Happy Mail by Oui Fresh Review – August 2018
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.
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About Happy Mail by Oui Fresh
The Subscription Box: Happy Mail
The Cost: $27.00/month to the 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. Shipping costs included in the price.
Happy Mail August 2018 Review
Paint Swatch Postcard
First things first, there is usually a postcard included in each Happy Mail delivery. This one has a nice simple design that looks a lot like paint swatches in a dotted line pattern. Yellow, green, red, and violet grace the front of this short n sweet snail mail item with plenty of room on the back to write your message and the address of the receiver.
Bethany Robertson Beach Print
The first of two prints this month is by artist Bethany Robertson. It features illustrations of ladies enjoying the summer by relaxing on the beach or riding a bike, complete with summer items like hats, sunnies, beach balls, jean shorts, and other things that only come out in warm weather. The 8 x 10 print is on heavier paper stock so you can pin it up on a corkboard or even frame it for a more proper decoration.
Always Awesome Print
The next 8 x 10 print is designed by Happy Mail and has the phrase “Always Awesome, Sometimes Fabulous” emblazoned in yellow and blue against a grassy lime green background. Hang this up in a place that will remind you often how dang awesome you are.
Flower Paper Clips
Many times you’ll get a small desk accessory included as well. Here, they’ve sent a pack of four flower-shaped gold paperclips that will class up your desk area or any paperwork you need to keep together. While there isn’t much use for paperclips in a modern office these days, I find that these are cute to decorate a planner with or hold an important note in a notebook. Supes cute!
Abstract Rainbow Card
Sometimes there’s no real occasion, but you want to give someone a card. This one is free of any direction or holiday and is left blank for you to use as you wish. I find it to be perfect for a non-birthday gift or a note to simply lift a friend’s spirits out of the blue.
Congrats on Finding Your Match Card
This card seems especially non-traditional for an engagement card. The front has a pair of tube socks against a pink background with “Congrats on finding your match” underneath. When you open the card, it simply says “you make a great pair” which is funny, silly, and devoid of whimsical floral nonsense that engagement cards usually have. I suppose you could even use this as a pet adoption congrats card or anything like that.
In Case of Blues… Card
Cards like this are some of my favorites because they can be used to send when someone you love is having a tough time. It’s easy to go down a spiral of despair, but imagine receiving some snail mail in the midst of a tough time. The card has a blender being filled with all sorts of soothing things like ‘mom hugs”, “emo music”, and “bestie texts” to make things better. On the inside, it says “this really sucks right now but it’s going to get better”. I’d include a gift card for a spa treatment or a few bucks just for the receiver to grab a latte for themselves.
Blue Asterisk Happy Birthday Card
Last month also had an asterisk prominently featured on a card. Is it a new design icon? Chubby blue asterisks against a blue background make the backdrop for this simple “Happy Birthday” card. Inside is blank so you can write to your heart’s content.
Mid-Century Modern Housewarming Card
A lot of my friends have purchased or are in the midst of purchasing homes lately. It’s a huge task as well as a huge milestone in a person’s life so it should be celebrated! This “There’s No Place Like Home” card came at the perfect time since my friend and his wife just closed on their first home. Inside it reads “enjoy your new digs!”. Hopefully they’ll have a party!
Flower Bunch Happy Birthday Card
Are there people who don’t like getting a bouquet of flowers? Whether you can send the real thing along with the card or not, this one has a small bouquet built in with the message “Happiest Wishes on Your Birthday!” against a pleasing deep green backdrop.
I’d Pick You Flower Card
The final card also features a flower, but a single one in photo form instead of being illustrated. The front is blank but the inside reads “I’d pick you any day of the week”. To me, this seems like a cute card to leave your beloved significant other or bestie to show you care.
Verdict: This Happy Mail delivery cost $27.00 and included 2 prints, a paperclip set, a postcard, and seven greeting cards that hit various occasions. All of them are exclusive to the subscription so you can’t grab them at the local store. It’s nice to have cards on hand to brighten someone’s day and it’s great to get into the habit of sending snail mail again.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? August is gone and sadly it looks like September will be the last Happy Mail ever and is being discontinued. You can sign up to receive that one as your last.
Value Breakdown: At $27.00 for this box, you’re paying only $2.70 per item.
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What did you think of this month’s Happy Mail selection?