Apollo Surprise Box is a subscription box that gives you products based on your lifestyle and taste. Each box is guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind and contain full-size items.
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.)
This is a review of the $30.00 (up to a $50 value) per quarter box.
About Apollo Surprise Box
The Subscription Box: Apollo Surprise Box
The Cost: $30 per month (up to a $50 item value) or $50 (up to a $80 item value) + shipping. There are also quarterly options for both.
COUPON: Use code MSAAPOLLO to save 15% off a 3-month subscription!
The Products: A surprise of unique products from around the world tailored to your lifestyle and taste.
Ships to: U.S. for $4.99 for the $30 box, and $7.99 for the $50 box.
Good to know: They recently started charging for shipping. Costs are listed above.
Apollo Surprise Box December 2018 Review
When you sign up for Apollo Surprise Box, they will have you answer some questions to get a feel for your tastes!
You first begin with your gender. Too bad you can't skip this or have an "either" option. Who's to say what items are more "male" or "female" when it comes to personal preference?
You'll then choose which categories you're interested in (I chose Home Decor, Kitchen, Fancy Food, Outdoor, Beauty & Accessories, and Terrarium & Garden).
Then the styles you are attracted to (I chose Cute, Minimalist, Punk, Vintage, and Modern).
You will then choose which plan you want, and when you want it delivered before adding your shipping and payment info.
Here's the packing list that shows the cost of each item on their website and how much you saved by subscribing. The total retail value came to $58.98, so I saved $23.99 (after taking out the $4.99 shipping) by subscribing to the $30.00 price point. Not bad!
I received three items this time and info cards for each with a photo and short description.
Dip Pen and Ink Gift Box Elegant Calligraphy Set - Retail Value $29.99
Wow- this set is quite nice and something I wouldn't have expected in a mystery box. I love pens and stationery in general but don't have a calligrpahy set like this. It comes with a hand blown glass pen (with separate stand), a small inkwell, a dropper to dispense the ink, and four colors of ink in their own bottles. It looks like there are different sets on their site, but mine came with grey, pink, blue, and "dragon" (which is sort of a deep teal color). Each one has an animal representing the color on the label which is really cute. The whole thing comes in a black gift box so if I were to let go of this item, I could easily pass it on to someone as a gift. The quality all seems really nice and I think this is a great set to receive!
Christmas Plate (Festive Dinnerware Collection) - Retail Value $14.99
I find this price a little high for a decorative plate, BUT I really don't know how much they normally cost, so it's more of a personal take. It's nice to receive a festive item in December though it can be a little risky to send one specific to Christmas. At any rate, this plate is from a company called Aurahouse and seems like a solid quality. The scene on the front is of a snowy village at night with the words "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" in yellow hanging in the sky. This is perfect for serving Christmas cookies at your holiday party or can be simply displayed on a mantel. I'm a bit of a Scrooge, so I may regift this to my Mom or Aunt though.
Animal Shippon Japanese Growing Kit - Buy similar for $14.00
The last item is a fun gift for anyone who likes a bit of DIY. I luckily received the cat version, but this comes in other animals as well. The little white ceramic cat is dressed in a Santa suit and hangs from the included plastic cup with a small bag on his back that doubles as a planter. A thick cord (or the cat's "tail" dangles down from its back that soaks up water to feed the plant growing from its bag of gifts. You could presumably use a glass you have at home for more stability as well. All you'll need (soil, seeds, etc) to get your wild strawberries going are included in the package, as well as detailed instructions. This would be a really cute stocking stuffer for a plant enthusiast!
The Verdict: It's always fun to see what I'll get in each Apollo Surprise Box. It's always something I would never think of but usually turns out to be a great value. Something like this is especially good this time of year so that you can re-gift anything you don't think you'll use. Each one of these is something I could definitely give to a family member this year, but I may end up keeping the calligraphy set for myself. 🙂
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? The items you will receive are based on your preferences, so you aren't likely to get the same things I did. When you sign up, you can choose your delivery date window as well.
Coupon - Use code MSAAPOLLO to save 15% off a 3-month subscription!
Value Breakdown: At $34.99 ($30.00 + $4.99 shipping) for this box, here is what you are paying approximately per item:
- Calligraphy Set: $17.79
- Christmas Plate: $8.89
- Animal Plant Kit: $8.31
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