Spring 2018 Box Reveal

After a winter with brutal weather that felt exceptionally long,  just about everyone had been looking forward to spring this year! We took extra steps to ensure this box was bursting with color and plenty of goodies to get our subscribers a taste of the Outer Banks and primed for warmer sunny days to come!

Assorted Saltwater Taffy – Forbes Taffy & Gifts

A classic! We chose a large bag of fresh saltwater taffy from Forbes Candies & Gifts for our spring box as it’s the tastiest around and a true crowdpleaser! Digging into the soft and sweet morsels, you’ll instantly be transformed into a state of daydreaming about days on the sunny seashore!

Gourmet Caramel Corn – The Outer Banks Popcorn Shoppe

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When it comes to popcorn, there’s none finer than the creations from the Outer Banks Popcorn Shoppe! They’ve got their corn down to a science, choosing only a certain variety known for it’s desirable surface area with more room to pour their tasty toppings on.

Subscribers received a bag of gourmet caramel corn and we’re positive it didn’t last long! To order more popcorn in additional flavors or collectible tins, visit https://gourmetpopcornandgifts.com.

Use coupon code “OBXBOX” FOR 20% OFF online orders! Expires 9/1/18.

Nautical Wish Bracelet – Chris Wolff

Make a wish! Available in a variety of nautical charms like starfish, mermaids, seahorses, sandals, and more, subscribers received a handmade wish bracelet created by local artist Chris Wolff. Wear this adorable charm around your wrist or ankle, and when it falls off, your wish may come true!

You may have seen Wolff’s creations in the Lone Wolf Trading Company that was located in the Surfside Plaza in Nags Head. Chris now sells her jewelry throughout many local businesses on the Outer Banks including Gulf Stream Gifts on the beach road in Kill Devil Hills.

Beach Scene Coasters – Stephanie Kiker Designs

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As you walk through gift shops, cafes, and art galleries on the Outer Banks, it’s hard not to take in all the beautiful crafts and works of art and start developing a sense for “who’s who” and signature styles of individual artists. One artist with an incredibly alluring and memorable style for their depictions of nature and bold colors is Stephanie Kiker.

One of the most popular items from the shipment was a set of neoprene coasters featuring iconic imagery of the Outer Banks. Sometimes there’s nothing better to help cure the “missing the OBX blues” than having a keepsake in your home that has a beautiful representation of the scenery on the beach. The coasters did that and more, and we were exceptionally excited to share with our subscribers.

Find your own OBX inspiring items in her shop now!

Outer Banks Box EXCLUSIVE – OBX Print Lined Journal

Last but not least, subscribers also received an exclusively produced journal with a beachy OBX signs post print cover. We all know vacation memories are what makes journeys so fun, so we knew this journal would be a perfect gift to keep your precious memories jotted down and saved to recall forever!

Like what you see? As of the time of publishing this blog, there are still a few spots remaining for our upcoming summer box! Click the big fancy button below to head over to our ordering section or read more about the Outer Banks Box!

Business Spotlight – Stephanie Kiker Designs

Spring has sprung on the Outer Banks and hundreds of OBX fans have received our latest box and have been enjoying a sampling of items from the place they love. One of the most popular items from the shipment was a set of neoprene coasters featuring iconic imagery of the Outer Banks. Sometimes there’s nothing better to help cure the “missing the OBX blues” than having a keepsake in your home that has a beautiful representation of the scenery on the beach. The coasters did that and more, and we were exceptionally excited to share with our subscribers.

As you walk through gift shops, cafes, and art galleries on the Outer Banks, it’s hard not to take in all the beautiful crafts and works of art and start developing a sense for “who’s who” and signature styles of individual artists. One artist with an incredibly alluring and memorable style for their depictions of nature and bold colors is Stephanie Kiker.

A Hatteras Island local, Stephanie graduated from the School of Design at North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design. Having always enjoyed drawing and illustrating, she began pursuing a career as a working artist when she moved to Hatteras Island, NC. Since 1996 Stephanie has been selling her art to galleries and stores nationwide. She produces her art on a variety of products from prints and wall art to functional art such as cutting boards, Phone cases, coasters, ceramic tiles, coin purses, ornaments and more.

