It’s awesome to watch your closest friends and family members pursue their dreams — well, minus the part where their dreams lead them to a state that’s 1,500 miles away. Gulp. In the last few years, I’ve become a pro at long-distance friendships. Weekly facetime dates? I’m on it. Random “Thinking of You” cards? I do it every month. But care packages, well, that’s where I struggle. Here’s why: They’re expensive, a post office nightmare, and hard to package in a cute way — especially when you know that they’re being tossed around in the back of a van for a couple hundred miles.
What it is
Then I was introduced to the care package service of my dreams: Happy Box. (Yep, it’s just as bright and cheery as the name implies.) Here, you can build your own box (my fave option!) or choose one of the curated gift box options for birthdays, breakups, holidays, and more. “Our intention is to create a super fun care package, filled with various items at a great price point that are cheaper than flowers, but better than just one gift,” Hannah Redmond, the co-founder of Happy Box Store, told ClassPass. Unlike other boxes on the market (trust me, I’ve tried ‘em all!), these boxes are packed with personality — or as Hannah put it, “plenty of snark.”
Although you’re relying on Happy Box to curate a box of goodies for your friend, the final product has plenty of personal touches, including a handwritten note, that’ll make the receiver feel special and loved — just how you’d want her to. If you’re in a pinch (or fresh out of the ideas), their curated boxes — for college newbies, new moms, birthday girls, and more — are a go-to. However, even co-founder Ariel says the build-your-own option is best (I agree!). “Our curated boxes are convenient, but we love being able to fully customize for a particular moment or occasion, like a new job or promotion!”
How it started
Sisters Hannah and Ariel Redmond pulled from personal experience to create Happy Box. “We started the business as a result of a breakup, actually! We were always close sisters and when we lived far apart, Ariel got dumped and I wanted to put together and send an awesome care-package, but found there was no easy way to do so online,” Hannah told us. “In 2016, she pitched the business idea to Ariel who really took the idea to the next level creatively and the first Happy Box test product was born.” A gift of love born out of love? Makes sense to us.
And ClassPassers, if you’re looking for a gift box for your fitness pal, take a tip from Ariel: “While we don’t have fitness-inspired items (yet!), we would probably recommend some items on the self-care side: Create a custom box and include our organic vegan soap, sheet face mask, glitter hair tie, hand-poured soy candle, and our popular “Cup of Sunshine” or “Cup of Love” tea!” Sounds like a fitness lover’s dream doesn’t it?
Build your own
To build a custom gift, you start by picking one of three fun box designs. Then you pack it with gifts they’ll love, ranging from confetti poppers to bath bombs to bottle openers to Rifle Paper Co. stationary. You can pack as much — or as little — as you’d like. Each product has an individual price — some as low as $1.50 and some as high as $22 — which allows you to gauge how much you’re spending. (To note: On one occasion, I filled my box up to 100% capacity with 9 items, which totaled $83.50. On another, I stopped at 70% capacity with 5 items, which totaled $49.) Finally, you choose a note card and write a message up to 200 characters, which is later handwritten by someone from Happy Box.
As someone who’s attempted to send thoughtful (yet fun!) care packages to her friends over the last few years, I must admit Happy Box Store nails it. They’re fun. They’re trendy. They’re also packed with heart. And let’s face it, your friend deserves just that.