Who likes surprises??
Before becoming a dad, surprises were awesome!
Things like: tickets to see a Raptors playoff game; a new PS4 game; spontaneous weekend trips. These were awesome surprises.
Now surprises usually come in the form of me having to Oxi Clean poop smeared shirts, pants, and onesies.
But what if there was something that brought surprises back into a positive light?
There just might be something that turns the tide…a little.
Warning: This post is loooonnnnnnng.
So if you’re looking for the TL:DR version:
This box subscription makes a great gift if you have a dad-to-be in mind, but it could be costly for some people on a budget.
If you stumbled on here looking for a coupon code, I’ll just cut to the chase:
You can use the code “DADMODEON” for 10% off anything from their gift shop. (Here’s a link to their gift shop website.) However, I highly encourage you to read the rest of the review. ☺️
A Pleasant Surprise – Rad Dad Box
Last month, I was generously sent a sweet gift from a crate subscription company called Rad Dad Box. They asked me if I wanted to do a review on their services and I happily agreed. In a world full of mommy blogs, it was nice for them to approach me with a product that is dad-centric and dad-friendly.
If you’re not too familiar with crate subscriptions services, essentially a company sends hand picked and curated items to subscribers on a recurring schedule. These items typically fall in line with your interests and needs. Yes, there is a subscription fee, but the value you get back typically goes beyond cost.
It’s essentially paying for a personal shopper who will deliver a nice gift of random items once a month.
What makes Rad Dad Box unique?
Their focus is on dads like you and me.
I know moms (deservingly so) get lots of attention, but once in awhile it’s nice for us dads to get pampered.
What type of pampering, you ask?
Well, to get a better idea of what you actually get, here’s a description straight from the source:
The Rad Dad Box is a monthly subscription box containing items to support new dads and their children. We include self-care products, such as soap, deodorant, and hand sanitizer, Dad-themed books and apparel, and Dad-approved toys and products for baby.
Basically, if you don’t have the time or knowhow in purchasing certain items, Rad Dad Box takes care of it for you.
I mean the lack of time and knowhow pretty much sums up my definition as a new dad, so this actually works for me.
What’s inside the box?
At the beginning of my post, I mentioned getting positive surprises. And if you do choose to subscribe, I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you. What I can tell you is that the box I received contained a combination of toys, tools, and essentials for you and your baby.
I won’t go into the items any further, but if you’re really dying to know about one of the items, I’ll reveal one at the end of this post. You’ll find my quick thoughts on one of the items included in the box. So if you really want to know, be sure to read on.
As a dad, I’ve learned that once you receive any gift, it is thoroughly inspected by the resident Box Inspector. Their unnaturally clammy hands loosen all tape and glue – allowing them to open up boxes with ease. The gift contents are then put through a rigorous finger, mouth, and saliva test to ensure that they are of highest quality. Thanks @raddadbox for sending me this package of dad-centric goodies! My Box Inspector is having a field day with the contents. I like it too! Even though it’s a little wet from the drool.?
Is It Worth It?
The obvious question here is: is it worth it?
Looking at the cost of it all, here’s a breakdown directly from Rad Dad Box:
The cost of the one-time boxes starts at $20 and goes up to $60. The $60 box is available only as a one-time box. Subscription boxes start from $13/month (for the one-year subscription to Rad Dad Essentials box) and go up to $50/month (for the month-to-month Rad Dad Big Box.)
The box that was sent to me was the Big Box, which was valued at $50/month. Based on my rough estimate of the items that I received, I think it was around the same value.
Beyond trying to figure out the actual value, the thing to consider is that these items are thoughtfully picked with the baby and dad in mind, and that in itself is worth something beyond dollar figures.
Would I personally get it for myself?
Probably not – but the caveat is, I’m pretty cheap and I already have some of these items. Had I known I would get an assortment of monthly items, I probably wouldn’t have purchased similar items on a regular basis.
Would I get this as a gift for someone?
Absolutely – and the next section explains why!
Who Should Get This?
If I had a friend or a family member who is about to become a dad, I think this would make an awesome gift.
This would also make a great pooled gift from a group of coworkers, if they wanted to chip-in and buy something nice for a for a staff member going on parental leave.
There’s so much stuff out there to buy for new parents, it can get overwhelming and often times people just don’t know what to get. I remember a few years back when I was tasked with buying a shower gift. I ended up buying a book for the person. I doubt the person even read it, and even if they did, I’m sure they forgot who got it for them as a gift.
At least with the Rad Dad Box subscription, you know you’ll get a variety of items that have been carefully thought out with the dad and baby in mind.
There’s also something nice about receiving a gift that keeps on coming.
Being a new dad can be tough.
There are so many things that we have to figure out on the fly, and we are constantly bombarded with new challenges of taking care of a new kid and being a good spouse.
With this new role as dad, we may even feel trapped or isolated. I remember there were times where I needed to take a break and step away from things, and simply think positive.
Besides, I’m tired of mom getting all the attention…it’s about time us dads got a nice gift.
I’m only kidding.
Please don’t put me on a stake.
But seriously though, what’s more fun than getting a surprise gift every once in awhile, not in the form of poop?
I’m not saying getting a box subscription will automatically make being a new dad easier, but having something to look forward certainly helps get your mind out of a rut caused by sleep deprivation.
With that in mind, if you are seeking to purchase a gift for a dad-to be or current dad, I think the Rad Dad Box subscription service would make a wonderful and thoughtful gift.
10% Discount Code
If you really are interested in getting the Rad Dad Box, why not get it at 10% off? Use the code: “DADMODEON” for 10% off on any purchase from their gift shop!
I do not receive commission or any monetary return if you use this code, nor am I affiliated with Rad Dad Box. I’m simply putting this code out here so that you can save a little money to spend on other things like, potato chips or Netflix.
The Rad Dad Box Item Reveal
If you’ve made it this far into the post, kudos!
As I mentioned in my review, I will reveal and give my thoughts on one of the items.
Without further ado my favourite item from the box was…
I know it might seem a bit strange, but I don’t remember the last time I was gifted soap. Heck I don’t remember any time that I deliberately purchased soup.
Growing up, I just used whatever soup was available. And even now, I just use whatever’s on sale.
As much as I love smelling like Terry Crews, I actually prefer something a bit more unique than Old Spice. The “suds! Bath and Body” soap bar that came from the box was something that I thought was a great item to receive.
Maybe this is a little TMI, but when you’re a dad, the toilet and shower is your sanctuary. Sometimes you just need that tiny escape. What better way to heighten your escape-imagery, than to use a uniquely scented bath and body soap?
I won’t get into too much of the smell, but the soap has a subtle tea leaves and wood smell that I really liked.
So yes, soap.
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Thanks again for reading this review, now if you excuse me I have to toddler to chase. 🙂