I have tried several nerd boxes on my search for the one that sends items I can love each month. Unfortunately, each new box subscription comes with about 5 items, of which only one or two are items I truly like. The rest I give away, toss on e-Bay, or just leave on the shelf because there’s not much else to do with it. I must say that the DeonteBox is not one of those boxes.
Full disclosure, the owner of DeonteBox, Wayne Smith Jr. let me try out the service for free. I got one box that he filled with items from my favorite fandoms, movies, shows, and connected to my favorite hobbies. He wanted me to see what the service could do for a fan. Boy, did he deliver!
I told him that I loved American Gods, DC Comics, Fraggle Rock, Dark Crystal, Gremlins, books, and writing. He also gathered a bit more information and set about locating items for my box. I expected maybe a cool item or two and the rest POP figures that would take up space on my shelf. What I got was the greatest fan box ever. If my current geek box wasn’t a prepaid gift, I’d cancel it today and replace it with Smith’s box.
The DeonteBox is white with gold lettering — a festive package that piques the interest right away. I opened it to find golden stuffing and items carefully wrapped in crepe paper. Each a present waiting to be opened. Here is some rough video of the unboxing where I find the best part of the box so far.
You can hear my excitement (and see my two-year-old grabbing for all that gold foil). Here is my haul:
- A reprinted signed script from an episode of American Gods
- A Gremlins themed journal
- A Fraggle POP figure
- A Harley Quinn and Joker figure set
- A novelization of Dark Crystal
All of these items are favorites of mine forever. None of them have been given away (I actually gave a hostile “NOOO!” to my husband when he attempted to us the Gremlins journal for the grocery list). My daughter Quinn recognizes her namesake anywhere, but mommy has made it clear that this one is off-limits.
I highly recommend DeonteBox to anyone who has a nerd in the family. We are notoriously hard to buy for, so this box is the perfect gift. Smith searches far and wide for the gifts that you just won’t find on store shelves. The tailored service makes the box even more valuable because every item is something the subscriber will hold dear.
You can purchase a subscription or get a one-off box. Whatever you decide, I urge you to give this Black owned businessman your dollars this season. His concierge style of subscription boxes needs to catch on. If not anything else, DeonteBox can eliminate these mediocre boxes flooding the market and force them all to step their game up.
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Jonita Davis is a writer, mother, a certified nerd, and writer of Black Girl Nerds. Davis is a critic and journalist. She has been writing for 13 years about the way pop culture and politics affect our lives as parents, women, black women, nerds, and people of this planet.