Family Time

A Hug in the Endless Sea of Greeting Cards

I don’t know about you, but am I the only one who gets anxious in the greeting card aisle?

Hundreds and hundreds of options, all slightly different, but you have to make a decision. Do you go funny? Heartfelt? Generic? It can be so overwhelming. I hate the tradition of greeting cards.

I usually go into a panic and select a card within eye sight. Only after comparing it to maybe one other card that I only grabbed because I thought it was pretty.  If I took the time to go through all these cards, I would seriously be here all day. Never once in my life have I been really excited about a greeting card. Usually my inner dialogue when I make a selection is more along the lines of “this will work.”

The problem is, “this will work” isn’t even close to the actual sentiment I want to send. I can handwrite a meaningful message, if there is room, but sometimes that still does not feel like it is enough. I constantly feel as though nothing that is prewritten in those cards is genuine. All I can think of is the hundreds of other cards that say the exact same thing.

All I can think about is the dozens and dozens of greeting cards that I have thrown out in my life in the birthday party clean up. Deep down I know that this greeting card will inevitably have the same fate. What if you really want to say I love you? I miss you? I really am thinking of you?

If you want to send a sentiment that stands out.

A sentiment that is meaningful and heart felt.

A greeting card is not going to be enough. They are a dime a dozen. Greeting cards are impersonal.

A Huggybox transcends the endless sea of greeting cards. How can you rely on a cute little cartoon rabbit illustration to communicate your feelings? A Huggybox communicates in the most simple and powerful of languages, human touch. A hug is powerful and not something that can be put inside a greeting card.

If you want to ensure that your loved one knows that you care, enough with the inspirational quotes, haikus, and cartoons. Send them a hug.

Greeting card may come and go with the memory and warmth of a hug is lasting and genuine.

Let’s send more hugs.

The Language of Love

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching love is in the air! Everyone is trying to figure out what to get for their someone special that is beyond the basic chocolates and flowers. Before you dive too far into the depths of Amazon, make sure you are speaking the same language as your special someone.

No, no, no… not actual language. I am talking about speaking the same love language.

Gary Chapman authored a brilliant book titled “The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to a Love that Lasts”. Chapman categorizes individuals into different love languages with the theory that different personalities show and receive love differently. Many times in relationships we show love the way we want to receive it. Problems may arise when our special someone doesn’t speak our love language. Here is a quick run-down of the 5 Love Languages. See if these descriptions fit yourself or better yet, fit that person you love:

Words of Affirmation- This person appreciates compliments, a genuine “thank you”, and words of encouragement.

Quality Time- This person appreciates not only spending time with people but is flattered when people take the time get rid of all distractions with the sole intention of spending time together.

Receiving Gifts- This person appreciates visual, physical representations of love. Receiving a gift is a huge representation of love. Gifts don’t need to be expensive or elaborate.

Physical Touch- This person is most secure in their relationship with physical touch. This can be as simple as holding hands, a hug, or an arm on the shoulder. The closer the better.

Acts of Service- This person is most flattered by service. Helping around the house, chores, and going out of your way to take care of something on their to do list is the ultimate way to show appreciation.

When planning for your Valentine’s gesture think about what language you need to speak in order to be heard most clearly. You and your loved one are complex and unique people so odds are high that you speak more than one love language. It is common that two or three languages resonate with an individual. When planning for your grand Valentine’s gesture, maybe plan on something that speaks multiple of these languages.

A Huggybox is a perfect choice as it targets so many of these love languages. It is a gift that is a physical representation of your love. It represents a hug, a loving touch. Every time they look at their HuggyBox, they will be reminded of the quality time you want to spend together.

Love languages don’t just apply to romantic relationships, they apply to all loving relationships. Think about a gesture for your children, your mom, or maybe your grandparents. Who do you want to communicate love to this Valentine’s Day?