Have You Visited Us On Etsy Yet?

Good Morning!

We’ve been super busy getting organised and adding to our parcel ranges at TSP HQ, so I thought I’d do a little update post today!

We first opened the Etsy shop last year, but due to lots of different reasons (and possibly a few excuses too! 😉 ) it, sort-off, well, was ignored and forgotten about!

But, this year we got ourselves organised and finally got it up and running properly.

You can have a nosey here: http://www.thesmileparcel.etsy.com

Over in the Etsy shop you’ll find our complete range of Smile Parcel’s, including our ‘Plus’ monthly subscription boxes – these are a ‘Plus’ because they contain all our usual monthly surprise contents, but also include a beautiful candle and 10% from each one is donated to mental health charity, Shout, which helps support those experiencing crisis, via a text messaging service.

Shout website: http://www.giveusashout.org

We have a range of ready-to-post parcels, each with set contents, so you know exactly what you’ll be getting with this range…

And finally, you’ll find our latest additions, which you are loving and we love making them just as much, our “The Smile Parcel Mini” letterbox friendly gifts – these offer our same mission of sharing a smile, inspiration and a mental health boost, but all neatly wrapped into a compact pick-me-up.

Our prices range from just £9.50, up to £24, all with free UK delivery.

As always, if you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, we love chatting to you…

You can get in touch via the “Contact Us” page on this website, or find us over on Facebook or Instagram.

Karen x

August 2020 – Parcel Contents

Hello Lovelies!

It’s almost at the end of August and so it’s time for another parcel reveal!

Our theme this month was “Homely Holiday” and they everything you need to take a relaxing holiday closer to home, whether that be a stay-cation, or in the back garden!

August Contents:

Retro Light Bulb Glass –

This time of the year is usually all about enjoying the holiday season and maybe even escaping away for a sunny break. But this year has been anything but ordinary and sadly lots of us have either had to, or chosen to, not go away on holiday this summer, so, we decided to bring the holiday vibes to you instead!

Your first item is this super cool retro drinking glass and stripy straw – and it even comes with a cocktail recipe! So, make your cocktail, add some ice, and relax on a poolside lounger (you may need to use your imagination for the last bit!)

Bunting –

This beautiful handmade bunting gave us all the vibes of a lovely beach hut – we love the nautical red and navy stripes. This has been lovingly handmade by Maria, over at Oscars Craft Store, who you can find on Etsy.

Notebook & Bee Pencil –

The strange situation we all find ourselves in at the moment, is only temporary and we will come through the other side. It’s a great opportunity to make plans for what we want to do when we are able to travel again, go abroad or have adventures further afield.

This notebook has been included this month for this very purpose – make lists, create goals, dream destinations, basically anything that helps you to look forward to the future and have something positive to focus on, which is so important.

We’ve given you a bee pencil and eraser too …for no other reason than it’s very cute!

Good Vibes Only –

This button badge from Colour Your Life Club is to pin on your jacket, bag, or anywhere else you choose, to remind you, and others, that you’re accepting good vibes only – other people can keep their negativity to themselves, we’re not interested!

 Yes, I Can –

Like a lot of us, you may have had plans for this year, that unfortunately had to be put on hold, postponed or even cancelled, but this postcard is here to tell you that, although things may not of happened just as you had planned, it doesn’t mean they won’t happen at exactly the right time that they were supposed to. No matter what gets in the way, it won’t stop you, repeat after me “Yes I Can”!

Postcard from Colour Your Life Club.

Smile Cards –

As always, there should be a couple of these little cards in your parcel, I’ve written one for you, and the blank one, is for you to write a short inspirational or positive message, and give to someone you know, or maybe leave somewhere for a complete stranger to find?

Parcel Assistant –

The Pom-Pom Parcel Assistant who helped us to pack your parcel this month was, Herbert!

Karen x

Letterbox Gifts Are Back!

Hello!

If you’ve been following The Smile Parcel for a while, you may briefly remember our “Mini” parcels, well, they’ve made a return…

“The Smile Parcel Mini”, (as I’m sure you’ve figured out from the name) are Mini versions of our original The Smile Parcel, to create a compact, letterbox friendly option.