“I love living at the beach and on an island…Hatteras Island, North Carolina.” Stephanie’s art is inspired by her environment. Whether it’s on the beach, on the water, under the water, in the marshes, or in the sound she enjoys creating her own interpretations and expressions of the wildlife and their natural surroundings. Textures, colors, patterns, shapes, movement all play a part in Stephanie’s pieces. She moves from realism in the soft pastel works to bold graphic shapes, patterns, and colors in the colored pencil/ink or silk painting work.

“I feel lucky to be able to enjoy the natural beauty of this area and experience it much of the time through surfing and kiteboarding. Along with the exhilaration of the sports, they give me the chance to be surrounded by the smells, sounds, water, wind and wildlife that inspire me so much.

Stephanie’s designs are easy to fall in love with and even easier to make your own. By visiting her website, StephanieKiker.com, you’ll find her works on hundreds of items plus a schedule of her live appearances at art shows and festivals over the course of the year. Make sure to see if there’s an event during your next trip to the Outer Banks! You can also follow along on her Facebook page and Instagram profile.

Whether looking for a gift for a loved one or a work of art to fill your home with a little more Outer Banks happy thoughts, Stephanie’s works are sure to please. We can’t thank her enough for working with us on the 2018 Spring Box for our subscribers, and wish her years of continued success living out her passion for art and the Outer Banks!


Winter 2017 Box Reveal

At the peak of vacation daydreaming season, our Winter 2017 box was extremely well received and offered a wide variety of items from all over the Outer Banks!

We introduced our subscribers to some fresh faces in the OBX Box lineup as well as a returning fan favorite! There was also a box-exclusive bonus item this time around!   🙂

Sugar Scrub – Luxury Lingerie & Beauty Boutique

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Perfect for seafaring sailors and mermaids alike, the sugar scrub by Luxury in Duck, NC is like a day at the spa for your hands! It exfoliates and hydrates at the same time plus will NOT leave your hands feeling oily or greasy.

Besides this life-changing scrub, Luxury also features a one of a kind shopping experience for lingerie, sleepwear, bridal, and romantic gifts that you won’t find anywhere else on the Outer Banks!

Make sure you stop and pay a visit on your next trip to the OBX… they’re located in the unique upper level store above Urban Cottage in the Scarborough Faire Shopping Center in Duck, NC. You can also shop online at LuxuryOBX.com.

Onion Obsession Spice Mix – The Spice & Tea Exchange in Duck, NC


Returning for another appearance in the Outer Banks Box was a new spice mix from The Spice & Tea Exchange located in Duck, NC!

The Onion Obsession mix is perfect for your favorite hearty winter recipes. It makes a great addition to chicken, pork, or beef cuts, plus a super easy dip mix!

Our subscribers and readers get an EXCLUSIVE 10% OFF discount when you email your orders in to duck@spiceandtea.com! Go ahead and find your favorite spices and gifts online first and then make sure to send your order in via email and mention the Outer Banks Box for your discount!

OBX Crab Seasoned Nuts – Try My Nuts Nut Company

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An OBX icon, we were thrilled to include delicious premium peanuts from Try My Nuts Nut Company in our winter box!

The “OBX Nuts” come in a tin wrapped with a very familiar beach scene. The tasty peanuts inside are flavored to perfection with a savory crab seasoning that will make you reminisce about your favorite Outer Banks vacation memories!

Head over to TryMyNuts.com to find more varieties and flavors of gourmet nuts plus other fun treats and sweets!

Sea Critter Ornament – Kinnakeet Clay

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The perfect holiday gift, we teamed up with (the extremely talented) Antoinette at Kinnakeet Clay Studio and Showroom in Avon, NC to find these beautiful sea critter clay ornaments for our subscribers!

The patterns were varied, and included seahorses, blue crabs, and a multi-shell pattern… PERFECT for lovers of the beach and anyone who holds the Outer Banks near and dear to their hearts.

Besides her own items, Antionette’s showroom also features the works of many other talented potters. Make sure to check out Kinnakeet Clay’s Instagram for daily product photos and giveaways throughout the year!

Outer Banks Box EXCLUSIVE – 2018 OBX Calendar

Last but not least, subscribers also received an exclusively produced wall calendar featuring thirteen photographs of the Outer Banks, submitted by fans in our Facebook Photo Contest! Fond memories are only a quick glance away!

