Box of Happies Subscription Review – September 2018
Box of Happies is a monthly subscription box for handmade goods. It’s a great way to discover new Etsy artisans. There are three subscription options: Box of Happies Mini for $17.99 a month, Box of Happies Full for $29.99 a month, and a new monthly Grab Bag for $10.00 a month.
This is a review of the $29.99 a month Box of Happies Full box.
The plastic boxes are always protected with lots of bubble wrap.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About Box of Happies
The Subscription Box: Box of Happies
The Cost: $29.99/month + free shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.
COUPON: Use code HAPPIES to get a bonus handmade necklace in your first box!
The Products: 3-5 handmade items such as jewelry, stationery, bath/body items, accessories, and more.
Ships to: U.S.
Box of Happies September 2018 Review
If you like jewelry that’s generally delicate and handmade items from Etsy and similar artisans, Box of Happies delivers those things every month. The items are also usually packaged nicely for gifting if something isn’t to your taste:
You’ll usually get a little card with basic information about the items as well as a Box of Happies business card. The information cards have a new design this month.
Napa Uncorked Travel Tin Soy Candle in Champagne Pear, 2 oz. jar – Retail Value $3
One thing you always have to wonder about when considering an Etsy purchase of something scented is whether or not you will actually like it. Getting to sample items like this is a great feature of Box of Happies; it gives me confidence if I later want to buy something from this shop. Anyway, this smells very nice and burns cleanly. I am a fan!
Handmade Nstitches by Nikki Coffee Cozy – Retail Value $6
This exact item isn’t available in the Handmade Nstitches by Nikki Etsy shop, but their other coffee cozies are $6. I like the idea of having a reusable item like this instead of just throwing away a paper one each time (and suspect this provides better protection for your hand as well). This has gone into my purse so I will have it with me when I buy tea at the gas station next time.
Box of Happies Earrings – Listed Value $12
This is a jewelry-heavy subscription and often includes pierced earrings, so just be forewarned. However, if there is ever an item that doesn’t work for you, it will usually be packaged nicely for gifting. I have been wanting to do more work with leather and faux leather in my own jewelry-making and these give me some ideas. They are nice for a more casual look and they aren’t too heavy.
Box of Happies Necklace – Listed Value $15
This is just the cutest tiny pumpkin. Although Box of Happies doesn’t usually have a theme, this is the first of two pumpkin items for the month. Which I think works well for fall, in general, not just Halloween.
Box of Happies Ring – Listed Value $15
This is adjustable. I would not normally wear it on my wedding ring finger but I had to take the photo with my right hand due to camera set-up. Anyway, I actually really like this and can see myself wearing it fairly often.
Shimmer Lips by Stacey Whipped Lip Scrub – Retail Value $1.50
I’m not sure what flavor this is (maybe mint mojito?) but it is a pretty effective lip scrub. I’ve been wearing a lot of lip stains lately and they can be hard to get off. A good scrub helps and I like to replace them fairly often since I don’t know how hygienic it is to always be dipping your finger into them. This one has a small size and may actually get used up, though.
Pumpkin Soap from Heffernan’s Little Craft Shop – Retail Value $5
This is listed as a bonus item. I know we received some of these last year, too, because I still have them. (I think they are too cute to actually use. I’d rather look at them!) There is lots of cute Halloween stuff in this shop right now if you want to go have a look around.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $57.50 for the September 2018 Box of Happies. That’s a really good value for this subscription. I also felt like there was a little bit more of a theme this month than usual, with so many items reminding me of fall (soap and necklace, candle, coffee cozy). Plus I discovered a bunch of new Etsy shops, which is always fun.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, your first box would be October’s. Sometimes past boxes or past box items go on sale in their shop, though.
Coupon – Use code BEHAPPY to save 25% off your first box!
Value Breakdown: At $29.99 for this box, you are paying approximately $4.28 per item. Alternatively, you are paying about the following per item:
- Candle $1.56
- Coffee cozy $3.13
- Earrings $6.26
- Necklace $7.83
- Ring $7.83
- Lip scrub $0.78
- Soap $2.61
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