You can expect to find 5 or 6 products inside, all with our same mission of sharing a smile, inspiration and a positive mental health boost, and, as with all our parcels, we can add a handwritten note inside too, if you’re giving, or sending as a gift.

These aren’t available as part of a subscription and are instead, one-off, single purchases.

Our letterbox gifts contain surprise contents, as we know our customers love to open a surprise, but we will be adding some parcels to the Mini range, with set contents, for those of you who want to see exactly what will be inside – we already have a Christmas version available! Eek!

We have added boxes for different occasions or recipients, so whether you’re looking for a compact birthday gift, want to send a thank you, to treat your best friend, or give someone a little something just because, or maybe to simply say hello, we’ve got you covered!

We’ve been overwhelmed to the response to our parcels over the last few months, with so many uncertainties surrounding all of us, it was lovely to read your feedback and reviews upon receiving your little pick-me-up, whether it came through the letterbox, or by courier, so a huge thank you for your ongoing support of our small business, it means so much.

You can order The Smile Parcel Mini through our Etsy shop here: http://www.thesmileparcel.etsy.com/

Or, if you prefer, pop me a message through the Facebook page or send over an email, and I can send you our PayPal link or an invoice to pay using a credit or debit card.

Letterbox gifts are just £9.50, or £10, if you’d like a greeting card adding inside.

Karen x

July 2020 – Parcel Contents

Hello lovelies, it’s time for another parcel reveal!

Our theme for July was “Relax & Recharge” and they contained products all connected with giving you an excuse to simply pause for a moment, be mindful and, just like your phone, recharge your batteries.

July Contents:

Splendor Sandalwood Candle Jar –

Welcome to your July parcel and this month’s theme “Relax & Recharge”. Your first item is this lovely jar candle – when we think of relaxing, our first thought goes to lighting a candle, regardless of the time of year. The fragrance of Splendor Sandalwood is a calm refreshing scent and the perfect choice for this parcel.

Colouring Sheet & Twig Pencils –

If you’re a regular subscriber to The Smile Parcel, you’ll know that we’ve included a colouring sheet in previous parcels. Colouring for adults has become a popular hobby and is a great way of taking relaxing time out for yourself. A single colouring sheet can be great if you’re one of those who struggles to make time for me-time…there’s always something else that needs doing or someone else who needs our attention. You may initially think that colouring isn’t for you, but once you get started, it almost “forces” you to be mindful for a few moments, to take a breather and think of something else, even if it’s only for a short time. We included some super rustic twig colouring pencils to help you get started!

Bath Fizzers –

Now, you could probably smell the beautiful fragrance of these mini bath fizzers even before you spotted them inside your parcel. These have been made by Trishell at Bathing Beauties, who you can find over in her Etsy shop. The perfect excuse to run a bath, light your candle, allow yourself to unwind for a while and let the worries of the day drift away…

Bookmark & Snack Bar –

There’s no drama with this Llama and he’s keeping an eye on you …and your page! Reading can be the ultimate escapism, I find it difficult to switch my mind off enough to focus on a book, so I’m very jealous of those of you who can. If you are able to get lost in a book, this Llama has got your back! And, of course, it’s then time for the “Recharge” part of your parcel – a snack bar to help keep you refuelled, after all, all this relaxing can be exhausting!

 ‘Blank Canvas’ Postcard –

We love these postcards, they have a great message, a reminder that each day is a brand new shiny blank canvas, to start over. If yesterday didn’t go so well, try again today. Postcard from Katie Abey Design.

Smile Cards

As always, there should be a couple of these little cards in your parcel, I’ve written one for you, and the blank one, is for you to write a short inspirational or positive message, and give to someone you know, or leave somewhere for a complete stranger to find – but this is of course optional, there’s absolutely no pressure to do this if you don’t want to.

Parcel Assistant

Your Pom-Pom Parcel Assistant who helped us to pack your parcel this time was, Frank!

 

 

Karen x

 

 

What Makes The Smile Parcel Different?

So, what makes us different? – This is an important question for businesses, especially small businesses and especially, at the moment.

So, I wanted to tell you a little more about us, what we’re all about, and what does make us different.

