I needed a few more $'s to use the free shipping code I had, and after perusing a lot of specific items, I ran across this and gave it a shot. I was hoping to get some infant/toddler items for my one-year-old daughter and, perhaps it was chosen because the other items in my order were cloth books, but I got a lot of books and CD's that were perfect for her. I only got like 2 books that are for pre-teens/teens that I can give to some of the kids at our church, and 8 things that I can use now with her. I was so glad it was stuff relevant to her and not stuff I'd be unable to use or have to stow away for now. I do think that there should be some more specific options or age ranges that you could choose for this because children from birth through teens is kind of a big range for this. But overall for $9.99 I received about $32 (current sale prices) of stuff that she will use! :) Being able to choose an age range I would definitely order again, but without it I may only order it when ordering other items for her age in case that is what signaled what I was looking for this time.
i am very pleased with the mystery box i ordered this time! i needed a cheaper way to restock our childrens library while revamping our little nursery at church, and nearly every book in the mystery box is perfect for it! (the one exception being a curriculum book, which we will use for our childrens church anyway!)
i was especially pleased to see that there were so many board books in this pack, well worth the $10 this pack costed!!!!
I think it's worth the money and works great for my kids
December 21, 2014
I was surprised to see so many negative reviews of this, I found the surprise pack to be totally worth the $10 and filled with things my children will love. So much so that I had to purchase a second and hoping many of the same things are in it b/c I will need doubles of some things.
Very Disappointed. Waste of money & now I have to spend more to replace the gifts I hoped to get.
November 19, 2014
I have ordered from Christianbook.com for many years. I have always loved getting this surprise package. I've used the stuff in it for Christmas stocking stuffers & gifts for all my nieces & nephews. I usually order 2 of this packages each year & almost always have stuff left over for future gifts.
Last year I was very disappointed with what we got. Even my kids noticed the poor choice of items in the box. The items we were given were things I recognized from the Bargain section here.
Yet I decided to take another chance this year but I ordered only one instead of my usual two. Sadly like others have said it is disappointing. My items were shipped today but looking at my order I can tell what I'm getting. The value of the items is about less than $8 or so. The selection is pretty bad. I don't see anything at all that I'd like to give as a gift or use for stocking stuffers. I've already made plans to donate most of the stuff to our church to use as prizes for Sunday School or Awanas.
I will not be ordering any more of these surprise boxes. I now have to spend a lot of time figuring out what to get each one of my nieces & nephews. Plus I'm already out $10 of our budget. I know I'll have to spend way more than that. It's not I don't mind spending the extra money it's just we don't have it. (sigh)
I'm also aware the point of the surprise package is to get a surprise. It's just it is no where like it use to be.