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About Happy Rebel
The Subscription Box: Happy Rebel Box
The Cost: $100 a quarter
The Products: Each box will contain 4-6 items that will vary box to box, so you will never receive the same types of items repeatedly. Each box could contain jewelry, fashion accessories, home decor, beauty products, as well as other various lifestyle items that fit the collection of the box as well as the Happy Rebel modern and edgy style.
Ships to: The US for free, Canada for $25
Happy Rebel Fall 2019 Review
Each box comes with a fold-out card detailing the items included. With each box, Happy Rebel Box donates a portion of the proceeds to charity. For this box, they selected the Chicago Foundation for Women, an organization that "puts time, talent, and money to work for women and girls who lack economic security and opportunity, freedom from violence, and equitable access to health care and services."
Now, on to the items!
Happy Rebel Geometric Felt Placemats, set of 6 - Estimated Value $72.00 (Buy a set of 2 for $24.00)
Subscribers could pick between grey or black.
These Ireland-made, geometric felt placemats measure about 7.6" x 11.8" which was smaller than expected, something the folks at Happy Rebel handled quite well, in my opinion. You might find them a little small for traditional placemats but you can link them together to form a runner or use them as trivets under hot dishes. I picked the grey because I thought it would work well with my multicolored mix of Fiestaware and handmade ceramic plates and bowls, but I have to admit that the black would have been perfect for Halloween.
Happy Rebel Geometric Felt Coasters, set of 4 - Retail Value $14.00
This set of 4 coasters matches our placemats perfectly. There are only four since the placemats were initially supposed to only number 4 as well. They would make a stylish addition to your coffee table while they protect your furniture from all of those celebratory drinks.
(Subscribers could choose between different glass styles.)
Wow, these are so pretty! I am almost scared to use them because glassware has such a limited lifetime in my house because I am CLUMSY. They feel delightfully heavy at the base and the rose gold dip over the charcoal grey crystal is striking. I can't help but feel these would also make a beautiful smaller vase for flowers. As with any glass item with metallic accents, you should hand wash these so they stay beautiful.
Our next group of items arrived packaged together in a clear plastic bag.
Here they are unpacked. I will dive into the specifics below:
Rose Gold Paper Straws, set of 24 - Retail Value $5.49
In keeping with the rose gold theme, a bag of 24 rose gold paper straws was also included. They look quite lovely with the highball glasses and would be perfect for sipping your fave cocktail.
Sip Sip Hooray Appetizer Plates, set of 8 paper plates - Retail Value $5.99
These smaller app plates are pretty cute. I don't love the idea of paper plates in a higher-priced subscription box... and 8 seems to be a little on the sparse side when it comes purely to headcount at most parties. They do fit with the overall theme and color scheme of this box really well though!
Sip Sip Hooray Balloon Set - Retail Value $9.99
This set of inflatable balloons would be a cute backdrop to your cocktail bar or selfie station. The rose gold balloons are easily inflated via an included straw and are meant to be hung from the included gold ribbon. They are also pretty big, with most letters ranging about 10 inches wide and 14 inches tall.
Rose Gold Circle Garland - Retail Value $9.99
This matching garland is probably one of the things I will save to use for the holidays. I like to drape similar shiny strands across my mantle instead of stockings and I like the rose gold discs and how they catch the light. This strand has 48 discs and is about 8 feet long.
Rose Gold Confetti - Retail Value $5.49
Matching our garland and other rose gold items perfectly, this mylar confetti would be cute sprinkled across your table to catch the light. I feel like I would need a few bags total to really decorate for a party, personally, but because these discs are so shiny, even a smaller amount manages to easily catch the eye.
This gemstone-inspired necklace doubles as a bottle opener, something that is always handy to have in spades at a party. Though I don't think I would wear it as jewelry, the chain makes it easy to hang off your bar cart or a close doorknob for easy access, and, admittedly, wearing it would keep it handy after a few glasses of champagne.
Here it is on.
Finally, our last item is a set of dark grey cotton bar towels, each of which features an illustration and drink recipe. I like keeping towels like this handy because the later the night gets, the messier drink-making becomes, at least at a good party!
Verdict: I didn't love this box. Though the retail values might be there on paper, it didn't feel like a $100 box to me even if I did calculate the retails to total a little over $250. I think some of my feelings may stem from how much I loved the Summer box. It felt both expensive, rebellious, and special. I literally still carry that leather purse daily! Aside from the placemats, towels, and glasses, this box felt really more disposable than I would like, especially for the high cost of the subscription. Though the theme was cohesive and arguably well done, this assortment isn't what I would have expected to see in a Happy Rebel Box. I missed the edgy "rebel" element and I think this box truly shines when it has high-quality accessories as well as items from smaller and independent makers and designers. If there had been an exceptional hero item included with a higher value, this might have been a winner, especially with holiday parties coming up, but (for me) it just didn't happen this quarter.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, if you sign up for a subscription, your first box will be the Fall box.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $100, meaning each of the 10 items has an average cost of $10.00.
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What do you think of the Fall 2019 Happy Rebel Box? What is your favorite item?