Paper Source Subscription Box Review – Winter 2019
Paper Source has a brand new quarterly lifestyle box ($49.95 per season) that includes some of their favorite items from popular brands like Rifle Paper Co., ban.do, Paddywax, and Lilly Pulitzer. This is only the second box, but the first was packed with fun and surprising items. So far, they always include an edible treat as well!
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.)
About this Fun Home and Lifestyle Box
The Subscription Box: Paper Source Subscription Box
The Cost: $49.95/quarter (A minimum one-year commitment paid in quarterly installments)
The Products: A mix of 10+ stationery and lifestyle items from Paper Source as well as popular home and lifestyle brands.
Ships to: Contiguous U.S. addresses only for free
Paper Source Winter Wonder Box 2019 Review
Inside a nice pearlesque envelope, you’ll find an info card that matches the delightful pine tree print from the box. On the flipside is a list of all of the goodies that are included in the Winter 2019 box.
Paddywax Wildflower & Birch Enamel Candle, 9.5 oz. – Listed Value $14.95
I’m on the fence about whether or not I like this scent, but I sure do like the way it looks. The enamel vessel it comes in feels super cozy and is perfect for wintertime sniffs. For winter, I usually delight in woodsy campfire or pine tree smelling scents and this one has a touch of that, but also a good amount of floral wildflower smells. It’s not subtle which I do appreciate in a candle and since I love the vessel, I’ll definitely be cleaning it out to reuse once the candle is used up. (You can search YouTube on ways to remove the leftover wax before repurposing)
Meditation & Mindfulness: Rituals and Exercises for Everyday Self Care by Shiva Rose – Retail Value $12.95 (found here for $7.81)
This book is really giftable and has content that almost anyone can use especially around the stress-filled holiday season. It covers a lot of different ways to practice self-care from creating an altar to beauty rituals to meditations and mantras. The book does a great job explaining each topic and illustrating with photos and descriptive guides.
W&P Design Wine Opener Key Tool – Retail Value $17.00
This wine opener is a nice item to have around the holidays and I really like the crisp white color. It comes with a circular metal magnetic piece that you can stick to your fridge and then stick the corkscrew to for convenience. When the corkscrew is folded inward, the end can also be used to open bottles. Smart! This corkscrew doesn’t seem to be as easy to use as the ones that are much larger, but it’s more convenient so it can be used for travel or when you’re going somewhere you aren’t sure a full-size version may be (like a party). I do really like the compact and minimal design.
L’Occiatane Lavender Hand Cream, 2.6 oz. – Retail Value $24.00
At first, I thought the lavender fragrance was a little too strong for me, but it dissipates after a few minutes and the loveliness that this hand cream delivers is really something. It gives my hands a soft velvety feel without any greasiness whatsoever. It’s still rich though, so it’s not a watery lotion that you’ll need to reapply often. I’m also a sucker for a metal tube, so this really has a lot going for it!
West Emory Palo Santo Stick – Listed Value $9.95
West Emory is a design studio out of Minneapolis who has a line of paper goods in collaboration with Paper Source, as well as other well-known brands like Target and Crate & Barrel. I was hoping to get at least a trio of Palo Santo but the box included a single stick which definitely isn’t worth the $9.95 listed price. You can usually buy a huge bundle for that price. It’s still a nice item to be included since the new year is around the corner and many use the burning of Palo Santo to cleanse energy, heal, and set new intentions. The directions to use are attached with a leather string and is nicely designed so that it looks great when you first lay eyes upon it.
Cody Foster Handmade Feather Ornament – Listed Value $19.95
This is the second feather ornament I’ve received this month so it’s either a popular thing or perhaps a trend that is happening. The feather looks to be made of paper, perhaps, and heavily painted in tan, black, and a splash of green and blue. It’s attached to a wire piece that dangles from a twine loop and there are a few beads at the top for decoration. While I wouldn’t pay the listed $19.95 for it, it is rather cute and I like the DIY vibe it brings. Alternately, I think this could be used at any time of year as a wall decoration since it’s not incredibly holiday heavy.
Compendium ‘Every Moment Is Beautiful’ Undated Planner – Retail Value $18.95 (on sale for $11.37)
Buying planners used to be my favorite time of the year. Most of them come out in September and I could hardly wait to use them come January. These days, it seems easier for me to plug all of my events into my phone, but I do miss manually writing everything down and filling in the dates of an undated planner like this. The cover of this hardbound book has soft pastel pinks and greens with some embossed metallic gold. The front says “Every Moment is Beautiful” which is a nice sentiment to read each day while you’re planning ahead. It has a monthly overview page followed by a week at a time that takes up two pages so there is plenty of space to write in your daily plans. Peppered throughout, you’ll find full-color pages that match the cover and have mindful passages that make you take pause and appreciate life.
Elum Stationery ‘Just A Note’ Card Set, 6 ct – Retail Value $12.50
Well, these come at the perfect time since I was in need of thank you cards to send to my Dad’s girlfriend’s family who I met for the first time over Thanksgiving recently. The notecard set included has 6 pale mint cards with gold embossing that say “Just A Note” on the front that are left blank inside. The accompanying envelopes are special metallic gold and bring a little extra cheer. I have always been a fan of sending handwritten notes since we live in a world that is dominated by cold digital communication that usually lacks personal touches. I hate that I have friends whose handwriting I’ve never seen. I used to love seeing how my friends express themselves in letters and cards. At any rate, I think especially these days, receiving a card really shows you care and went a little above and beyond to take the time to write a personal note.
Republic of Tea Caramel Vanilla Tea, 50 ct – Retail Value $11.75
Although I am a coffee person through and through, cold weather calls for extra hot drinks and I normally switch to tea in the evenings. This particular variety from the “Cuppa Cake” collection uses black tea (which does have caffeine so I’ll have to be careful) with caramel and vanilla. I think it’s a nice balance of sweetness with the bitterness of the black tea and it works really well to deliver a smooth flavor. The cannister included has 50 tea bags which is fantastic!
Shiraleah Emma Slipper Socks in Grey – Retail Value $24.00
My Mom and Aunt are the queens of cozy socks come holiday time and so I must save this pair of chunky cable knit socks for one of them. These are more like slippers since they are lined with incredibly soft and warm material and feature grippy dots on the bottom to prevent slipping on hard surfaces. I received the grey color but a cream color was also sent out to subscribers as well. Each slipper has a cream pompom on the side for festive decoration too. These are sure to keep tootsies warm when it’s cold outside.
Paper Source Wrap Service Coupon – Retail Value $17.95
Bah! As always, there is a coupon card to redeem for something at Paper Source but this time it’s one that you need to go to an actual Paper Source store for. I do not have one anywhere near me, so I won’t be able to collect my free wrap service. I preferred the one from the last box where I could order a notebook online and have it sent to me. I can’t win all the time! This is nice for those who are able to use it though.
Verdict: The Paper Source Subscription Box knows how to make a quarterly box full of giftable and useable items. I’m always a little shocked it doesn’t include more Paper Source brand products, but I think it still fits their brand and I love the mix of paper goods, candles, cozy socks, and other things to keep me warm in the winter. All of these things would make great stocking stuffers so even if there are things I wouldn’t use myself, this is a great box to regift to my family around this time of year! I’m keeping the hand cream, candle, tea, note cards, and planner, but the rest may find its way under the tree. Some of the listed prices were a little inflated which is never cool to see, but even with items I could find for lower prices online, this has a total value of $177.94.
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To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: At $49.95 for this box, you are paying approximately $4.54 for each of the 11 items.
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