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About this Quarterly Lifestyle Box
The Subscription Box: BREO BOX
The Cost: $159.00 per quarter. Save with a pre-paid annual subscription.
The Products: 5-8 essential home, tech, and fitness products in a giftable box.
Ships to: The continental U.S. for free ($30.00 to HI, AK, and U.S. territories), Canada for $35.00 ($90.00 for remote territories), and worldwide at varying rates.
BREO BOX Review - Spring 2021
BREO BOX took some time off from including their heavier wooden boxes in favor of more lightweight (but still quality) cardboard boxes inside of a drawstring dust bag. This quarter, however, they're back to wood! I've just taken subscription over for Megan and am thrilled to use this sturdy wooden box for storage in my home.
My box came packed with a quality booklet offering detailed information about each item in the box. They also include a brief FAQ on the last page.
Tangram SmartRope Rookie — Retail Value $39.95
First up this quarter is a sleek-looking jump rope that syncs to your phone to record date, jump counts, calories burned, and more. This smart rope takes a coin battery (which is included), discreetly hidden in the handle, and has magnetic sensors to calculate your jump count in the coordinating app. The app is free and available via the iTunes Store and Google Play. Alternatively, if the technology side of things isn't your jam, and you just want to jump, you can absolutely do that too. The feel of the rope is the same regardless. This jump rope is pretty cool and while I'll probably only pick it up occasionally, I think it would make a great, unique gift for a fitness-lover—my cousin is a personal trainer with an extensive home gym, but I can't imagine she has anything like this, and I'm sure she'd love the elevated experience of the app so she can compete with her own personal goals.
Zippo HeatBank 3 Hand Warmer — Retail Value $27.95
I admit that my initial reaction to this hand warmer is that it seems kind of superfluous. Although as someone who loves camping and spending time outdoors year-round, I'm going to hold my judgment and assume it's probably going to improve my life down the line. I suppose if you're up to something that you need to take your gloves off and use your fingers for, it could be nice to have this little heater waiting in a pocket for you. It is USB charged, and offers up to 3 hours of gentle heat, with high and low settings. The box says it can save money and reduce waste on disposable warmers, but I would argue that disposables can be tucked into a glove or boot, whereas this device cannot, so it's apples to oranges.
The other thing is, I just can't see myself needing it anytime soon—I live in Western Pennsylvania, which can certainly have long, brutal winters, but winter is decidedly over. I wish BREO BOX would've saved this idea for fall or winter.
A 20% off coupon was included for Zippo fire starters and hand warmers. It's interesting to see the image of someone using a hand warmer with a computer keyboard in the background. Are they a hacker working in an abandoned warehouse? I worked in an office space that had an ongoing thermostat battle for many years (I was Team Warm), but never did it get so cold that I had to whip out reinforcements. Am I missing something?
Corkcicle Nona Roll-Top Lunchbox — Retail Value $39.95
Now this is an attractive lunch bag. I love everything about it from the colors to the system to the aesthetic. I work from home, but my husband does client-based work out on the field and packs a lunch just about every day. He usually uses a regular old canvas tote bag for his lunch, so I was excited to show him his upgrade, but actually, he had a different use in mind. His work requires him to keep a wide variety of glues on hand, and bottles of glue are easily ruined if left in certain temperatures. Plus, he likes to store them separately from his tool kit so that should a leak occur his tools won't get ruined. This bag is an awesome fit for his needs—but if one of us ever needs a lunch bag down the line I would absolutely buy another Corkcicle one.
Fit for Success by Nick Shaw — Retail Value $31.00
Summary from Amazon:
"In Fit for Success, author Nick Shaw details the habits successful people have in common and how we can develop those same habits to thrive — despite our obstacles. Using what’s he’s learned over the past decade, Nick has helped top athletes and hundreds of thousands of people around the world through his company Renaissance Periodization to look, feel, and perform their best. But it wasn’t until 2020 when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer and facing the fallout of treatment for months through COVID-19, that he had to really lean into the habits he was teaching and put them to the ultimate test. This book vividly outlines the lessons he’s learned, some valuable takeaways, and most importantly how you can use these habits to build your own path to success."
I have no doubt that this author's story is inspirational and offers valuable lessons, but this book really just doesn't interest me. It's always a risk to include a book in a lifestyle subscription because book preferences can be so specific. I would probably more readily listen to this author's story on a podcast while out for errands than spending my quiet time reading this style of book. So, unfortunately, this item is a miss for me, and I can't think of anyone in my life who'd specifically love it, so I'll probably pop it in the Little Free Library in my neighborhood.
Tushy Travel Bidet — Retail Value $29.00
This is a fun one! I am not a regular bidet user, but I do support them for environmental reasons. We are a young family who uses cloth diapers, and the diaper sprayer we have attached to our toilet technically doubles as a bidet, but it shoots out cold water, so it's a little too exhilarating for me. I love that this travel one compresses somewhat compactly and can be filled with whatever temperature of water you prefer. You just squeeze it to shoot the water out of its three small holes, and the water pressure is gentle but firm. I'm sure there are folks out there who would argue that this type of thing isn't sanitary, but I don't see any issues. I think it's a cool low-tech gadget to be included in this box.
OXO Good Grips Spiralize, Grate, & Slice Set — Retail Value $31.99 (currently out of stock)
Big fan of this multi-purpose veggie doodad. I was gifted a spiralizer that suctions to the counter and cranks out your noodles years ago, and I love the concept but I've gotten weary over the ordeal of using it. It takes up a ton of counter and storage space, and the cleanup is rather involved. I also have a handheld mandoline slicer (an OXO one, actually) that works well, but is hard to store without potentially slicing yourself digging it back up. This compact multi-purpose device is a great solution to all of the above, and on top of that it also has two grater settings. My regular box grater doesn't pose any problems for me, but even still this system is an upgrade since whatever you slice, grate, or spiralize gets caught in its basin, making cleanup that much easier. I'll absolutely jump on the opportunity to part ways with three different kitchen tools in favor of just one that does it all. This is kind of a dark horse score this quarter—it may not seem all that spiffy at first, but it's really well thought out, saving time and space.
This card game is sort of like Cards Against Humanity but with Yelp-style reviews. Lots of potential for hilarity! It takes me back to the good old days of low-key hang outs with friends and drinks, and now that there are seemingly signs of hope that our social circles can open back up again soon, I feel like this game will be put into action before long. I'm going to keep it somewhere handy as a beacon of good times to come!
Verdict: I really enjoyed my first BREO BOX. I generally associate this box with techy gadgets, and this quarter seemed light on that type of stuff, but I liked the variety. My favorite items are the lunch bag (which my family will repurpose) and the OXO multi-purpose kitchen tool, though I'm also keen on seeing how the bidet might work its way into our life. I had been paying attention to some of the buzz around this quarter's delivery and heard a lot of disappointment about this quarter's assortment, but the only true miss for me was the book. The hand warmer seems seasonally off, but is small enough that it's no big deal to store for next fall, and the jump rope isn't totally my style but will make a great gift. Value-wise the contents of this box add up to $219.83, which isn't the best value I've seen from this subscription, but is good for a $159.00 box. Perhaps the low-tech gadgets this month feel underwhelming to some, but I think they're a clever take on the theme of the subscription.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, but these sell out quickly, so act fast!
Value Breakdown: At $159.00 for this box, you're paying roughly $22.71 per item.
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What do you think of the Spring BREO BOX? Which item are you most excited to receive?