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.

“A Grandparent’s Love”

There is just something special about the love of a grandparent.

It is one of those loves, you don’t really understand until you are living it. Seeing your children now raise beautiful children of their own is a little mind-blowing. It sends memories flooding back of your years changing diapers and bandaging skinned knees. But now it is your babies, taking care of their babies and they are so good at it. You can’t help but wonder when all this happened. It is like they grew up overnight.

There is just something special about the love of a grandparent.

The sleepless nights and toddler protests are over for you. You have proudly passed that on to your kids. The joy is overwhelming at every milestone: the first tooth, the first steps, potty training, the first day at school. They are your legacy and what an incredible legacy they will be! You get to celebrate in the victories and be the ultimate advisor when your kids call with questions about how on earth they are going to parent through this “phase”.

There is just something special about the love of a grandparent.

There is something uniquely different about looking at your grandkids and knowing that all the years of parenting their parents is now showcasing itself in those sweet little faces.  Not only have your children turned out to be good kids but they have begun the cycle of raising good kids. Isn’t that the ultimate prize in life?

There is just something special about the love of a grandparent.

Now you get to enjoy the grandparent perks. You are allowed to spoil and shower with gifts. You can enjoy the smile on their face when you get to say “yes”. There is no greater feeling than the excitement as they run to the driveway to greet you as you pull in for a visit because you know that they have been waiting for you all day.

There is just something special about the love of a grandparent.

Show your grandkids that your love is different. It is a special kind of love. Sure, you may not be there for the day to day events, but you are always there in spirit. You are always thinking about what they are doing. How they are doing in school. Everyday you think of them. Show them that you are just as excited to see them meet you in the driveway as they are.

Show them something special about your love.

A Huggybox can show them your love even on the days where they don’t get to see you. A Huggybox communicates that “special kind of love” that a grandparent has for their grandkid. It communicates that great big bear hug they receive from you in the driveway.

Show them there is something special about your love with a Huggybox.

The Warmth of Family to Promote Healing

Author: Ashley Rodrigues, MS, LPC

In a world where families are often spread out across the country or even across the world, having a loved one in the hospital can make that distance seem even greater. As a mental health professional, I see the stress and the toll that loneliness can have on both the individual hospitalized and on their families longing to support them. Huggybox is a creative way to connect with loved ones in their time of need and when they need a hug from you the most, regardless of zip code.

Families separated by distance are accustomed to communicating through technology like cell phones and internet. Continuing to utilize phone calls and messages to stay connected to their loved ones can be vital in preventing feelings of isolation when they are in the hospital. Often families are desperate to provide more than just the standard support to become more connected in this time of need. Phone calls are typical, and this is a very un-typical time. There is a desperation to provide more support to loved ones that is above and beyond a phone call. HuggyBox can be the perfect hospital care package.

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As a therapist, I encourage my clients to get creative in ways to connect with their loved ones. Think outside of the box… or maybe the answer can be found within a little box. Perhaps the joy is in the unexpected gift of a Huggybox. The joy is in opening this cute little box and knowing that the person on the other side wants nothing more than to gift a nice warm hug.

Hospitals can be some of the harshest places to provide a supportive healing environment. Think about all the machines, wires, harsh lighting and cold floors that are found in hospital rooms. Many individuals crave the smallest comforts of home and many times caregivers can continue to get creative to provide this for a loved one.

One of the most effective ways to make an impact in a loved one’s comfort is by targeting all five of the senses. Perhaps, bringing a favorite blanket, sending favorite music, favorite flowers, or even a small rug to warm up a cold room can help engulf your loved one with comfort, but not all families live close enough to provide these feelings of home.

This is one reason why Huggybox is so special. Not only is Huggybox a visual reminder, but it serves as a cue to physically hug this cute little gift. This will trigger beautiful memories of hugs in the past. Nostalgia of happy times, and physical support flood the memories of loved ones. I would even suggest keeping the Huggybox under a pillow as a constant reminder of support. Every time your loved one slides their hand under that cool hospital pillow, there will be a reminder of the warmth and love of a hug from their Huggybox.

Feelings of helplessness are common in family members who are not able to drop their work, and busy lives to be bedside with a loved one. Stress can set in and lead to guilt. There is good news and  a brilliant creative option to let your family know that you love them.  The Huggybox can send the one thing you are longing to give your loved one more than anything, a nice warm hug.