So, do you want to stay connected to the Outer Banks while you’re not on vacation? We can help! Order now to beat our deadline before our next box ships. As a reminder, boxes mail out at the end of the month in March, June, September, and December… a perfect surprise for the start of each season! You can get just one as a gift, pay box-to-box, or even pre-pay for multiple boxes and SAVE $$$!

Fall 2017 Box Reveal

Falling in love with the Outer Banks is easy to do in autumn. The warm sunny rays beam down on the sand and you can enjoy crisp temperatures and strolls on the wide open beaches. Fishing it at its finest and the local community is bustling with events and annual celebrations.

We made every effort to capture the essence of autumn on the OBX and deliver it up in our first ever fall box! See below what was included then make sure to sign up for shipments so you don’t miss out on the fun!

Pumpkin Bread – Sweater Box Confections

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Back for another appearance in the Outer Banks Box is Sweater Box Confections! You may remember the tasty lavender cookies from our spring box, which were such a hit that we are always open to including more of their creations! After sampling a mini-sized loaf of Pumpkin Bread, it was game over; we knew it had to be included in our fall box as an essential edible for subscribers to enjoy!

If you’re looking to make your holidays even more special, Chris bakes up delicious pies and even more bread and homemade butter that can be delivered to your door. Through the end of 2017, use code OBXBOX10 to save 10% off your online orders at SweaterBoxConfections.com! Try a larger loaf of Pumpkin Bread and Cranberry Butter or some tasty pies for delighting your guests this season.

Vintage Soy Wax Candles – Outer Banks Candle Co.

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Sometimes there’s nothing cozier than cuddling up with a blanket, a book, and enjoying the ambiance of a richly scented candle. Given that, it was a no-brainer to seek out a locally made candle that would warm your home with smells of the season.

Kimber Smith at the Outer Banks Candle Co. hand pours a wide variety of premium candles right in Kitty Hawk, NC. Her work has evolved over the years and has set the benchmark for quality. All of our subscribers received a full-size 8oz vintage style soy candle. Scents chosen were mulled cider and pumpkin cobbler. Tell me that doesn’t sound amazing!

The Outer Banks Candle Co. offers a large assortment of candles, scents, and even pre-made gift baskets that are perfect for holiday giving. Take a peek over at TheOuterBanksCandleCompany.com and use code OBXBOX for $10 OFF your orders!

Atlantic Ocean Sea Salt – Hatteras Saltworks

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It doesn’t get much more direct than this! You want the OBX? You get the OBX!

The crew over at Hatteras Saltworks takes fresh Atlantic Ocean water and turns it into savory enjoyment for all.  Subscribers received a bag of their hand-harvested, solar evaporated, unrefined, 100% pure sea salt that’s perfect for just about any meal!

Besides original, they also offer tempting flavor infusions like rosemary sea salt and pecan smoked sea salt that’s done right on site! Sound tempting? Their running a special right now on a trio pack so you can try them all! Learn more about them and place your orders at HatterasSaltWorks.com!

Olive Oil & Vinegar Set – Outer Banks Olive Oil Co.


Hearty ingredients and robust flavors are the cornerstone of culinary creations as the weather gets colder and the holidays approach us. Knowing that, it seemed no better time to highlight a local purveyor of fine olive oils and vinegars on the Outer Banks!

The Outer Banks Olive Oil Company provides a wide variety of the world’s freshest premium extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, specialty oils, and vinegars. When you visit their locations, you get to experience the largest and freshest selection of artisan oils and vinegars in the region. Subscribers received bottles of both the Tuscan Herb Olive Oil and Traditional Aged Balsamic Vinegar.

Give this recipe a try: Tomato, Gouda, & Avocado Chunky Dip

Serves 4-6. Prep Time 5 min. You’ll need 10 chopped cherry tomatoes, 1 chopped avocado, 8 finely diced basil leaves, 4 oz cubed Gouda cheese, 1/2 bunch diced scallions, and 2tbsp Tuscan Herb Olive Oil. Mix all ingredients and serve with tortilla chips.

As a special offer, use code SAVE15 in the comments section online to get 15% OFF any oil or vinegar through the end of November! Go to OuterBanksOlive.com to order!

