I received the GlobeIn Artisan Box for free for review purposes. All opinions are my own. This post also appears on A Year of Boxes.
GlobeIn Artisan Box is a monthly subscription box featuring handmade, ethically sourced products from makers around the world. Each Premium Box has a theme and February’s is Masquerade. (Just in time for Carnival and Mardi Gras. 🎉🎉)
There are two subscription options for the GlobeIn Artisan Box (all prices in USD):
Essential Box ($10 per month): Choose your own products and receive add-on credit to pick your own selection at members-only prices, or receive the surprise item of the month. Shipping in the US is $3/month; shipping to Canada $12/month (your first box ships free); and international shipping is $15/month.
Premium Box ($40 per month): Each Premium Box is approximately $70 in value and includes 4 to 5 handmade items by artists from around the world. Subscribers can also choose additional products to customize their box. Shipping in the US is $10/month; shipping to Canada $22/month (your first box ships free); and international shipping is $25/month.
This is my third GlobeIn Artisan Box and while everything in the first and second arrived in perfect condition, I was a bit worried about this one. One side of the box was mashed in (FRAGILE people! It says FRAGILE!) and another side had a nasty hole — you’d think it had made a few trips around the world before it got to me (and it only ships from San Francisco).
So what a relief to see everything inside in tip-top, brand-new condition! All of the items were packed with care and very little plastic. (I like to see companies use recyclable materials like paper and cardboard.)
First up: a glossy, full-colour guide to the box. The guide includes brief profiles on the makers of each item and how their work has helped improved their lives.
Hand-Embroidered Mask, India ($20)
The mask is really well made and I can see it lasting for years — perfect for costume parties, Hallowe’en, storytelling and dress-up play.
Wooden Beaded Necklace Set, India ($12)
The necklace set is handcarved from sustainably harvested wood, an upscale version the the long strings of plastic beads worn at Carnival and Mardi Gras.
Upcycled Sari Macrame Garland, India ($28)
When I unravelled this I could totally picture my mother grabbing it from me, tying it around her waist and saying, “What is this? For belly dancing?”💃 Of course you could use it any way you want, but I’d hang it for a party or an Indian-themed dinner. (We really should have more of those.) It’s 6.5 feet long and a foot wide, so it would make a big impact.
Hand-sewn Mini Plush Animal, Sri Lanka ($4)
GlobeIn suggests you toss this little monkey from a parade float, gift it as a party favour or keep it on your desk at work as a small souvenir. But you know what else?
It makes a great cat toy! 😺 (This is our fella Benny.)
Hand-Blown Glass with Handle Set, Mexico ($30)
And last (I feel like there’s a lot of things in this box!), two handsome hand-blown mugs for cold drinks. I like the green rim around the top. It’s summery! 🍺🍺
February can be a dreary month so the Masquerade box is a much-needed dose of cheer. The colourful accessories are a perfect excuse to throw a party or have a lunch, brunch or dinner with a Carnival theme (and with the mask and the beads you’ve already got one costume covered). The box would make a fun house-warming or birthday gift for your party peeps and an especially thoughtful box for anyone who’s been to Mardi Gras and loved it. I totally thought February’s box would have a Valentine’s theme (I love everything Valentine’s) but the Masquerade box was a pleasant surprise!
Want $10 off your first box? See my review on A Year of Boxes for a discount code.
What do you think of the GlobeIn Artisan Box? Is it something you’d like to try? What themes would you like to see?