This is such a fun site! I always love figuring out gifts to give my friends and family for their birthday and/or Christmas. I actually have one friend that is always giving really sweet things (even on non-special days) but I find it so hard to shop for her. Thankfully, I found this site before the holidays so I'm pretty sure I know what she's getting this year.
However, the parcel I was sent to review was for another friend who just had her first baby, a little boy. I'm actually doing all these baby/parent posts lately in her honor if you didn't know that. Normally, the theme is picked out by whoever is buying the parcel (and you get ideas like just because, birthday, business, good luck, and more) and then mailed to the person who it's going too so it's a fun surprise for them to get in the mail. I was afraid my friend would be moving though, so I had the parcel sent to me so I could take some photos of it for the review and then give it to her in person.
The actual business of what goes in the parcel was really easy. The owner of the site, Dez Stephens, will ask you to describe the person recieving the parcel and of course they go along with the theme you chose too and then she goes and picks out a collection of items to send. Before it's mailed off, though, she emails you and makes sure you are okay with everything she has chosen and then voila! The package is done and ready to be mailed. One of the things that I loved about the parcle is that it comes with a handwritten note too. You give your letter through email to Dez and she handwrites what you want inside a little card...she did this for my friend and I think it's so sweet since normally you wouldn't be giving them the gift in person, so they want to know who it's from right?
As for what my friend thought, she seemed to really enjoy it. There was a really soft one-piece bodysuit for her little one that her and the rest of our baby shower guests seemed to love! Believe me, it was SO soft. I believe you can see it in the photos (it's green) and I know she's taken bubble baths to relax before so some fun bubble bath was included as well, which I just wanted to steal. She also got a fun stuffed animal, more baby onesies, tea for herself with some nice yoga/relaxing music, a hair scrunchie, and this really awesome product called the rack trap to name a few. The rack trap, for those that don't know, is a tiny pouch where you can put your money and/or i.d and then stick it in your bra or shirt so you don't have to carry a purse or shove it somewhere else when you are trying to deal with a little one! Genius, isn't it?
Now before we get to the guest post and giveaway, here are the pictures of the parcel's contents (it came in a fun baby gift bag too that I loved!)
Guest Post with Personalized Parcels Owner Dez Stephens:
I started my home business, Personalized Parcels, for two reasons.
Firstly, I love sending care packages to people. I always have. My first memories of doing this go back to mailing a special package off to my friend from summer camp when we were back home. I wanted her to know how important she was to me, so I put together some of her favorite snacks, a book I thought she’d like, a photo of us together at camp, a small bottle of a perfume I thought she’d like, etc. Her reaction was priceless! She still mentions it every once in a while. No doubt we’re still in touch today because of meaningful gestures like her “personalized parcel.”
Secondly, I kept reading about and hearing about great new business ideas and e-commerce websites doing well with simple little ideas based on individual’s talents and ingenuity. I thought to myself – What do I like to do that I can turn into a home-based business? When I was pregnant and working full-time, I realized it was “time” to start my own business part-time in order to grow it at home while caring for my newborn baby.
Putting parcels together for my clients is so much fun to me. Some clients know exactly what they want and others want lots of ideas from me. Either way, it’s a true pleasure to put together customized care packages - knowing that the people on the other end of them will undoubtedly have a big smile on their face when they realize the special thought someone else put in for them to receive their gift!
I start with the person’s likes and hobbies – and, of course, the “occasion.” It might be a college student who needs some homemade treats. It might be a spouse who needs being reminded how special they are. It might be a corporate client needing “just the right gift” for a prospective customer.
I work with my client – coming up with ideas on what to include – and the two of us collaborate on the parcel until we think it’s ideal for the recipient. I email a photo of the parcel contents to my clients when parcels ship so they see exactly what their recipients are opening up when they receive their package.
Most parcels typically include items like music, magazines, specialty food items like teas and candy, personal care products, books, stationery, etc. I’ve even made homemade cookies for some clients. Special items might include a customized gift like a handmade ornament with a photograph of a house on the front signifying a new home purchase. In fact, I did this recently for a wife who was thanking her husband for helping her family get into their dream house. What fun!
Dez Stephens, owner
Prize: One $50 parcel
Open Too: Anyone
How to Enter: Go to the website and pick out your favorite theme package
Ends: Halloween (October 31st)
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