them all the time. I am happy with this product.

American Crafts – Memory Planner Collection – Fabric Zipper Pouch– Retail Value $4.00 (found here for $2.80)

The last thing in the box is this cute pouch. It has cacti on it, which is fun for spring and summer. It goes with the theme and I think it’s a nice product to have for holding my new pens and washi tape.

The Verdict: I really enjoyed this Busy Bee Stationery box because it introduced me to new crafting products I otherwise wouldn’t have known about. This month was clearly well thought out and I will use every product. My favorite products are the notepad and the pens since I am always looking for high-quality ones, like these. Overall, I was very happy with the curation of this box. 

All the products in this box total $48.98 before shipping (less with sale prices), which is higher than the $39.90 plus free US shipping box cost. While the value isn’t extremely impressive, I thought the products were fun and I was happy with this box.

The Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the May box. From Busy Bee Stationery:

Busy Bee Stationery boxes ship during the second week of each month.

Coupon – Use code MSA10 to save 10% off your first box!

Value Breakdown: At $39.90 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Magnetic List Pad: $4.07
  • Alphabet Stamp Set: $8.15
  • Stamp Pad: $9.77
  • Washi Tape: $8.15
  • Gel Pens: $6.51
  • Fabric Zipper Pouch: $3.26

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Written by Elizabeth R

Elizabeth R

Elizabeth’s passion for subscription boxes began years ago with Petit Vour and POPSUGAR Must Have. This enthusiasm amplified after her son arrived and she discovered the world of kids boxes. Her favorite subscriptions boxes are lifestyle, food, and kids/moms boxes.

Posted in Australian Subscription Box Reviews, Busy Bee Stationery Reviews, Canadian Subscription Box Reviews, Stationery Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, UK Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: busy bee stationery | 4 comments


  1. I loved this box! I love the bee theme of the sub, but I am a little obsessed with stationery products, AND Washi tape. The price is a little steep for me, I think. I love the idea of having it curated and brought to my doorstep, but for $40 I can get a LOT of stationery supplies, as they are really not too difficult to find.

  2. For Earth day they are sending disposable plastic pens?!

    • They’re not refillable?? That’s not cool if they aren’t.

      • They are not refillabel. I agree a more eco friendly / green option would have made more sense.

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