Brighten Someone’s Day with a Surprise Box of Sunshine

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Design a fun surprise gift box with cheerful items and print our free box of sunshine digital card to go along with it.

Box of Sunshine diy gift idea

Know someone who could use a little extra encouragement?

Consider gifting a fun 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 cheerful FREE printable card in a couple of sizes that you can include with your gift.

If you have someone in your life that has experienced a recent loss, a box of sunshine could also be a thoughtful sympathy or bereavement gift to compile and personalize for them. Sometimes just knowing that someone is thinking of you can be of great comfort.

I actually once did this for a friend and dropped it off at her door, and she loved it so much. I could tell it meant a lot. 

box of sunshine gift items

This box of sunshine project could not be easier and it is so fun to do!

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. 💛

If you have a child in college this would be a fun idea to compile and send off to them! As far as the box goes, you could maybe repurpose one from a subscription box or decorate a shipping box.

dollar tree gift fillers

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.

hand holding box of sunshine card

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DIY Sunshine Surprise Gift Box


Supplies Needed



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!😃

cute box of sunshine gift idea

I’m so excited to give this box of sunshine gift 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!

About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 26

  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!

  10. Sandra

    I love those stickers, where did you find them?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh they were from Dollar Tree a couple years ago. Thanks Sandra!

  11. Gina

    This is going to be the perfect pick me up for my friend, Katherine. Her dad was just diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and her 1st baby is due in 2 weeks. You can imagine she is in shock. I can’t wait to give her a little sunshine just to brighten her recently dark days. Thanks for the great idea!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh man that sounds rough. Yes, she will love this! You are a very thoughtful friend! Great idea Gina <3

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