The GlobeIn Premium Box is a monthly artisan 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).
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.
GlobeIn April 2019 "SLURP" Review
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, I'm going off the prices given in this Globein spoilers post for items I couldn't find online.
Sana Noodle Bowl, Tunisia - Listed Value $40.00
WOW. This bowl is huge! You could fit a ton of ramen in here. It also has a handy hole and slot to hold your fave chopsticks. I love the pink, gray, and blue color scheme and the intricate pattern is really lovely. I feel like this bowl might get more usage holding copious amounts of cereal in my home, but that little slot should hold my spoon and prevent it from falling into the milk. Calamity avoided!
Sana Sauce Dish, Tunisia - Listed Value $12.00
This pretty little sauce dish matches the ramen bowl perfectly! It is perfect for soy sauce or your other favorite condiments. I could also easily see this being used in my home to collect special rings and smaller earrings. I love keeping little dishes like this near the all of the sinks in my home to keep my smaller accessories from falling to their deaths down the drain!
Hand-carved Elephant Chopsticks, Kenya - Listed Value $15.00
Of course, they had to send an amazing pair of chopsticks along with our awesome new giant ramen bowl. These are really special because they are hand carved by artisans in Kenya and feature beautiful elephant heads on the ends. They are carved out of smooth Jacaranda wood and are so much more special than traditional mass made chopsticks for devouring your favorite sushi, noodles, and other snacks.
Fair Trade Forbidden Rice Ramen, China - Retail Value $2.29
I have actually tried this ramen before and it is very tasty, but the miso broth included is quite mild. The noodles themselves feel much denser than other ramen packs I have tried and the flavor is nuttier. I recommend adding in extra spices and maybe some veggies and meat. Also, an egg or two because I personally love eggs in my ramen! This black rice ramen used to be served only to Chinese emperors to promote health and vitality, so you are in good company with this in your bowl.
Amapola Handwoven Blue Basket, Mexico - Retail Value $15.00
Though I could not find the exact pattern for sale on the GlobeIn shop site, I did find similar baskets here. I LOVE baskets and I have way too many of them in my home. I like to stash everything in them: craft supplies, jewelry, produce, anything! I love the handwoven quality of this one and the cute matching top. It's 6x5 inch size is also great for setting a potted plant into to give it a little more pizzazz than a normal plastic pot.
The Verdict: GlobeIn had some really fun items this month. The ramen bowl is probably the main showstopper because it is beautifully painted and so big! I thought including a sauce dish, chopsticks, and even ramen was really thoughtful and added to the overall curation and theme. Of course, your girl loves a basket, so I am always thrilled when I get one in a Globein box. I still think there should be some sort of magical handmade basket subscription, but maybe I would be the only subscriber... I always enjoy reading about the makers of all of the items included in each box, and reading more about them in the added booklet really adds value to this subscription for me. Though I couldn't find direct retail values to most of the products included this month, according to the listed retail values this box has a value of around $82 without the ramen. It isn't an earth-shattering value leap over the $50 cost (box+shipping) of the box, but I think it was absolutely worth it, especially if you love handmade items from around the world and ramen!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Your first subscription box will be the upcoming May box. From GlobeIn:
To be eligible for the current month's shipment, please subscribe by the 15th of the month. Premium Boxes typically start shipping around the 18th-21st of every month (the exact day boxes go out varies since our boxes are shipped in batches).
Example: If you subscribe on November 14th, your first box will be the November Premium Box. Please note that if you subscribe from the 11th-15th, you will automatically receive a Surprise Theme for that month's Premium Box. Add-ons are not available during this time, but you'll be able to choose add-ons from the 1st-10th for your next box.
Example: If you subscribe on November 16th, your first box will be the December Premium Box. Please note that you can choose your theme and add-ons between 1st-10th of the upcoming month.
Value Breakdown: At $50.00 for this box ($40.00 + $10.00 shipping), each of the 5 items has an average price of $10.00.
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