I received the July GlobeIn Artisan Box for free for review purposes. All opinions are my own. This post also appears on A Year of Boxes.
GlobeIn is a monthly subscription box featuring handmade, ethically sourced products from makers around the world. Each Premium Box has a theme and for July it’s the Sizzle Box.
GlobeIn has recently changed their subscription offering and now only have one subscription option to choose from (all prices in USD):
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.
Each box comes with a glossy, full-colour guide to contents. You learn a little bit about each product, including where it was made, how to use it, who made it, and what impact your purchase has on the lives of the makers.
I like to be surprised whenever I open the box so I always avert my eyes when we do this shot and look at the brochure after. (That’s not weird, is it?) The intro always gives a really appealing summary of what’s inside. Take this month’s, for example:
This Sizzle Box was designed with your summer outdoor barbecue in mind! … With your beautiful new Moroccan Mezze Plate and Stainless Steel Spreader, setting up an epic spread of hummus and pita, chips and salsa, cheese and baguette, or a tray of oysters on ice will not disappoint. Guests will swarm to the appetizer table, serve themselves some barbecue and chimichurri with a bread roll warmed in your Chindi Bread Basket, and top their snacks wth a dribble of Four Chili Hot Drops for an extra zing of spice. And even on a hot, muggy (and buggy!) summer’s day, your food will be safe from pests with your handmade Bamboo Food Tent.
Bamboo Food Tent, Vietnam ($30)
We haven’t had one of these for years, not since I sold Regal back in high school. All of my profits went back into buying things from Regal, ha ha, like a couple of similar but plastic food tents that kept the flies off our food in the summertime. (I’ve always loved kitchen things!) I don’t know where they ended up (I hope they were donated or passed on to someone else) but I haven’t had one since so this fella will come in handy. I only wish it was collapsible like my old ones. Much easier to store.
Chindi Handle Bread Basket, India ($20)
We use a bread basket like this for the can opener and other assorted utensils for a touch of fancy. Obviously you could use it for all kinds of things.
I’ve sung GlobeIn’s praises for their recyclable packaging, but this box had a few fragile items so it was heavy on the bubble wrap. (There’s lots of it under this brown paper.) What would you suggest as an alternative? Would you be willing to pay a premium for eco-friendly material?
Hot Drops – Mild Four Chili Sauce, South Africa ($13)
Stainless Steel Spreader, India ($10)
I can’t take spicy things so I won’t be trying the chili sauce but my hubby puts hot sauce on everything so I’m sure he’ll enjoy it. And I love the spreader. Great for cream cheese, hummus and a tofu spread we like. (Plus it does a pretty good job cutting through tape wrapped around bubble wrap, ha ha.)
Moroccan Mezze Plate, Morocco ($50)
And I can see us using this plate for all kinds of things — veggies and dip, chips and salsa, fruit and fruit dip, etc. I’ll just have to find a handy place to store it. If it’s easy to pull out we’ll use it, if not it’ll gather dust on top of our kitchen cupboards with the rest of the platters. (The cupboards are tall so you need to pull over a stool to reach them and who wants to make that kind of effort? LOL).
And there you have the Sizzle Box — a welcome combination of items that are both useful and beautiful. We can use all of these, but they’d also make a lovely housewarming gift or a present for a friend who likes to entertain indoors and out.
What do you think of July’s Sizzle Box?