I‘ve got a bonus Sunday post for you today! Let’s talk Happy Mail! If you follow me on Instagram then you probably know that I’ve been getting Happy Mail for the last few months – I share my excitement whenever it arrives. I’ve seen some people do a Happy Mail unboxing every month but I’m not sure that’s quite right for me – I think I’d run out of things to say, plus the A Beautiful Mess girls do an unboxing themselves before shipment – but I do want to talk about it a little. My sister kindly bought me a one year subscription for Christmas and now I’m a few months in so I thought it was the perfect time for a blog post.
First let’s talk about the cost – I don’t know about you but money is always a huge factor for me when I’m purchasing something, especially if there’s an ongoing cost like there is with this. As I mentioned my subscription was a gift from my sister so I don’t pay for it myself but if she hadn’t bought it for me then I would’ve bought it myself; it was one of those Christmases where we just told each other what to buy haha! Purchasing Happy Mail month to month is $US20 per month, with a six month commitment it’s $US18 per month and with a twelve month commitment it’s $US15 per month. On top of that, postage to New Zealand is $US2 per month (I believe US shipping is free). So for the 12 month commitment you’re looking at $US17 per month or approximately $NZ24 per month. When you buy it as a gift (like my sister did) you have the option of paying it all up front, rather than month to month. In return for your $US15-20 per month, you’re promised $US50 (approx. $NZ70) worth of cards and stationery.
Holy moly do you get a lot with this! Even if I was paying $NZ70 I feel like I’d get my money’s worth. Generic cards at the supermarket can be upwards of $6 and if you’re wanting a more unique artisan one you’re likely to be looking at $10 a pop. As well as the cards (which come with envelopes) there’s also postcards, prints for your wall and other stationery bits like stickers and notepads.
I’ve been really impressed with the quality – everything is on quite thick card and the printing is always accurate and bright. I can tell that the A Beautiful Mess and Studio Calico teams really put a lot of pride into these packs and make sure they’re high quality.
So far the packs have been really varied – as I mentioned before there’s a great mix of cards, postcards, prints and stationery bits. The style of the designs is very much on brand with A Beautiful Mess; quirky, colourful and fun. In saying that they really cater to everyone – some cards are more simple while others are quirky and humorous. There’s birthday cards, thank you cards and a whole range of assortments. There have been pieces that haven’t quite been my style but there have been none that I’ve disliked. And because there’s such a variety I know that I have the perfect card for every occasion and every person.
All in all I love my Happy Mail subscription – it is a lovely burst of happiness in my mailbox every month. Plus, it’s got me in the habit of writing cards and notes and really putting thought into the ones I give people. It’s also really helpful that I always have a card on hand whenever I need one.
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