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My first impression of this box was "pretty!", as the preview images would suggest. The second was "heavy!". No space is wasted, this package was practically overflowing with a wide variety of snacks. Some are junk food, but others are pretty healthy. There were two instant teas, and one packet of tomato soup and another of masala oats that are just-add-hot-water.
Most of the snack crates I've tried from different countries are curated for curious foreigners, and have a little bit of information about each product enclosed. This one, I think, is curated for people familiar with everything inside, living somewhere where it's not so accessible, so there were a couple of things I had to look up.
That was my only issue, but it also lead to me learning a lot more than I would have with just one or two sentences, so if you're like me and like to learn about the snacks of different cultures, that's a net benefit. The main things I had to look up with this box were two different kinds of "digestive tablet", and now I know more about ayurvedic medicine and the uses of pomegranate seeds.
I bought this box hoping for some things for myself, and others to give away as Yule presents, and it didn't disappoint. The wall plaque I have already sent away to bring Yuletide cheer to someone who needs it. The candle clearly had a lot of intent put into it, and the room spray is merry without being overpowering or having too much of a "Pine-Sol" aroma. This was definitely handmade and carefully curated, and I will find a Use for most of the items.
I had two packaging issues: more generally, I hate that the wall plaque was packed with Styrofoam. It's bad for the environment, and it's also extremely unpleasant to interact with. Cardboard would have probably been expensive to fit to size, but even bubble wrap is more environmentally friendly, because styrofoam breaks down into microplastics the second you look at it. Also, there was a tiny leak in the packaging of the room spray. It didn't get on anything else because the bubble wrap held it secure, but it did cause the label to smear. Any chance of getting a new label?
I bought this for my mom, who's quite a good cook. Our first experience was pretty good. The tomato and date chutney was not something she would have thought of on her own, and would have been even better if it had been made with fresh tomatoes. She did say that the meal prep time was underestimated. If we had both been working in the kitchen, it probably would have been accurate, but a person working alone should take that under advisement. The meal also needed salt, but it's better to add salt at the table than to oversalt in the kitchen.