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.
I often order the Fiction Surprise Box because I love reading and have found it to be a great deal. About a year ago I ordered the Children's Surprise Box for the first time. I was a little disappointed but decided now to give it a second try. I haven't received my box yet, however by looking at the shipping info I can see that I will be quite disappointed. It contains 4 coloring books and 2 packs of stickers, a sticker craft for young children, one board book, a soft covered children's book and an Awesome Bible Adventure DVD which I could purchase for .99 on the website. (I also received 3 of these DVD's with the Surprise Box last order). So, you can see, all but the DVD are for very young children and I could have purchased the items for slightly over $14.00 on the website. If you are ordering for children that are in school this might not be a good purchase.
I love the Surprise box/pack. I look forward each time seeing what is included. There have been many items that can be used by me or our children. If there are items that I can not use, I donate them to our church's pantry or to the church library. The donation items are always appreciated.
I have even given items out as Halloween treats. If I travel I take some of the extra items with me to give out to fussing kids on the plane. It usually keeps them busy for a while and gives the parent they are traveling with a break.
I received this box with hopes for some things for my kids that they would like. I did recieve 4 quality items in the box, but the other 6 were poor quality and are listed in the clearance section of the website. I understand that some items are not going to be high quality, but I could buy the items in this box individually for just over the listed price of the box. One of the books I received was a book that was already on the same order, so now I have 2 copies of the same book, but only wanted one. I will not be ordering this box again.