the Happy Box// a DIY year-long gift

On our sister’s birthday, we wanted to give her something extra special that she could keep enjoying for a long time. But still a gift we could realistically do with our microscopic, atom-sized budgets. πŸ˜‰

So we created a personalized birthday gift— the Happy Box, a homemade 1-year subscription box!

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{What Is the Happy Box?}

The Happy Box is our homemade subscription box that we designed just for Princess M, our young(er) sister. πŸ™‚

Every month, we give her a small box filled with “happy” items that will make her smile. We packed her first box with fun fashion-themed erasers, fancy pencils, a Butterfinger bar (her fave πŸ˜€ ), flag bookmarks, glow in the dark stars, stickers, and colorful balloons.

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The Happy Box is an awesome gift that keeps on giving plus is just a little out of the ordinary and thoughtful! It’s fun for the gifter too. We have had some jolly times thinking of themes and putting the boxes together! πŸ˜€

Watch her unbox February’s Happy Box which was a girly, spa day theme!Β 

{How to Create a Happy Box}

Want to create one? A customized gift just for aΒ friend or sibling? Send as a birthday gift,Β a care kit for a lonely vacationer, or even send them as a super-undercover secret gifter! There are a billion ways to have fun with this!

Here are our tips for making a subscription box of your own!

// Box ThemesΒ //

So far we have centered each box around a theme. A few ideas are:

  • Season-themed: For December last year (start of winter), we stuffed the box with candy canes, hot chocolate, fuzzy Christmas socks, and a $5 movie from Walmart. Another idea is Dollar Store flip-flops and sun lotion.
  • Craft supplies:Β Make a pre-cut kit or throw in a bunch of random useful things like sequins, felt, and scissors.
  • Writer survival kit: Stuff a box with s’more making supplies and fun writer tools.
  • Movie night box:Β Microwavable popcorn + a Dvd, and boom!
  • Candy taste-testing:Β Choose a kind of candy– jelly beans, taffy, gum– and get a bunch of different flavors for them to try.
  • Girly spa: M’s February box had nail polish, clippers, stencils, etc.
  • Bookworm:Β Buy a neat looking book and make a bookmark with their favorite quote on it!
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taffy to flavor-test and a few happy balloons (:

// What to Put in a Box + Cost //

Think about your recipient’s likes, style, and hobbies. Princess M loves all things sparkly, crafty, and random fun things… so that’s what we went for.

Inside-joke gag gifts, smiley face balloons, candy from the bulk section at the Winco grocery store, crafty ribbon or buttons, cards, homemade confetti… anything happy is perfect. πŸ™‚

Tip: We shop our local Dollar Tree and Walmart, and watch Michael’s ads for the best deals. (Sign up for Michael’s rewards program. Their deals and coupons are very useful, and they send them often. So do it, thanks. πŸ˜‰ )

For budget reasons, we figured that every other month we could give her a more packed box and the off months would cost less and contain smaller things.

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Successful shopping!

Here’s what went into the girly, spa day themed box in the video at the beginning of this post:

Total:Β $10 (that’s ten items from the $Store!)

Valentine’s Day conversation hearts

Two nail polish bottles, nail art pen, nail art stencils, nail clippers

Tiny wristlet makeup bag- and compact mirror

And of course– fake rose petals and packaging confetti. πŸ™‚

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// Sending the Boxes //

Make the box fancy! Maybe decorate the sides with funny sayings or notes. Those are just yellow sticky notes on the sides of our box. πŸ˜‰ (Avoid decorating the top and any important bar code areas on the box, if you plan to ship it.)

Tip: Choose a color scheme, name your box subscription, and create a logo! Our colors are bright yellow and pink, and a simple smiley face is our logo.Β 

When the box is ready, put a note in the top explaining what it is and the length of subscription they have been gifted.

You could even make up a company and type a formal subscription confirmation for fun. Keeping your identity secret would make it awesomely mysterious. πŸ˜€

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Since Princess M is our sister and thus lives in the same house as us, we “send” the package by dropping it off outside her bedroom door or leaving it on the front porch. πŸ™‚

But if you need to ship the boxes, you canΒ grab a Priority Mail Flat-Rate box at the post office that ships for the same cost (about $12 for a medium, I think) no matter the weight.

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M unpacking the fun stuffs πŸ˜€

Happy birthday (still), Princess M!! ❀

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Princess M, our special buddy sister forever friend (SBSFF, wow XD)!

It’s been so much fun sending her these “subscription” boxes every month. Next up (*ahem, when this post was first written, yikes!*) is a themed box having something to do with Camp NaNoWriMo and author survival… And smores of course. Shhhh.

Hope you enjoyed seeing this little thing we do. πŸ˜€

Tell us! Are you thinking about creating a similar customized subscription box for a special human?

What is your stance on conversation hearts? Do you love or detest them?


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21 thoughts on “the Happy Box// a DIY year-long gift

  1. Aww — this is so fun! For birthdays we like to send “happy mail” — sometimes we cut open an (empty and dried out!) water bottle, stuff it full of things, and mail it. A box of candy is something unexpected to have show up in the mailbox, and we’ve even mailed a frisbee — not in a box, just the frisbee πŸ˜€ Uninflated beach balls and flip flops are something else that’s fun to mail =P

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  2. awwwwwwwww *add this to “List of things to send sister for birthday*
    *cough cough*
    That was so sweet to read! πŸ˜€ Thanks for putting it up.

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  3. This is such a cool idea!
    I made a box full of ‘open when’ letters/small gifts for a friend when she started going to college, so it was somewhat similar. However, I’ll definitely be looking for an excuse to make one of these at some point!

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      1. Oh I meant to take a picture and send it to you! Anyway, I sent my β€œgirly girl” friend a happy box! It had chocolate, nail polish, a puff ball thingy to clip to a bag, scented pens, prayer cards, and lotion (the container had a lama on it)! πŸ™‚ She loved it! A great quarantine gift! πŸ™‚

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  4. I think I’ll be doing this for a friend soon!! She really likes journaling and artsy stuff….So maybe ill get her a journal and some craft/art supplies! Thanks for the great idea! πŸ˜€

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