Saturday, April 16, 2016

Fandom of the Month Club March | Marvel

I’ve been subscribed to Fandom of the Month club for quite some time now.  It was the first subscription box I subscribed to and the one I’ve stuck with the longest.  March was an exciting month for me because the theme was Marvel.  You may not know this about me but I’m a huge Marvel fan (I have a Captain America tattoo!) so I had high hopes for this month’s box.  Sadly, I was quite let down with everything included.

Loki Magnet

The first thing I saw when I opened the box was the magnet.  Each month an exclusive magnet is included that goes along with the theme.  This month’s magnet featured Loki and I was so excited to see it.  I do love the magnet and will be adding it to the rest of my collection.

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Next up was the bag that all the jewelry came in.  Once again, I was pretty happy with it.  It features Nick Fury’s eye patch and the quote “I still believe in heroes.”  Good quality and it looks awesome.

Spidey

Then came the first piece of jewelry which I was not impressed with.  The bracelet this month was a cuff bracelet made up of spiderwebs and featuring a Spider Man charm.  It could have been pretty cute except the Spider Man charm just kinda hangs there and is only attached at the top so it dangles from the front when you try and wear it.  I also fear that if I do actually wear it, the charm might not stay attached since it’s not secured very well.

Cap

Next came some extremely gaudy Captain America earrings.  I’m a huge Captain America fan but these are too gaudy even for me.  I’m always happy to show my love for Cap but these are just too out there.  Maybe I’d wear them for a fan convention or something like that but that’s about it.

Thor

This next piece I actually really do like.  I’m a big fan of rings and I always love when Fandom of the Month includes one in their box.  This month’s is probably the best I’ve ever gotten.  Thor’s hammer is featured on a rather large ring (it sits comfortably at the base of my finger and goes all the way up to my knuckle).  While it does make bending my finger a little difficult at times, it’s worth it.

Tony ARC

Last was a necklace with Tony Stark’s Arc Reactor featured as the charm.  Apparently it glows in the dark?  Don’t know why and don’t really care about glow in the dark jewelry.  I wouldn’t mind this one except it’s not very well made and the arc reactor isn’t actually centered to the backing.  I’m a little OCD so that annoys me about it although I’ll probably still wear it at least once or twice.

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Overall, I’m not going to cancel my subscription because of this box because there were still a couple things that I did enjoy and will get some use out of.  I’m hoping my faith will be redeemed with the April box and we’ll see how I feel about my subscription after that.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Subscription Boxes

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Who else has noticed the rise of the subscription boxes this year? I seriously cannot even begin to list all the subscription boxes available now but I do want to recommend a few that I have either received or followed for a while now.

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I figured I should start with the box that I actually get each month and that’s Fandom of the Month Club.  This is not your typical book box seeing as you don’t actually get a book and it’s not always a book fandom that’s featured.  I think that’s one of the things I love about this box.  Included in this box are 3-4 items of jewelry inspired by whatever fandom has been chosen for that month.  Also included is a custom bag that all the jewelry fits in.  I have to admit that I may be in this more for the bags than anything.

You can subscribe to Fandom of the Month Club for $13 a month plus shipping and they do ship internationally.  I think this would make an adorable gift but keep in mind that payment is automatically withdrawn each month until you cancel.

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Next on my list of recommendations would have to be Uppercase Box.  I received one of these a couple months ago and I was so impressed, not only with the book chosen but all of the extra items too.  If I had a job right now I would definitely be subscribed to this box.  The wonderful person behind Uppercase Box is actually a fellow book blogger so needless to say, she knows what she is doing.  Not only that, Uppercase has a couple different subscription options so depending on the book lover in your life, you can choose to gift them just the book box or maybe the box that includes all the fun items too.

You can subscribe to Uppercase Box for $17, $23, or $29 a month and they do have the option to gift a box.

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Oh Owlcrate, how I wish I could afford you.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the price of the box, it’s the fact that I have no money that I am lamenting right now.  Owlcrate is a lot like Uppercase Box seeing as you receive a hand selected book as well as some fun bookish items.  While I have never actually received one of Owlcrate’s boxes, I’ve followed enough people who have to see how awesome they are.  Just look at the picture above of their October box.  How perfect is that?

You can subscribe to Owlcrate for $29.99 a month and they have the option to gift a box.

bookish box

The Bookish Box is a bit like Fandom of the Month Club since you don’t actually receive a book.  Instead you receive one bookish t-shirt and 3-5 household items picked to go along with the shirt.  I have been following Appraising Pages for so long and so I have seen the epicness that is included in The Bookish Box.  I think any book lover can appreciate this box, especially if you don’t want to actually take the chance of getting them a book that they might already have.

You can subscribe to The Bookish Box for $29.99 a month and you can give it as a gift.

I’ve been really impressed with what I have seen from these bookish subscription boxes and I hope there is someone in your life who might gift one to you or who you might feel inclined to gift one to.

Do you already subscribe to any of these?  Which would you want most for Christmas?