I recently found out about a book lover’s subscription box called Owl Crate. I love books. I love subscription boxes, too, because it’s like getting a present. I have been using Stitch Fix for two years now so that I could build a more professional wardrobe. I really dislike shopping for clothes, and I often get items in my Stitch Fix box that I might not pick but that I love once I try them on. So I definitely wanted to check out Owl Crate and see what it was about.
Owl Crate has three plans. You can go month-to-month for $29.99 plus shipping. You can do three months for $28.99 plus shipping, and you can also do six months for $27.99 plus shipping. Be aware if you choose three- or six-month subscriptions, you will be charged up front for all three or six months up front. If you want to cancel, you just need to be mindful of the dates because Owl Crate auto-renews until you tell it not to.
Owl Crate’s book focus is on YA literature. I happen to teach high school English, and I love YA literature, but if you don’t like it, then Owl Crate might not be the best subscription box option for you.
I received my first box today.
A little bit Potterish, no? I think Harry Potter might indeed have been an inspiration.
The box was packed full of goodies and fun eco-friendly crinkle-cut fill. The card on the top has information about this month’s theme: Fast Times at YA HIgh—just in time for back to school.
Now for a closer look at the goods. First up, what’s inside this little blue organza bag?
A unique Eleanor & Park necklace! I loved that book. You can check out my review here.
Don’t you love the little mix tape charm?
Next up, a handy Decomposition Book notebook. This is a small memo-sized notebook.
And some cute buttons.
And a Harry Potter print by Susanne Draws that looks like it’s about 6×9 inches. Love this!
An adult coloring book with patterns designed to relieve stress. I will probably need that as I go back into the classroom after summer break.
Wrapped in cellophane with a set of golf-sized colored pencils for the coloring book was this month’s reading selection, Kasie West’s P. S. I Like You in hardcover.
It was just released last month. I think my students will enjoy this one in our classroom library. Here’s a better look at the cover, out of the cellophane.
There was also a letter from Kasie West about the book and a signed bookplate.
I stuck it inside the book right away.
It’s so cute! It matches the book.
Next, I found a teaser about next month’s theme, which sounds perfect to get into the RIP Challenge! (Incidentally, anyone heard anything about that challenge for this year?)
I don’t know what it is, but it will be something connected to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
I am familiar with Out of Print. They make all kinds of cool bookish and nerdy things.
And that was it for this box.
Here’s another peek at all of it.
If I had to guess, I’d say that buying a similar necklace on Etsy would cost about $15-20 based on items like it already for sale. The book runs for about $11.00 right now on Amazon, as does the adult coloring book. The Decomposition Notebook currently runs about $5.00 on Amazon. By the time you add in the unique extras, the box is a deal. Plus it’s a lot of fun. You can check out past boxes on their website, which might help you decide if you want to try it, too. I can think of a lot of teacher friends who might like it.
Full disclosure: Owl Crate did not pay me or compensate me in any way, nor did they ask me to review their subscription box, but I did use my referral link in the first paragraph.