Subscription services seem to be at an all-time high – at least from my corner of the world they do. There are so many subscription services available. If you’re looking for something in particular, chances are it’s out there. Do you love fun colorful socks? Then try out The Sock Box from Woven Pear. Do you have a green thumb? Would you adore cute cacti, succulents, and air plants delivered to your doorstep monthly? Then you might be interested in the Cactus Crate. What about coloring? Tea? Vegan products? Beauty products? Music? Gaming? Fitness? They are available.
Let’s focus on book subscription services though. After all, this is a book blog. I have been a loyal subscriber of Uppercase Box since January 2015. I’ve also been lucky to receive Chroma.Club, The Book Drop box, The Book(ish) Box by Appraising Pages, and the BookCase Club box to review. I love receiving snail mail and getting books in the mail just takes the cake! There are two types of bookish boxes. The first is the unthemed box. This is an excellent choice because the curator is not tied down to a theme and can include whichever goodies they desire. The contents can span different fandoms and different genres and basically have whatever they want. The second of course is the themed box. These are really popular, especially if you know the theme ahead of time and can purchase a box when you know it is going to be themed by a particular fandom, author, or book, etc.
As someone that has received both types of bookish boxes from subscription services and the #otspscretsister project I thought it would be nice to impart some tips for curating your very own bookish box. You can send it as a gift or treat yourself and make one for yourself. Personally, the process is half the fun.
Pick a price point and a theme. Again the theme can be based on just about anything. One thing I like to do if I am curating a themed box for my #otspsecretsister is look over his/her wish list and see what book(s) they want and base the theme off of the book cover or the book’s theme. Other options include a color , holiday, hobby, or fandom theme.
Purchase the main item for the box. If you’re doing a bookish box this will most likely be the book.
If you’re doing a gamer’s box it might be a video game. Or if you’re doing a pet themed box maybe it’s the treats or a new leash.
Purchase small trinkets/extras. This is my favorite part and truly where a theme comes together. Tip #1: Never forget the central theme. Tip #2: Think outside the box. The possibilities are endless! Here are a few ideas:
Don’t forget fabulous packaging! Wrap fragile items in bubble wrap and secure with ribbon, lace, twine, or washi tape. Layer tissue paper, toss in confetti or decorate the box itself. How fun would it be to receive The Raven Boys box (from above) with feathers tossed in? Or The Secret Garden box (from above) with this wrapping paper? Or The Unexpected Everything box (from above) with this confetti?
So there you have it – my guide to curate an awesome bookish themed box. I hope this has been helpful in some way. Maybe you’re participating in the #otspsecretsister project or you have a friend whose birthday is coming up. Don’t forget the holidays are right around the corner too! At the very least maybe you got some ideas for styling Instagram photos.