Sunday, December 16, 2012

December Umba Box

Like hand made artisan items? Then Umba Box may be the box for you.  What's an Umba?  Umba comes from the Swahili word meaning "to create".  This is very appropriate since Umba Box send out curated boxes monthly with handmade goodies including jewelry, accessories, stationary, bath products, etc.  The generally send 2-3 items in each box but sometimes they may send one large item.  They also guarantee the value of your box will be at least $25.00 which is the price of the box if you pay monthly.  

The price is $25 plus $5 shipping for a month to month subscription.  A 6 month subscription is $150 w/shipping included (saves you $30) and a year subscription is $275 w/shipping and a free month (breaks down to $22.92 a month). They also ship internationally to Canada and European Union but the shipping costs are a little higher.     

I had been looking at this box for awhile but hadn't subscribed yet.  I found a deal through Plum District where you could get 3 months for $52 (about $17 a month) so I thought why not, I like handmade treasures. 

The good:

Artisan: This supports small business and you may received one of a kind items. 

Need a gift: You can send an Umba box gift

Information: Each box contains a story about the artist who made your item. 

The not so good:

Value: It's hit or miss and you may end up with items you don't use but you can always gift them. 

My Umba Box treasures. 

Contents of box w/retail price listed:

Bella Rose Chocolate Marshmallow Belgian Hot Chocolate Pop. Value = $2.50

Rag and Bone Bindery Insta Books accordion photo book. Value = $21.00

3 holiday tags from Less Ordinary Designs. Value = $0.53/ea (10 pack $5.25)

The value of this Umba Box is $25.09.  Right on the money with this one.  The photo book is cute but I'm not sure I would pay $21 for it.  It's accordion style but I'm more of a scrapbooker so I'll probably make a gift out of it.  The chocolate pop looks amazing!  The holiday tags are printed on heavy card stock and are really cute and they came with matching string. 

Verdict: This was the last box of my 3 month subscription and I did receive some cool things but this is not a box I'm not going to renew.   

I am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Umba Box.  I purchase these subscriptions myself. 

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