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January 2019 Sweet Reads Box

January 2019 Sweet Reads Box

With colder temperatures and Chinese New Year around the corner we chose a novel set in Silicon Valley about a Chinese family and a dying patriarch.

Family dramas are often predictable and relatable. We found Family Trust was neither of those. A novel set in Silicon Valley focused on the Huang family and the dying patriarch, Stanley Huang, his children, his ex-wife and his new wife. It focuses on wealth, greed, family, love and cultural traditions and expectations.

A perfect read for January as we welcome the Year of The Pig and it’s good fortune. We hope you enjoy Family Trust, it’s a compelling read with a unexpected twists and turns. Who will amass wealth? Who will lose their fortune? Will there be a family trust after Stanley’s death?

What we included in the box:

Tea Leaf Co. - Golden Sun Kiss Tea – A delicious blend of Organic Citrus Oolong Tea with flavours (and a name) to remind you of California Sunshine.

Wing’s Fortune Cookies – What better way to talk about money, wealth and good fortune than with fortune cookies? Enjoy alongside your tea or as a snack while reading.

Fred and Co. – Under the Tea Infuser – The cutest tea infuser around. Sea Turtles are inhabitants of the California coast. Symbolizing California and the younger generation of the Huang family your Under the Tea infuser works perfectly with Golden Sun Kiss Tea.

Fred and Co. - Filthy Rich Napkins – If you’ve got it, why not flaunt it? Enjoy this package of money napkins – definitely a conversation starter at your next party!

Socksmith – Peaceful Panda Socks – The Huang family could use some peace – perhaps we should send them some socks? We chose these socks for their representation of peace and harmony in Chinese culture and represent the home of the elder generation of the Huang family.

Chinese New Year Envelope – It is customary to give money in a red envelope on special occasions like the New Year. Why not use it to spread some good fortune.

Family Print – A print showcasing the Chinese characters for Family. Frame this print as a tribute to your family.

December 2018 Sweet Reads Box

December 2018 Sweet Reads Box

To celebrate December and our love for Canadian Literature we chose a novel that captures all the themes of a great novel.

Richard Wagamese has long been a favourite author of ours. His beautiful storytelling speaks of truth, culture, tradition and history. News of his passing last year left us wondering if we would get the chance to read his writing again. Starlight is his last gift to us as readers.

Reading Starlight we were struck by the story of Frank and Emmy and their journey to each other and towards healing. Like Wagamese’s other stories we were drawn in and captivated by the beauty of the natural world and it’s teachings. We loved this novel so much we couldn’t wait for it to be released in paperback – a special book in a special format as our gift to you.

What the box included:

Gourmet du Village – Double Chocolate Truffle Hot Chocolate - While Frank and Emmy drink copious amounts of coffee, we included hot chocolate in this box as a tribute to Winnie and her fireside drink. gourmetduvillage.com

Baru – Chocolate Marshmallows with Caramel – While sweets are not a central part of the novel, one bite into these morsels and you to will see stars – Belgian chocolate and caramel perfection! www.baru.be

Little Blue House by Hatley – Coffee Mug - From that first cup Emmy made Starlight and Roth we see coffee as an important part of their day. Start your day with your favourite brew in this fun coffee-loving mug. littlebluehouse.com

Now Designs – ‘Making Spirits Bright’ towel – Emmy works hard to make Frank’s place more homey and comfortable. From changing linens and towels to cleaning she turns the cabin into a home. As a nod to the holidays and in the theme of stars we loved these towels and hope they warm up your home this December. nowdesigns.net

Native Northwest – Starlight is Ojibway and in honouring his culture we chose two pieces from Native Northwest (a Canadian company) featuring the art of Indigenous Peoples of Canada. nativenorthwestselect.ca

  • Postcard “Directions of the Spirit” – like Starlight and Emmy we all must look for guidance. This postcard connects the compass of the spirit to guide our journey.
  • Notebook “Howling wolf” – a practical blank notebook for your thoughts and writings.

Printable Gift Enclosure

Printable Gift Enclosure

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