I don’t think that I’ve seen any unboxings for Nerdy Post on anyone’s blog? As far as swag boxes go, I don’t think I’ve overstitching to say that it’s one of the more popular, reliable ones. Even though it’s a bookish box that doesn’t contain a book, I think it’s a pretty good box if you’re interested in the theme and are looking for some fun swag items for Instagram, or to spruce up your personal space.
Nerdy Post has a few different levels of boxes, depending on what you’d like included. The cost of these boxes range from $9.95 for Nerdy Post Lite to $38.90 for the Ultimate Nerdy Combo. Each of the options come with different item classes, building up to more interesting items the higher tier you get. The themes vary month by month and can pull from anywhere in pop culture. They give you good warning what the monthly theme is, and make it very easy to skip the monthly box the theme doesn’t appeal to you.
This post is not sponsored! Just me sharing a box I enjoy! This is my third Nerdy Post box – I received the Dark Arts box and the Lord of the Rings box as well. I do skip a lot of boxes because the last thing I need is swag for a fandom I don’t enjoy, but I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve received!
March’s theme was Young Adult. I read YA, so of course I was in! I usually get the Ultimate Nerdy Post, which is the middle tier, and includes:
- 1 print
- 2 mini prints
- 1 bookmark
- 1 postcard
- 1 enamel pin
- 1 candle
- 1 larger item
- 1 sticker
- 1 large bonus item
- 1 small bonus item
I like the Ultimate box for the large bonus item and the candle. 🙂
The first item I pulled out is exclusive to the Ultimate Nerdy Post box (and Ultimate Nerdy Post Combo) – a candle! This month’s candle is made by Novelly Yours, which is an excellent collaboration. Novelly Yours is (in my opinion) one of the best candle companies out there, and they specialize in YA. It smells both sweet and bitter, and has been inspired by An Ember in the Ashes. While I haven’t read this book yet, I have head amazing things! This item was a win for me – I’m always down for a good smelling candle.
Item number two is a three chain necklace inspired but the cover of Furyborn. This is another book I haven’t read, but I’m familiar enough with the cover that I appreciate the craftsmanship of it. It’s a good representation, but ultimately, it’s a relatively cheap necklace and tangles easily. My initial reaction was that it was a meh item. BUT THEN. I put it on the day I got the box, because why not… and if you are a fidgeter like I am, this is a great necklace play with? Also it looks pretty cool. I don’t think I’ll ever wear it casually, but it’s a good item to wear to Renaissance Faires in the summer and fall.
The monthly pin is a piece inspired by Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. At about this point, I began to sense a theme – this was going to be a box where I didn’t know half the fandoms. Or rather, they’re the popular fandoms that come in every box related to books I haven’t read yet. Such is the way of things… I should have known better. As far as the pins from Nerdy Post go, I appreciate the design of this one, but it’s lightweight and doesn’t feel as finely made as other enamel pins out there? This is sort of a meh item for me personally, but again, fans of the book will probably like it.
This box includes a postcard pack, which Nerdy Post designed alongside Laserbrain Patch Co, Ink and Wonder Designs, and Jemlin Designs. Of all these, I only recognized Ronan Lynch from The Dream Thieves and Zelie from Children of Blood and Bone. Also featuring are Queen of Air and Darkness, The Last Magician, Cruel Prince, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, King of Scars, and Nevernight. Of these, I like three of them, but the other four were meh for me. So this was a sort of 50/50 item.
The sticker came next, just black and white this time, but with lovely typography. That’s something to mention about Nerdy Post – the art in this box is largely typography. I love typography, but I know not everyone will love it? But most of the art in this box is spun around quotes and words. This quote comes from The Exiled Queen.
This month’s bookmark is a heavy double-sided one. I only photographed the A Darker Shade of Magic side (because I liked that side better – I’m fond of that book and hey! It’s one I actually know!) but the other side is a quote from Ash Princess. Bookmarks are a pretty common item in boxes, but the quality of them varies. This one is well designed, well-weighted, and generally good. A good item, as far as bookmarks go.
Every Nerdy Post box includes a postcard. Other than the ones that came in the postcard pack this time (that’s not a usual item) there is always one that can be colored in and shared. This item is never one I particularly enjoy, even when the art is good. I’m just not one who enjoys these kinds of projects and I never color them. This month’s postcard stylistically matches the other postcards, and is inspired by Kingdom of Ash. This item is not a win for me, but I expected it, at least.
Even though I’m not crazy about their fandoms, the two mini prints in this box were my favorite this month. I love the design and I love the quotes themselves. The first mini print comes from Caraval and is a lovely red blossom around smart, black text. It says, “Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.” Love that quote – good item.
The second mini print is inspired by Ignite Me and looks like it is sprouting fine, small saplings from the quote. Another pretty piece of typography, in my opinion. This one says, “Word are like seeds planted into our hearts a tender age, they take rotten us as we grow, settling deep into our souls.”
All three boxes I’ve received from Nerdy Post include a foil print. I really like these – it’s the little something extra that really makes the print pop. This month uses the Harry Potter fandom for inspiration. She actually defended this choice on the spoiler card, saying she realized it wasn’t technically YA, but it was too iconic to bypass. I like the design of the foil print, but I’m not crazy about the colors. It has a rustic feel, which isn’t my personal vibe.
The large print in this box comes from The Wrath and the Dawn. It’s a good quote – vague enough to be interesting even to those who haven’t read the book (*raises hand guiltily*). I like the design on this one a lot – it’s bold and colorful. It sort of has the edge of a circus or carnival feel? I like it.
So all in all this month’s nerdy post really isn’t my favorite. Of all the included fandoms, I’ve only read about 30% of them. This is something I run into a lot with the book boxes, so I should have known better. I find I enjoyed my other two Nerdy Posts a lot more. I would still get the box if I liked the theme – April’s theme was Game of Thrones (which I skipped – I don’t watch the show and it’s been a while since I read the books) but I will be watching for more in the future! I really like her designs and am always happy to find things for the gallery wall.
Do you read YA? What are your favorite fandoms? I was happy to see some less common books included here (Ash Princess, for example). Tell me what you’d like to see in the comments!