One Sweet Cookie by Tracy Zabar (Fancy Retail: $30.00; Amazon Retail: $20.79)
When it comes to cookbooks, I’m as easy as an easy bake oven. I love to collect them and typically can find at least one useful recipe in most of the volumes that end up on my shelves. This book is for fancy pants cookies – the kind you see at tea parties or bridal showers. I love baking, but I favor cakes and pies, since my oven doesn’t understand that pesky concept of temperature. It’s so old the numbers on the dial have rubbed off, so there’s only a deep scratch where 350 degrees *should* be. If you want any other temps, you’ll just have to guess. It also won’t stay on any one temperature for too long (it, like me, is a fickle bitch). But I digress. Anyway, these are super fancy cookies so they’d be nice for Christmas gift boxes or to serve at parties. I think I’ll start with something less temperature sensitive, like a bar recipe and hope for the best.
French Macaron Trinket Box: (Fancy Retail: $14.00)
When I first saw the card for this little trinket box I thought it was glass, but it’s actually made of some type of resin. It’s cute, although the color is slightly disappointing. (I was hoping for a cheerful pastel in lieu of poop brown). Once I realized this item wasn’t breakable, I thought it’d be something cute to tuck into my niece’s Christmas gift. She loves baked goods and little things and hiding little things in other little things so this should be perfect.
Archipelago Botanicals Soy Milk Cream (Fancy Retail:$18.00; Amazon Retail: $14.28)
Surprisingly I don’t actually have much in the way of body lotion and I don’t have any soy milk based body products so this will be fun to try out. This is another great giftable since it seems like a subtle scent that would appeal to a lot of folks.
Pop Chomp Spatula: (Fancy Retail: $12.00; Amazon Retail:$8.94)
Okay, okay it’s a spatula. But it’s a *cute* spatula and pretty darn sturdy to boot. I own quite a few spatulas so I’m not sure if I’ll be adding this to my collection or including it as part of a Christmas gift. Pair it with an upscale baking mix for an adorable hostess gift.
Steep Up to the Plate Teabag Rest:(Fancy Retail:$10.00)
So for years I have tried to convince myself that I could be a tea drinker. Whether loose tea leaves or bags, green or oolong, I just can’t drink more than a few sips. Oddly, I’m also not much of a coffee drinker either. Truthfully, I’m just a heathen who drinks diet soda in the morning. (Listen, I won’t comment on your caffeine fix, if you don’t comment on mine). This little tray is whimsical and charming and paired with some fancy teas it’s a perfect gift for someone who actually drinks (or likes) tea.
With shipping, and minus a few referral dollars (thanks again!) I paid $44.95 for this box. The total retail value on Fancy came out to $84.00. If you factor in the cheaper prices I found on Amazon for a couple items, the cost would be $68.01.
I’m satisfied with this box as a great way to pick up some holiday gifts, although there wasn’t a single item I absolutely loved. I was also slightly disappointed that the cards didn’t really link back to JLove (although the psuedo cookies and milk theme was appealing.)
I really want to see more of a link between the celebrity and their box items since the big draw of the curated subscriptions are the celebrities involved. I thought last month did a great job of giving us info about Jennifer Love Hewitt (her favorite cocktail) while providing a fun cohesive box.
So what do you think? Do you want more celebrity in your celebrity themed boxes, or is it enough to pick up some cool swag?
Fancy Box is a monthly subscription service that curates items that are popular on the Fancy website. There are a few different subscription options. They all cost $39 plus shipping (an additional $7.95).
#1 –Fancy box (Original)
This box features a collection of some of the most fancy’d items, curated by the fancy community. Each box includes $80.00+ of products in the categories of your choice.
The categories you can choose from include: Men’s, Women’s, Kid’s, Home, Gadgets & Media. It also lets you customize your Tshirt size and your cell phone type.
#2 Fancy Food Box
Each Fancy Food Box includes five or more food products – anything from cookies and chocolates to teas and sauces – along with a selection of tasty recipes and pairing suggestions.
#3 Celebrity Curated Fancy Box
There are seven celebrity curated boxes to choose from. Each box includes $80.00+ of products. Most boxes are geared toward men or women though they do include unisex items.
- Verbal Fancy Box (This box is more geared towards Men)
- Cocha Rocha Fancy Box (This box is more geared towards Women)
- Tyler Florence Box (This box focuses on home, kitchen & cooking items)
- Pink Fancy Box (This box is more geared towards Women)
- Jennifer Love Hewitt Box:(This box is more geared towards Women)
- Ashton Kusher Fancy Box: (This box is more geared towards Men)
- Kelly Rowland Fancy Box: Brand New! (This box is more geared towards Women)
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