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Norlii Scandinavian Home December 2022 Review

Jeanne Sager
ByJeanne SagerDec 1, 2022 | 10 comments

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5 overall rating
3 Ratings | 2 Reviews

Norlii is a $74.90 (+ $12.95 shipping) bi-monthly home subscription box filled with Scandinavian home decor and accessories. With the clean lines of Nordic designs and the warmth of the Danish hygge (a word that basically means a quality of coziness that creates a feeling of contentment), it's all about bringing a modern but comfy bit of Scandinavia to your home.

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First Impressions

I'm a Christmas cookie person. I tell you this now because the December 2022  Norlii box is all about enjoying this holiday treat, and I immediately fell in love. Technically, the December subscription box is themed around "December in Stockholm," sending you on a trip to the Swedish capital city with a visit to the "gamla stan" or old part of town.

But with a literal box of cookies (plus the recipe to make your own) packed inside, this was the perfect box to get me in the mood to pull out the rolling pin and cookie cutters and pump up the holiday tunes.

What's Inside the Box

This month's box is packed with five items with a total value of  around $124 plus a recipe card that's priceless.

Cake Tins (Kadegaser) by Martin Schwartz — Listed Price $36

Every holiday season, I make cookies, place them in tins to keep, and send the tins out on their merry way to bring a little joy to people's tummies. Somehow, all of the tins never quite make it home. So I was happy to see two tins of different sizes packed into this month's Norlii box. Although they're labeled for cake, they're exactly what I would fill with cookies. Designed by Martin Schwartz, a Danish designer, the two tins include designs from Stockholm all around the sides.

norlii cake tins

The larger tin is listed as 7.7″ in diameter by 3.5″ high, while the smaller one is 5.7″ in diameter by 2.7″ high. Each is labeled with a word on top too — the first reads "Sverige" which means Sweden in Swedish, while the second tin boasts the word "Stockholm."

Pepparkakor by Anna's Original — Listed Value $6

pepperkakor from norlii box

The box of pepparkakor — which translates to pepper cakes in Swedish — lists the cookies as "almond thins" while the Norlii insert says they're akin to ginger snaps, so I really wasn't sure what I was in for when I took a bite.  Although I didn't taste pepper, per se, the cookies have a gentle kick that reminds me distinctly of Pfeffernüsse, a holiday cookie made in my German family with pepper in the recipe. Unlike Pfeffernüsse, which are soft and covered in powdered sugar, the pepparkakor are wafer thin and crumbly easily. In fact, when I dropped one on my kitchen floor, it broke into a half a dozen pieces that my dog very gladly took care of.

I probably could have sat down to eat them all ... but then I wouldn't have been able to photograph them for you! You'll note that the box says "pepperkaka" while the Norlii insert says pepperkakor. I looked up the difference. It appears the two are interchangeable. Both "kaka" and "kakor" are words for cookie in Swedish.

Best of all, there was a copy of the recipe included in the box, so you can make your own! Curiously, you will note there are no almonds in the recipe, so I'm still not sure why they're labeled almond thins! pepparkakor recipe

Ceramic Plate from Broste Copenhagen — Listed Price $24

plate of cookies from norlii

Tins for cookies you plan to take to a holiday get-together are wonderful, but what if you're the holiday host? This little stoneware plate from Broste Copenhagen is neutral enough to fit any decor and the perfect way to display those yummy cookies (note: that B is a sticker ... you can take it off!).

I do wish the plate was a bit bigger. At 8.5″ long by 5″ wide, I could fit only about 7 cookies across in one row. Granted, I could do more rows, but this is the sort of plate you put out if you have just one person over for coffee, not something you could use for a party.

Tea Towels by Södahl — Listed Value $26

dish towels

If you're like me and like to lay out tea towels for your cookies to cool, then you'll love this practical addition to the Norlii box. The set of two towels from Scandinavian brand Södahl are organic cotton and each has a neutral beige or white with a stripe of the opposite color so they match any decor, just like the plate. They're a great size too at about 27.5" long by 19.7" wide, so you can cover a nice section of your counter or use them to wipe up spills. I appreciate this sort of towel when I'm drying dishes because it doesn't leave little pills behind!