We don’t offer continuous subscriptions…

We decided when we created The Smile Parcel, that we wouldn’t offer a continuous subscription, as we know it can be off-putting to feel trapped in a long term subscription, so instead we offer just 3, or 6 month subscriptions (or one-off parcels) which naturally expire after your last parcel payment is taken, it’s then completely up to you, if you want to re-order again (lots of you do, thank you!)

We don’t have many offers or sales…

You may of noticed that we don’t have a lot of sales, discounts or offers at The Smile Parcel, as we wanted to ensure our customers knew they were receiving value for money, always.

We do occasionally have a one-off discount, to celebrate our birthday or an anniversary, for example, as we want to treat our lovely customers from time to time, but otherwise, our prices are what you see.

We don’t bombard you with emails!

We routinely send just 2 emails a month, one to let those of you who have placed an order, know when they are on their way, so you know when to receive them, and one as a little update, or maybe to share a mental health tip, to those of you struggling.

When you place an order, you’ll receive an email as a thank you and confirmation, but this will be a personal email, not an automated one, and if you decide to cancel your subscription, we won’t send you emails begging you to come back, as we understand there could be lots of reasons for doing this.

We have amazingly loyal customers!

Now, this may be controversial, but I’m going to say it anyway, I’m pretty certain that The Smile Parcel has the best customers in the whole world!

We have such fabulously loyal customers, some of which have received every single monthly parcel.

We’re fortunate to have a very low cancellation rate, I can count on one hand how many customers have cancelled their subscription early over the last 3 years, and one of those sent a lovely email to apologise and explain why she needed to cancel! (of course, she didn’t need to do this!)

Basically, you lot are amazing!!

We’re not all about growth and expansion…

This is a difficult one, as we are a huge supporter of small business, and growth and expansion are important to run a successful business. But, for us, we’ve worked hard over the last few years to build The Smile Parcel into where we are today, and it’s where we want to stay.

The next stage could be to hand over our packing to a fulfilment centre, or give the reigns of customer service to an agency, but this isn’t for us.

We want to keep all our packing in-house, so we know exactly what’s going inside your parcels, and I know I may sound a little odd in saying this, but talking to our customers is my favourite part of the job!

Our ambition now is to continue where we are, keep sending smiles, providing great customer service and of course, wrapping parcels!

Karen x

June 2020 – Parcel Contents

Hello!

Right, I’m back on track this month and have remembered to show you this months parcel contents, on time…whoop! 😉

Our theme for June was “Step Outside” and they contained products all associated with making the most out of our time being outside, seeing nature and exploring the great outdoors!

June Contents:

Butterflies & Bees Welcome Here –

This month your parcel theme is ‘Step Outside’. Usually at this time of the year, we’d be encouraging you to get outside, see the countryside, visit parks and generally enjoy the great outdoors in every way possible. But, as we know, this year is a little different! Having said this, we can still enjoy being outside, within the parameters allowed, and hopefully we will be back experiencing it with friends and family soon. What we can do though, is enjoy being with nature, take in our surroundings and notice the butterflies and bees, whether that’s in our own gardens, or while taking a leisurely stroll.

Heart Decoration –

We loved the delicate design of this hanging metal heart decoration. Now it just needs somewhere lovely to hang, maybe in a window, on a door handle, or even as part of a gallery wall display.

Bee Wish Bracelet –

This lovely “Don’t Worry Bee Happy” wish charm bracelet has been lovingly handmade by Mermaid Marys UK, who you can find on Etsy.

The Law of Attraction is the ability to attract into our lives whatever we are focusing on, and using the power of our mind to translate whatever is in our thoughts, to materialise into reality. Now, I admit, this isn’t something we know a lot about, however, we do believe that positivity and focusing on our dreams and goals, is a great first step to achieving them!

Mini Rainbow –

“Be A Rainbow In Someone Else’s Cloud” – we loved the little gift bag alone, so when we discovered the cute resin rainbow inside, these were a must-have addition to your parcel this month. Rainbows have taken on a new meaning during the current pandemic, and we’ve become used to seeing them to support the amazing work of the NHS and our key workers. It’s understandable that some people will want to forget about this period in time when this is all over, but for others, they want to remember a time when they got to spend time at home with family. We decided to include the rainbow, so you can keep it as a memento yourself if you wish, or pass it on to someone who may be struggling, or maybe give to a much-valued key worker.

