I can only start this post by saying I can’t believe how fantastic the Mila & Pheebs subscription box is.
I went through a massive phase of subscription boxes for me, until I realised that I know what I like and that’s for a reason. Because the subscription boxes I bought were just like “here’s some of what you might like”, and some would be ok, some would be put in one of my many storage boxes as there might possibly be a point in the future when I would like to use it, or I’d re-gift some of the contents. I came to realise I wasn’t getting my monies worth. So I stopped, and just bought the make-up/ stationery/ food that I wanted or that I wanted to try.
When CM was invited to try a subscription box for children, focused on crafts and stationery, well I couldn’t help but think it was perfectly suited.
I think I’ve previously written about how difficult my daughter is to buy for, having never been particularly enamoured with teddies or dolls, she usually ends up with everything on her birthday and Christmas lists because she likes so little- My Little Pony/ Monster High/ Shopkins – that’s it.
But creating. Creating has always been her thing. The mainstream things mentioned are top-ups for notebooks, crayons, paints and crafts. She loves to draw, to write, well, to be.
And so Mila & Pheebs subscription box couldn’t have been more perfect:I’d love to tell you at £9.99 I think it’s pricey.
The other day, as a treat, I bought one of the boys a magazine. Even the woman on the checkout commented how expensive it was.
With this subscription box you could feel the quality in each item.
I’d love to think about how much I’d pay for the Bark Colouring Pencils alone. I love that everything keeps to a theme.
That is encourages CM to ask questions.
That it’s not a load of random things which you might like.
But there is the common thread running through. And as is CM’s nature, everything became about someone else.
She created the most creative cards for her friends.
I tried not to get too cross when I collected her from school to find one of her friends with the hedgehog craft kit. It had been a stowaway with her that morning, she and him had taken the time to create it perfectly, and it was her gift to him.
That feeling of being cross because I couldn’t take a photograph of it, and just feeling the love of how proud they were that he got to take it home. Money really can’t buy those moments.
CM also gifted her brothers. The boys and I are making our way through the Roald Dahl collection, and the Fox paperclip made the most perfect bookmark as we made our way through ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’.
So, what of the £9.99?
Well, it depends on what you’re likely to spend on your child each month, but I think at seven years-old CM is now at the age to earn things rather than having random treats based on behaviour or chores.
I love the idea that this constitutes quality and learning, rather than acquiring more blind bags.
And before it becomes about me, the enjoyment she got from her subscription box was (and is) fantastic. Unlike the Shopkins which I tread on like Lego. The subscription box on the other hand is kept where mummy keeps all her theatre programmes (the shelf which should not be touched). The contents are removed, used, and returned. I am tempting fate, but I have never seen CM look after something so well.
Saving up her points each month to deserve a subscription box? I think this is something to which she and I would be happy to commit.
So… worth £9.99.. yes. And, like any good subscription box, by prepaying, the boxes can become £8.33 per month, and there’s no postage fee on subscription boxes if you’re in the UK.
Perfect for the 6+ year old it’s aiming at, Mila and Pheebs have designed this box perfectly.
And, if there was anything else to convince me of why this box is perfect, Mila & Pheebs is a family run business and with a name inspired by the couple’s 21 old twins Milena and Phoebe (enough said really!).
Based in Cardiff, Mila & Pheebs create themed stationery and activity boxes for kids. A new box is released each month and includes items such as stickers, notebooks, pencils, word searches and a collectible iwako eraser.
Subscribe at Mila & Pheebs by the 19th of the month to get a perfectly creative subscription box for your primary school aged child.
And it’s worth looking for subscription boxes which suit your child – A Suffolk Dad reviews a box which encourages your child outdoors.
Disclosure: We received a subscription box for the purpose of this review. All opinions and views contained are our own.