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Subscription boxes have become really popular. They make lovely gifts which give year-round pleasure; children love to receive their very own post. We've also included other home delivery products that are not on a subscription basis, as well as magazines.

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Reviews - SUBSCRIPTION BOXES AND GIFT BOXES

Weekend Box

wb1 150wIt's easy to find things to do every weekend with your children when you're a member of the Weekend Box Club. Hattie, Wooster, Sammy and Oswald send you just what you need to keep children happily engaged with a range of projects which can be sent fortnightly or monthly. I've previously reviewed the regular Weekend Box offering, which is suitable for 3 - 8 year olds, so was thrilled to be asked to review (along with my young tester) one of their new STEM boxes, which are designed for 7 - 12 year olds, so keeping the options open for older children to keep enjoying these excellent resources.  A new themed activity box will be delivered through your letterbox (yes, they really do fit through the letterbox!) every month, full of educational fun. The theme of our box was Let's Fly - others include: Catapult Engineering, Bug Catching and Natural Disaster Simulators. They all sound great! Each box includes a colourful instruction booklet, with fun facts, jokes and scientific facts. There were three neatly packaged activities in our box - you do need to add extra items, but these are easily sourced around the house. The activities were: Make a Rocket, Let's Go Fly a Kite and Helicopter Pin Wheels. They are well explained, so children can work on their own with minimal intervention, giving the satisfaction of achievement - although parents will enjoy helping! There's an evaluation sheet plus other activities in the booklet; I'm really impressed with the booklet, which has a variety of activities and is well worth keeping after the activities are complete. Weekend Box offers excellent value, an affordable price which compares well with some others on the market. Each subscription box costs just £8.95 (March 2019), with free p&p. Highly recommended, with lots of different activities to support learning; the STEM box is ideal to support science, technology, engineering and maths, building on the focus being given to these important subjects in education. Subscribe now on the Weekend Box website.

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Home educator discount Weekend Box have launched a home schooling discount. Rather than just a one-off intro offer, home educators can save 17% on the price of boxes permanently - more info at www.weekendboxclub.com/home-education.As the boxes are so ideal to support home learning, this discount is a real benefit to home educators, adding to the experiences they can offer their children. 

Little Piece of Cornwall Subscription Box

If you love Cornwall and all things Cornish, this is the box for you! "The Little piece of Cornwall subscription box is something we have created so that you can take a little piece of Cornwall with you wherever you go. The only subscription box in Cornwall that gives you a little taste of what Cornwall has to offer, each and every month. Whether you have memories that you cherish of previous holidays here, live in the county, hope to live here one day or planning a visit; the Little piece of Cornwall subscription box offers you a hand-picked selection of treats and products from some of the best brands 'born and bred' here." It's a wonderful way to bring a taste of Cornwall into your home month after month - and to whet your appetite for a Cornish holiday.

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Subscribe now at A Little Piece of Cornwall. Prices valid March 2019.

The box arrived in a mailing carton and inside was an appealing luxury gift box neatly wrapped and packaged. Inside were five goodies all from Cornish suppliers - perfect sized treats and a great range. The first thing that struck me was the gorgeous aroma - an enticing start.  We had some tasty luxury chocolates, a scented tea light, body oil, body lotion and a soap - a lovely selection of pampering treats, perfect for busy mums to enjoy with some 'me time'. Some of the products you receive will be sample size, some will be full sized and sometimes you’ll get some little extras thrown in. You will receive a Cornwall Living magazine each month too. This box was a real joy to open and unpack - and use. The products are carefully selected to give a flavour of some of Cornwall's unique producers and the additional information supplied means you can buy products you love - a good way to support local enterprise. A wonderful gift.

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 Honestly Good Smoothies

smoothieIn our time-pressured and health-conscious society, ready-prepared smoothie mixes definitely have their place, and this new company brings us a product that has a very practical place in our lives. Our smoothies box arrived carefully packed, and delivered to the doorstep as requested. Inside, it was well protected with wool packaging and dry ice to keep it all cool. Each smoothie comes in its own pouch, ready to pop in the freezer and get out whenever your family wants a healthy drink. All the fruits and vegetables are organic, sourced from the UK whenever possible. They are so simple to use - just tip into the blender,  add the supplementary superfood sachet and some water, then mix . Honestly Good Smoothies  re-use or recycle 100% of all packaging (they will collect yours) and donate 2 meals to those in need for every box they send out. The website is easy to use. Choose your favoured box - variety, honestly green, honestly veggie or honestly fruity - and whether you want  weekly, fortnightly or monthly deliveries (you can change any time). It costs from £4.75 per smoothie (March 2019). Each pack makes a full pint.

