If you have ever walked along side someone struggling with a physical or mental illness, you have probably experienced that that feeling of helplessness along with the desire to do something to make things a little better, easier. The team at Sunflower & Ivy have created their Gift Boxes with this sentiment in mind; providing a thoughtful gift for adults and adolescents who could use a little therapeutic support due to illness. Each box is filled with carefully selected items to keep the recipient both occupied and nurtured.
There are two options in the Sunflower & Ivy range; the Ocean Nurture Box or the Garden Nurture box. Both are designed to not only pamper the recipient but also encourage playfulness through mindful activities. Each box has a Survival Guide that dedicates a page of instruction and encouragement to each item in the box and sets a tone of curiosity, relaxation and courage.
The Ocean Box pamper products focus on relaxation and include a Foot and Bath Soak made of Himalayan and Epsom Salts, Peppermint Oil and Rose Petals. There is also a full-sized Essential Oil blend made from fragrances to encourage deep rest when applied to the wrist or pillow. Finally, to promote the benefits of mindfulness in daily routine, a full-sized scented soap has been included to help the recipient ‘get out of their head’ for a few minutes each day and treat their shower as a sanctuary away from worry.
Other therapeutic activities included in the Sunflower & Ivy Nurture Box range from doodling, blowing bubbles, visualisation exercises and prompts, perception-shifting exercises and a dream jar. I have spent 15-minutes each day this past week exploring each item and have enjoyed the interruption and the quietening of the mind that followed.
What I love about this subscription box is that the makers recognise that for some, these items and activities are new concepts and can seem a little “airy-fairy, woo-woo like”. They acknowledge it through the Survival Guide and encourage small steps to get started. I particularly enjoyed the glass jar of courage and curiosity for this reason.
Sunflower and Ivy have thought of everything, even offering a donation service. This service allows you to purchase a box anonymously and have it delivered to a person receiving treatment or going through rehabilitation that may not otherwise receive gifts. It is a practical way of offering hope and sending much-needed kindness into the world.
If you are looking for a way to connect and care for a friend, family member or even yourself that extends beyond traditional gifts, I would recommend the Sunflower and Ivy Nurture boxes.
Sunflower & Ivy Details
$43.00 for one-off gift box (excludes postage)
- All-Natural Rose & Peppermint Himalayan Salt Bath Soak (200gms)
- Moonlight Essential Oil Blend (12ml)
- Dream Jar
- Miniature bubbles
- Glass of Courage & Curiosity Glitter
- Set of 6 Mini Coloured Pencils + Card
- 100% Natural Ocean Beauty Soap Bar
- Variety of Postcards (3)
- Visualisation Card + Sea Shell
- “I need” Voucher Booklet
- Reflection Scroll
- Nurture Prompt card
- Explorer Guide
Total Retail Value:
$ 45.00 approx.