 The Tiger of Unapologetic Awesomeness –

Well, there’s not a lot we can say about “The Tiger of Unapologetic Awesomeness” apart from, well, he’s awesome?!

Postcard from Katie Abey Design.

Smile Cards

As always, there should be a couple of these little cards in your parcel, I’ve written one for you, and the blank one, is for you to write a short inspirational or positive message, and give to someone you know, or leave somewhere for a complete stranger to find – but this is of course optional, there’s absolutely no pressure to do this if you don’t want to.

Parcel Assistant

Your Pom-Pom Parcel Assistant who helped us to pack your parcel this time was, Kenny!

Karen x

May 2020 – Parcel Contents

Hello Lovelies!

Eek! This post is slightly (very!) late and I have no excuse, other than in the ongoing situation, I, well, forgot to show you the contents of last months parcel, Oops!

So, our May theme was “Cuppa Break” and they contained everything you need to take a short break from the current chaos surrounding us (something I obviously could do with now!).

May Contents:

“Mind Your Own Biscuits” Mug –

This month your parcel is all about those times when we need to give ourselves a break – and even better, a cuppa break! We loved these mugs as soon as we spotted them, the lookalike enamel style looks great and the quote is fabulous too – and if you’re on a cuppa break, everyone else should definitely mind their own biscuits!!

Pukka Tea Bags –

Obviously, we couldn’t give you a mug without including tea bags. We would usually recommend you share these and use them as an excuse to meet up with a friend, and have a natter and catch-up…but sadly, at the moment, that just isn’t possible. But, it will be, we will all be back together again soon, so you can either keep these tea bags until you can share them, or, just as importantly, give yourself a break (or two!) – we’re all going through a tough time at the moment, so don’t forget you deserve a break too.

The cute tea bag envelope was created just for our parcels by Crafty Little Fox.

Biscuit Tub & Coaster –

This cute biscuit tub is perfect for popping in the car, or in a handbag, just to have a sweet treat ready at hand, just when you need a little pick-me-up. The coaster “Doughnut Worry Be Happy” is from Old English Company.

Puzzles! –

Now, I don’t mind admitting that I had a little help creating this puzzle sheet – it was all created in-house at The Smile Parcel, as we wanted to give you a little something “to-do” while you’re enjoying your cuppa break. So, sit down, put your feet up and take your mind of everything else for a few minutes, and get puzzling!

 “Stronger Than You Think” –

I think there have been times over the last few weeks when all of us have wondered how we’re going to get through this difficult time. It’s definitely been (and continues to be) very challenging, in lots of ways, including, of course, our mental health. So, this postcard has been included in this parcel, to remind you that you are stronger than you think, I promise. Sometimes, we all need a moment, just to breathe and be reminded that, whatever is happening in our lives, we are strong, and we will get through this.

Smile Cards –

As always, there should be a couple of these little cards in your parcel, I’ve written one for you, and the blank one, is for you to write a short inspirational or positive message, and give to someone you know, or leave somewhere for a complete stranger to find – but this is of course optional, there’s absolutely no pressure to do this if you don’t want to.

Parcel Assistant –

Your Pom-Pom Parcel Assistant who helped us to pack your parcel this time was, Oliver!

 

Karen x

Mental Health Awareness Week

I hope you’re all still keeping safe and well.

I wanted to do another quick little blog post today, as this week is Mental Health Awareness Week, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation – this year, the theme of their campaign is, kindness.

We hear a lot about how important it is to open up to others about how we’re feeling, and you may of noticed that ITV have been running a campaign for a while, telling us to share with each other and “Britain Get Talking”.

Being open about how we’re feeling can be difficult, especially if we’re not used to it, or it isn’t something that comes naturally to us.

Sometimes, it can be easier to start a conversation about something entirely different, until we feel more comfortable to share our emotions – you don’t have to be an expert, or a professional to talk, or to listen to others, it just needs time, courage and kindness to take that first step, it may not feel like much to simply ask “How are you?” but it’s often the smallest of things, that make the biggest differences.

You can find out more information regarding the work of the Mental Health Foundation here: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

 

Karen x