the Hug Box™ Blog

Coweta Life exposé January 03 2018, 0 Comments

the Hug Box photo by Susan Crutchfield PhotographyAs a fairly recent resident and business owner in Newnan, GA, I have had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful people in the community and especially some very remarkable, smart and kind-hearted entrepreneur women! I felt welcomed from the beginning and love being a part of this growing community. I look forward to building my gift company, the Hug Box™ and helping to grow the businesses of the artisans and vendors I partner with, many of which are local to Georgia. And all of which give back to the community, the environment and have compassion for creating products that make a difference in people's lives. READ MORE.

Thank you to Coweta Life and Susan Crutchfield Photography for this fun-filled and honored experience sharing my story.

Hugs! Vicki Sanders, Creator + CHO, theHugBox™

We are a Shopify success story June 21 2017, 0 Comments

Shopify Success Story - the Hug Box™

thehugbox™ came to life after discovering Shopify for our ecommerce website design.

I had a soft launch with friends and family pre-site. Now I was ready to launch thehugbox to the world. I needed to let go of the perfection and get my site up and running for business. I had already spent months, in 2013, working out the concept, brand, researching for artisans and products that fit the brand, designing, trademarking, shipping options and on and on.

Shopify was perfect since I was new to the e-commerce world and working with a new business budget with only my savings and then full-time job income. I have been a graphic designer for over 25 years, but know only the basics for html/css coding. Shopify's templates and interface made it easy for me to add my graphics and to edit some of the html/css to work with my brand. I am constantly updating the site, especially since there are always new apps that help improve your marketing, sales and SEO presence, and lots more. As thehugbox grows, I will eventually redesign and hire a coder to help, but I will stay with Shopify.

It's constantly changing and I am constantly learning. Today I am using my first paid app - springbot. They help manage the analytics, to reach more of my audience and helping me with facebook ad challenges. And I love the instagram feed for it's simplicity and reaching a global audience, even though I don't ship outside the USA as of yet. But they can have a Hug Box™ delivered to someone in the USA. :)

Read here about what free apps I use and how I made my first sales. 




Mom Deserves a Hug May 03 2017, 0 Comments

mothers day hugs Mothers Day will be here soon.

I wish my mom was closer. She is in Ohio and I am in Georgia. I'm looking forward to the day when she decides it's time for her to move to the south. Then I can hug her everyday. In the meantime, I call her often, send her cards, texts, emails, and send her surprise deliveries to connect with her. She does the same for me. I guess that is where I get it from, because it has always been a joy for me to send unexpected gifts or thoughtful notes in the mail. So... if you can't be there to hug on your mom or bonus mom or grandma or sister this Mothers Day... let them know you wish you could with a hug box.



Unique Valentines Day Gifts January 06 2017, 0 Comments

chocolate and wine gift boxI love to search for unique gifts, hence my creation of thehugbox™ gift box. I found some new ideas from Real Simple magazine that were definitely fun and unique. Here are some of my fav Valentines Day gifts that were created by wonderful artisans on etsy. 


Amethyst Crystal Air Plant
Geo Card and Folder Holders
Long Distance Relationship Mugs

      Click here to see the other 20 ideas.

      Here at the hugbox, we love to support local and national artisans who create and make handmade, eco-friendly and/or all-natural products. In each hugbox, the gift receiver gets 4-6 gifts, anything from candles to jewelry to chocolate made by USA artisans. Checkout our Valentines Day Gift Boxes and send a hug to someone special. 

      Huggable Holiday Gifts December 05 2016, 0 Comments

      It's that time of year again. The season of love, family and friends. We, here at thehugbox™, love the thought of giving to those who need a hug and sharing joy and supporting artisans. We like to be the season of Christmas love all year round.




      Come visit us at the last Serenbe Market of the Year. November 18 2016, 0 Comments

      Serenbe Market
      thehugbox™ is excited to be at the Serenbe Market again... tomorrow Saturday, November 19. 

      Come visit us and we can help you with your personal hugbox gift order or if you or someone you know needs information on individual and bulk customized hugboxes for special occasions such as: 

      • Thanksgiving Host Gifts
      • Holiday Gifts
      • Wedding Guest Welcome Boxes
      • Employee Gifts
      • New Home Gifts
      • College Care Gifts and more

      Contact us for more information. Don't forget to use promo code serenbe10Off for 10% off your gift order. 

      Gift Giving Etiquette September 08 2016, 0 Comments

      The hug box gift recently read a helpful article on gift-giving etiquette, so I wanted to share. Gift-giving can be easy for some situations and hard for others. There are so many wonderful options for gifts, and if you're like me, you hope you can find and decide on the best gift for the person/ocassion. No matter what it is, it is always a loving way to make someone's day. i am lucky to have been able to build a business on gift-giving. I feel a special moment everytime I ship off another hugbox. I have so many lovely customers and hugbox recipient that touch my heart - they give me a gift of joy without even knowing it. Click here to read the article.



      Burger for a Cause - APRA August 31 2016, 0 Comments

      Atlanta Pet Rescue and AdoptionAs thehugbox™ grows, our mission is to share our growth with the nonprofits we support. It's an ongoing effort to help save and find a home for those wonderful pups and kitties. Every little bit helps.

      If you live near or close to Atlanta, please support and adopt your next pet at Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption. There is an event tonight at the Shake Shack, grab a burger and grab a pup! Click here for details.

      If you can't make it, see how you can help in the littlest way. Click here.

      Serenbe Market Saturdays August 12 2016, 0 Comments

      Serenbe Artists and Market GeorgiaCome enjoy the fantastic, earth-friendly Serenbe Market in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia this Saturday, August 13 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. There will be lots of artisans, music, food and a cooking demo. We will be there sharing gift ideas from thehugbox™! Great fun for the whole family!