Making people happy one box at a time - that's Happybox (see Facebook page).
The Wine & Dine Happybox "Romantic Dinner for Two" (S$169) is a gift product that allows you to choose from nine restaurants to dine at. Right now, the restaurants include Min Jiang at One North, Anar, Indochine, The Cathay, Bodega Y Tapas, Brasserie Wolf, Pavilion Restaurant, Esmirada and Kiraku Japanese restaurant. You can check out my review of Anar here, and Brasserie Wolf here.
Inside each Wine & Dine Happybox, recipients will find a gift card valid for a dining experience for two, and a full-coloured booklet of all the participating restaurants, and what's offered. The meal is usually three courses or more, and often exceeds the value of the gift card. You can see all the menus and partners online.
As an example, here's the menu from Bodega Y Tapas - it sounds quite delish:
This gift is suitable for all occasions and the best thing is - it takes the guesswork out of the giving. And the recipient gets to choose the experience he or she likes, so it's less likely that the gift will be stashed away unappreciated in some cupboard or worse, regifted. The freedom to choose means it's win-win!Premium cold cuts platterCheese platterGazpacho AndaluzTerrine de Foie GrasEuropean cod fish, Chisturra polenta, cide syrup with creamy boncal sauceGrilled squid, garlic chips and pimenton oilPiquillo peppers stuffed with chicken in Spanish sauceGrilled lamb rackPan-fried ChistorraGarlic mushrooms
Here's how it works after you give the Happybox: The recipient validates their gift card online, and then picks one of the packages offered in the booklet and makes reservations directly with the restaurant. Upon arrival, they present the Happybox gift card and proceed to enjoy the romantic meal.
Buying a Happybox is easy. You can pay online via Paypal or Internet banking or call +65 8353 8264 to order. Corporate packages or bulk discounts are available.
Customization of gift boxes will be launched very soon. You'll be able to add personalised sleeves, a gift card specially printed with the recipient’s picture with a personalized message, or other interesting customizable items into each gift box, to complement the gift card and guide book that is already in each Happybox. That sounds cool. Call +65 8353 8264 to get your own customization done (additional charges apply, of course).
They also offer a Beauty Delights Happybox (S$59) offering pampering deals from 17 partners and over 29 experiences ranging from massage to facials to tanning and nails. The concept is the same, just that the gift is a lovely experience involving health and beauty. Check out the website to see the partners and offers.
With Father's Day round the corner, the Wine & Dine Happybox might be a gift that makes dads happy. This is also good for birthdays, anniversaries, festive seasons, and even as a gift of appreciation or reward.
I'm glad to say I have 1 Wine & Dine Happybox, and also 1 Beauty Delights Happybox to give away to lucky readers. Here are two ways:
1. Tweet this post or link to this post on your Facebook, and give me the URL(s) in a comment below. Lemme know which Happybox you are interested in!
2. SHARE the entry on my Facebook fan page for a double chance at winning. Just say which Happybox you want to win! e.g. "I want to win the Beauty Delights Happybox!"
I will pick the winners randomly at 10pm on 8 June 2012, and I look forward to making two people very happy!