When Life Sucks

Feeling down in the dumps? Have a pity party with gifts that say you don't need him anyway

Down in the dumps? Have a pity party with these themed gifts

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Packed Party founder Jordan Jones. Photo courtesy of Packed Party
The Bridesmaid, Packed Party
The Bridesmaid, $47. Photo courtesy of Packed Party
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Birthday Beb, $45. Photo courtesy of Packed Party
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Thanks (X Million), $45. Photo courtesy of Packed Party
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The Bridesmaid, Packed Party
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If you're in search of a gift that will lift the spirits of a friend who's down in the dumps, we've found a fabulous option. Packed Party is the best thing since Ben and Jerry's, wine and sappy movies.

This quirky, cool service is guaranteed to give you some gift-giving cred. Boxes include four to five full-sized items that center around a particular party theme, along with a letter-pressed card that explains the individual package.

Among the themes available are Pity Party and You Don't Need Him Anyway, as well as less pathetic selections like Birthday Beb, Miss You Bitch, The Bridesmaid and Thanks (x Million). Inside, your recipient will find such items as a luxurious Breakfast At Tiffany's-themed sleep mask (You Pampered Thing, You), a brass knuckles phone case (You Don't Need Him Anyway) or self-therapy flash cards (Pity Party).

 Among the themes available are Pity Party and You Don't Need Him Anyway, as well as less pathetic selections like Birthday Beb and Miss You Bitch.

These bountiful gift boxes, which start at $45, can be shipped to a friend in need of a little comfort in two to five days.

Jordan Jones is the brains behind the operation. She thought of the business concept after having a pity party of her own. Jones had moved to San Francisco to start a new job. She didn't know anyone in her new home.

"A few weeks after moving, it really set in that I was definitely not in Dallas anymore, and I was a bit lonely," Jones says. "I called my mom, who immediately told me I was having a pity party for myself and to go to sleep. I immediately did so and woke up in the middle of the night with the idea of sending yourself an actual Pity Party package."

After staying up half of the night writing down a million different themes that someone could send themselves or to someone else — and selling the idea to her business-minded father the next day — Packed Party was born.

"Our mission to be confident enough to start the party for yourself and kind enough to start the party for someone else is something that really resonates with people," Jones says. "Everyone is dealing with life's occurrences, and it's important to say, 'Hey, you have a choice to start your own party here and pick yourself up.' "

Although Jones isn't currently living in Dallas — she stuck it out and now loves San Francisco — she continues to feel the love from a city that she says will always feel like home.

"Dallas women root for Dallas women, and it's been fun to see people like Courtney Kerr, Lauren Scruggs, Gina Miller and others rally around Packed Party and be so supportive," she adds.