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Delightfully Wrapped Review by Michelle – October 2017

I’m a massive fan of lifestyle subscription boxes, especially those that contain handmade items; Delightfully Wrapped is just one of those types of boxes. When I came across them in my twitter feed, I was really impressed with how they fit the items contained in each month’s box with the box themes.

The October box theme is “Dance in the Rain”, perfect as October seemed like a very soggy one.

I’m used to boxes arriving in boring grey postage bags to protect them from the elements during their transit with Royal Mail. There was no boring grey postage bag containing my box from Delightfully Wrapped, instead it came inside a cute gold bag covered in white spots. That was just the start of the amazing packaging for this box. The name Delightfully Wrapped should have been a giveaway really, but it was clearly one that went over my head; as at each and every stage I was delightfully surprised by the amazing attention to detail over the finishing touches and packaging within my box.

The box itself was wrapped with a gorgeous navy blue and white spotty ribbon, and there was a lovely hand written personal message from Cath one of the box founders. On opening my box, I was greeted by some neatly hand wrapped lilac tissue paper, holding my box items securely and safely.

I unboxed this live on the BoXession Facebook group, which has now been uploaded to our YouTube Channel…

I’ve lost count of the amount of different subscription boxes I’ve received over the years, but I know for certain, that I have never received a box with my name on the box contents list for a box that hasn’t been personalised for my specifications. I really love this touch, as it makes it so much more personal and special. Once I’d removed the box contents list, I was amazed to see that each and every item in the box had been beautifully wrapped in co-ordinating papers. It was a bit like Christmas morning, and really hard to choose what to open first. My pictures for this review of the items were taken after I had unboxed, and even though I unwrapped them all really carefully, I can assure you that they looked even nicer before my attempts of carefully rewrapping them.

Unlike any box I’ve come across before, re-wrapping the items is actually all part of the concept. Delightfully Wrapped state that the aim of their box is to “bring you beautiful, practical maybe whimsical gifts by British creative businesses”, and that the extra wrapping materials inside the box can be used by you to re-gift the items in your box if you choose to. I often re-gift items I’ve received in my boxes, so love that this is part of the concept.

I was surprised by how many items were in the box. This is mostly because as a purchaser of handmade and small business products, I’m aware that they can often cost more than mass produced items, and the box itself is really reasonably priced at £20. I really love that Delightfully Wrapped have two size/price option boxes, meaning that you can still be a part of their wonderful little world, even if you can’t afford their larger £20 box. The small version has the same theme each month as the larger version and costs just £10.

What was in the Box?

X2 Popsters – 1980’s Record Label Coasters – £5

I’m a massive fan of 80’s music, so when I unwrapped these high-quality coasters made to look like mini 45” vinyl records from popular 80’s bands I couldn’t help but smile. As well as looking cool, they are a decent size, which is great for someone like me who loves drinking from big mugs. I’m looking forward to displaying these in my lounge, and just know they’re going to be a talking point for my guests.

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 Cherry Blossom in the Market Square – Dance in the Rain, Cute Paper Clip – £3.50

Receiving this item in my box couldn’t have been timed any better, as I’ve recently purchased my very own planner, and I’ve been searching for cute planner clips to decorate it with. The super glittery background and embroidered “dance in the rain” saying make it a really cute and inspiring clip. Even if you don’t have a planner, it’ll look fab however you choose to use or display it. This is definitely one of my favourite items in the box. I can highly recommend having a look at the Etsy page for this company, as they have so many gorgeous items.

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Earl Grey and Lavender, luxury Soy Wax Candle – £5

If I’m honest I wasn’t sure how good an Earl Grey and Lavender candle would smell, as they are both quite distinct scents. I’m glad to say it smells lovely, sweet, floral and well rounded, it’s definitely a scent to brighten up those dark autumn evenings. I really like that the contents list included in the box suggests rinsing out the tin once the candle is fully burnt, to reuse as a storage tin. This isn’t something I’ve thought of doing before. I also really like that the tin has been decorated with the multicoloured rain drop washi tape that has been used to wrap lots of the items in this month’s box. Available from www.bringthemarkettome.com .

JollyBrew – London Calling (Earl Grey and Jasmine), Luxury Loose Leaf Teabags 7.5g – £3.99

When it comes to a cuppa, I’m not usually a fan of traditional tea and prefer herbal or fruit infusions. This jasmine twist on the traditional Earl Grey Tea may have changed that though, as I think it tastes delicious and sophisticated. The resealable packaging means that the loose leaf tea contained within each pyramid teabag will stay as fresh as possible until you come to use it. In addition to this flavour, JollyBrew has a variety of different delicious sounding teas on their website, definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of a good cuppa.