Outer Banks, NC Keychain

Last but not least, subscribers also received a collectible Outer Banks, NC state shaped keychain. This extra touch seemed like the perfect way to carry the OBX around with you and have it nearby to reflect on your memories more often.  🙂

So, are you ready to start getting your own doses of the Outer Banks while you’re not on vacation? We can help!

We put this big blue button down below so you can get signed up for our quarterly shipments that go out each season. You can get just one as a gift, pay box-to-box, or even pre-pay for a whole year and save $10!

Summer 2017 Box Reveal

Welcome to another Outer Banks Box reveal blog!

Summer is in full swing on the OBX and hundreds of happy Outer Banks Box subscribers are enjoying the contents of our latest shipment. Read for yourself what was included then make sure to sign up for shipments so you don’t miss out on the fun!

Extras, if available, are here.

One of our most highly rated, the 2017 Summer Box had a balanced assortment of both consumables and usables!

Carolina BBQ Rub Spice Blend – The Spice & Tea Exchange in Duck, NC

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Brand new for 2017, The Spice & Tea Exchange is located in the Scarborough Lane shops in Duck, NC and features quite possibly the largest assortment of fine herbs, spices, teas, and accessories within a hundred miles of the Outer Banks!

When we first learned about their opening, we were very eager to get in and experience what they had to offer. Needless to say we were beyond impressed and had to share this new treat with all of our subscribers!

All 2017 Summer Boxes featured a 1oz bag of The Spice & Tea Exchange’s Carolina BBQ Rub… a timeless classic and perfect addition to any kitchen in the summertime. Based on the tradition of the delicious mustards & vinegars used in Carolina style barbecues, this sweet and savory rub is perfect for ribs, pulled pork, chicken, brisket, or mixing into dips!

The local flavor and essence of southern hospitality does not end there. The owners of The Spice & Tea Exchange have also extended a special offer to our subscribers and readers. Get the “Outer Banks Box” 10% OFF discount when you browse online, then order via email at duck@spiceandtea.com!

Read more about our experience at The Spice & Tea Exchange here!

Set of “Beach, Please!” Neoprene Can Koozies

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Who doesn’t want a little more beach in their life?

Every subscriber received two of these fun “Beach, Please!” koozies, that are actually made from the same neoprene material as surfing wetsuits. They show off your love for the OBX and are guaranteed to keep you and your drinks cooler this summer!

Snag your own pair in our extras store!

Saltwater Taffy in Keepsake Bag – Forbes Candies & Gifts

It wouldn’t feel like summer at the beach without some mouthwatering saltwater taffy! In debating wether to include it in our first summer box or potentially next year’s, we perused the many options from businesses on the beach, including Forbes Taffy & Gifts. When we came across these keepsake bags filled with taffy, there was really no other option!

Subscribers received various designs on the bags including: mermaids, sea turtles, seashells, flip flops, dolphins, and starfish. They’re great to keep even after the taffy is gone for collecting shells on your next visit to the Outer Banks!

You can buy some of our remaining bags in bulk here at a discount!

Custom Notecard Prints – James Melvin’s Studio

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James Melvin knew at a very young age that he wanted to become a professional artist. James works in oils, acrylics, pastels and colored pencils. Peace is the theme in his work, and the viewer is invited to rest and recall special memories enjoyed while on vacation.

He is the illustrator for books such as  Suzanne Tate’s Nature Series and is the creator of the Pea Island Lifesavers Series at the N.C. Aquarium in Manteo.

James resides in Nags Head, NC and you can find more of his work and even purchase it on his website. He is available for commissioned pieces and his works are enjoyed by collectors from around the world.

What we particularly love about his James is that he not only masterfully shares the beauty and history of the Outer Banks in his work, but he actively gives back time to the community as well.

Subscribers received a hand-picked assortment of eight beach scene printed notecards with envelopes. While we were very excited to include local art for the first time in our boxes, we were much more honored and fortunate to share the story and spread the word about the person.

BANXblock Full Size Original Sunscreen and Lip Protection Stick

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There was probably no better fitting gift to go with our summer theme than sunscreen, and premium sunscreen at that! BANXblock is an all-natural, doctor created, surfer approved, and environmentally safe solution to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays.

