the Hug Box™ Blog
Vote for the Hug Box! March 19 2018, 0 Comments
Vote for the Hug Box! We are thrilled that the Hug Box™ was accepted in the Fed Ex Small Business Grant Contest.
"It was always in my heart that someday one of my creations would make a difference. Over the years, I was 'the hugger', had great joy in gifting, creating, learning and practicing healthy, eco-friendly ways of living. In 2014, I lost my job and met my future husband. Those attributes, life changes, faith and patience led to the Hug Box™ coming to life – helping others give gifts from their hearts, to send a hug from afar, and to support small businesses, and give back to communities and the earth" — Vicki Sanders, Creator + CHO (Chief Hug Officer)
This grant would help to:
1. keep offering shipping promos. Shipping is a big part of our online business. We offer a flat fee to help out customers, but pay extra with every order.
2. buy more inventory of eco-friendly, USA-made, small business and artisan products and add upgrades to our eco-friendly packaging. It's more expensive, but worth it! These qualities are the brand of the Hug Box™.
3. hire a photographer, web developer, SEO and marketing experts to update the website - add on customization, be more prominent on the web for get well and cheer up gifts and expand our sales.
4. to profit and be able to grow our funds for the Hug-a-Child Campaign. :)
We thank you for your time and support with a quick click of a vote.
Click here to vote for theHugBox
Featured in the Newnan Times Herald January 23 2018, 0 Comments
Honored to be a feature interview in the Newnan Times Herald. Interviewed by the lovely Melanie Ruberti, I had the pleasure of sharing the story and missions of theHugBox™ READ ARTICLE
Coweta Life exposé January 03 2018, 0 Comments
As 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
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 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
I 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
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
I 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.