Box of Happies Subscription Review + Coupon – April 2019
Updated 5/20: the Bella Kate Designs Headband description has been updated.
Box of Happies is a monthly subscription box for handmade goods. It’s a great way to discover new Etsy artisans.
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 Box: Box of Happies
The Cost: $29.99/month for a single upcoming month of your choice (when I played with the shopping cart I was also charged tax but I think that’s because they’re in the same state I am) or $29.49 for a random box from a past month; save with longer subscriptions
The Products: 3-5 handmade items such as jewelry, stationery, bath/body items, accessories, and more.
Ships to: US for free
Box of Happies April 2019 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.
Bath Bomb (Bonus) – Listed Value $5
There’s no manufacturer listed, although there *is* an ingredients list, which is wonderful. I haven’t had time to take an actual bath for a few months (it’s been showers-only for me) but I have some time off coming up and I can’t wait to use this. It smells pretty good through the outer plastic.
Bella Kate Designs Headband – Retail Value $10
I am pretty sure we’ve received a headband quite like this in the past, but I think the fabric had a pattern. This is maybe not the best color to go with my hair or clothing, but it is working quite well to keep all my shorter bits of hair out of my face when I work out, so it is useful. (I like to have a lot of headbands so I don’t have to wash them very often.)
Broken Record Boutique Handmade Necklace – Listed Value $10
This exact design is not available in the Broken Record Boutique Etsy shop, although there are many similar styles. This is pretty simple and would look nice with a plain t-shirt on the weekend or with a solid colored dress if you want to keep your accessory game simple on a given day.
Box of Happies Keyring – Listed Value $7.50
We can always use more of these around the house. We got these new locks on our doors you have to use a key to open and we have random spare keys around the house, but something like this to hang them on would make them much less likely to get lost.
Box of Happies Earrings – Listed Value $15
This is a jewelry-heavy subscription and the metal tones vary. Antiqued copper doesn’t show up too often but it is one of my favorite looks, so these were fun to see. I don’t know what the hooks are made of so I will be coating them with clear nail polish (or possibly replacing them with niobium, depending on my mood) before wearing.
Document Holder (Bonus) – Listed Value $10
This is actually really well-made. It doesn’t close quite like a wallet, and it’s not a clutch exactly, but I can see it being useful for slipping in a travel bag if you don’t want to take a huge purse or something because there are pockets for a few cards and a passport would fit inside the inner pocket.
Project Lydia Bracelet – Listed Value $5.50
Some similar styles are available on the Project Lydia site, but not this exact one. Project Lydia helps women in Uganda earn a little bit of extra money by producing handicrafts including paper bead jewelry like this bracelet, bags and baskets, and some bath/beauty items. This was an organization I’d never heard of before; one of the fun parts of Box of Happies is learning about small and independent makers like this.
Verdict: There were seven items in the April 2019 Box of Happies. I didn’t calculate a total value because I had to rely on the information card for most of the values since very few of the items were available for purchase outside of receiving them in this box. The average cost per item is about $4.28, which seems like a pretty good deal. I would say the types of items received this month are representative of what you would receive in a typical month (i.e., a lot of jewelry, occasional bath/body items, etc.). Also, I loved learning about Project Lydia and that bracelet has me inspired to try to make some paper beads that are as nice as the ones on the bracelet.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you subscribe today? No, your first box would probably be May’s. From Box of Happies:
Your box will ship on the 25th of every month. Please order by the 20th to get the current box. For existing subscribers, we ship on the 25th of every month.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $29.99 + free shipping, which means that each of the 7 items in the box has an average cost of $4.28.
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What did you think of the April Box of Happies? Do you get any artisan or handmade subscriptions?