Dr. Jeff Pokorny of Kitty Hawk, NC has been treating the surfers, fishermen, golfers, and sun bathers who live, work and play along the beaches of North Carolina for years and witnesses firsthand the consequences of prolonged exposure to the sun. After treatment or surgery, many of his patients would ask for recommendation on the type of sunscreen they should use while maintaining their lifestyle. After researching all the medical grade sunscreens, Dr. Pokorny found that he could not comfortably recommend any sunscreens currently available on the market to them as it seemed every product either used chemicals that were harmful to the skin or provided inadequate protection from the sun.

In the summer of 2013, Dr. Pokorny came up with his own formula and BANXblock was born. Initially, BANXblock was sold only in his own medical offices and in a few local pharmacies. It fell to his wife, Anne and a few of her good friends, to relaunch the product in an attractive and convenient squeeze bottle that an active, happy person would use.  They have done wonders introducing their product into the surf shops and retail stores across the country so we were exceptionally excited to help share their story with Outer Banks Box subscribers!

Subscribers received a full size bottle of BANXblock original unscented sunscreen as well as a lip protection balm. Anne and the BANXblock crew are extending a special offer for any of our subscribers and readers who’d like to purchase more BANXblock products. Until 7/31/17, you can use coupon code “Banx in the box” for a massive 25% OFF your total purchase @ BANXblock.com! Make sure to share this offer with your friends and spread the word about this amazing product!

Customized Wooden Bottle Opener

Last but not least, our summer box included a handy wooden bottle opener for cracking open a cold one and daydreaming of the beach!

Each opener was hand stamped with a custom beachy slogan and design based on our subscribers’ favorite beach on the Outer Banks.

Did you know we’re giving away SURPRISES in random boxes!?!

That’s right! As a “thank you” to our subscribers, we’ve started seeking out extra special gifts from the OBX to sneak into boxes at random.

For the summer 2017 box, our lucky winner was Gloria in Roanoke, VA! She was shipped the contents as seen above as well as this beautiful framed and matted giclée print of a sand dune scene by artist James Melvin!

We have more prizes for the fall box but the only way you could win is by being a subscriber!

Business Spotlight – The Spice and Tea Exchange in Duck, NC

Have you heard the word? There’s an exciting new shop on the Outer Banks that you absolutely need to explore!

Nestled in the Scarborough Lane shops right in the heart of Duck is a brand new location of The Spice & Tea Exchange, owned by Terry Bell and her daughter Megan Scott.

The Spice & Tea Exchange operates under one mission, “Creating & sharing the experience of a more flavorful life,” and in doing so, they’ve brought a one-of-a-kind shopping experience and 18th Century Trading Post retail concept to life right here on the Outer Banks. And let me tell you, it is beautiful!

Like many of us, Terry did not always live on the Outer Banks. She was a special needs teacher in Northern Virginia for over twenty five years before moving to the Outer Banks to help get her husband’s construction business up and running. She then opened and operated Outer Banks Restaurant Tours for five years while Megan was an operations manager for a local property management company.

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Terry for a while now, we first met about five years ago while I was documenting one of her restaurant tours in the town of Duck. Before our tour was done, it became very clear to me she had a passion for food as well as a desire to share it with others. It’s easy to see how these shared interests could turn, once again, into something special.

In December of 2015, Terry and her husband were spending a long weekend in Asheville, NC when they discovered The Spice and Tea Exchange.  “I was immediately drawn to the concept. The store was very appealing and the products were so varied and different from anything I had seen before.” Terry says. “I spent a good amount of money in that store (on gifts, of course).  After the holidays, the store still stuck in my mind.  I decided to look into it to see if was a franchise, which it is.  Megan and I share a love of cooking and an enjoyment of different foods and cuisines, so she was interested as well.”

After speaking with the franchise representatives and visiting their distribution center, they decided that they would pursue the opportunity of opening their own store.

“Thankfully, we have found that the business is a good fit for us.  We both enjoy talking to customers about the products and offering suggestions about how they can use them.  We offer special events every afternoon during the summer months.  We have Spice Trivia on Mondays at 4pm, a Tea Tasting on Tuesdays at 4pm and Thursdays at 10:30am, a cooking demo on Wednesdays at 5pm and Fridays at 4pm, and a Blind Tasting on Thursdays at 4pm.  It’s been fun to design these events and watch people enjoy them.  That being said, we also want to appeal to our local community, so we are planning events to offer during the off-season as well.  We are also looking forward to participating in some of the local food events in the coming fall and spring.”

