What Is Citrus Lane?
Citrus Lane is a monthly subscription box that provides 4-5 age appropriate gifts for your child. These products can include toys, clothes, crafts, snacks, or even household items. Citrus Lane has included brands like Aden + Anais, Skip Hop, Hape, Tea Collection, and Melissa & Doug in past boxes.
Each box is tailored to your child. You simply enter your child’s birthday (boxes are available for kids newborn through age 5) and gender. You can also opt to have boxes for a “neutral” gender.
How Do I Get It?
Subscription plans start at $81 for a 3 month subscription, although you can save money if you have a promo code or get a longer (6 month or 12 month) plan. If you are interested, you can sign up here. (Full Disclosure: Although I do not receive compensation from Citrus Lane to review their products, I will receive credit when people sign up through this link.)
In addition to its monthly boxes, you can add products from Citrus Lane’s online store to your box. If you opt for an “add-on,” you won’t have to pay an additional shipping fee.
The biggest gripe I have about Citrus Lane is that you have to create a new account for each additional child. I wish they had boxes that include a few gifts for both! Right now, I’m only getting one box, but I may decide to order a second box for my 15 month old son eventually.
Citrus Lane May 2015 Review (Age 3; Gender Neutral)
I opt to get a gender neutral box for my daughter. I do this for two reasons: (1) I have a younger son and try to pass down as much as possible to him; and (2) my daughter’s favorite color is blue. I figure the girl box would include lots and lots of pink.
May’s box is focused on the outdoor. It includes four different items, two of which are from my favorite brands: Tea and Hape.
Retail Value of Items
The above is a picture of the box as a whole and the items it contains. Here are pictures of the card:
The box includes (Note: Citrus Lane does not provide retail prices):
- Cotton Summer Essential from Tea Collection (Retail Price of similar styles: $22.50)
- Sand Toys from Hape (Retail Price: $6.50)
- Portions to Go from Goodbyn (Retail Price for similar: $12.99)
- Sunscreen Bands from Sunburn Alert (Retail Price: $5 (based off of $10 for 10 count))
- Coupon for 20% off Tea Collection: I’m including this here because I will definitely be using this. It’s only valid until July 15th (so it’s a no go for back to school shopping), but I’ll probably use it to purchase some warm weather clothes for next year.
Total Retail Value of Box: $46.99
This is a pretty good value for what I paid.
Cotton Summer Essential from Tea Collection
I LOVE Tea. I would say that 75% of my daughter’s wardrobe is from there. That said, I’m disappointed with this shirt. Not the quality (it’s great) or pattern. It’s just that it’s clearly a “boys” shirt. (I try not to focus too much on girls clothes and boys clothes, but my daughter is a dress kind of girl). It’s also in a size 4, even though my daughter is a size 3 in Tea and Citrus Lane knows her birthday. That said, I still like the shirt and will save it for my son when he gets older.
Sand Toys from Hape
Considering that we have a second home on the Bay, we have surprisingly few sand toys. I love Hape products and we’ll get lots of use from this. I plan to take it with us when we go away this weekend.
Portions to Go from Goodbyn
Because I’m trying to be eco-friendly, I really like having lunch sets. I like that this one has several separate containers. We can use one of the smaller ones if we are taking something little or the whole thing if we’re doing a picnic lunch. We will get a lot of use out of this.
Sunscreen Bands from Sunburn Alert
This wristbands use “[p]atented color-changing technology” to “let mom and kid know when to reapply sunblock.” I’m really good about applying sunscreen to my kids, but am terrible about putting it on myself. I’ll probably save these for me!
This is probably my favorite Citrus Lane box so far. I just wish I had a shirt from Tea that my daughter could wear now!