Bonding Bees is a monthly date night and relationship building subscription box! It’s designed to provide dates that both new couples and couples married for years can enjoy together.
Each box comes with an information booklet that talks about your box and the activities they included for you.
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 Bonding Bees
The Subscription Box: Bonding Bees
The Cost: $39.00 a month + free US shipping. Save with 3 and 6-month subscriptions.
The Products: Each month will have a unique theme with activities to go along with it, such as crafts, games, relationship building, cooking/baking, and more
Ships to: the US for free and Canada for $10.00
Bonding Bees July 2018 Review
This month's date theme is "A Couple Race" (a la "Amazing Race") and the featured couple was included as if they were a couple you sat next to on a plane and got to know, which I thought was cute. The race's first "stop" was India!
For India, they had some facts and info, but also included some henna, incense, and a coloring sheet with mini colored pencils. They also had instructions to try some different couples yoga poses, too.
Here are our henna tattoos. A friend of mine posted on IG that she and her siblings got tattoos like this (real ones) where there were as many dots as there were siblings, and each sibling had the dot that correlated to them open (so the oldest had the first circle open, etc). I didn't have a lot of ideas and wanted something easy and subtle, so we went with this. Also - we didn't get to the couples poses in the "date" time. The India pages had the henna activity first, and then the yoga poses, which we didn't want to do with wet henna! We tried a couple pose later (and laughed about it), but I feel like the order should have been swapped.
The second "stop" was Kenya.
They had us play mancala, which was kind of hard with roll-y beans and slippery, flat cardstock as the board, but we made it work. Luke won (of course, lol). It would have been cool if they had included, a travel or mini mancala set.
The third "stop" was Switzerland. Our activities for this was making frozen hot chocolate and doing a code puzzle (because, spies).
Our last stop was China. They included some chopsticks and ginger candies for a game...
The game they had us play was to unwrap a few ginger candies, and then pick up and pass one to our partner and then they put it in our mouths. There were a couple fumbles, but overall this was pretty easy and not exactly challenging. Maybe we're just super good with chopsticks. But it also helped that the ginger candies were soft and chewy, not hard, so they were easier to grip and pass.
And we finished the race!
There was one last puzzle, which took some more thought than the other activities, and was fun. I guess I forgot to take a photo of the completed puzzle but it was "time together is the prize."
There were some extra, travel-themed items included in our box! One was this beautiful, scratch-off world map.
The idea is to scratch off the places you've been, and they also have a cool section along the bottom where you can scratch off continents and mountains and other statistical travel milestones like that.
The last items included were these luggage tags! Definitely a practical and nice item for a travel-themed box. One says "Life is a journey best traveled together," and the other says "Adventure awaits."
They're actually quite nice luggage tags, and better than the cheap ones we had.
The Verdict: This was a pretty fun date for us! We like puzzles and it was fun to do things like color together and zone out into that while talking, too. We loved the frozen hot chocolate, too. I loved the map and the luggage tags, but other than that, I feel as though the items could have been just a little higher quality (like the mancala papers, and the henna bled once applied and was a little hard to be precise with more intricate designs I tried later), but ultimately the box is designed to help facilitate an experience, not provide a bunch of products. We had a fun time, and it was nice trying something different that we didn't have to think up or decide on ourselves!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, boxes for each month ship the first and second week of that month. If you ordered today, you’d get the August box. (Their website says if you order a box in the 2nd week of a month, they’ll try to get you that month’s box as long as supplies last but they can’t guarantee.)
Value Breakdown: This kind of box is really subjective and can be hard to state a real value for because it may be different for everyone. It’s definitely about the subjective gain from sharing the experience and not about what you tangibly get for your money. We had a fun time, and it did get us doing things we normally wouldn’t (aka we did things other than takeout & Netflix) and we didn’t have to find or pay a babysitter.
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