Brighten Someone’s Day with a Box of Sunshine

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Box of Sunshine diy gift idea

Know someone who could use a little extra encouragement?

Consider gifting a Box of Sunshine to cheer them up! ☀️ This DIY surprise gift box is easy to make and budget-friendly, too. We’ve even designed a FREE printable card in a couple of sizes that you can include with your gift.

Simply put together a fun grouping of yellow or brightly colored goodies and surprise a friend, family member, neighbor, or teacher – anyone you think needs some joy and kindness. 😀 These days a little extra kindness goes a long way. 💛

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The best part? You can budget for your small gifts and completely customize your DIY surprise gift box for your recipient. I spotted a ton of cute “yellow” themed goodies at Dollar Tree and Walmart to fill my box and keep it within my budget!

You can also check out your favorite stores like Target, Big Lots, and TJ Maxx for some fun finds as well.

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DIY Sunshine Surprise Gift Box


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Grab a box and place some yellow tissue paper inside. Gather your items, and start placing them in your box.

If you’d rather buy your items online instead of heading into a store, consider grabbing some of these:


Print the card and place it wedged between some of the gifts in the box for your recipient to see.


Gift to a friend or family member and watch the smiles appear instantly!😃

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I’m so excited to give this Box of Sunshine to a friend who could use a little pick-me-up!

It’s such a sweet and thoughtful sentiment. I love that anyone can make this simple idea! Enjoy.

Make these DIY Kindness Rocks with the kiddos!

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 22

  1. Arelys318

    Aww cutest box ever, im so making this for my sister. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Aw that’s a nice idea!

  2. Jw206

    Very cute! We did something similar for a co-worker when she got a new job, except it was all blue things with a note that said “We will be blue without you!”

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s a cute gift idea too!

    • Kay

      So glad u shared that idea. Never heard of it till now. Luv luv it. A friend is moving away. I’m going to make a blue basket for her n recruit others who want to join. It’ll b a collective guest.

  3. MKfromMN

    You come up with the best ideas. I always smile when I see a post from you. Thanks for all of your fabulous finds!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ahhh thanks for brightening my day with a nice comment! 💕

  4. Maria

    Love this! Thank you for the ideas. Gonna make one for my 10 year old daughter to cheer her up. We are in NY so there will be no graduation ceremony, no dance, no senior trip due to covid. Where did you buy the straw cup?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I am sorry that is happening. I think that cup was an older Walmart find 💕

      • Maria

        Thank you and thank you for responding. The cup is so cute!!@

      • Tiffani Morgan

        Hi how do u make the box or found one

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Lol – Oh my gosh that made my day!! Thanks so much, means a lot. Love 💕 our community here!

    • Maria

      Yes me – raising hand!

  5. Bree

    This is such a great idea! I have sent out some C. Krueger cookie sets, but they are $8 for two cookies. While they were well received & yummy, I can stretch $8 at the Dollar Tree or clearance at Walmart! I honestly hope this catches on and we can do something like this for each other past this crazy virus time 💙💙

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Aw yes thanks Bree, such a nice sentiment! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Nicole

    You always come up with the best ideas! I can’t remember one time i hadn’t tried out your cool finds! Thx for sharing.

  7. Ruthie

    I want those stickers!

  8. VJ

    These are so fun to put together. I sent one to my son during his freshman year of college when he had the winter middle-of-the-school -year blues and was a little homesick. The hunt for yellow things for an 18 year old male was challenging but I found guitar picks, a carabiner, a car cleaning cloth, a smiley face ball, a shower mitt, lip balm and more, all in shades of yellow. Oh, and of course lots of candy & snacks in yellow wrappers! I even found a card with a big smiling sun on the front, and a bottle of essential oil called “sunshine” for his dorm room diffuser. It was a blast putting it together and it lifted his spirits!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Wow! What a great mom! I love these ideas – thanks for sharing 😍❤️👏

  9. Nancy C.

    Thanks for the great ideas, I’m making a “box of sunshine” for a friend who is going through serious health issues.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That is so nice of you – thanks Nancy!

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