The GlobeIn Premium Box is a monthly subscription that sends you original crafts by global artisans. Each box contains handcrafted items from around the world and the stories of the artists who made the pieces
There are two levels of subscription: Essential and Premium. The Essential subscription comes with one handpicked artisan item each month, and the Premium comes with a full curated collection.
This is a review of the Premium box, which is $40.00 per month.
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
About This Fair Trade Subscription Box
The Subscription Box: The GlobeIn Artisan Box
The Cost: The Premium box is $40 per month + free shipping for the first month ($10 shipping for future months).
LIMITED TIME DEAL: Use coupon code CARNIVAL to save 50% off your first month of GlobeIn when you sign up for a 3, 6, or 12-month subscription!
The Products: Handcrafted items from around the world curated around a monthly theme.
Ships to: U.S. (free shipping for the first month, $10 shipping for future months)
Good to know: Other subscriptions are available: The Essential membership ($10/month) provides monthly credit to access and purchase discounted items, or you can opt-in to receive a surprise item instead.
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Each box from GlobeIn contains a booklet that talks more about the theme for the box and the items inside. This little booklet is almost as valuable to me as the items inside the box because it gives background on each piece and often gives the names and shows photographs of the artisans who made them! I absolutely love knowing more about each item and the hands that crafted it.
Just a heads up, since there aren't prices listed in the booklet for the items, so I'm going off the prices given in this Globein spoilers post for items I couldn't find online.
Handblown Glass with Handle and Green Rim, Set of 2, Mexico - Retail Value $30.00
These are so pretty, and perfect for summer sipping. Is it summer yet?! These beautiful hand blown glasses have a great weight to them. I love the larger handles and the cheerful green lips. Handmade in Mexico by talented artisans, these would make a beautiful addition to any bar cart for mojitos, my personal summer libation pick! Worth noting, these are for cold bevies ONLY.
Upcycled Gold and Sari Macrame Garland, India - Retail Value $28.00
I can't wait to hang this above my front door when the warm weather finally arrives. It just lends itself to blowing in a warm breeze. It is handmade of recycled saree fabrics, meaning each and every garland is unique and special. It even has metallic gold threading through it, which catches the light in really beautiful ways.
Hand-Embroidered Mask, India - Retail Value $20.00
While I can totally appreciate this mask from a handmade standpoint, it might be one of those super specific items that I find neat, but really have no use for. It is hand embroidered and super flexible, meaning if you have the right occasion, it is very comfortable to wear. The back of the mask is an almost velvet fabric and the elastic is sewn in very well. If I ever make it to Mardi Gras, this would be a great accessory to bring!
Handsewn Mini Plush Animal, Sri Lanka - Retail Value $4.00
This little guy is really tiny! Like cat toy size tiny. It would make a super cute addition to a work desk if you like your space to have a little personality. I am not exactly sure what I will do with him, but I think he would be super cute attached to a gift in lieu of a bow. He was handmade by a woman named Shiromi from Shri Lanka, and her earnings go towards supporting her family.
Beaded Necklace Set of 2, India - Retail Value $12.00
I really enjoy layering necklaces, so I automatically gravitate to items like this. The purple and green colors are a nod to the Mardi Gras theme this month but are subtle enough to wear daily, especially when paired with your favorite mixed metals. They are handmade of wood and are very lightweight.
The Verdict: GlobeIn is one subscription I look forward to, as someone who values handmade items with rich stories behind them. This box was a little off for me and my preferences, as I generally like the items to be mostly useful in my life/home. The glasses and garland totally passed the test, but I am at a little bit of a loss for what to do with the mask and tiny stuffed animal. The beads are totally wearable, and will likely make a few appearances with my favorite midi sundresses this summer. This wasn't my favorite GlobeIn box, but it was still a very fun experience to unbox everything and read about the artisans who made all of the items in the booklet. The retail value of this box is around $94, which is a totally respectable amount for a $50 box (shipping included), but I feel like the items are a little polarizing this month.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Subscribers have between the 1st and the 10th of the month to pick their box.
Value Breakdown: At $50.00 for this box ($40.00 + $10.00 shipping), each of the 5 items has an average price of about $10.00.
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