Who said we have to wait for a birthday or holiday to send a little something to say, “I’m thinking of you”, “I love you”, “Thank you”, or even a “Hello” to a grandchild, niece, nephew, son, daughter, sister, brother, friend – anyone!!
I tried an experiment, just for all of you, and it worked! You can send pretty much anything in the mail (careful about too much weight or size if on a budget). I mailed puzzles right in their own box, candy in its own wrapper, balls, a box of fruit snacks and fruit roll ups in the box right from the store, pringle cans with treats inside (no chips involved here) and lots of fun items.
I typed up the address of the person I was sending the gift, toy or treat to, along with my return address and took it to the post office.
The postal worker told me that she once had a coconut come through. A coconut, just as you buy them, with the address taped on the outside sent right through the mail! Another unusual item was a baseball bat. Just the bat! The sender had written a little note on the bat with a sharpie marker, then taped the sender and recipients address, all right on the bat itself.
Here’s some ideas for fun things to send in the mail. Just click on the picture!
TIP: For the pringles can, I put a little note inside of a sandwich baggie and put it inside with the cookies I sent so it wouldn’t get greasy from the oils of the cookies.Another TIP: I found out the hard way, is that some coatings of balls and toys come off with the tape used to attach the address.
All ages will appreciate a little show of love, thoughtfulness and kindness by receiving an unexpected gift in their mail box.
Now, for fun containers to put your little ‘mail-of-love’ in.
Here are just a few ideas I collected around the house; you probably have quite a few of the same. Be sure the container is sturdy and tape it securely closed.
Would you like to send a party in a bottle?
Well, here you go.
Again click on the image
Rinse out a large pop bottle and allow it to dry thoroughly.
Take off wrapper and make a slit about 4″-6″ where the glue is from the label (you can save yourself the trouble of cleaning it off, it will not matter).
Into the slit, stuff confetti, foil shreds, wired ribbon, anything your heart desires.
Then slip in the gift, keep in mind where it is going and will it melt before reaching its destination.
Type or hand write the name and address of the recipient of your fabulous ‘party’, and be sure to include your return address.
It is best to double layer the paper, then simply tape the address over the slit.
Everyone will be amazed at how YOU took a minute to send a little MAGIC in the mail, and appreciate your thoughtfulness.Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013
Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.