Thursday, 29 December 2016

Fairy Loot: Unboxing A Book Box Subscription

For my last blog post of 2016, I'd like to share one of my favourite Christmas presents with you -  a book box subscription.

Earlier in the year, I posted about book box subscriptions and how I couldn't find any that appealed to me based in the UK. Postal and import duties costs meant using an American or Canadian provider was a no-no, so you can imagine my joy when I discovered there are now a handful of UK based services. For a really good roundup of these services, visit

I decided to get my first book box from Fairy Loot, my choice heavily influenced by December's theme - Sci-Fi Adventure. I would like to try a box from Illumicrate, My Bookish Crate, and Nerdy Bookworm Box, but at the moment Fairy Loot ticks all the right boxes for me (excuse the pun). I'd like to share my unboxing pictures with you, so you can get an idea of the kinds of things included in a subscription service and why they're such a great gift for readers.

December's box was delivered as below. I was impressed
by the obvious thought that had gone into the packaging.

The inside of the box has writing on it and a fairy 
tale quote on the front.

On the opposite side of the art print seen above is a brief 
description of the contents. The list has a spoiler alert 
at the top, so I chose to read it after unpacking the contents.


The first item I saw was a Pop! Funko Yoda. Very impressed!

The next two items are exclusive to this box and Fairy Loot 
- kryptonite fairy dust from Geeky Clean and galaxy socks.

The Luncar Chronicles art print and Red Rising buttons 
below are also exclusive items.

The Way Down Dark sampler and The Long Way To A 
Small, Angry art print are bonus items. The beautiful 
watercolour bookmark from Amie Kaufman is another 
exclusive item. 

The book itself came in a Fairy Loot book bag, 
which I love.

Unpacking the book bag was the most exciting part, because
I had no idea what book I'd receive. A quick read of the blurb
and I knew this was a one I'd have chosen myself. The book
bag also contained a signed bookplate, letter, and bookmark
from the author. Lastly, an author interview by Fairy Loot.

The boxes impressive contents.

Final thoughts: A book box subscription is a fantastic gift for readers, but at between £28 to £32 it isn't cheap. Having said that, the contents of the box easily add up to what you pay and many of them are exclusive. The price also includes postage. If you can afford to give it a try, do. You won't be disappointed.

That's it for 2016. Have a Happy New Year!


  1. Thanks for the information about these book boxes, they are new to me. What a great present to receive. Books are indeed a book lover's treasure.

    1. Thanks, DG. I only wish I could afford to subscribe to them all!

  2. Hi Ellie - what a great box of goodies ... and I've noted Strupag - did you see its meaning = "Scottish Gaelic for a cuppa. Grab a cuppa and join us" ... fun site - and obviously you're totally enjoying the 'show time' ... Happy New Year - here's to a successful one ... cheers Hilary


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