First, THANK YOU ALL for your kindness and patience in waiting for your boxes to be delivered by the USPS. The way you all responded made my heart full.
I hope that everyone had a lovely holiday! This year has been trying for many, most and dare I say all and it is my sincerest wish is that you were able to squeeze a little joy out of this holiday season and of course I hope the Holiday OBX Box could help! Albeit maybe a little late due to some USPSP delays… Now a little bit about this box…
Seas & Greetings Mug
Artist: Mitzi Mager
There simply is not a better way to warm up than from the inside with a toasty beverage and what better way than with a mug designed with local Outer Banks art. The art on the front of your mug is from a wall mural painted by local OBX artist, Mitzi Mager aka @GypsyBlyss. The mural was painted on the wall in the back of the Muse Originals OBX storefront, it was used as the backdrop for our Santa photoshoots in 2019. I asked Mitzi to come create something that was Santa-esque but also beachy and to say she nailed it would be an understatement! I loved the mural so much that I had the photographer take pictures of it for future use and you are now the proud owner of the first piece! I hope each time you drink out of it you feel the perfect combination of the warmth of the holidays coupled with a Summer day in the OBX, all year long. *hand wash only*
Sweater Box Confections- Salted Chocolate Espresso Tea Cookies
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No that is not a typo, Sweater Box Confections gets it’s name from the sweetest of holiday traditions from the baker, Chris’s, childhood. What is a Sweater Box you may be asking yourself… According to Chris it was a much anticipated vehicle for the most delightful treats from her grandmother each holiday season. A sweater box is like the box that a nice shirt comes in, only bigger. When she was a child, her grandmother used to give the families of each of her children a sweater box full of their favorite goodies for the holidays. They would gather as a family, consume the treats, re-tell old stories, and share new ones. It was her way of showing how much she loved her entire family because we each received our favorite treats. It is now a way of showing your own loved ones how much you care.
I chose the Salted Chocolate Espresso Tea Cookies for the holiday box because Chris told me she likes to think of these as our local love cookies. Sweater Box Confections’ love of cookies, and chocolate, locally harvested sea salt from Hatteras Saltworks and locally roasted espresso from Ashley’s Espresso Parlour. It’s a cookie trifecta from our little sandbar.
She waves her magic spatula over butter, sugar, flour and a Turkish grind of Ashley’s espresso roast. Adding in quality chocolate and solar evaporated sea salt at the very end. This means you get little bursts of salt as you enjoy each cookie.
Sweater Box’s delicious and uniquely flavored treats have been spreading across the beach since she began her journey in 2011 and have quickly become an important part of holiday celebrations here on the beach. While selecting items for our Holiday box this year we could think of nothing more appropriate than to share these scrumptious treats with you all! Available in a few select shops, including of course on Muse Originals OBX #bus252, she also ships her confections all over year round and her newest venture is a subscription service! Choose your items and how often you’d like to receive them and viola delectable indulgences from the Outer Banks are delivered direct to you as often as you wish. We even negotiated an Outer Banks Box exclusive offer and included it in your holiday box!
The Best Beach Towel Ever…
I was introduced to the Turkish beach towel this Summer and though they are not made in the Outer Banks, in fact they were ordered directly from a woman who hand makes them in Turkey, they are the PERFECT addition to your luggage for your next Outer Banks excursion! These towels are also known as peshtemal bath towels, foutas, pestemals, and hammams. Turkish Cotton is a premium cotton known for it’s extra long fibers. … Because of this unique material, Turkish towels are known to become even softer, fluffier, and more absorbent with successive washings. In fact you are advised to wash your towel before first use! Turkish towels are known to be the first iteration of a towel, how neat is that! Being handmade each is unique piece of artisan craftsmanship and are also quite versatile! These lovely pieces of handmade goodness can be used as a beach towel, a sarong, scarf, travel blanket, a throw to brighten up any room, table cover, you name it! I’d love to see photos how you are using yours! And finally, they are simply lightweight and so perfectly packable. I’ve seen those vehicles streaming in week after week, packed to the gills, ya’ll could use some lightweight towels and foldable beach bags to lighten the load!
AMG Pottery Paintable OBX Ornaments
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Each year we include an ornament in our holiday box and this year we decided to do something a little different, being how different this year has been! With so many spending more and more time at home we thought why not send not only an Outer Banks ornament but a little activity to help you slow down, reflect and enjoy the moment and create your very own ornament! Choosing what colors to send with the ornaments was a bit perplexing, but after much consideration I came to the conclusion that the best course of action would be to help fuel your creativity by sending out random assortments of colors rather than the same group of colors to everyone! I can’t wait to see what you all create, please post pics and tag us on Facebook and Instagram @outerbanksbox #obxdelivered
Seaside Vacations $100 Off Outer Banks Box Exclusive Offer and Beach Bag
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Everyone could use a little savings this year and being that so many missed out on their OBX vacations this past year we reached out to Seaside Realty to negotiate this special deal exclusively for our Outer Banks Box subscribers! And as an added bonus they also included these lovely and collapsible canvas and jute beach bags, again a perfect space saving beach necessity!
Founded in 1990, Seaside Vacations is a family owned and operated, full-service property management and vacation home provider, offering a wide variety of Outer Banks vacation rentals in Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Hatteras Island. From cozy condominiums to large private homes, you can choose from nearly 450 Outer Banks vacation rentals – each with their own special features. Whether you prefer luxurious living or simple seaside comfort, Seaside Vacations has the perfect Outer Banks vacation waiting for you.
Seaside Vacations’ mission is to be recognized by their guests, homeowners, employees, and community as simply the best vacation rental company on the Outer Banks. With a vision to be a world class customer care company that provides friendly, professional, “go the extra mile” service to help their owners, guests, and employees get more out of life. We hope we can help you make it a little more affordable to make it to the OBX this year!