Olive Box Review – The Subscription Box for Paper Lovers

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One of the boxes I was most looking forward to receiving was Olive Box, which was the first I subscribed to when I decided to make 2013 the year of trying new boxes. Olive Box is described as the “monthly subscription box for paper lovers,” and a subscription costs $25 per month plus shipping.

Here’s a rundown of the items I received in my Olive Box:


Paris in Color

Paris in Color


Paris in Color


Paris in Color by Nichole Robertson: This coffee table book is filled with images (arranged by color) from around Paris taken by Nichole Robertson. The what appear to be Instagram photos show all sides of Paris, and make me want to go there even more than I already do. (You can hear about this in an unusually long tangent in the video below.)


Paris 2013 Calendar from The Paris Print Shop: It didn’t occur to me until I looked up The Paris Print Shop that the creator of this calendar is the author of the book above. This is a cute desk calendar (that doesn’t appear to be for sale in the Etsy shop), but now after looking around Etsy I kind of wish I had a big print instead of the calendar. In other words, there’s a big chance a larger version of the macaron print from above will find its way onto my wall in the near future.

Bonjour Note Card with Macaron

Bonjour Macaron Notecard from Paper Lovely – This is a cute card that I really wish I could send to myself. Since that’s weird, one of my very lucky friends will see this arrive in her mail box soon.

Gallison New York Paris Sticky Notes

300 Paris Sticky Notes from Galison New York


Overall, the Olive Box was a cute box, but not really what I was expecting. I was really hoping for more paper in terms of stationery/note cards/ etc. While I enjoyed opening this box and liked the products that were enclosed, they’re not particularly useful to me so I have to admit that I immediately canceled my subscription.

I think one Olive Box would make a fantastic gift for a friend, but it’s not something I would want to continue to receive each month, especially not considering I paid $30+ for this box. While the box was lovely, the contents just weren’t worth that much to me.

Has anyone else checked out Olive Box? If so, I’d love to hear what you think of this subscription box!

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