I caved into the Origin One October 2016 Stationery Subscription Box (The Diwali edition, it’s called?) sometime last month, and I have to say, I’m more than just pleased with it!

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Before I go into what’s in the box, a confession: I’m a huge stationery junkie -My desk is littered with pens in colours that I’ll never need, along with pencils, coloured pencils, spare pens lest the ones I have run out of ink, and refills for the spares. As if that’s not bad enough, I’ve piles and piles of beautiful, expensive notebooks that I’ve left unused because they’re too pretty to use, and more piles of regular notebooks that I purchase in lieu of using up my pretty ones. Basically, a good part of my paycheck evaporates every time I so much as think about paper goods.

Anyway, so I was stalking around instagram a few weeks ago when a very well placed advertisement for the Origin One store showed up on my feed. Naturally, I wasn’t going to ignore photos of gorgeous, well designed stationery, and a few clicks later, I found myself ordering their stationery ‘subscription’ box. The idea of a stationery subscription box was something I found exciting because if you’re anything like me, you don’t purchase stationery on a need basis (and probably have more paper related paraphernalia than you have storage space), which is why it’s nice to be surprised with a variety of different products.

 

I placed the order for the Big October 2016 box (which was Rs.2,000/-, they also have a small version for Rs. 1,000/-) on the 24th of September and it was home on the 29th (they start shipping on the 25th of the previous month, I’m told). It was packaged in this wonderfully old-style fashion, with a colourful watercolour wrapping paper that was held with string, a detail that I loved – it was like opening a present (that you gave yourself but whatever)!

Here’s a picture.

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11/10 for Packaging

 

The contents were just as impressive. More pictures!

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How cute, right? Also: HOW CRAZY GOOD ARE MY PHOTOSHOP SKYLLZ RIGHT NOW?!!

All the products are really well designed and functional, although the only product I actually ‘used’ was the little sweet that they’d sent. At least I hope it was a sweet (either that, or I had some really tasty glue). The checklist notepad is genius, the notebook is small, but I loved how the pages were designed (they’re dotted on one side and ruled on the other), the coasters – 4 in total – are sturdy despite being made of paper and I can’t wait to print photos for the frame. The envelopes and cards are also exceedingly pretty for gifting and stuff, but knowing me and my alpam tendencies, they’re going to stay unused in that package for a long time.

Speaking of alpam tendencies, I’ve also saved the watercolour paper and the strings lest an occasion comes tomorrow where I’ve to wrap a present (although the truth is that I’m so alpam that I’ll never use it and might end up keeping it until it becomes mouldy or something and I’m forced to throw it away).

Am I happy with this box? Absolutely. Would I order another box? Hm, I wouldn’t want a repeat of the stuff that I already got, so provided that doesn’t happen, most definitely! Given the variety of products that they have (they have planner stickers, even!) it shouldn’t happen, but if it does, then eh, I’ll stick with Hindustan Trading Centre, thanks.

Are you a stationery nut too? Where do you buy stuff? TELL ME EVERYTHING.

{Blah blah this wasn’t a paid review blah blah honest opinion blah blah gtg bank account crying bye}