One of my favorite magazines right now is Bella and Grace, and in their spring 2018 issue, they had an article about Happiness Boxes. A Happiness box is a box of things that are meaningful to you, things you could pull out when you're feeling down that would lift your spirits. This got my gears turning.
A "true blue stuck like glue" friend was coming to town from OH for her birthday and we were going to spend a weekend in Wilmington. I wanted to do something extra special for her birthday and this seemed like just the thing. I knew I had the perfect box for this, a soft easter green box that I'd brought back from Paris in the summer of 2016 filled with macarons from Laduree. It's a beautiful box and I've been saving it for something special. I knew this was it!
First) I started by flipping through magazines looking for sayings that reminded me of her or that I thought would inspire her and then I collaged them all over the box.
Second) I scoured my favorite local shops for special things I thought she'd really like and would find super special, a rose quartz roller to put on moisturizer from Emerge Skin Therapy. A Box of sayings, some charms, a tidbit from home state apparel to remind her where home truly is from Just Be. Lip balm, bubble bath, chocolate, a journal, a candle, a few patches with cool sayings I'd picked up at Design Archives Emporium, washi tape and 100 blessings.
Third) I carefully laid down tissue paper and then placed everything in the box as nicely as I could and folded the tissue paper over it and put the lid on.
I wanted to create something super special just for her, and the bonus was that making this box was a hugely creative process for me. I wonder if making the box brought me more joy than she got receiving it. I think I'll be making more of these, I can picture ones for myself and others, each with a different theme.
What would you put in a happiness box for yourself or for others?