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.
(Find the January Haute Box review here and the July box here.)
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. This quarter’s Haute Box came in an actual box and it looks like there are several more items than the previous package. There are a total of 5 cards in the mailing and similar to last time, they have a nice weight to them, with either a letterpress or embossed legend on the front. But also included are these cute pencils and three package tags. I love the bright colors!
Here are close-ups of the five cards that were included in the April 2015 packet. According to the info card, they were curated for their bright, neon colors which were meant to bring “sunshine & cheer”. It was a very different selection from the first set of cards and I really liked it!
Here are the two non-card items, also very brightly colored. The package tags are a little thin/flimsy but not too bad. The pencils are from Betsy White Stationary and retail for $8.
As for retail value on the rest, well the first three cards are sold as sets- 8 for $16. So these have a combined total of $6. The other two cards have an estimated combined value of of about $6 as well. And the three gift tags have a combined value of $6.
All said and done, the value of this box was about $26. 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, and is slightly more than what I would have paid without 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 July!