"Blinka" Paper Star — Listed Value, $32

paper star

I left my least favorite item in this month's Norlii box for last. Don't get me wrong, the Blinka star is very pretty, but I don't have the high ceilings that are really necessary to hang it (hence the photo!) far enough away from my cats and their agile leaping abilities.

Meant to represent the big white stars that hang from Stockholm buildings, the star is made from paper and is quite fragile. It took two people's hands to put it together because of this (or perhaps because I was too scared to tear it?!). That said, instructions are included on the package, and it only took a minute once I had help. If you have the high ceilings, or at least a pet-free home, this may be a better fit for your house!

Was This Box Worth It?

This is one of my favorite parts of evaluating a box — adding it all up. A Norlii subscription is $74.90 with $12.95 shipping to the US, and this box was valued at around $124, so the math definitely works out in your favor. I'm also all set up with a new cookie recipe AND tins to put the cookies in, which sets me ahead on my cookie planning.

As always, subscribers also get a chance to shop the Norlii Scandinavian Store with 20% off more goodies that fit this month's theme and complement your box!

More You Should Know

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, you can still sign up to get the December box. And while the bimonthly box price has increased to $74.90 per box, you can also snag an annual subscription at the reduced price of $69.98 per box!

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Jeanne Sager
Jeanne Sager
Jeanne Sager has strung words together for The New York Times, The Atlantic, and more. A writer, photographer, and social media geek, she lives in upstate NY with her family and too many pets.

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This was not my favorite box though I did love the small plate & tea towels. Usually, Norlii boxes are really great, but this one did not have an outstanding piece like it usually does. Also, the cookies were crumbled during the shipping process, but we still tried them. Otherwise, I think this is a fantastic subscription box.

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I’d rather have received a set of the plates (which are beautiful) or better yet, receive a bigger plate/plater than receive the tins. Tins aren’t my thing and I never consider them to have a high value and I don’t think they are something nice enough to keep out and display. They also don’t give a Christmas vibe. I keep getting kitchen towels/cloth napkins a lot in the boxes, but the towels are nice. I was really hoping for a Christmas theme and this didn’t capture Christmas to me other than the star, which is too large to do much with.

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Jeanne Sager

The star was beautiful, but I agree it’s soooo big. It might not be such an issue if it weren’t so delicate? I worry not just about my cat but about me knocking it with my head.

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Mary L.

I liked the items in this box, but as others have said, the value wasn’t quite there this tine. I would still recommend Norlii though based on the strength of past boxes.

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$32.00 for a Paper Star? I can make my own for quite a lot cheaper.

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So Norlii forgot to add the almond extract to the recipe.

OK, I’ll be the one to say it: Love the Swedish word for “cookie.” It’s also the nickname of a Brazilian soccer player. An international term all around.

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Jeanne Sager

It is such a fun word, right? I should have mentioned that Norlii didn’t get it wrong — there’s no almond in the recipes I Googled either. It was just so strange to me that it so blatantly said almond on the box but is not in the normal recipe!

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Maddie in PA

I guess the money works out if you believe in the existence of a $26 tea towel or a $36 set of two relatively small tins.
This is the most disappointing box I’ve seen from Norlii. But good review, Jeanne, thanks!

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Sadly, I agree. I don’t think I’m going to take anymore blind chances with this box. At $80 I’m not impressed. The only winner for me was the small plate and we only got 1? I’d expect at this price point to get at least 2 or a set of different sizes.

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Amy in KC

I agree with you both! I’ve never subbed to Norlii but I usually read the reviews. It has always seemed wildly expensive to me. I know the pieces are “nice” but they’re pretty basic IMO. Even for Scandinavian/minimalist style. I would have been pretty upset if I’d received this box for $80. The plate and towels are pretty, but nothing special! I don’t get it.

But yes — Jeanne, you wrote a lovely review.