Happy Mail by Oui Fresh Review – March 2018


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Happy Mail by Oui Fresh mailer

Happy Mail by Oui Fresh is a monthly stationery subscription by Emma + Elsie from the blog A Beautiful Mess. Every month, you’ll receive a mix of stationery items like cards, art prints, postcards, and some other fun surprises at an incredible value.

Happy Mail by Oui Fresh mailer with cards popping out

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contents of Happy Mail by Oui Fresh March 2018

About Happy Mail by Oui Fresh

The Subscription Box: Happy Mail

The Cost: $27.00/ month to US, $32.00/ month to everywhere else. Save with a longer commitment.

The Products: Each month will have an average of 11-12 items, mostly greeting cards but there are other fun items too, like art prints, postcards, stickers, washi tape, notepads, mini journals, and other cute items.

Ships to: Worldwide.

Good to know: They recently changed the pricing structure. Via the March unboxing on A Beautiful Mess blog:

We have changed one small detail about the billing of Happy Mail this month—the shipping cost will now be bundled with the cost of the kit. Happy Mail is the same price it’s been since the relaunch in February, we have just combined the shipping price and the price of the kit to make things less confusing for our returning customers who weren’t used to seeing those charges separately. If you’re an international subscriber, the remainder, or “difference” of your shipping costs from domestic will be added after you fill in your address information.

Happy Mail March 2018 Review

Floral Birthday Card by Arielle Vey

Floral Happy Birthday Card by Arielle Vey

The first card this month is from the featured artist: Photographer Arielle Vey. I’ve never seen a card featuring a photo in Happy Mail before, so this has got to be a first. The flowers are giving me New Order’s Power Corruption and Lies cover art vibes which is topped off with a simple gold foil “Happy Birthday”. It’s blank on the inside and comes with a matching pink envelope.

Love You Card

“Love You” Card

This orange and pink diagonally split card has the words “Love You” in a bubbly script typeface in white and is left blank on the inside. It begs to have “mean it” written on the inside, in my opinion. 😉 Comes with a white envelope.

Good Luck Ribbon Card

Gold Foil “Good Luck” Ribbon Card

Another gold foil jammer in the form of a prize ribbon that says “Good Luck” is against a pale pink background. The inside of this one is also blank so you can personalize the occasion. A new job? A move to a new city? Endless possibilities. Pairs nicely with a creme envelope.

Congratulations RIng Card

Congratulations Gold Foil Ring Card

Even though the engagements and weddings have been slowing down in my circle of friends (with babies now on the rise), it’s good to have cards like this one around for the next one. A big ol’ gold ring topped with a white diamond is set on a light orange background with the word “congratulations!” on the inside of the band in white. This one is also blank and comes with a creme envelope.

Smiley Face Card Message inside smiley face card

Smiley Face Card

This card reminds me of the generic plastic bags you get from a convenience store that’s covered in smiley faces, only these are yellow and the inside bears the message “Sending sunshine your way”. It’s a great way to send a mob of smileys to a friend who may need it. A perfectly matched yellow eenvelopeaccompanies this one.

Hooray Card message inside Hooray Card

HOORAY Card

Simple and bold, this card reminds me of a neon light exclaiming “HOORAY” split into two lines on the front. The inside alternates the pink, red, orange, and yellow colors established on the front and comes with an orange envelope to compliment.

Watercolor Card

Watercolor Card

Keeping with the present colorway, this watercolor-inspired design is void of words both inside and out so you can use it for whatever comes up. Splashes of purple, orange, and red cover the entire front and it comes with a pale purple envelope.

Thank You Postcard back of Thank You Postcard

Thank You Postcard

The last card is actually a postcard. It simple states “Thank You!” with a star dotting the exclaimation point in white against an orange background. The back is left white with space for an address, stamp, and of course a short message.

Dream Journal inside pages of Dream Journal back of Dream Journal

Dream Journal

One of the non-card items this month is a small violet Dream Journal that has a crescent moon and two clouds on the cover. The pages are lined and it’s bound with staples. This item isn’t really exciting for me, I’d much rather see stickers or another paper accessory, personally.

A Design Kit logo enamel pin

A Design Kit Logo Enamel Pin

Now, this item is cuuute! I admittedly own way too many enamel pins already, but it’s hard not to appreciate this super colorful eye design that happens to be the logo for the new app from Emma & Elsie called A Design Kit. It launched in the iOS App Store back in January and you can read all about it in this blog post via A Beautiful Mess.

Verdict: Happy Mail sent seven greeting cards for all different occasions, plus a postcard, dream journal, and enamel pin this month. My favorite card is definitely the floral birthday one which stands above the rest, and the enamel pin is my other top pick. I love sending mail to all my friends and family who are far from me, so getting all if these colorful cards each month helps motivate me to get it done.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? It looks like Happy Mail is still sold out, but join the waitlist so you can be notified as soon as it opens up.

Value Breakdown: At $27.00 for this box, you’re paying only $2.70 per item.

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What’s your favorite card from Happy Mail’s this month?

Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a stationery addict, lip product connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. Her favorite subscriptions contain office supplies, natural skin care products, and anything with food.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

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4 Comments

  1. I do believe Happy Mail sent out a photo card before. It was a photo of smashed cupcakes which traumatized me because I love cupcakes so much!

  2. Am I the only one who never sends snail mail anymore? Or greeting cards? The only one in my circle who got snail mail from me was my mom bc she never had — and didn’t want — a computer or smartphone but she loved getting long letters (we lived far apart). Once she passed away, I quit sending letters & cards. It’s kind of sad bc I miss the old ways, but the lazy part of me loves the convenience of e-cards, texts, chat, etc. I guess my question is: how do boxes like this even survive?

    • I love sending letters and cards to my friends and boxes like this inspire me to do it more often. It’s so much fun when you get a card that’s just so perfect for one of your friends that you have to send it ASAP. And when I get invited to something, I always bring along a card with a short but sweet handwritten note. I’ve also framed many cards that I have recieved and loved too much to give away. They’re a fun, inexpensive decor option IMO. I love email and texting, too, but there’s something magical about receiving mail. And judging by the fact that Happy Mail tends to sell out, I’d say others agree!

      • I agree with you, Jordan. “Real” cards and letters are a treat and I too have saved many old cards b/c they were just too beautiful or meaningful to toss. I guess at my age now I’m just too lazy to participate in all that anymore . 🙂 I admire those like yourself who still do.

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