The rise of the surprise!

Here at Caboodle  we love surprises and snailmail so anything unexpected or fun arriving in our postbox is always a bonus, whether it be from a penpal or a loved one from around the corner or the other side of the world! But more and more of us are treating ourselves to surprises in the post, so here is a selection of our faves that have dropped on our doormats recently.

As you probably know we already have Lucky Dip Club subscriptions as we shout about them from the rooftops at every opportunity (We love you Leona!!) and loved the concept of them collaborating with Folksy for their special box earlier this month. For us nothing can beat the Lucky Dip Club boxes, the themes, colourfulness and fun personalised items are the best and there is no doubt that Leona is the queen of the subscription box in our eyes! Definitely worth setting your alarm for!

Our LDCFolksy box contained lots of summery goodies from some fabulous UK makers, the details of all of them can be found on the Folksy Blog page, and our selection definitely had lots of ice cream themes running through, which is great as one of us is ice cream obsessed!

Our fave item though was definitely the I Am Acrylic carrot brooch which stole both our hearts, thankfully we both got one in our boxes otherwise there may have been a fight haha!

Since the success of LDC there has been more handmade inspired and lucky dip boxes appearing across Instagram, again no one is doing it quite like Leona (or with the same pizazz we might add!) but we are all for shouting about creatives and handmade so want to share some others with you too that we have bought and enjoyed.

One of our favourite artists at the moment is the glorious beauty Viktorija at AndSmile. Her artwork brings joy to our souls and her colourful characters perk us up no end! She recently did a lucky dip box of items from her Etsy shop, so one was quickly snapped up by us!

We loved the selection of prints, cards, brooches and earrings that arrived, her illustrations are just gorgeous however they are used and enjoyed. Some of the items were meant to be earmarked as future gifts but if they leave our clutches it will be a miracle! SO DAMN CUTE!!!!

Another lovely maker whose jewellery always catches our eye is Ladybird Likes. Her lucky dip box was actually one of the first we ever bought and we featured it in our first issue in the Summer Lovin' pages. Great selection of goods that fitted our likes perfectly and you get a lot of bang for your buck! Keep an eye on her Instagram for future lucky dip sales, as we are!

Next is a lovely idea for us cross stitch loving girls, behold the Geeky Little Stitcher Club! A monthly subscription to a little box of goodies with super cute themes like cupcakes, burgers and pizza as well as fun quotes. Very affordable so a great gift for yourself or a crafty loved one, but get in there quick as they sell out fast! We managed to snag Jess's first box (keep missing the other ones though, doh!) which was a delight as it was avocado themed - OUR FAVE!!! You get everything you need in the box including hoops and some fun little surprises are thrown in too. Marvellous!! 

Lastly comes the Stocking Box, which brings together lots of handcrafted goodies from a selection of makers, and is a great way to find out about new crafters you might not have heard of before. The idea is it is like a Christmas stocking full of lots of little titbits so you get lots of knick knacks, they don't have themes just focus on the handmade element. Our fave items were the letterpress biscuit coasters by Mac and Ninny and the jammy dodger biscuit brooch by Upsy Daisy Craft . Hmm sensing a theme there haha!


So whether you are treating yourself, buying as gifts or a bit of both, we love the idea of subscription boxes that support our fave makers and shakers!