We All Love Happy Mail

We All Love Happy Mail

We all love to get happy mail, today I want to show a fun and cost effective way to ship a box of happy to someone special.  

Growing up I always loved to get happy mail and I still do to this day. Happy mail is such a great thing to put together and send for many special occasions, it could be for a birthday, holiday or just because you are thinking of that person. Maybe you have a friend that has moved away or a child that has gone off to college. Happy mail is the perfect way to reach out and let that special someone know that you care.

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Starting today, all Dollar Tree stores nation wide will begin carrying Expressions From Hallmark for $1 each, and Heartline a Hallmark Company, for 2 for $1. With Hundreds of new greeting cards to choose from you can celebrate every moment with your friends and family without breaking the bank! Just take a look at a few of the great selections they have to choose from; and of course they are the same, high quality, Hallmark cards we have all come to know and trust for years. Can you think of a better way to brighten someones day and say you care?Well how about adding a happy box to your happy mail? Today,  I also want to show you how to put together a super easy happy box. I remember as a little girl helping my mom put together “happy boxes” as she called them, for my grandparents. She would send them for their birthdays or holidays since we did not live close to them. The boxes always were filled with their favorite things like candies, perfumes or lotions,  just a small token to let them know she was thinking about them. Sometimes we added quilting needles and fabric for grandma, or a new pocket knife and fishing lure for grandpa. Around the holidays we would add new sets of reading glasses, blankets, pajamas and books. Just the little things they may not have purchased for themselves on a fixed retirement income.  So keep in mind that a happy box doesn’t have to break the bank, it just needs to be filled with thoughtful items the recipient will love and use.  I will be creating a happy box, with the help of Dollar Tree, with over 6,500 stores located nation wide not only will they save you a bunch of money there is portably one right around the corner from you too; just check out there Store Locator, if not you can always visit DollarTree.com. These are are a few groupings of some sets that would all make great individual happy boxes or pairings and I found them all at the Dollar Tree.  The top picture is a set that contains Racheal Roy’s book Design Your Life, paired with set of soft fuzzy non-skid socks, personal headphones, and screen wipes. The set below is more spa based and contains a matching set of a hair twisty towel, exfoliating glove and soothing eye mask that can be cooled in a refrigerator to prevent puffiness. Finally, the last rainbow bright set has a “Choose Happy” journal for your thoughts, a fun lollypop made of rainbow ponytail holders, and the Haribo Starmix, which is a variety of all their famous gummies all in one glorious pack. While each of these sets could be use to create a small thinking of you happy pack, I am actually combining them all together to create a Happy Box for a birthday girl. We decided to add in a few additional pieces for our birthday girl, that we knew she would absolutely love. We picked up this cute rolled blanket at Ikea for $4.99 it has a fun denim look too, it so perfect for the fall and football games. Of course what college student doesn’t need an Apple iTunes card? I mean duh, the possibilities are endless. Since she is now out of state, we added a little piece of home to the box with this Grassroots Candle, to remind her of home. Last but not least a new article of clothing in her school colors and favorite brand just to put a smile on her face.   
img class=”aligncenter wp-image-5982″ src=”http://jenron-designs.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/fullsizeoutput_60b5-300×200.jpg” alt=”” width=”660″ height=”440″> Okay so how are we packaging this up so it stays pretty when it gets there? Well first we will be using a flat rate priority box so we pay a single rate no matter the weight, which is the best way to send a Happy Box, but they are ugly. So we line the entire inside of the box with tissue paper in her favorite color. You could also use wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, glitter paper; you can be very creative here just as long as it stays on the inside of the box. The idea is when she opens it up that it feels like an inside out present, or a party in a box. 
Therefore, you can add confetti between the layers or curly ribbon; I personally just don’t want it to make a huge mess on her so I chose not to do that. However, if your recipient likes that kind of thing, I say go for it. The first layer consist of all the flat things; the book, the blanket and candle. Which as a side note, I did end up wrapping the socks around the candle for padding on the next layer. 
 The next layer I placed the tech gear: the head phones and screen wipes, along with the spa items: the hair towel, exfoliating gloves and eye mask into the box. Again, I used the socks to give the glass on the candle a little more padding along with the towel and the gloves. 

The next layer, I placed all the the candies in almost like a bubble wrap layer. You may also notice that I did not put any chocolate inside. That is because it will probably melt and make a huge mess. Most postal trucks and delivery vehicles are not air-conditioned in the back areas where the boxes are located so the likelihood of a chocolate item melting is high, and that does not make for a good Happy Box. So, I recommend to stick to hard candy, or a gummy candy. We used  Haribo Gummies, A&W Licorice Twists, and Wether’s Caramel Apple Candies which are great for fall. 

Finally, we folded up the shirt and made a pretty presentation right on top for opening. The journal with the Choose Happy is perfect for a Happy Box and a total steal for only $1 at Dollar Tree, plus it holds her birthday card perfectly in place! 

I ended up choosing this card because it was just so her…. and the cows will remind her of home too. Plus I mean how cute is this? This particular card was from the Heartline a Hallmark Company collection in case you love it too. I also really liked The Joyfully Yours, A DaySpring Company card they offered as well, but I am told they will only be at select Dollar Tree stores along with the Mahogany, Vida and Tree of Life collections. 

