A product we blogged about this time last year came to my attention again today, as Lynne had left me a note to complete an order with BEEcycle for some more of them. These are the "Grow Your Own" message beans, and last May we talked about how we were trialling them as something quirky and innovative for our personality themed gift baskets.
With lots of options to choose from, we went with the Jute Bag Gift Set, the Happy Birthday Pod and also the 'Grow Your Own Sunflowers' and 'Grow Your Own Beer' Gro'pot Sets. We launched these creative gifts on our "Create Your Own Gift Basket" site to begin with and after a successful trial they have made their way into some of our pre-designed birthday gift baskets. Here are some examples of them appearing in our gift baskets, both pre-designed and ones created by customers.
Basically it is a cute, fun way to convey birthday wishes with the recipient "planting" their mystery bean and waiting for the message to appear once the shoot has grown. You can read Selina's blog here which goes into a bit more details on how they work. As well as birthday messages, there is also a "Love" and "Congratulations" pack available in the jute bag format.
Have you received one as a gift before? If so please let us know how you got on growing your message.