Originally Posted by aerofish
Bleh, so I just went and cancelled this box without having even received it yet. There's not a single thing in it that excites me. I mean, donut mix, really? I joined when I saw the awesomeness of the September box. I just wish I could go back and retroactively save myself the money I spent on this.
My theory/hope is that the doughnut mix was in there as a easy, low-fat option for sufganiyot (although a large part of the tradition behind those *is* the oil they are fried in: it represents the one-day supply of oil that miraculously burned for eight days in the Temple). It seems like there are always Christmas-y things in these sorts boxes, so I am pretending that this is a nod to Hanukkah even though there is no jelly, oil, or yeast in it.
And when I first saw the contents of this box, I was disappointed, but the more I think about it, the more I like it.
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The dvd (as a side note, I think they specifically sent a yoga dvd because yoga is calming, and the holidays are not. I would actually keep it if it wasn't for the fact that I don't have a tv, and trying to use workout dvds with my laptop doesn't really end well for me) is going to be combined with something not-healthy yet to be determined for my office's annual white elephant exchange. I don't really cook very often, but I have A Thing for spices since I do *like* to cook (actually, now that I think about it, every couple of years, I will go on a year-long cooking kick, and it seems like I'm coming up on a cooking year in my cook/not-cook cycle. Lip balm? I will always take more. Thank you cards are one of those things I never seem to have on hand when I need them, and it seems more appropriate for them to send these out in the November box rather than the December box since the December boxes might get held up until after thank-you notes get written. I'm not big on jewelry, so I'm not excited about that, but I'm sure I can find someone who is. I'll give the CanvasPop code to my sister-in-law because I think she actually uses that service, and I know I won't. I'll use the Stylemint code on something from Homemint because that's much more my speed.
And I can totally see a holiday theme in this box. Yoga dvd to de-stress, doughnut mix because it's yummy and can be tied to Hanukkah if you squint, spices because this is the time of year that people cook more (and I can actually see two of the spice blends working on the doughnuts. And in unrelated news, last year, I actually gave my dad an assortment of spices from Penzey's Spices, so now that I think about it, this would be a good gift for anyone you may know who likes to cook. I was planning on keeping these, but now that I think about it, they might go to my brother. He *loves* to cook, and they look like things he would use in rubs for meat), lip balm because it's dry lip season, a bracelet because it's fun to have a new accessory (and even if *you* don't like it, this *is* gift-giving season), and thank-you cards because gift-giving season means thank-you card sending season. Even one of the codes is a bit more appropriate for this time of year than others: $30 will buy an 8x10 unmounted/unframed print on canvas, so if your best friend/cousin/brother/aunt has a favorite photo (and they do Instagram photos, too), there's another easy, cheap present.
Man, now that I think about this box in terms of giving things as presents, this might actually save me quite a bit of money, time, and stress. Big thumbs up.
(Of course, it does help that this was a free box to me due to referrals. But for some reason, I keep forgetting that I got it for free, so I keep thinking about it in terms of whether it's worth $35 to me, and I would still be fine with the price given the fact that I can cross at least a few people/situations off my gift-giving list thanks to the contents of the box.)