Our Story

About Vacation Crate

About Our Box 

 handpicked products for your next adventure 

Delivering paradise to your doorstep every month! Vacation Crate is for the world-traveller, globe-trotter, wanderer, and gypsy hearts. We carefully select each month’s 8-10 products with you in mind. You’ll receive a combination of handmade, artisanal accessories and beauty products perfect for your next adventure. Our wish is to send you “vacation in a box” every month!

8-10 products to set your mind
on Island Time

Each box curatedfor relaxation
with a splash of adventure

Handmade and cruelty-free
products

It’s important to us that our accessories and products are ethically made and cruelty-free. We search the globe for colorful, on-trend accessories that are handmade by talented artisans. This approach creates more jobs in impoverished communities and gives artists a sustainable income they can depend on. Their products will give you a glimpse into their culture…and you don’t even have to pack a bag!

Want to send Vacation Crate as a one-time or multi-month gift? No problem! Just choose our gift option at check out and include a personal message. Send a slice of paradise to anyone, anytime!

Team

Who we are

KRISTIN TIMMERMAN

Co-Founder

Kristin’s love of travel began in college and carried on through the years. After marrying and “settling down” a bit, travel was even more important in her life – a way of escape, of appreciating our beautiful planet, and gaining perspective along the way.

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MATT TIMMERMAN

Co-Founder

Kristin’s husband, Matt, has always been passionate about traveling throughout the United States and abroad. His early travels and degree in Hospitality Administration (Florida State University, 2003) sent him backpacking across Western Europe, snowboarding

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DERIK TIMMERMAN

Co-Founder

After graduating from West Point just months after the devastating attacks of September 11, 2001, Derik deployed as a military intelligence officer in 2003-04 and again in 2005-06. He saw first hand the devastating impacts of war and the Iraqi citizens

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KRISTIN TIMMERMAN

Co-Founder

Kristin’s love of travel began in college and carried on through the years. After marrying and “settling down” a bit, travel was even more important in her life – a way of escape, of appreciating our beautiful planet, and gaining perspective along the way.

Graduating with a degree in Art + Design (North Carolina State University, 2006), Kristin has always loved beautiful colors and unique patterns. She believes art – in any form – should inspire the mind and bring joy to the soul. Though art is subjective, it is hard work and creative ability that shine brightest.

After a month-long (and life changing) trip to Guatemala, she and her husband began importing fair trade, artisan accessories to support women in poverty. This passion has now grown into something even bigger: Vacation Crate! A product-junkie at heart, this box combines many of Kristin’s favorite things: bold accessories, bright colors, delicious scents, and beauty products to give you the perfect glow.

In addition to being a wife, mom of two, and co-founder of Hopebox, Kristin’s passion is to bring paradise to your doorstep every month, to help raise women out of poverty, and to leave the world a better place than she found it.

MATT TIMMERMAN

Co-Founder

Kristin’s husband, Matt, has always been passionate about traveling throughout the United States and abroad. His early travels and degree in Hospitality Administration (Florida State University, 2003) sent him backpacking across Western Europe, snowboarding through a ski season in Vail, living in Yosemite National Park, and traveling to 48 of the 50 states.

Once Matt met the love of his life, Kristin, and started to raise a family, they made the conscious decision that traveling and experiencing new things couldn’t stop just because of family logistics. Over the past 4 years, Matt and his family have spent one month in living abroad in different countries – France, Ecuador, Guatemala, and then Croatia in the summer of 2017. There are no words to describe the growth and perspective gained through the experience of immersion in other cultures. Matt is thrilled to be able to share the spirit of this adventure, discovery, and love of people through the creation and distribution of the Vacation Crate subscription box.

Matt’s experience in a variety of industries – hospitality, insurance, and retail to name a few! – and his expertise in small business creation and management, are crucial to the success of Vacation Crate!

DERIK TIMMERMAN

Co-Founder

After graduating from West Point just months after the devastating attacks of September 11, 2001, Derik deployed as a military intelligence officer in 2003-04 and again in 2005-06. He saw first hand the devastating impacts of war and the Iraqi citizens who longed to raise their children in a more peaceful country.

After his time of military service, he worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company serving numerous Fortune 500 clients over 6 years. After McKinsey, Derik's entrepreneurial work blessed him with the opportunity to pursue his other passions of theology and philosophy. His studies for a Masters of Divinity (Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, 2015) and Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2018) have given him a deeper purpose in pursuing a career centered around spreading hope and encouraging others.

Derik launched Hopebox in the Spring of 2017 and is now reaching customers all over the globe! Each box contains uplifting products handmade by creative artisans who have their own inspiring stories of hope. Derik’s expertise in the subscription box model, his consulting experience, and heart for others makes him a much-needed addition to the Vacation Crate team!

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