I know that it is only October but have you been in any stores lately? Christmas is right around the corner and although I am a huge fan of the Holidays I can’t stress enough the need to show one support to someone who battles depression throughout the year and not just at the Holidays. Many times in our home the holidays were not always the most festive of times. Our situation revolves around her Father getting diagnosed on New Years Eve with cancer and then four years later being put on hospice right after Christmas. And I am sure there are many out there with similar stories of having a BAH-HUMBUG holiday season.
Because of this our family is really getting into the subscription box band wagon. Not really sure it is an actual wagon but it works great for giving someone who may not always think someone cares or has their back something to look forward to, even if they don’t like to admit it.
Picking the Right Gift
I have picked two of my favorite ways to show you care and below you will find some nitty gritty details as to why and the where and the how.
During this post you will see some affiliate links to my pick for the best place to check out for yourself what we are talking about. Although I do get a small commission if one were to purchase from this site please feel no obligation. I just want to share what I have learned to be a support system and caregiver for my daughter.
The first one is Pura Vida which has a really cool story. I will let you get all the details from the awesome website but to just some it up in a short sentence…two friends went to Costa Rica for some fun in the sun and ended up helping tons of individuals earn a living by selling their jewelry.
They were a movement that celebrated the simple things in life—or “Pura Vida,” as Costa Ricans would call it. Translating to “pure life” in Spanish, It’s a lifestyle of sorts. One that’s all about enjoying life’s little pleasures, slowing things down and living life to the fullest. Its that last line that almost bring me to tears every time I read it.
Enjoy lifes little pleasures
Slowing things down
Living life to the fullest
These three things are exactly what my daughter and I have had to learn while dealing with her anxiety and depression on a daily basis. We were living in a world of go, go, go all the time. After her multiple panic attacks while at work and meltdowns at home and inpatient stays and all the therapies…it was time to take a step back and SLOW DOWN. Enjoy the little things and live each day to the fullest your body and mind can handle for that day.
The second one needs no long-drawn-out story as to why I picked it. It is a Candy Store and it is delivered monthly. What more could you ask for? It is called OldTimeCandy and it makes me smile every time I visit their website. But read on because it is a special Candy Store that also serves well.
Needs a Mission Statement
Pura Vida’s missions to give back to different causes all over the world. Pura Vida has partnered with over 190 charities and has donated more than $1,780,964 to date!
OldTimeCandy…well, it’s candy. We can give it a pass on the Mission Statement. Just kidding! I love Mission Statements and this one is no different. Check out the Website for more information.
Investing in water solutions for Africa creates long-term solutions and clean water for generations to come. Each well serves around 2,000 people. That means it costs only about $3.50 to provide clean water for 20 years.
Every donation helps, and to show our great appreciation, The Old Time Candy Company will match every dollar donated.
Best Gifts Keep Giving
Pura Vida’s has options for a Jewelry Club that can be found HERE. This might just be my favorite subscription option perhaps because we eat the candy so fast and I absolutely love the designs of their jewelry and so does my daughter which is sorta unusual for us to agree on something like that.
OldTimeCandy you can simply subscribe to your favorite candy products and pick how often you wish to receive them and that’s it, they do the rest.
Do It Now
Don’t wait for all the hustle and bustle of the holidays and then forget what you were planning on getting that loved one. Be proactive and get those subscriptions started and you will be the hit at Thanksgiving and Fourth of July and everything in between.
I can’t stress enough how important I have found that the little stuff speaks volumes in the world of someone battling these sorts of mental health issues. If you have any ideas leave me a comment I would love to hear them. Sometimes a Post It Notes found on the milk in the refrigerator can change someones entire day for the better. Give it a try. If you can’t afford a subscription box then just buy a large bag of tootsie rolls and throw a couple in a card every few weeks. It really doesn’t take much I promise.
Keep on fighting the good fight