They offer more than 140 spices, over 80 exclusive hand-mixed blends, 16 naturally-flavored sugars, an array of salts from around the world, and more than 30 exotic teas. They also focus on providing high quality products and accessories to home cooks, chefs, and tea lovers in an old-world spice traders’ atmosphere. And it’s really, really cool!

When visitors step into the store, they are immediately immersed in a sensory experience where they can explore, open the jars and smell, engage with all of their offerings, and speak with Terry and Megan who truly love what they do.

It really is the people and their passion that sets businesses apart these days… and it’s so easy to see the happiness and enthusiasm in Terry and Megan when you visit The Spice & Tea Exchange.

You can connect with them on Facebook, read about their product included in our Summer 2017 edition of the Outer Banks Box, and of course, make sure to stop during your next visit to or through Duck to experience this firsthand!

Tell them the Outer Banks Box crew sent you!

The owners of The Spice & Tea Exchange have also extended a special offer to our subscribers and readers. Get the “Outer Banks Box” 10% OFF discount when you browse online, then order via email at duck@spiceandtea.com!

OBX 360 Video – Hatteras & Ocracoke Island

Hello OBX fans!

Welcome to our first ever, and possibly THE FIRST EVER 360 video of the Outer Banks!

We spent a nice sunny day driving down to Hatteras Island and taking the scenic ferry ride over to Ocracoke Island. Hop aboard the Outer Banks Box Jeep and look all over as we take our time getting to the Ocracoke Lighthouse! Make sure to use your mouse to click and drag around and control the camera!

Like what you see? Share with a friend! Need more OBX? Sign up for our subscription box service at OuterBanksBox.com!

Why Travel and Vacation Subscription Boxes are Awesome

Travel and Vacation Subscription Boxes

Who doesn’t love to get away from it all? Vacations and travel are essential to keeping your work-life balance in check. However, a recent survey reported more than half (56%) of American adults haven’t taken a vacation in the past 12 months. There are probably dozens of reasons for this… such as no time off, or the fact that traveling to vacation destinations isn’t always affordable for every budget. That’s where subscription boxes come to the rescue!

Beach Vacation Travel Subscription Box

According to the Outer Banks Visitor’s Bureau, over 3,000,000 vacationers visited the Outer Banks last year. That’s a ton of people! Think how many of those visitors have not traveled away from home in the past 3 years, or even 10 years. The Outer Banks and other family vacation destinations offer all of us the opportunity to unwind and experience a period of stress-free happiness. Nothing is on your mind but what fun things to do with your time! Imagine if you could experience this feeling more often… say a few times a year. Well, reverting back to the cost of vacationing, this may be pretty impractical for most people. A subscription box service that’s travel or vacation related is the perfect cost-friendly remedy for somebody looking to relive memories of their time away from home and savor the excitement of experiencing new things!

OBX Ocean Water

There are many vacation destinations in the world, but nearly no other place has the emotionally connected following like that of the Outer Banks. Most visitors have been coming for decades, and plan to keep it as a family tradition for years to come. While away from the Outer Banks, it’s hard to keep your mind off the place! Working long shifts hundreds of miles away all year long sure does create a sense of longing to get away from it all, put your feet in the sand, and relax to the sounds of the seagulls and ocean waves. While we haven’t quite captured that entire package, we feel we’re pretty darn close!

You should check out the Outer Banks Box!

If you love the OBX or know someone who does, it really is the next best thing to an actual visit here. We work 365 days a year to find the coolest assortment of items for each of our boxes, and mail four times a year… one for each season! You’ll get a little bit of treats, novelty items, momentos, and an extra dose of that beachy salt air. Visit www.OuterBanksBox.com today to get your own subscription!

Thanks again for reading, please share with a friend who needs a vacation!




Spring 2017 Box Reveal

Outer Banks Box Spring 2017

Welcome to another Outer Banks Box reveal blog!

Over the past few weeks we’ve gone through another whirlwind of hurdles that new businesses encounter, so we’re beyond excited to finally get to share the contents of our second box! For this shipment, we nearly doubled our subscriber count… so thank you again to all who are continuing to spread the word about our service and help us network to reach more OBX fans and local businesses!

