One of the habits I’ve been trying to cultivate is that of putting more effort into connecting with loved ones and showing them in big ways and small that I’m thinking of them and care. So when I saw a free shipping discount for an artisan card subscription, I decided that this might be the incentive I needed to make some good on that thought!
Today’s review is for a boutique card subscription called Haute Box by Haute Papier. Haute Papier is a small business (female-owned!) focused on purveying fine paper goods. According to the website, “each quarter you’ll receive a fabulous box filled with Haute Papier goodies delivered straight to your door!” As I do have a bit of a glut of mass-produced note cards, a box of true stationery goods every quarter sounds like a wonderful bit of luxury to share with my loved ones.
Looking forward to reviewing the first Haute Box of 2015!
THE DETAILS: This box retails for $20 a quarter, but shipping and handling (at least for me) would be an additional $4; so $24 total per quarter. I was able to get a discount such that shipping and handling was free. All said and done then, my Haute Box cost me $20.96 per packet. Haute Papier’s website promises that the value of each delivery would be at least $20.
Here’s the first look. The packaging that these came in was a very serviceable, cardboard mailer envelope. There seems to be a total of 5 cards in this quarter’s packet and they have a nice weight to them, with either a letterpress or embossed legend on the front.
Here are close-ups of the five cards that were included in the January 2015 packet. As you can see, they do have a very similar aesthetic but also have well-timed legends that synch with the upcoming Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s days, plus a birthday card for good measure. I feel like that’s pretty savvy curation.
On the other hand, I’m not sure how I feel about the similar look of each of the cards. They are high quality, to be sure: of a weighty stock, as noted, and crisply-inked into the depressed imprint of the letterpress printing. (So I don’t get the sense that these are the imperfect “seconds”.) But they do feel like a rather…plain collection taken all together. And that’s coming from someone who tends to like simple, clean aesthetics. Honestly, I sort of wish there had been a bit more variety in terms of style/design.
As for retail value, well the “XOXO To You” Read Between the Lines card, a “stationery friend” of Haute Papier’s according to the note included in the packet, has a value of $6. As for the items from Haute Papier’s collection, well none of them seem to be for sale on their website but other cards listed there have a going rate of about $4 each. (So $16 total value for all four Haute Papier cards).
All said and done, the value of this box was about $22. That’s of course slightly more than I paid, is in keeping with Haute Papier’s promise to include at least a $20 value in each packet, but would have been slightly less than what I would have paid had I not had the S&H discount.
What do all of you think? How do you feel about the “mix” included in this quarter’s Haute Box? Do you feel like I received a good value?
Stay tuned, the next delivery is in April!
PS: My Haute Box included a few discount codes to share: