Brighten someone’s day with a little gift of Sunshine!
A Box of Sunshine is a gift basket filled with a variety of bright, yellow items. It’s simple to make,
One of the reasons, I love the Sunshine in a Box idea is it’s so versatile. You can make small gifts with just two or three items or go all out and make a larger one with dozens of cute “yellow” surprises in it.
In fact, you don’t even have to use a box. I’ve used jars, baskets, buckets, coffee mugs, and gift bags as containers. I’ve just changed the names to fit the container used – “A Bucket Full of Sunshine,” “Sunshine in a Basket,” and “Little gift of Sunshine.”
I first came across the “Box of Sunshine” gift idea several years ago on HappyMoneySaver.com. Since then, I’ve used this idea in a multitude of ways.
Honestly, I think I get more enjoyment out of making these sunshine gifts than the recipients get receiving them. They are so much fun to make.
A thoughtful way to let someone know you care.
This gift can be used for so many occasions and for many different reasons: gifts for new mothers, get well gifts, birthday gifts, college care packages, thank-you gifts, secret pal gifts, house-warming gifts, presents for an expectant moms, surprise gifts for children, gifts for shut-ins and the elderly, teacher appreciation gifts, military deployment care packages, missionary care packages, thank you gifts, or as a gift for anyone just to let them know you care.
But, one of my favorite uses for the Sunshine in A box is as a gift for someone going through cancer. This little gift of sunshine is ideal for adding those items someone going through cancer needs and appreciates.
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What should you Include in your Basket of Sunshine?
Well, Yellow items, of course! I’m always on the lookout for yellow things to include in my sunshine packages. Instead of trying to find everything when I really need them, I like to pick things up as I come across them while shopping. I then store them until I need them. This saves time and money.
Where can you find items for your Box of Sunshine? Anywhere and Everywhere! Walk into any store, and you are likely to find something yellow: Dollar stores, Walmart, Target, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, grocery stores, gift shops, etc.
The gift items don’t have to cost a lot of money. Most of the items in my baskets only cost only a dollar or two. And since you decide on the size of the container you use, you control the amount your gift of sunshine will cost.
Ideas for Items to include in a Box of Sunshine:
Bottled or Canned Drinks
Personal Care Items:
Travel Size Shampoo, Body Lotion, or Cleansing Gel
Word Search, Crosswords, Sudoku Books
How to make your gift of sunshine
Choose the container you wish to use for your gift. If you are shipping your package, then it is best to use a white shipping box.
If you are delivering the package yourself, then you have a multitude of options to choose from:
Any size box
Metal or Plastic Bucket
You will need some type of filler as the base of your package: tissue paper, shredded paper, or if one of the gift items is a throw blanket or a shawl, use that as your base.
Gather the gift items you are going to place in your box. Take everything you can out of its original packaging. This will allow space for more gift items. Of course, you don’t want to remove food items from their packaging. But, the less excess packaging you have, the prettier your gift package will look.
Arrange the items in your box, basket, bucket, etc. Add a little more filler if needed. Attach your gift tag, and your Sunshine gift is ready to give.
Useful tips for making sunshine gifts
Keep Yellow Items on hand for impromptu gifts. I find having items always on hand allows me to be more spontaneous with my gift-giving. If I think of someone who could use a little pick-me-up, I can just grab my box of yellow items and whip together a gift package in no time. If I had to shop for the items, I would be less likely to make one.
The end of the Easter season is a fantastic time to stock up on yellow gift items, decor, tissue paper, and shredded paper at a discounted price.
If you are worried the contents in your basket will fall out, place the completed basket in a clear plastic basket bag. Tie the bag with a pretty yellow ribbon. This adds a polished look to your gift. You can purchase these clear cellophane bags at most craft stores.
So, what are you waiting for? Give the gift of a box of sunshine today and brighten someone’s day!