Umba Box: the monthly gift you give to yourself

If you’re the Mom, that means you probably buy the birthday presents, the holiday presents, the housewarming presents, the Your First Recital presents, the Sorry Your Husband Got Fired presents. And the only time you ever get a surprise involves the question, “Mom, what did the cat throw up?”

Or maybe that’s just me. Ahem.

But do you put as much care into giving yourself gifts? If not, you need to check out this fun new service.

Umba Box is a monthly subscription service of curated handmade goods. It could be an organic scarf, jewelry, soaps, hair clips, mittens, lip balms, or stationery. It could be something to wear (that will fit anyone), to use, to look at, one big thing or several doodads. That’s the fun–you never know what you’re going to get.

But you know it’s going to be handmade, carefully chosen, and accompanied by info on the artisan. And from what we’ve seen on the Umba Box blog, it’s going to be gorgeous. Think Birchbox, only not limited to beauty product samples.

The subscription is $26 a month, so it’s definitely for a certain type of mom. You can sign up yourself (or a friend!) for a three, six, or twelve month package, or you can purchase on a month-by-month basis. Shipping is free, but there isn’t currently any discount for subscribing ahead of time.

There also isn’t a way to specify your likes, dislikes, allergies, or issues, although they guarantee they’ll exchange your box for something different if you seriously, seriously hate it, which seems fair. But that shouldn’t happen. I’ve seen the first box, and it’s adorable. So adorable, in fact, that I bought one for myself–but I’m not telling what it is!

Every life needs more happy surprises. Why not give yourself the gift of a very exciting mail day? You deserve it. I know it. -Delilah

Visit Umba Box to sign up for a surprise box of goodies. You can see some likely candidates on the Umba Box blog.


Senior Associate Editor Delilah S. Dawson puts the chic in geek. Ask her anything about Star Wars. Really.


  • Reply October 11, 2011


    I would love to do something like this! I wonder if there are any other services that are more budget friendly?


  • Reply October 11, 2011


    posted on the FB site this morning: Happy Tuesday! Because of the timing of our launch, our first month of subscriptions is now closed. If you purchased a subscription in October, it will ship the first week of November. Any subscriptions purchased from today until Nov. 10 will ship the first week of December.

  • Reply October 11, 2011

    Lauren | Umba Box

    Hi BusyMommy,

    Just to clarify, our subscription cycle runs from the 11th of the month to the 10th of the next month. After the month “closes” we place an order with the artisan who needs a few weeks to make all of the products by hand. The subscriptions are then sent out a few weeks after the month “closes.” What this means is that if you subscribe between October 11 and November 10, we order the products on November 11, and your first shipment will go out the first week of December. You will then receive a delivery the first week of the month, as long as you remain a subscriber.

    The message posted on Facebook was just alerting subscribers that we’ve rolled over to another cycle.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at!


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