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I seriously love handmade stuff, don’t you? I mean, there’s nothing better than adoring an item that has been hand-crafted by someone with talents way outside your artistic boundaries.
I’m one of those people that has grand crafty visions in my mind. I stalk DIY stuff and pin it like crazy because I’m definitely going to DIY all of my gifts next Christmas. Buuuut, I’m pretty much the “Nailed it” poster child of Pinterest – case in point:
Clearly, not nailed and probably the most deranged looking bunny pancakes ever created for a small child. What is this even? The problem was that I made it right the first time, but then I panicked thinking it didn’t look like a fluffy bunny butt, and arrived with this glorious piece of art, and emotional scars that will be revisited every Easter for years to come.
Luckily – I don’t have to rely on my superior maker skills and can instead, totally brag about the wonderful artisan stuff I stumble across in subscription boxes like the fantabulous Handmade Hive.
WHO IS HANDMADE HIVE?
Handmade Hive is a unique monthly lifestyle box that curates a variety of locally-sourced handmade items from small businesses around the country. Each month, the contents of the box will be a surprise to you, but they will center on a specific theme and contain a piece for YOUR HOME, YOURSELF, YOUR WARDROBE or YOUR STYLE. Subscriptions start at $54.98 / month. [otw_shortcode_button href=”https://www.handmadehive.com/MONTHLY-SUBSCRIPTION-BOXES-s/158.htm” size=”tiny” icon_position=”left” shape=”square” color_class=”otw-pink” target=”_blank”]Get the box[/otw_shortcode_button] Bonus! Use my link and enter coupon code FIRSTBOX at checkout to get your first box FREE when you sign up for a subscription!
- A portion of the sale of every box goes to organizations that help fight sex trafficking, sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. LOVE THIS!
- Member only discounts on products included in the boxes!
- Fill out a customer style profile which allows them to send you custom items every so often!
- Single box purchases available.
- Refer 3 friends and get one box free!
BUT FIRST, COFFEE
I received the April “But First, Coffee!” box and it was pretty much made for me. It’s no secret that I love coffee, like really, really love coffee, so the theme for this box was spot on (and also SO MUCH FUN!)
Since this box was all about coffee, there’s no surprise that it included….coffee! We received this Arise Organic Ground Coffee from Homestead Coffee Roasters and tasted it the very next day. Dark, sweet, smooth. Most def. a hit! Retail: $12.49
We also got to try something totally new to us: these Premium Hand Drip Coffee Satchels from Cafe Emporos. These satchels look SO fun and were even more fun to taste (we got the Ethiopian Coffee from Xanadu Coffee Co inside our fancy lil’ coffee satchels).
Don’t you just love saying “Satchel?”. Anyway, I totally feel like I need to go camping now. And, just so you are aware, I am an expert in bear survival and will protect my new satchels at all costs. Retail: $10 for 5 packets
My most favorite item in this box was this perfect little Beech Wood Coffee Scoop from The Blonde Moose. Number one, it’s the cutest thing in the land.
Number two? It has “But First, Coffee” wood burned into the handle and I just can’t even because this thing is so cute. Retail: $12 bucks.
Okay – Let’s talk sweets. I shall never abandoned my sweet tooth no matter how healthy I’m trying to be! So, I snapped quick pics of these Dutch Waffles from Swoffle and devoured the French Vanilla flavored one before I finished the photo shoot.
I left the Caramel Filled one on the counter for the hubby to taste, but let’s be honest. I tasted that entire one before he got home from work. I’m not ashamed. Retail $4.50 each.
Then there was this. I mean, how can you not say “awwwww” when you open up a subscription box and find something completely customized to you! It was super hard to get good pics of this because it was glass and I’m no professional – but, what you are looking at is the most dainty and delightful Glass Cup & Saucer from Morning Fog Studios WITH MY NAME ENGRAVED ON THEM! I know I just screamed that, but I’m dying over here. Love this. And LOVE Handmade Hive for including something so personalized in this box. Retail: $15.99.
So, there was a ton of fun stuff in this box (seriously!), but I want to share one of the most important pieces included – this Truth For Women brochure. Truth For Women provides restorative care for sexually exploited women and through other efforts, increased awareness about commercially sexually exploited women. I’m grateful for organizations like this, and for brands like Handmade Hive, who make it their mission to not only delight their subscribers with awesome stuff, but educate them on important issues like this.
WHAT’S IT GONNA COST?
A monthly subscription to Handmade Hive will run you $44.99 plus a flat rate shipping cost of $9.99 – so $54.09. And, remember you get 10% off the goodies inside the box should you decide to purchase more after you’ve tried them.
AND – get your first box free when you use my link and enter FIRSTBOX at checkout when signing up for a subscription! [otw_shortcode_button href=”https://www.handmadehive.com/MONTHLY-SUBSCRIPTION-BOXES-s/158.htm” size=”tiny” icon_position=”left” shape=”square” color_class=”otw-pink” target=”_blank”]Get the box[/otw_shortcode_button]
AM I IN HANDMADE HEAVEN?
Totes. It’s so refreshing to receive a box that not only promotes small businesses around the country, but also contributes a portion of the proceeds from each box to great causes like Truth for Women. Impact updates are sent to subscribers so you can see how your contribution is making a difference.
Verdict? I would subscribe to this box again and again. Let me know if you jump on board too 🙂
Happy subscription boxing!
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