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Being Creative, Being Sensible

When I started Box of Hugs in 2016, I knew exactly what I wanted this business to be. It was going to A box full of handmade natural products, activity and comfort items for those that were ill and would be an alternative to flowers and gift baskets full of sugary treats.  After 6 months, I look around my house, I see that I am pretty darn creative when I didn’t think that I could even colour coordinate a room.  I am so creative that my house is full of all my hard work and planning and now I don’t know exactly what I want Box of Hugs to be. I want to do everything! Now anyone with any sense at all would know right away that this is an impossible feat.  Too much of this and too many of that and all you have is a full house of creativity that no one even knows about.  Why? Because when there are several different scents, colours, sizes and ingredients of one type of product, it’s hard to market, right?  Who has the time or the money to make all these labels and buy all that packaging? Not someone just starting a business for sure.  What happens is I give most of my products away because there are only a few of each and its too time consuming to post on the website and not very cost effective to print a couple of labels on a full sheet. Not a very good business plan but I sure have been able to experiment with different recipes by adding a little bit of this and a little of that until I am happy with the end product.

 

Whats the next step for Box of Hugs? I am going to pick the top one or two products in each category and perfect those instead of trying to do it all.  That’s where I need your help.  For those that have used the products that you purchased or received as a gift, what is your favourite and your least favourite and why and for those that have not bought any Box of Hugs products, what would you like to see and what is it that does not appeal to you.  In order to have a great business that will be a household name, I have to make and carry products that you will want to buy and come back for more.

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I understand that you’re all so busy but if you could send an email to joanne@boxofhugs.com with your comments and ideas, I would be so grateful as I can take that information and make this Shop one that you will think of when you have to buy a gift for a loved one or for yourself.  I love making all these products and can’t wait to hear from you.

 

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Thank You!

I would like to thank everyone that purchased gifts from Box of Hugs! Thank you for thinking of us when you were buying your Christmas gifts this year!  Everything we put in the boxes have been tested in our household as well as by friends of ours so that we could be assured that they are great products.

It was harder than I thought to open a new business. There is a lot of time and effort that is put into every aspect of it. I have to say that now I have a greater respect for business owners because it sure does make you a better, stronger person to go through all the hurdles. The best part is hearing from my customers how much they love the products and that makes me proud to say that I created this.

Now our focus will be on the Box of Hugs care packages now that Christmas will be behind us soon. The whole concept of this business if to provide a box of wonderful homemade products and other items that will make the recipient feel loved and thought about. All the products are safe to use because we do not use any chemicals in the production and we strive to make the highest quality using only the best ingredients that we can find.

I love doing this more than I ever thought that I would and my goal is to have Box of Hugs a household name. The next time you want to send someone that you care about that is going through a difficult time, think of Box of Hugs and send them a gift for those times when you cannot be there!

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Grand Opening!

I am pleased to announce the Grand Opening of Box of Hugs! If you have a loved one that is living with a life limiting illness and you just want them to know how much you care, then send a Box of Hugs. We strive to make sure that the products that we make have been tested before we put them in the box. Everyday we make our products with the best ingredients that we can find and source organic when it is available. Imagine using a bar of soap that is made only from extra virgin olive oil, organic coconut oil, sodium hydroxide (lye), distilled water, fragrance and natural colour! Who knew that it would have the best lather and leaves your skin soft and moisturized. This soap is great for sensitive skin and children.

Please check out all the other products that we make. It’s not just soap. There is something for everyone. There are I Am Ready For…Kits that are pre-made for every occasion and Box of Hugs for men and women for those that need a hug when you can’t be there.

New product being added all the time, so make sure that you keep checking back.

NOTE: The images are for reference only. Products are made by hand using natural ingredients. Please allow for color and scent differences in your finished products. All of our products are made in small batches and tested for quality assurance. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.