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Treat Trunk

Treat Trunk tell us: "We at Treat Trunk aim to relieve some of the stress of parenting by providing better-for-treattrunk4you, delicious, nutritious and fun snack solutions for the whole family. In each Trunk you’ll find lunchbox, after school and on the go snacks as well as snacks chosen specifically with parents in mind for their health and well-being properties. We strongly believe in self care for parents and having a box of goodness you can always rely on which comes replenished and full of surprises every month is invaluable." This was really exciting to open and explore! Our young testers were happy to find the pack addressed specifically to them - always a nice touch. Inside, the packets just seemed to keep on coming and they certainly live up to Treat Trunk's stated aim of being healthy and nutritious. There's a good balance between savoury and sweet - I've mentioned just a selection here. First up was a pot of lime pepper savoury porridge, a carton of coconut water and then a sharing bag of almond biscotti (I definitely recommend these!). Savoury snacks included pear crisps and chickpea puffs. Fruit shapes and liquorice bears were among the sweet treats, as well as a selection of fruit and nut bars. Chocolate lovers will enjoy the organic raw chocolate and hazelnut praline. Some of the more unusual products included halva and plantain bites. As you can see, a fabulous choice. All the items are dairy-free, sugar controlled and vegan friendly, and it's a real boon for busy adults not to have to check these things - a definite plus point. I was pleased to see generous sell-by dates - sometimes these can be an issue with boxes, but these were excellent for length. Quite rightly, schools have restrictions on the foods that can be included in children's lunch boxes. On looking through the wide range of healthy snacks in our Treat Trunk, there seems to be plenty of items that would be good for lunch boxes so this will be a real boon for busy parents faced with creating different and healthy meals every day. The packs are also ideal for family days out and picnics and with such a wide variety, there will be plenty that every member of the family will enjoy. Some were brands with which we are familiar but there were many we hadn't tried before, so this is a good way to find out what's available. It's also a good way to encourage children to try something different. The first picture shows you what we received, but there's lots more hidden too, so the other pictures give a better idea of the full range of content. If you'd like to see full sample contents lists, take a look at the Treat Trunk website 

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A range of subscriptions are available:

  • Monthly Treat Adventure – 1 Trunk every month, with 20 - 25 items (£35.99 a month)
  • Quarterly Treat Adventure – 1 Trunk every 3 months (£35.99 every 3 months)
  • Monthly Mini Treat Adventure – 1 Mini Trunk every month, with 10 - 15 items (£19.99 every month)
  • Also available are ‘gift’ Treat Trunks at £23.99 or £39.99 each (all prices correct March 2019)

Click here to subscribe We are really impressed with Treat Trunk; everyone loves a snack! It's fantastic to find such a wide range of products and so well chosen to cater for every member of the family. Parents have the reassurance that all the products are healthy - and they are delicious, so everyone will enjoy them. A wonderful box to receive every month - I think it would make a great gift too, for anyone looking for a way to treat a whole family.

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Foodini Club

Foodini's mission is to encourage children and families to cook and eat together, using seasonal, healthy and nutritious food. In our busy lives, it's brilliant to see a product that encourages shopping, cooking and eating together. There may seem to be many similar products on the market, so you might ask 'Why Foodini?'. Well, they are fruit and vegetable based, focusing on seasonal ingredients) and offer two recipes every month. The packs include all the dry ingredients and come with a clear tick-box shopping list for each recipe so you and your child can go shopping together, helping children to make the right choices - or maybe you can use some fruit and vegetables already at home thus reducing waste. On the back of the shopping list there is space for notes. Your child will also learn to weigh out the ingredients rather than having them pre-packaged. The recipes are not restricted to GF foods, include an activity pack and the illustrated child-led step-by-step cards are different to all other similar companies on the market. The recipes are very easy to follow with every stage listed step-by-step and illustrated in detail. The products come packed in an envelope - I realise this keeps packing costs down but a box would be more convenient, especially for young children, so they can see what is there without having to tip it all out, but it's a minor issue. It didn't fit our letter box but the pack can be delivered to a safe place. The bright red envelope did fit the theme of our box which was Chinese New Year - it struck me that the topical theming would work well for home educators who can schedule this in with other learning. The recipes in our pack were Spring Rolls and Pigapple Puffs. I like the fact that the recipe cards can be kept and collected for future use. They also contain really useful information on the back, about the ingredients used, topical information and other recipe hints. To enhance the theme, we received a set of chopsticks and a craft kit to make dancing dragons - this is great fun. The inclusion of so many extras really sets Foodini boxes apart from others and provides a well-rounded product which, certainly in this case, will enhance interest in other cultures. The Foodini Postal Club boxes cost from £10 a month and can be ordered from the Foodini website. It includes: 2 Recipe Packs (1 sweet, 1 Savoury) with dry & store cupboard ingredients and recipe cards; dry ingredients (i.e. flours/grain/spices/herbs/seeds etc); itemised illustrated shopping lists & measurements guide; activity pack – a craft or growing activity. It's all environmentally friendly. There are also lots of other products available - find out more here. A really well thought-out product which stands out from others on the market.

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