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March 2016 GradBin Unboxing and Giveaway
Along with generously sponsoring this month’s giveaway, a 1-month subscription to GradBin, the kind folks at GradBin also sent me a box to review. Through this review, you can get a peek at the types of items you can expect when you order GradBin - or win the giveaway!
I knew to expect a combination of food and other items in the GradBin, and the March box fit that expectation perfectly. The first item I pulled out was a bag of Popcorners Sea Salt chips. I’ve had Popcorners chips before and enjoyed them, although I haven’t had the Sea Salt variety. I expect it will be similarly tasty and filling. This size bag is valued around $1.
The second item was a bag of Field Trip brand original beef jerky in the 1oz size. As someone unfamiliar with beef jerky brands, and who is interested in trying more of them, I was happy to see this item. Beef jerky makes a great snack with high protein and low calories, great not only for college students but busy people of all kinds. These bags sell for about $3 typically.
The third item was a cute little book titled “100 Reasons to Panic About Being a Grownup.” I looked through some of the items and couldn’t fully relate to them, but I think it’s a great gift for a college student or other person transitioning into the adult world.
Not only does it give them many things to relate to, but it can also introduce them to things they’ll need to face once they are on their own, such as doing taxes and finding housing. This book sells for $10 from its publisher, Knock Knock.
The fourth item was quite an impressive find for a subscription box - a glass bottle of soda! I love Jones Soda and don’t treat myself to it often enough, so I appreciated receiving it in the box. GradBin did a sufficient job in wrapping the item, a concern with subscription boxes, and it arrived without any breaks or other problems. I downed the bottle as soon as I took the pictures! These sodas retail for $2 each.
The fifth item was a GradBin-branded coozie. I’m not a big user of coozies, but this is another item that I think would be great for college students. I don’t drink alcohol and never have, but I know a lot of college students drink beer, and this coozie would be great to wrap around a beer can.
It’s good for non-alcoholic drinks too, of course! The coozie actually arrived wrapped around the Jones Soda bottle, which was a nifty packaging arrangement. I value the coozie at $1.
The sixth item was a packet of Wet Ones wipes. These are a great item for all types of people, because everyone could use help staying cleanly, cleaning up spills, etc. I plan to keep this little packet in my purse for when I need it. These packs usually sell for about $2.
The seventh and final item was a sample size bottle of Neutrogena daily cleanser. This was listed as a bonus item rather than a main box item, but I’m including it because it adds value to the box. Being a bonus item, it’s possible that other people received other bonuses. The main six items should be the same for everyone, I believe. Being a sample size, I value the cleanser at $1.
Overall, the GradBin contained a fun, practical collection of items for any college student and most adults. The total box value of $20 falls short of the box’s $21.99 to $24.99 cost, so this box is not for bargain hunters. However, it’s well-curated for anyone who enjoys trying a variety of food and household items each month and I think it would work well as a care package to send a college student while they’re at school.
And if you are a person concerned about value, you're in luck: I have an exclusive coupon code you can use to get a GradBin of your own! Enter "KAYKAKIS16" to get 15% off AND free shipping. With this code, you can get a lot more bang for your buck, and even bargain hunters can rejoice in the savings.
Recommended for: college students and people who want to send them care packages
Not recommended for: people who want a box’s item value to exceed its cost (unless you have a coupon code, like I do!)
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary box in exchange for an honest review
Oh, and I mentioned a giveaway, didn't I? The giveaway is available on the Monthly Box Hub Giveaway page, but you can also enter here: