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September 2016 Serendipity by Little Lace Box Review
Serendipity by Little Lace Box is one of my top five subscription boxes. It’s a low-cost subscription box delivered on the off-months of the bi-monthly Little Lace Box that always provides cool products at a great value for a low price.
My box came a bit late this month (early October), but this is the first time I’ve experienced such a delay, so I don’t think it’ll be a recurring issue. Sometimes things happen.
You can read my previous Serendipity reviews here:
- March 2016 Serendipity by Little Lace Box Review
- May 2016 Serendipity by Little Lace Box Review
- July 2016 Serendipity by Little Lace Box Review
This month’s box, the September 2016 Serendipity box, is the second box in my annual subscription. How did it compare to the previous boxes I’ve received?
The first item I took out of the box was a card from Little Lace Box that was produced through the Handwrytten website. Handwrytten is an interesting service that allows people to send digitally printed cards that resemble hand written messages. This card from Little Lace Box included a coupon code for a free card.
I have mixed feelings about Handwrytten. I don’t think a service like this could replicate the meaning of a truly hand-written card, and so I would feel uncomfortable sending a card through Handwrytten in lieu of one I hand wrote myself. However, I think Handwrytten can be a good alternative to other digitally-printed cards with default fonts. Because I prefer to hand write cards, I’m not sure I’ll use this in place of a card I’d traditionally send myself. I’ll probably use it to send a random “Thinking of You” card to brighten the day of someone I love.
Estimated value: $5 (Source: Handwrytten.com / Little Lace Box)
The second item was a set of combination boot cuffs and sock - a boot sock with a cuff built in. I haven’t tried wearing this sock yet because it’s still fairly warm where I live, but I think this is a well-timed item for most climates in the United States. It will be boot season soon, and these socks will come in handy when that time comes.
Subscribers received a random color out of Taupe, Ivory, White or Mint. I seem to have gotten the White ones, which aren’t my preference, but I’ll still put them to use.
I couldn’t find this exact pair of socks online, but the price provided by Little Lace Box in the information card seems reasonable based on similar products.
Estimated value: $7 (Source: Little Lace Box)
The third item was a small square clip top spice jar from Kilner. Kilner is a reputable brand sold at stores like Williams-Sonoma and the Container Store, so it was a nice item to receive.The jar is small, capable of holding about 2 fl oz, making it a great match for the remaining items of the box.
Estimated value: $4 (Source: Kitchen-Universe.com)
The final three items in the box were three 1- to 1.5-oz bags of spices from Karista’s Kitchen. The featured spices are Kortinji Cinnamon, Smoked Sweet Paprika, and Matcha Sea Salt. The cinnamon has the strongest scent, which I’m happy about because it’s my favorite spice of the three.
While an unusual item for the Serendipity box, I think it fits well both with the spice jar and with the timing of the box. Fall is a season that encourages baking, which makes it a perfect time to put these spices to use.
I’m not an expert at cooking, so I wouldn’t know off the top of my head how to use each spice (aside from the cinnamon for sweets.) To provide even more value, Little Lace Box included some recipe cards that demonstrate how each spice can be used.
That broccoli mac and cheese looks amazing…
In terms of value, Little Lace Box assigned a value of $6.99 to each bag. This seemed a little high to me, so I did my normal research. Karista’s Kitchen doesn’t seem to sell these spices regularly, which meant I couldn’t use their prices as references. Instead, I looked for comparable products from other sites to estimate the price of each individual spice, because they all seem to have their own value.
“Korintji Cinnamon” Estimated Value: $2 (Comparable: RedStickSpice.com)
“Smoked Sweet Paprika” Estimated Value: $4 (Comparable: SavorySpiceChef.com)
“Matcha Sea Salt” Estimated Value: $6 (Comparable: MySpiceSage.com)
Overall, the September 2016 Serendipity by LLB contained about $28 worth of items. The box only costs $10 to $13, so this is an amazing value - over twice the box’s cost! This value is not as high as previous months, but it’s still wonderful for a box that costs $13 or less.
In addition to providing a great value, the box offered a thoughtful selection of goods. The Handwryttn card was not incredibly appealing to me, but I’m sure a lot of people will be able to put it to use during the upcoming holiday season. All of the other items were also well-suited to autumn and I look forward to putting them to use as appropriate.
I was once again impressed with the Serendipity by Little Lace Box and I am excited to see what December will bring!
Recommended for: people who enjoy getting a good deal on cute and useful items