Erin Condren 2021 Winter Seasonal Surprise Box Review and Unboxing

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It's here – the Erin Condren 2021 Winter Seasonal Surprise Box just arrived on my doorstep! Watch the unboxing and read my review.

photo of Erin Condren Winter 2021 Seasonal Surprise Box - closed

Are you ready to see what's inside?

This little clue was given to us from the Erin Condren team when the box went on sale:

Instead of counting the days, make the days count. Cherish and celebrate! Whether you're cherishing and celebrating your day, loved ones, or the daily action steps towards your goals for a new year, this box will have something to mark the occasion.

Team Erin Condren

The Theme is Celebrations

As you can see from the confetti theme on the outside of the box and from the clue above – the overarching theme of this quarter's EC Seasonal Surprise Box is CELEBRATIONS.

This theme is a little different from past Winter Surprise Boxes (see my review of the Erin Condren 2020 Winter Surprise Box here and the 2019 Winter Surprise Box here).

Typically, the boxes revolved around the “season” – so the winter one tended to have a more of a holiday theme running through.

What Is Inside the This Surprise Box?

2021 Erin Condren Winter Surprise Box open with contents on display

Here is the quick list of the items inside the 2021 Winter Surprise Box:

  • Year Over Year Hardbound Journal (similar to this coiled one)
  • Celebrate Functional Planning Stickers (similar to these)
  • 7×9 Interchangeable Cover in Confetti Pattern
  • A5 EttaVee Festival Interchangeable Cover (similar to this one)
  • ColorBlends Sticky Pocket
  • Dual Tip List Markers
  • Ceramic Tray
  • Mid Century Circles Gift Wrap Set

Let's take a closer look.

Year Over Year Journal

I think that the highlight of this box is the hardbound Year Over Year Journal.

You use this journal to write a blurb for each day throughout the year.

Then, in the following year, you go back to the beginning of this journal and write a new blurb for the current year underneath the entry that you made for the previous year.

inside page of the Erin Condren Year Over Year Journal

It's a great way to track your progress from one year to the next.

While this hardback format is exclusive to the Winter Box – a coiled A5 version of the Year Over Year Journal was introduced as part of the 2021 Erin Condren Holiday Collection and is available for sale on the website here.

Interchangeable Covers

2 Erin Condren Interchangeable covers side by side

This box also included two interchangeable covers to use on your Erin Condren LifePlanner and notebooks.

The first is a standard 7×9 size and features the confetti pattern that is on the outside of the box.

And the smaller cover is an A5 size in a colorful EttaVee design.

Both covers are exclusive to the box – but you can purchase a similar EttaVee cover here in both the 7×9 and A5 sizes.

Dual Tip List Markers

2 erin condren markers and tablet side by side

One item that is a sneak peek is this set of Erin Condren dual tip list markers.

This means that they will be for sale on the website soon!

These markers have one end that is like a stamp.

The blue marker has a checklist circle stamp and the pink has an asterisk stamp.

On the other side of each marker is a fine tip end in black ink.

It's a fun way to make a checklist on the go.

markers on a coiled notebook

Stickers, Ceramic Tray, and Gift Wrap

planner stickers, ceramic tray, markers, pocket shaped sticker

The remainder of the box was made up of some functional planning stickers (similar to these), a ceramic trinket tray, a sticky pocket, and a set of gift wrap in the Mid Century Circles Design.

Everything except the Sticky Pocket (which is a sneak peek) are exclusive to the box.

gift wrap set

My Thoughts On This Box

My favorite items from this box were the Year Over Year Journal and the Dual Tip List Markers.

The planning stickers will be useful and I like the EttaVee interchangeable cover – but the one with the Confetti pattern is not my favorite.

I like the trinket tray and the gift wrap but could really take it or leave it.

And I probably won't use the Sticky Pocket at all. I feel that it is better fit for planners who are much younger than I.

As for the theme – while Celebrations are nice, personally I prefer something more holiday in nature for the Erin Condren Winter Seasonal Surprise Box.

What is An EC Seasonal Surprise Box?

If you are not familiar – each quarter Erin Condren releases what they call a Seasonal Surprise Box.

It is filled with planners and accessories that revolve around the current season.

Of course, you don't know what will be in the box until you receive it – which is why it is a “surprise”.

But typically the value of the items in the box are over $80 – but you only pay around $40.

It is a twist on the traditional subscription box model in that there is no subscription. You simply buy it if you want it each quarter.

However, these surprise boxes tend to sell out quickly – so it's a good idea to grab yours when it first goes on sale.

Past Erin Condren Surprise Boxes

I have purchased all of the Surprise Boxes for about 2 years now.

Here is a collection of my reviews.

Erin Condren Surprise Box open displaying contents

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One Comment

  1. Hi Neena,

    I really liked this article. I didn’t know about the EC seasonal surprise box, but reading about it now has made me interested in trying it out. I really liked the idea of surprise with this box, and I think I will buy one just to have an experience. I have never really tried out any surprise or subscription boxes ever. So, this will be my first time trying it out. I really hope I like it. Thanks for introducing me to something new.

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