SMILE It’s A Box of Sunshine

A Box of Sunshine

Well “Hello Sunshine”! If this box could talk, that’s what it would say as soon as it’s opened! A few years ago, my friend Debi (she’s really my friend! I’m not calling myself my friend! Hahaha) was telling me about this idea she had heard about. “A Box of Sunshine” is what she called it and once she described the idea…I couldn’t wait to put one together! She was going to send one to her daughter’s friend who needed something to brighten her day.

At that time Phil and I had just one daughter away at college so that was easy! Bela would be the happy recipient! I love love love sending care packages and this was the best idea yet! No occasion. Not a holiday. A “just because” care package, and it was perfect timing…Bela’s final exams were coming up! Can you imagine? You’re anxious about the tests on the horizon, you’ve got all night study sessions and then a surprise box arrives! Nothing beats a care package from home, right?Box of Sunshine items

This is how it goes: Yellow Yellow Yellow. Focus on all things yellow. Whether you “shop” at home with what you might already have, or head out to your favorite stores, you don’t have to spend a lot. Stroll the aisles at The Dollar Store, Target and Michael’s $1.00 sections, TJ Maxx or Marshall’s with your eyes focused on all things yellow and only yellow. Box of Sunshine snacksIt’s so much fun and so easy to do and you’d be surprised at the supply of sunny goodness you can collect. From snacks and soaps to candles or candy, the rays of “sunshine” will glow once the box is received and the smile on their face will glow even brighter! They’ll be “Walking on Sunshine.”

Here are a few fun ideas found in most stores (in yellow packaging of course):

  • Chips
  • Crackers
  • Gum
  • Candy
  • Nail polish
  • Socks
  • Giftcards (some are yellow!)
  • Travel sized shampoos, lotions
  • Lip balm/Chapstick
  • Comb/Brush
  • Pad of paper
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Little sign with a Happy quote (Michael’s, JoAnns, Hobby Lobby, Target)
  • Pillowcase
  • Rubber flip flops
  • White shipping box
  • Yellow packing material (tissue or shredded tissue)
  • Yellow themed wrapping paper or patterned 12″ x 12″ scrapbooking papers, optional

Of course any of the recipient’s favorites are always appreciated!


I like to pick up a white box (maybe the USPS priority mail ones). I say white because it makes the yellow fun inside “glow” even brighter, than it would from a brown box. Line the inside (or maybe just the inside of the flaps) with the decorative paper, if using.Box of Sunshine paper supplies Stuff it with shredded filler or yellow tissue paper and fill it up with all the sunshiny happiness you’ve collected!Box of Sunshine paper

Gr8 Tip:

Yellow means: Optimism, happiness, enthusiasm, sunshine, laughter, confidence, emotional strength, friendliness, creativity, uplifting, stimulating, knowledge, self esteem.

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  1. Debbie | 11th Apr 17

    Yay! Thanks so much Janet! It seems the color yellow brought a smile even through the computer screen! 😉 It is so fun collecting all the brightness, whether in your own home or a few goodies from the store…The recipient will love every single ray of sunshine inside!

  2. Debbie | 11th Apr 17

    Thanks so much Lon! It’s is such a fun gift to put together! It even brightened my own day seeing the “sunshine” in my car at the store! No matter what the size of the box, it will definitely brighten someone’s day! Thanks again for being one of our Gr8 friends!

  3. Claudia Kerns | 11th Apr 17

    Super cute idea. The sprinkle of the yellow flowers makes it even more personal and special!

  4. Janet DeBiaso | 11th Apr 17

    This brought the biggest SMILE to my face this am. What a fun idea!! Thanks Debbie for sharing a wonderful and thoughtful gift to share with anyone.

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