I hope you have enjoyed this post on how to create a Happy Box, and that it might have inspired you to also share a little happy with someone you know and love today. As I mentioned before you really do not have to break the bank to send out a little happy mail to someone you care about and Dollar Tree has got all the Expressions From Hallmark you could possible need the spread that joy around like confetti. I know that our recipient is going to be thrilled to receive this box, and I am sure “happy” will be one of the many words used to describe her mood after opening this little treasure.
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  1. I like this idea I will do this for the holidays with our family over seas.

  2. Great post had no idea that Dollar Tree carried Hallmark cards.

  3. Who does not love happy mail? I know I do and I am so surprised to see Dollar Tree really upping their game with Hallmark.

  4. Fantastic blog and post! Happy mail just makes everyone smile, and this if a great way to spread to joy in the world. Just fantastic.

  5. I am a fan of getting a bargain and I shop Dollar Tree all the time. They have the same stuff as the other stores you just have to know what you are looking for and be selective.

  6. It’s like you read my mind!I was just looking up happy mail ideas for overseas gift boxes and here I find this post! Great ideas from the Dollar Tree too!

  7. This is magnificent blog filled with great ideas, this was really an excellent read. I will certainly be back.

  8. This is a cute idea for shipping out baked goodies too. Thanks for the share.

  9. Happy Mail! I love happy mail, great ideas here I need to visit this blog more often, keep up the great work.

  10. Such a great idea especially for out troops over seas fro the holidays, maybe not with pick tissue paper and eye masks lol but you know what I mean.

  11. I really like what you guys are up too. Such clever work and exposure, and doing nice things for others at the same time.

  12. Gгeat information about the cards I did not know about Hallmark being sold there now. Also good tips on the packing those boxes for shipping.

  13. Hi, after reading this remarkable post I am all too cheerful to share my knowledge here with mates, and send some happy mail too.

  14. Gosh I love happy mail, and I had no idea that Dollar was going to carry Hallmark cards, that is impressive especially at 2 for $1.

  15. Love happy mail, it is the best thing on the planet. You have some great things in her box what a lucky girl.

  16. Great idea to decorate the inside of the box, we do love boxes for the troop every year, this would be a great addition for our boxes.

  17. Such a nice way to spread a little happy to others I love the idea of making the inside look pretty with the tissue, great idea.

  18. This is such a fun idea perfect way to make a fun little happy box for kids away college.

  19. แฮปปี้เมล์น่าจะเป็นเรื่องสนุกมากสำหรับผู้ที่อยู่ห่างจากบ้านที่มหาวิทยาลัย
    Translation- Happy mail seems fun very nice thought for persons away from home at university.

  20. We do a lot of work like this with our missionaries and send a lot of care boxes over seas to the troops as well. These are all great ideas and you don’t want to spend a lot of money, since you never know if they are going to actually make it. The non melt concept of no chocolate, is so important too we send a lot of gum and handy candies.

  21. I absolutely LOVE the concept of a happy box!!!! And happy mail in general <3 soooo gonna do this 🙂 Thanks for the great idea!

  22. I would love to get a Happy Box in the mail! Such great finds at the Dollar Tree. I’m thinking I’ll send a few out for Halloween this year. Thanks, Jen 🙂

  23. Girl I love happy mail! I wish I had got a care package like this when I was in college, what a luck girl! Heck I would take one now!

  24. Jen this is a fun idea I love that you wrapped the inside of the box, that is so cute! Did you fill it with confetti? I would have filled that mother up!!!!

  25. What a lovely post! I think I am due to send a happy box! Great idea! I did not know about the discount Hallmark cards! Good to know!

  26. Charley, those are actually from the Dollar Tree as well. They even have the nonskid pads on the bottom for hardwood floors.

  27. What a lovely idea. I am thinking about sending some care packages to some of my son’s high school BFF’s. College life can be rough. 🙂 Thanks for the great ideas.

  28. Helⅼo my friend! I love this great idea of making happy mail, for a friend or child that has moved away, we used to call them Happy Boxes too! Great post!

  29. I love buying my cards at Dollar Tree, I can’t see spending more than a dollar or two on cards anymore … and I love to send cards and happy gifts to friends to brighten their days:) Great ideas, thanks for sharing!

  30. I want to get a pair of those fuzzy footwear socks, but I don’t know which web store has a better selection. Did you get those at the Dollar Tree or somewhere else?

  31. This is such a lovely thing to do! I have done this a couple of times before but should really make a habit of doing it more. Thank you for this!

  32. What a fun idea! I love a good Hallmark card, and these are such great fillers for a fun gift box to brighten someone’s day.

  33. Jen!! I love this idea! I was thinking that maybe once a month I could put something together for a special friend that I don’t get to see too often. These days I feel like everyone lives so far apart. You have inspired me. Thanks so much! ❤️

  34. I love the idea of a “Happy Box”, what an easy way to brighten someones day! I have little brothers, who would love to receive one!

  35. I had no idea Dollar Tree was carrying Hallmark cards! I love the idea of happy boxes. My grandson (and his parents) moved from Ohio to Colorado this summer. I need to put together a happy box and send it to him. Great idea!

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