I love everything about stationery, from the feel of the paper in your hand, to that delightful sound when you open a notebook for the first time and smooth down the page...so you can imagine how much I fell in love with the idea of a monthly stationery subscription box from HoneyTreePost.
There are two subscription services available; The Stationery Lover's Club and Young Honey Tree for little people who are also stationery fans. HoneyTreePost sent me out their Stationery Lover's Club box for October and asked me to review the contents and share my thoughts.
So what exactly did October's box contain?
As you can see there is a large selection of items, from gift tags to postcards. I am looking forward to using the writing paper for my existing penpal project as well.
My favourite item from within the box is the satchel print without a doubt; I've already found a place for it on my study wall.
As you can see the greeting cards included are very much in keeping with the season with the pumpkins, cauldrons and black cat.
I loved the contents of the box and I can really see myself making use of each piece. We have a bonfire party coming up which will definitely call for some autumnal cards, for example and I love that it gives me an excuse to send a friend a card or a postcard, just because.
How does it work?
HoneyTreePost promise that each month you will receive no less than 7 stationery items with a collective retail value of £30 or more. Each of these items will be designed exclusively for HoneyTreePost by a leading UK stationer and will always include a print so you could gradually build up a collection for display if you wished.
Each month the contents will change to reflect the time or year and season, as you will see from October's box which had a very autumnal and Halloween-esque style to the contents.
Boxes are shipped each month on or before the 15th to anyone who has signed up before the 5th of the month.
Better yet, HoneyTreePost donate £1 from every subscription to Post Pals; a charity which focuses on brightening the lives of poorly children by sending them a gift, a card or a letter so you can be confident that your monthly subscription is also going towards a good cause.
How much does it cost?
The cost implications depend entirely on the length of the subscription you sign up for. The longer you sign up for, the lower the cost of each box. A single month is £15 a box, a 3 month subscription is £13.50 a box, 6 months is £12 per box and a 12 month subscription is just £10.50 a box.
Is it worth it?
Having been caught out by monthly subscription boxes before I have to admit that this is something I have thought carefully about. If you were to make use of each item contained within the box then it would certainly be value for money compared with buying each item individually. Consider how many cards you buy a month and you will probably find that it's cheaper to sign up to HoneyTreePost. Not to mention the excitement which will inevitably come with receiving a box through the letterbox each month; I think I may actually add the subscription service to my Christmas list!
If there was a month when I didn't really like some of the items (which I'm sure will happen at some point) then I'd have to make the decision to use them regardless, or pass them onto someone who could make use of them otherwise yes, it does become a waste of the money you have paid into the subscription. If you are willing to do that and judging by the quality of this month's items however, I think it does represent good value for money, especially for anyone who has a real love of stationery.
What do you think of the idea of a monthly stationery subscription service? Perhaps you know someone who would appreciate this as a gift?
Why not try a box out for yourself? If you are quick you can get 50% off your first month's order, if you use the code HTP50 before midnight on the 30th September.
I was sent a HoneyTreePost box free of charge for the purpose of this review; however all thoughts and opinions are my own.