Fred’s Mystery Box Review

I love subscription boxes, perhaps it’s the unknown of what will arrive each month which grabs me most or discovering new products which I may not have found otherwise which I like the best – I have been paying for a monthly Birchbox delivery for myself for well over a year now and I am still excited every month to receive them. OK, there are some products I’m not keen on but out of the 5-7 items most are used and I now have a few new favourite brands and products which I now purchase regularly.

Emmy loves looking through my boxes when they arrive, she is almost as excited as I am to see what has been sent so she was over the moon to receive a Fred’s Mystery subscription box of her own to have a look at. She received the one box but seeing how happy she was with it I am rather tempted to sign her up for regular deliveries as one of her Christmas presents.

Fred’s Box was set up in January this year by a Mum of 7-year-old Fred who just loved receiving his own post, he wanted other children to be able to receive their own special box of goodies addressed only for them – all children love it when the postman delivers something only for them after all.

Instead of being filled with small pocket money toys which after a few plays get discarded and never played with again these boxes are a little different. They each contain an age appropriate reading book, some trading cards, an Ooshie (pencil topper), a Fred’s Box pencil and 4 design your own postcards along with this there will be between 2 and 5 other goodies.

I really like the fact that there is a book to read in these boxes, both my children love reading and stories but it would be a great way of encouraging reluctant readers to engage and hopefully look through a book specifically chosen for them.

Fred has actually actively helped his Mum to put these boxes together so they actually include items which children would love to play with as opposed to what adults think they would like to play with – there is a big difference between these two things.

This is prominently why a fidget spinner was included within Emmy’s box – I am yet to find a child who hasn’t loved these, mine have a few in different colours and shapes.

Like most subscription boxes for children you choose the age of your child and their sex – this always bugs me as when doing this girls boxes will generally contain Pink items but Emmy’s favourite colour is actually Blue. She also loves Marvel, Super heroes, pirates and many of the other things which companies tend to label as Boys toys. Harry on the other hand likes to play shops, loves pushing his doll around in a toy buggy and will choose at times to dress up in princess dresses. I am not a parent who labels toys as for boys and for girls – they are children, they will copy what they see around them, they see Daddy cooking dinner, Mummy fixing the fridge or hanging pictures – we are a family who share jobs which need doing, there aren’t male and female chores, these instead are family ones and anyone is capable of doing them.

I did express this to Clare, Fred’s Mum and when I stated Emmy wasn’t keen on Pink and her favourite colour was Blue she was very happy to create a box for her, so if like me you have a child who would like a box with is more neutral then you could email and express this to them in advance.

Emmy was over the moon with her box when it arrived. We were out at the time but this isn’t an issue as the boxes actually fit through the letterbox so you’ll never miss a delivery.

Inside Emmy’s Fred’s box she received:

  • A Captain America Ooshie pencil topper
  • A Pencil
  • A Batman fidget spinner
  • 2 x Shopkins hair clips
  • 5 x Shopkins hairbands
  • The Perfect Pet reading book
  • Avengers trading cards
  • 4 x design your own postcards

This really is a cute little box for children to receive and they are available for only £11.99 and can be purchased as a one off order of as a monthly subscription which when signing up for a subscription you’ll receive a 10% discount and a free gift.

These boxes are aimed at children aged 3 – 12 years of age.

Emmy was very impressed with these items and I felt for the money there was a great selection of products, all of which were actually used many times which is certainly great value. None of the items were discarded, all were age appropriate and great products.

You could also choose an Ooshie’s box or subscription box if you prefer – I hadn’t seen these before but they are super cute and available in boxes of 2, 4, 6 or 10.

For further information please do visit the website fredsbox.co.uk or follow on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Disclaimer: We received this item in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are our own and unbiased.

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