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InkBerryPrint.co.uk – Raindrop Notebook – £3.50

I’m a bit of a stationary addict, so I was really pleased to find this wonderful little notebook in the box. Behind the cute print, high quality card cover, you’ll find lots of pages of lined paper, perfect for making notes or lists in. Wherever I am I always seem to have a notebook or too nearby, and this little cutie is a great addition to my notebook collection.

Made by Coopers Apothecary – Calm, Atmosphere Mist – £5

Made by Coopers Apothecary is a brand that I’ve tried before; however, I’ve never tried their atmosphere mists or anything in their Calm range. The name of this scent couldn’t be more perfect, as the blend of lavender, bergamot, ylang ylang, rosemary and frankincense 100% essential oils leaves you feeling perfectly calm. It can be used as both a room and pillow mist to help you drift off to a relaxing and refreshing sleep, perfect when you’ve had a hectic day. The spray is nice and fine meaning it doesn’t drop straight to the floor when sprayed, or leave your pillow sodden before bed. I’ve really enjoyed using this product, and can see it making a great gift, especially for anyone with a hectic lifestyle or with young children.

Jelly Arm Chair – Boo Bees, greetings card – £2.50

This item really made me smile. The brilliant illustration of two bees dressed as ghosts, alongside the caption “Boo Bees” really touched my, at times, immature sense of humour. With October being the month of Halloween, it’s a perfect nod to All Hallows Eve, without the box having a Halloween theme. Having said that though, this blank inside card is perfect to send at any time of the year to anyone you want to make smile. Jelly Arm Chair have a wonderful selection of greetings cards on their website, perfect for any occasion and I’ll be sure to check them out the next time I need to purchase a greetings card.

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Arch & Ivy – Hello, Greetings Card – £2.50

Sometimes it’s nice to send or receive a card in the post, just because. This bright graphic card from Arch & Ivy is perfect for those occasions. The various fonts that have been used for the word Hello make it eye catching and friendly, and because it’s been left blank inside for your own message, you could use it to write a lovely little letter to the recipient.

 Clara and Macy – Raindrop Gift Wrap – £1 approx.

When I was looking for the pricing for this item I got a bit distracted by all the wonderful items in the Clara and Macy Etsy store. I really like that Delightfully Wrapped have provided a sheet of the raindrop gift wrap that has been used to wrap some of the items in this month’s box as it’s so fun and bright, and helps bring together the theme of the box. The brightly coloured raindrops are printed on to high quality forest friendly FSC paper, so as well as being pretty it is environmentally responsible. This paper can be bought as part of a set of 4 sheets with gift tags and ribbon from the Clara and Macy Etsy store for £4.75.

Ribbon and Silk Cord and x3 Gift Tags – £2 approx.

These items have been included in the box by delightfully wrapped to help you create beautifully wrapped gifts, whether you are regifting any of the items in the box, or wrapping other gifts. The silk cord is absolutely gorgeous, and I think would be perfect to use as cord for a bracelet if you did not want to use it for wrapping gifts. I love the quote on two of the tags that says “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”. It’s such an inspirational quote, and the tags are such good quality, that I think they’d make wonderful bookmarks. I’ll be keeping one of them to display on my wall or desk and remind me to dance in the rain when times are hard.

Total Box Contents Value: £33.99

Box Cost: £20 (inc. P&P)

Saving: £13.99

There’s not one thing in this box I don’t absolutely love, or think would make an amazing and thoughtful gift. It’s clear so much thought and love has gone into putting the box together, and making a well themed box that isn’t tacky. The finishing touches are so refined that it makes it feel really special. I’ve really enjoyed discovering British brands that are new to me, and create such brilliant and unique products. If that wasn’t good enough for one box, the value of the items inside the box is amazing too.
I have to say a massive thank you to Cath from Delightfully Wrapped for sending me the October box to review, and if my gift wrapping ever becomes half as good as hers I’ll be over the moon.

If you’d like to purchase your own Delightfully Wrapped box, or see a sneak peek of the themes for some of their upcoming boxes, head straight over to https://www.bringthemarkettome.com/

To keep up with all the latest new from Bring the Market to Me, and their Delightfully Wrapped subscription box, follow their social media accounts:

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/bringthemarkettome/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DelightfullyWra

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