The Handy Box (#thehandybox): April 2014

So there’s a new and intriguing box hitting the scene. Cue “The Handy Box”.

The folks at Handy Box describe it as:

The Handy Box is the first monthly subscription box designed for handy men and women, DIY’ers (do it yourself-ers), and those who enjoy projects around the home.  Each month, The Handy Box delivers useful tools and gadgets to help you complete projects of any size, whether you’re hanging a picture or renovating the bathroom.The Handy Box is designed for beginner-intermediate level people who are building their confidence with tools as well those who are building a simple home-use collection of tools and gadgets.

I was really excited when the folks at Handy Box sent me a free box to review. I’m always trying to update my dilapidated apartment and I am nowhere near very skilled nor do I have many tools. I figure I’m just the sort of person this box is aimed at.

Now let’s jump right in.
BoxOpen Box
My first thought was “really cute packaging”. Probably not the mindset most people looking at tools go into, but still it really was nicely packed.

Hex Ring
Hex Ring Keyset
Description: “This hex key ring set is one of the most versatile tools in any toolbox. This set is conveniently made into a switchblade style so you’ll always have every size ready to go. Comes packaged in a hanging clam shell.”
Verdict: Hit!
This is one of those items that will be a godsend when you buy random furniture you need to put together and I’m sure this one will come in handy. I hold onto all the different hex rings I get and now I can toss them all and just keep this neat fold up one.

Measure
10 Ft Tape Measure
Description: Self Explanatory
Verdict: Like
Okay well this tape measure is plastic and isn’t the highest quality but it will do the job. The reason I do like it is because it will be great to keep in my bag when I go shopping. As I’ve mentioned in other posts I’m doing lots of spring cleaning so this guy will be coming in handy for various projects like putting up shelves and measuring shower curtain rods.

LED Flashlight
Crank Power LED Flashlight
Description: This amazing flashlight’s rechargeable system means it Never Needs Batteries. A quick 30 second crank on the lever gets you 15 minutes of bright LED light from three premium LED bulbs.”
Verdict: Hit!
I could always use more emergency type supplies. After Hurricane Sandy hit and we were without power for awhile I invested in a nice LED camping lantern. This one is quite small so I think it would be good to keep in my car.

Compass
Compass Key Chain With Thermometer
Description: “This handy compass comes equipped with a built-in thermometer which measure Fahrenheit or Celsius.”
Verdict: Miss
I don’t really see a purpose for this type of thing. I would imagine if this is meant for emergencies there are better compasses than one in a keychain and during normal circumstances there are tons of other, more viable options for you to figure out directions. It feels like this was just an afterthought they threw in the box.

Tool KitBatteries
25 PC Tool Set with Built in Spotlight & Batteries
Description:This tool set makes a great automotive tool kit. If you need tools this set has them. If you need light this set has it. The storage case also conveniently serves aas a powerful spotlight. Highly versatile and perfect for emergencies.”
Verdict: Miss
I love the idea of this tool set but it’s made of plastic and just feels really cheap and flimsy. The concept is great and I think if it was just a little sturdier I would love it.  They do get huge kudos for including the batteries.

Full Box
OVERALL

I love the idea of this box, I’m just not sold on the execution. It seemed like most of these items were the kind of thing you could grab at the checkout stand at Bed, Bath and Beyond. The quality of the items just isn’t there and when it comes to tools I think it’s best if you spend a couple bucks more and have  quality items that will come through for you time and again.

My suggestion to the Handy Box crew is to send more quality and less quantity. I also think it would so awesome to focus on a project each month. For example, one month the DIY project could be refinishing a small piece of furniture and included would be a small sander and a stencil. This month’s theme seemed to be emergencies/camping? For that I’d send a really nice crank flashlight/weather radio combo and maybe a set of waterproof matches.

Personally I don’t think I’d subscribe at this time, but if the items become better quality I will definitely consider it.

What do you think of The Handy Box?  Would it come in handy for you?

THE BACKSTORY
Pricing:
1 Month Subscription = $18.95 + $6 S&H
3 Month Plan = $17.95 + $6 S&H
6 Month Plan = $17.45 + $6 S&H

If you’d like to keep tabs on this interesting new box, here’s a list of all their media links:
The Handy Box:
The Handy Box on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thehandybox
The Handy Box on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thehandybox
The Handy Box on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/thehandybox/

Once upon a time, long, long ago, Lisa attended Syracuse University where she studied singing in a giant castle surrounded by ice and snow. After she earned her music degree, she headed to the island of Manhattan, down to the West Village, to a place called the New School. There, she earned another degree in the great art of writing stories for children. She currently works on that same island, in the dungeon of an old building, making up stories while she sorts through endless stacks of papers, just dreaming of working somewhere with windows. She is currently working on several novels and hopes to write her way to that aforementioned windowed place. Her first book, “The Ice Maiden’s Tale,” a fairy tale adventure was released on May 30, 2017 and is up for sale on Amazon. In the meantime, she keeps herself occupied by obsessing over subscription boxes and home renovations.

2 thoughts on “The Handy Box (#thehandybox): April 2014

  1. Oooh, fabulous subscription. I agree the little toolkit doesn’t seem like much, and I probably wouldn’t use it in my house, but I would like this for the car in an emergency. After a nightmare experience of being stranded, I’m still working on my Ultimate Car Kit.

    • I think it would work best for the car. I’m not sure how well it would hold up to wear and tear, but if it’s only for emergencies in your vehicle then it would probably last some time.

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