With spring inspiring feelings of freshness and renewal, it was our mission to craft a box that delivered these, and more, to your door! Take a look and see what was inside, and make sure to take advantage of our vendors’ special offers!

Lemon Lavender Cookies – Sweater Box Confections

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Lemon + Lavender? This was a sure bet for spring and one of our own favorite sweet OBX treats. This pick was a no-brainer and we were so happy to share one of the Outer Banks’ finest confectioners with our subscribers. Here’s an extra note from the owner, Chris:

“We hope you enjoyed your Lemon Lavender cookies in your Outer Banks Box!  Thanks to those who liked our Facebook page or started following us on Instagram.   We think Bob is tops and the Outer Banks Box is a fun way to enjoy a little beach when you can’t be here.  At Sweater Box Confections we enjoy slowing down and having conversations.  We want to invite you to our table by offering you a sweet deal (pun intended) on some treats.  Until 4/9/17, we are offering you 20% off your first purchase placed online.  It’s a great way to get more lavender cookies and try another item that tempts your tastebuds.  Use coupon code:  THEBOXROCKS.
FYI, the lavender for our cookies comes from the White Oak Lavender Farm in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley south of Harrisonburg, VA.  It’s a wonderful place to visit, tell them Sweater Box sent you!”

Hand-Marbled Coasters – The Blue Moth Studio

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We were referred to The Blue Moth Studio by some good friends, and are so happy to have discovered them! The creator behind The Blue Moth studio is April Forbes, who has a background in graphic design and a love for hand-made craft. April offers customized orders on many products to make any occasion even more special. Items can also be customized with hand-lettering or by color!

When we first glanced at The Blue Moth Studio’s product display, we were instantly drawn to the marbled colors and whimsical lines in her designs. It really echoed the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean and the Outer Banks so we knew we had to include something in our box!  Subscribers received a set of four coasters, each and every coaster created is completely unique!

Like what you see? Order your own sets right here and use coupon code: OBXBOX17 for 15% OFF at checkout now through 3/20/18!

Sea Salt Lemongrass Soap – Hollow Daze Surf Designs


We first encountered Hollow Daze Surf Designs at an arts and craft show in Southern Shores, NC in the fall of 2016. We were blown away by the quality, selection, and overall presentation of their products. Owner, Christina, was extremely knowledgable and clearly passionate about her products and her brand. Needless to say, we purchased several gift sets that day for family and friends and knew within minutes that we had to share this discovery with our fans and keep all the positive momentum of this discovery moving!

Christina creates world-class artisan soap in her ocean-view studio on beautiful Hatteras Island. The Lemongrass bar features locally harvested sea salt to give you that magical Outer Banks glow just in time for spring. “The breathtaking natural beauty of the Outer Banks in general and Hatteras Island in particular inspires and informs our robust natural bath and body collection. We use pure essential oils and botanicals, and no synthetic fragrances or colorants, to help our customers look good and feel great about each and every ingredient.”

Deeply connected to Outer Banks art and craft events, Christina serves as president of the Hatteras Island Arts & Craft Guild and organizes the summer art series Brew & Arts. You can find Hollow Daze Surf Designs at local art shows, the Manteo and Avon farmers’ markets, and on Facebook

Rum Candied Pecans – Outer Banks Distilling

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If you haven’t heard about Outer Banks Distilling by now, we would be shocked!

The crew of entrepreneurial pirates who set up shop distilling rum in Manteo, NC are operating one of the most exciting newer businesses on the Outer Banks. Since the day they opened their doors, we have been patronizing them and sharing their varieties of rum with family and friends. In late 2016, they released candied pecans as a delicious by-product from the flavoring of their Honey Pecan Rum. Needless to say, the market demand was leagues more than the supply, so shortages and sell outs were very common.

Fortunately for our subscribers, we love their products and we were determined to share them with you! The team at Outer Banks Distilling was extremely accommodating and sourced custom sized bags just for us! You can still purchase larger bags of the pecans (when available) and all the Kill Devil Rum swag you desire on their website. Thirsty for some of the good stuff? Thanks to a supplier in Washington, DC, you can purchase bottles of their Silver Rum and Honey Pecan Rum right here online!

