Vegan Gift Box Ideas

It’s not always easy to find vegan gifts for the vegans in your life, let alone put together an entire vegan gift boxes!

We know a great number of our BearHugs customers (and their loved ones) are vegan, so we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite vegan treats to help get your vegan hug in a box gift started.

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12 Months of Hug Donations with Project Parent

A year ago, we welcomed Project Parent - a social enterprise supporting parents and carers of children and young people with chronic illnesses and disabilities -  to the BearHugs family as a new charity partner in our 1:50 Hug Donation scheme. In our 12 month partnership with Project Parent, we received nominations from so many kind people who wanted to send a little BearHugs treat to a wonderful carer.

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A Roundtable Discussion at Westminster

Today I was invited by UnLtd (a fab organisation supporting us at the mo) to Westminster to take part in a roundtable discussion about how social entrepreneurs can be best supported to bridge the disability employment gap. It was great that the conversation was framed not only around the barriers to people wanting to help people with disabilities into work but also the potential solutions.

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BearHugs' Top Tips for Writing Wonderful Job Applications

With the quality of the applications being so high for our most recent role, the difference between some people being offered an interview and others not ended up coming down to the tiniest things. With this in mind, I’ve put together a few of my top tips for writing wonderful job applications! They may not be 100% watertight for applications for other organisations, but if you’re ever thinking of applying for a job at BearHugs, they’ll definitely be worth bearing in mind!

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Blind CVs and BearHugs Vacancies

As some of you may be aware, today is the closing day for applications for the position of Sender of Hugs here at BearHugs.

If you follow BearHugs, you’ll also know how important it is to us to be able to offer accessible working opportunities. For us, this also means trying to the best of our abilities to remove any potential unconscious bias in our hiring process. As a result, we will be looking at all the applications we have received for this post ‘blind’ - that is, without the names, gender and age attached.

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BearHugs Featured by The Chronically Unimaginable

The wonderful Jordyn of The Chronically Unimaginable has written a lovely new post about BearHugs.

We really loved how much Jordyn got exactly what BearHugs was about - writing about the BearHugs story, accessible employment, and of course our BearHugs boxes!

“I’ve seen that there are many people who follow me who do not directly have a chronic illness, but maybe you know someone who does. I want to give everyone the opportunity to know about what BearHugs is doing.”

We are really grateful to Jordyn for taking the time to write such a lovely post about BearHugs and letting her followers know about us and what we do.

You can read the full post on The Chronically Unimaginable.

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Perfect Easter Gifts for Children

Are you looking for an extra special Easter gift for children this Easter? Here at BearHugs we’ve got a whole range of delightful items designed to help you put together the perfect Easter gifts for children - without just relying on chocolate!

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Faye's interview with Country Pop duo, Ward Thomas

A little while back I was invited to the very fancy Sony Music offices in London to be interviewed by Country Pop sisters Ward Thomas. Catherine and Lizzy were so lovely, warm and welcoming. It was great to chat with them about all things mindfulness, social media and BearHugs

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Easter Gift Boxes Delivered Full of Delicious Chocolate

Have you been looking to have the perfect chocolatey Easter gift box delivered to someone special in your life?

For a lot of people, Easter is a great excuse to enjoy a whole lot of chocolate. But what if you want to give someone (or yourself!) something a bit more exciting and personal than a standard supermarket Easter egg?  

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Cub Hugs as Table Party Favours!

I was in charge of table decor, games and gifts (this is a little piece of organisational heaven for me!). I made sure every person invited would receive a Cub Hug (a mini BearHug), with a small gift to remind them of the afternoon tea we were attending. I chose a mini chocolate and honeycomb bar by the wonderful Dandelion Cocoa (I had tasted their chocolate before and knew I was on to a winner!), accompanied by a personal message showing my thanks to everyone that came and made it so special for my sister-in-law. It made the loveliest gesture of appreciation, especially when many family members had travelled from afar.

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Mother's Day Presents Delivered to anywhere in the UK

Mother’s Day is nearly here! If you won’t have the chance to be with your Mum in person this Sunday (March 31st), then we’ve got the next best thing - a hug in a box delivered direct to her door to let her know just how much you care.

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Perfect Mother's Day Presents Delivered Right To Her Door

Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day present to show the special woman in your life just how much she means to you? We know that every Mum is special in her own way, so we’ve put together some Mother’s Day present tips to help you find the perfect present for the perfect Mum.

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Audio Accessibility on the BearHugs Blog

We know that reading big blocks of text isn’t for everyone so to improve our accessibility and also just to make life easier for people prefer audio, we are going to be making recordings of our blog posts. All blog post audio recordings will now be available via a souncloud link at the top of each post.

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BearHugs in the Everyday Heroes section of the Happy Newspaper

I love the The Happy Newspaper and to be featured in the Everyday Heroes section has blown me away. I am so grateful to Laura for the nomination and for the incredibly kind words. Building an inclusive supportive working environment is at the top of my priority list so this means an awful lot. I am the luckiest to have such a wonderful team. It’s the best getting to work with each of the incredible women who make BearHugs what it is.

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Silver Linings

A couple of weeks ago my lovely BearHugs-mobile ‘Little Blue’ was stolen after our house was burgled. While it was very annoying and has created a lot of admin, noone was hurt, I have insurance and in a few months time probably won’t think about it at all. 

What it has brought to light though is some seriously incredible loveliness that I definitely won’t forget. If you need a little reminder that people are inherently good, here’s a little list of kindnesses I’ve felt beyond lucky for in the last few weeks...

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Lovely Mother's Day Gifts Delivered To Her Door

Mother’s Day is coming soon (Sunday March 31st in the UK) which means it’s time once again to try and find the perfect Mother’s Day gifts to show just how much you love and appreciate the mother figure in your life.

We’ve put together some extra special Mother’s Day gifts this year, and we’re excited to tell you about some of the treats we’ve got available just for Mother’s Day.

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International Women's Day and the Disability Employment Gap

I love International Women’s Day. It’s always so heartwarming seeing women celebrate themselves and women who inspire them. I love that there’s a whole day that with a focus on togetherness, reflection, advocacy and action on women’s issues.

This International Women’s Day, I hope that more than ever, the voices of disabled women, and how they can best be supported, are included in the conversation.

At BearHugs, we’re particularly interested in accessible employment, and so, today, seemed the perfect time to shine a light on something we care a lot about - employment opportunities (or lack thereof) for disabled women.

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