Launched in November 2014, Pet Giftbox is one of the newest boxes on the market. In addition to ordering your own dog goody box, you can gift either a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription to a friend. There is also an option to gift a one-time box.
About Pet Giftbox
It all began when a group of friends found themselves talking about their pets over a long leisurely summer day. Everyone agreed that it was very expensive to try out new pet products, new foods, and new toys – and not always easy to get access to premium products in their local stores. The friends came up with the idea of an affordable pet subscription box made up of only the highest quality products, new and unique toys, and healthy pet treats.
The dog boxes come in three sizes – petite pup, mid-sized pup, and hefty hound. Subscriptions range from $17.99 per month without long term commitments, to one time gifts at $24.99. The subscription does auto-renew but you can cancel anytime. Shipping is free and they ship the boxes in the first week of each month. When you sign up you’ll be notified when your box is expected to ship.
A portion of all proceeds are given to America’s VetDogs,® an organization serving the needs of veterans with disabilities.
Inside the Box
Update: We filmed an unboxing video for a box more recent than the one in this review – July 2015. Check it out to see my first impression of what was inside.
Pet Giftbox sent us box to check out in exchange for sharing the experience with you. Unfortunately, I am a schlep and I am just now reviewing the box…and they sent it to me in November!
Our box contained 5 toys and 1 treat. All of the items were the SPOT brand by Ethical Products Inc. In my opinion, these were lower to mid-grade toys.
One toy was a rope-ball toy called the Knotty Tug. It looked to be the most durable toy of the bunch. It is a tennis ball with a rope threaded through it. I have seen toys with this type of rope promoted as “teeth floss” because they might scrape tartar off of your dog’s teeth when they chew on the bound threads. Note: this toy did not claim that. I mention it to describe the toy better.
One toy was made of fleece material and contained a squeaker. One was a Christmas elf toy with a box inside and sang when it was squeezed. I expected it to squeak so I was pleasantly shocked when it sang instead. Chester didn’t seem so impressed.
The elf toy and the penguin are made of a soft fabric. The 4th toy was made of a light Nylon canvas and the 5th toy was made of a thinner latex rubber.
The treat was Pup-RRR-Mint Dental Chews. The package states they were made in the USA and are easy to digest. The chews are not touted as all natural but I didn’t see anything offensive on the list.
For a more detailed description of each of the toys, please visit the Paw Print Pet Blog (her toys vary a bit in looks – like she got a rubber chicken instead of a pig – but they are the same toys as was in this box)
What Did I Think?
I think the amount of items that came in this box was good for the price. I wasn’t very impressed with the quality of the items though. I think they would work for dogs that are light chewers or don’t chew at all but they wouldn’t last very long at our house. I think the fleece starfish would probably last the longest. Well, the rope-ball toy would, technically, last longer because Chester and Gretel weren’t interested in it (but I’ve seen that kind of toy be very popular with larger dogs that like to tug).
I enjoy a mix of edible things and toys in my subscription boxes. Chester and Gretel only need so many toys but go through treats like nobodies business.Based on my experience with subscription boxes, what they contain varies a lot from month-to-month. I assume that the boxes may contain more treats than toys in some months so it probably all balances out.
Overall, I was a bit disappointed in this box. I would of rather received fewer, higher quality items. I would definitely give this box a second chance though. The price on this box is great.
Also, this service is new and they are still learning their way. I have tried several new-to-market boxes and they are always a little different 6 months later than they were in the beginning. I am sure that PetBox is keeping track of feedback and reviews to improve their boxes in the future. Since the box I am reviewing was sent to me in November, they are already 3 months into the process.
You can check out the January box here. It contained 5 items and I was pleased to see the improvement in quality. Chester and Gretel would have loved those treats (we have actually tried the Barksters beofore – read our review)
I would rate the box as lower than average to average (the higher average rating due to the number of items in the box).
Pet Giftbox is a fun brand with great photos and context on their Facebook Page. You can keep track of what is going on with them there.
UPDATE: While our experience with Pet Giftbox was positive, I’ve received several comments on this post from people that had negative experiences (SEE the comments section below). After several attempts to contact PetGiftbox myself, I recieved a notice that there has been a staff change and this message: “I would like to offer my sincerest apologizes for any issues [your readers] have faced with PetGiftBox…. I would like to try to make things right. Please [tell them to] feel free to reach out to me personally, as I would love to change [their] mind about PetGiftBox. We offer an awesome service with fun monthly themes that pets and their parents love! Please let me show you that PetGiftBox can be a wonderful experience for both you and your pets. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Pet Giftbox. I received a box in exchange for my honest review. Here at YouDidWhatWithYourweiner, free does not equal good so everything we say is really how we feel about the product. Pet Giftbox is not responsible for the content of this article.