Do us a favor the next time you’re in town, make a stop to their distillery located at 510 Budleigh St. in Manteo and tell them the Outer Banks Box crew sent you!

North Atlantic Knobbed Whelk Shell

Last but not least, our spring box included a North Atlantic Knobbed Whelk Shell. Knobbed whelks are actually homes to very large sea snails while in the ocean, and are commonly found along the Outer Banks and other east coast beaches. You may have even spotted their egg cases on the beach (they look and sound like a rattle snake tails).

This special addition seemed to be thoroughly cherished by our subscribers who left feedback, so we look forward to including more beach treasures in boxes to come!

P.S. as of the day of publishing this post, there are a few partial spring boxes left for purchase in our extras store!

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Winter 2016 Box Reveal

Welcome to our very fist Outer Banks Box contents reveal!

It’s been quite an overwhelming few months to say the least, but we’re all excited at the reception to our idea and support from customers.

This was the first ever Outer Banks Box, and the assembly process came with quite a learning curve. Churning out over 100 gift boxes in our small home proved quite the challenge but we were able to knock it out with the help of some good friends!

Winter 2016 Box Contents

(2) Votive Candles from the Outer Banks Candle Company

They say the sense strongest associated with memory is smell. Given that, we had to include a way to captivate your sense of smell and trigger some of your best memories on the Outer Banks! “Beach Pine” and “Coconut Cove” were our choices, so a festive holiday scent could grace your home and then a beachy, all-seaon candle would follow. Owner Kimber Smith hand pours all of these candles in her workshop in Kitty Hawk, using only the finest materials available. Explore her passion for candle making and order more wonderful scents by visiting TheOuterBanksCandleCompany.com. You can use code “OBXCANDLES” for $10 off any $50+ purchase.

Custom “Outer Banks Box” Coffee Blend from the Front Porch Cafe

Is there anything better than sipping a freshly brewed, hot cup of coffee while you take in the breathtaking Outer Banks scenery? We think not! That’s why we were adamant about including locally roasted coffee in our inaugural Outer Banks Box. Their expert roasters were able to craft a blend of beans that fit our perspective of the Outer Banks: enjoyable by all, inescapably addicting, and with a touch of edge and mystery.  Our final creation proved to be exceptionally smooth and inviting, but with a touch of smokiness and complexity.  You can order additional bags of Outer Banks Box Blend soon in our store, and visit FrontPorchCafe.com for a wide variety of coffee and gifts!

Custom Outer Banks 2017 Desk Calendar

A treat you could only get with Outer Banks Box! We rounded up twelve of our favorite photos from the past year and put them into a custom desk calendar for your home or workplace. Each month shows a different perspective of the OBX, and takes you away to that special place at every glance!

Gourmet Drizzled Popcorn from the Outer Banks Popcorn Shoppe

A popular snack producer on the OBX, the Outer Banks Popcorn Shoppe uses only the largest kernels of corn available with the most surface area as possible for adding delectable coatings and flavors. As our first shipments were headed out during the holiday season, we decided an indulgent flavor was only fitting. The Drizzle features premium white and milk chocolate over caramel corn. It tastes even better than it sounds! Head over to GourmetPopcornAndGifts.com to learn more and order your own batch!

Hand-filled Christmas Ornament With Sand and Shells

Another custom gift, we drove all over the Outer Banks collecting sand and shells for this one-of-a-kind keepsake ornament. After it was all said and done, your ornament included sand/shells from the beach town set in your preferences!

Outer Banks Sea Glass Candy from Forbes Taffy & Gifts

A staple of the Outer Banks for decades, Forbes produces some of the tastiest candies  available, and brings back vacation memories every time you see the name! When perusing the stores this summer, we came across the sea glass candy and knew we had to include it in our boxes! The fun breaks of “glass” are available in multiple fruity flavors, including the beautiful mixed variety that was included in our winter box.

Outer Banks Magnet and OBX Box Sticker

Last but not least, we included a beautiful keepsake magnet with a stunning photograph of the Outer Banks in every box. Best placed in high traffic areas, it will bring a little peep of happy to your day! Also included was our twist on the iconic OBX sticker, our “BOX” oval stickers are a fun way to show off your love for the Outer Banks and share the story of your subscription!

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