The subscription box reviews are back! We’ve had a little break from them and done a whole load of posts all about National Stationery Week which is finally over (phew it was a busy one). Now we’re back with the usual posts starting with this review of the SherbetBox. I was really excited to review this box because the lovely creator, Claire Kay reached out to me to see if I wanted to do a review of the SherbetBox. Read on to find out more about this unique stationery subscription box created by an independent illustrator.
I received this box for free so I could write a review. This review is my own opinion and I have not been paid by Claire nor will I receive commission for any purchases of the SherbetBox made from links clicked in this post.
About the Box
Claire has worked for many years as a children’s illustrator and has always loved stationery. The SherbetBox and her shop Sherbet Lane has combined those two passions and she now creates and sells all her own products. Claire chooses the monthly theme with the help of her subscribers and then designs everything herself! Here’s a cute little infographic telling you exactly how the subscription box works! Although essentially it’s much the same as any other subscription box.
Price & Shipping
The standard monthly subscription is £14 and postage in the UK is FREE! If you want international shipping then this costs a flat rate of £4.95. The boxes are large letter size which means that they will easily fit through your letter box. This is especially important if you’re out a lot it means that boxes can be delivered when nobody is home. There’s nothing more annoying than having to chase your parcel up at the post office to get it! You can choose a rolling subscription or a prepaid 3 or 6 month subscription. Payments are made via PayPal.
The best way to manage your subscription is to create an online account which means you can do the following with ease:
- Change your delivery address
- Pause your subscription
- Skip an individual box
- Cancel your subscription
Themes & Contents
The theme for this month was ‘Spring Rabbit’. The designs were pretty and girly with Claire’s signature illustration style. Something about the illustrations just tells you that Claire has been a children’s illustrator even before you find that out! You can see all of the items in the images below. The box I received contained 5 greetings cards with envelopes, a pen, a badge, a set of stickers in a mini envelope and a dot grid notepad.
Past box themes have included:
- Moon & Stars
- ‘A bit of Positivity’
- Autumn girl
They’re all individual and not what I’ve seen from other boxes. It’s nice to see someone doing something a bit different. The themes are very childlike and whimsical which plays to Claire’s extensive illustration experience.
Is It Worth It?
What I really love about the box is that every item feels special. Claire designs everything herself and the items in the boxes and on her online shop are nearly always exclusive.
The majority of this months box were greeting cards with 5 included! Personally I thought it was a bit card heavy but at the end of the day a stock of emergency greeting cards is always useful. A good quality card usually costs at least £2.50 which is already £12.50 of value in the box without the rest of the items. If you add in the rest of the items then it’s definitely good value for exclusive well designed items.
The pen was the only item that didn’t really do much for me. Essentially it was a click biro with the logo on. It’s a perfectly useful pen but maybe a cute pastel gel pen or highlighter would have fit the theme better.
I do really like how you can pause your subscription if you don’t like the theme. I’m glad that Claire appreciates that not everyone will like every single theme she chooses. Stationery and cards are very personal items and some people (like me!) are very picky about design! I definitely enjoy a stationery box more if I like the theme and I’m prone to cancelling if I don’t think I’ll like the next one. It’s good that Claire anticipates this, I feel that she really does listen to her customers.
Get Your Own Box!
If you want to try your own SherbetBox (and why wouldn’t you?!) then click here to be taken to the Sherbet Lane website. If you want to find out a bit more then like the facebook page or even better join the SherbetBox Club group!