Bettering Yourself for the New Year

Whenever a new year comes around, we tend to make lists of things to do, and almost always they involve tangible objectives to reach. Losing weight. Putting on muscle. Traveling to XX. Saving money.

But what about the intangible markers? Why don’t we emphasize behavior, mental health, knowledge, and so on? I think those are the most valuable resolutions anyone could put down for themselves.

For 2019, you should try out something new. Attempt to make a change in your own habits, experiences, and routines.

Present others with more gifts

Whether you’re giving someone something they’ve been asking for for awhile or merely going out and getting a few candy boxes for a friend who’s down after their most recent breakup, you’re being selfless and increasing the happiness of someone other than yourself. (And hey, everyone likes candy boxes, right?)

Radiate positivity

This one seriously isn’t hard to actually do. It’s just hard to remember to do, unfortunately. But if you can remember to just smile, compliment others, request things nicely, look on the bright side of things, and do your best, you’re making your community, home, office, or whatever else a much better and more positive place.


This could mean donating things to a local homeless shelter. It could mean giving your time to a family member in need. It could mean giving back to the earth by recycling. It could mean giving up your weeknight to volunteer. It could even mean giving your dog an extra toy each month. Whatever the case, giving makes you feel good because it’s an inherently good feeling once you focus on others, not yourself.

Get better

At what, you ask? Anything. Everything. Get better at that workout routine you’re just starting. Get better at cooking healthier meals in your home. Get better at being kind to strangers. Get better at drinking less alcohol. Get better at listening to more varied genres of music. Get better at your job, get better at improving on your relationship with your significant other, and get better at managing your time outside of work.

As you can tell, resolutions for the new year shouldn’t just entail goals to achieve and be done with. Rather, you should head in the opposite direction and strive to be better in general about all the healthier, more positive things you can do with your time. Look to change your lifestyle and mindset, not just lose a few pounds and call it done.

5 Tips To Enhance The Style Of Candy Boxes

Do you own a shop selling candies, either homemade or otherwise, and wish to make the presentation of your boxes a bit more appealing? There are many ways that shop owners can draw customers to their product, by merely upping the game when it comes to packaging design. There are so many ways that you can catch the eye of candy lover’s and inevitably gain a customer. In this article, we will go over five of the ways you can increase profit by changing the way you present your sweet treats!

1. Eye-Popping Colors Are Everything!

The most significant revenue stream for any candy business is children. Albeit plenty of adults love a sweet treat now and then, but many of them may be purchasing a box of sweets for their little one anyways. Children focus their attention on bright, happy, vibrant colors. One of the first things your customer sees when they walk into your shop is the way in which you present your product. Do you use bland white candy boxes to package your treats? The practice of using boring boxes may be hurting your business more than you know. By spicing things up and adding pops of bright color and unique themed boxes will draw far more attention to your product and will have them flying off the shelves faster than you can saw Willy Wonka!

2. Small Hands Need Small Boxes.

In the same respect that children love bright, vibrant colors and themes, they also want to feel helpful by carrying their packages. The smaller your treat boxes are, the easier they are for little hands to handle.

3. Quality Over Quantity.

Another vital reason to purchase smaller candy boxes for your business is that they are cheaper for you, so you can buy more and package more product to sell. Also, customers usually do not want a giant box of candy unless they are going to an event in which it is necessary. By making the majority of your treats available in smaller more attractive packaging, customers are far more likely to purchase a box or two while visiting your shop. Boxing this way is also a great way to earn new clientele by giving them just a sample of what your store keeps in stock; If they enjoy what you sold them, they are sure to return!

4. Window Panes Are A Must!

Instead of purchasing all boxes which are solid all the way around, make sure there is a window pane in the packaging so that they can see what is inside. Packaging this way will also save you from replacing damaged product due to customers ripping open boxes to see what is inside. Another great way to display your candy is by packaging them in a box with a comparable color, making them more eye-catching and appealing to your customer.

5. It’s The Little Things.

The finishing touch on your treat boxes is everything! Themed boxes which feature swirls, sparkles, or famous characters are great for catching the attention of shoppers in your store. However, a perfectly spiraled ribbon or intricately placed sticker can make all the difference. By adding that extra touch of color and substance to your treat boxes gives them a far more appealing and professional appearance, especially to your younger customers.

Now that you have these tips to support you, have fun with it, get creative, and show off your candy with beautifully crafted boxes.

Great Last Minute Gift Wrap Doesn’t Have To Break The Bank

When we give gifts, half the fun is picking out the wrapping. Choosing the perfect cloak for your carefully curated gift is so much fun. At times, what is available in the gift wrap aisle is somewhat mundane. We admit, years ago gift wrap got a bum wrap. In the recent years pre-bought gift wrapping has made a comeback with all the ways it can be produced these days. But as the frills, cool prints and little add-ons have made their appearance so has the high price. Some of us have actually had the experience where the gift wrapping cost just as much as the gift. We adore the gift wrapping that keeps giving. This is when something in the gift wrapping can be used over and over again like a pin, magnet or ornament. It’s a great memento of a get-together or a private moment between two people. You can even make great candy BOxes.

The earliest recorded date of gift wrapping was in 1035 when a Persian traveler was walking through the street markets in Cairo and noticed that all the spices and hardware were wrapped in paper for the customer. We are so busy these days sometimes shopping for the gift itself is too time-consuming hence, the birth of the gift card. it’s hard for some of us to imagine sitting down and thinking through a good gift wrapping idea. Of course, we want the gift wrapping to match the occasion and more importantly match the receiver’s personality. Incredible looking homemade gift wrap does not have to be time-consuming and can even give the gift-giver some fun.

Who remembers quickly wrapping a friends gift in newspaper because you forgot the gift wrap? Well, now folks you can pay for that look. One gift wrap company got the idea to actually make wrapping to appear as though you did it on purpose. This type of gift wrapping has come back in vogue due to the “shabby chic movement”. A new take on the newspaper gift wrap is making little rosettes out of the same print. If you’re handy with a computer and printer, an endless amount of gift wrapping can be thought up, especially for smaller gifts. Gift wrapping doesn’t have to be difficult or break the bank, especially at the holidays. There are a plethora of fun articles with step by step instructions to some of the gorgeous gift wrapping. You would swear the wrapping was store bought.

Just a few neat eco-friendly household items to use for gift wrap that you probably never thought of are felt, paper grocery sacks, leftover clothe remnants, duct tape, yarn, baker’s twine, old stamps, craft or butcher’s paper, old VHS ribbon, kite string, street maps, free printable tags, old unused coloring books, and too many more to mention. The possibilities are endless, even for the most craft challenged of us. Usually, one can find ideas in craft magazines but more often than not, free printable items can be found on many wrapping paper sites or any items you would use in conjunction with wrapping presents like tape or scissors brands. Pinterest is another wonderful resource as well. Even they understand wrapping presents can be costly. Good Luck and remember to have fun!