Monday, December 22, 2014

Tique Box December 2014 Winter Party Gift Box

Tique Box is the perfect box if you want to discover unique, handcrafted goods.  Tique Box finds the hidden gems, packages the up and presents them to you each month.  This box was complimentary, sent to me for review purposes.  It is no longer available but will give you an idea of what you can expect to find in your monthly Tique Box.

I have been very impressed with the curation of these boxes over the last few months.  Supporting small businesses and hometown artisans is a wonderful endeavor and I love to see so many women owned companies represented.  This box is a true labor of love for the co-founders and they take great pride in finding the best and most authentically Portland items to send to you.
As a Pacific Northwesterner, I can really relate to the items that make it into these Tique Boxes.  It's funny because I know we have a reputation for being very free spirited, independent and quirky. With an understandable amount of granola thrown in.  I don't deny it, I embrace it!  Plus as a Seattleite, I'm bound to say that most of the granola bits come from that Portland area anyway.  Nothing wrong with granola, it makes for some creative minds and gifts!

The Cost: $25/month

What You Get: A box full of carefully curated local products and crafts- made exclusively by Portland artisans.  Experience the fun and quirkiness that is Portland and get to know some of the creative minds behind the products included.

Bob's Red Mill Bean Soup Seasoning Mix- Did you know that Bob's Red Mill is based in Oregon? Yep!  And this bean soup mix will flavor your pot of beans perfectly with just 2 Tablespoons!  It also suggests using it with Bob's Red Mill 13 Bean Soup Mix.  I might have to pick some of that up and do it.  It's bean soup weather here in Seattle for sure!
Value: $4

Treehouse Chocolate Co. CAMP Drinking Chocolate- Using organic and fair trade single origin dark chocolate and organic coffee, Treehouse Chocolate Co. has made it possible for you to whip up your own mocha no matter where you are.  I cannot wait to try this.  I *love* hot chocolate!
I can't believe the owner actually lives in a treehouse but that's Portland for you.
Value: $3
Scratch and Grain Baking Co. Cookie Kit- This cookie kit comes with all individually packaged ingredients, so that you can really feel like you are making the cookies and also get the best taste. You just need an egg and 4 Tablespoons of butter.
I'm totally going to make these. I absolutely love how it includes flaxseed meal.  A healthy addition that won't change the taste. And seriously, best gift ever.  So cute!
Value: $8
Meme & Saysay Oregon Ornament- Made out of wool felt, this is an adorable Oregon shaped ornament for your tree.  Meme & Saysay is an Etsy shop owned by Kelly Jones in Portland. She makes all sorts of little felted products including tooth fairy pillows and blankets.
Value: $3

Portland Postcard- What's a Portland box without some art!? This postcard is of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Portland's Broadway.  It's one of Portland's historic buildings and was built in 1930.  This postcard features the art of Oregonian Aaron Trotter and you can find more of his drawings on illustratedplayingcards.com.
Value: $2
Shurky Jurky Sample Pack- Classic homestyle rip and tear beef jerky.  There are only three pieces of this and it includes a turkey strip, beef strip and pork strip.  All are flavored the same with pineapple, Bragg Amino Acids (of course, because it's Portland, the jerky would have something  like this), pepper, cayenne, onion, garlic tamarind, paprika, vinegar and anchovy paste.  Quite, quite tasty. The pork was my favorite.  Turkey my least because it was extra dry.

VERDICT:  Another eclectic and fun collection curated by Tique Box!  You never know what you are going to get and that is part of the fun.  The only thing I wish was that there was more beef jerky because that sample was small!
This particular box was a Holiday selection that is no longer available.  However, you can sign up for a subscription and receive a themed box each month full of items that originate in the Portland area.
You'll get handmade gifts, artisan foods and something that is sure to be unexpected.  This is one of the most fun non-beauty boxes I've received.

If you're interested in Tique Box and would like to subscribe, you can do that here on their website.
You've sort of lost your chance to give it as a gift this season but you can always write a card and tell the receiver to expect a box next month. :)  They do have some gift boxes still available, though they are not necessarily holiday oriented.  You can see those here.

*This box was complimentary for review purposes.  This does not change my opinions.

1 comment:

  1. I didn't know that Bob's Red Mill was based in Oregon, but somehow it doesn't surprise me. Now I'm curious about what's in the soup seasoning mix - is it better than the 8000 herbs and spices I already have at home? Curiosity kills!

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