Staying in Touch – Thru the MAIL!

Staying connected by sending gifts in a unique way through the mail
Staying in touch through the mail

Who doesn’t like to get mail that isn’t a bill –  but a treat or a gift?  EVERYONE, that’s who.

Did you know you can mail just about anything?

For example you can mail a coconut, just as it is without putting it in a box or wrapping it up – simply as it is, by either writing, or taping an address on it? Isn’t that the coolest thing ever!

Think of the possibilities.  This post is part The Lost Art of Relationships. What better way to strengthen, mend or to reach across the miles than to send a surprise to a brother, sister, mom, dad, grandchild, child, in-law, niece or nephew, aunt, uncle — you get the idea. 

Also, what a wonderful approach to softening hearts if that is needed. It’s a comfortable way of letting someone know you are thinking of them, or even starting a conversation. 

And, boy do I have some FUN ideas for you, come on and just see what I have put together.

 


I wanted to make sure how things would work in the mail, so to experiment, I visited the post office quite a bit.

Well, I can tell you with confidence, that you can mail pretty much anything what you can think of.

*The only restrictions I would recommend are to watch the weight and size of the item(s), because that is what makes the difference in the price.  The large dimensions or heavy weight might be a bit into your budget, so use care with that.

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I have mailed puzzles right in their own box.

Candy in its own wrapper.

Balls – YES balls!  The larger ones at the Dollar Store. The postman was so excited. my kids reported to me, that he brought it right the door for the grand kids. 

A box of fruit snacks and fruit roll ups, as they are when purchased at the store, among many other items.It's In The Mail! 3


One thing I didn’t send, but a postal worker said they saw come through 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, on the bat itself.  What a cool gift!

This box is usually about a dollar and is very sturdy.  I lined it with fun tissue, then bubble wrap.  
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You can fill with cookies, brownies, peanut butter bars, whatever treat you want, but make sure it is dense treat so it travels well. It's In The Mail! 3Tape it up with fun duct tape, (I like to get these from the Dollar Store), which I also used to tape around the address and then shipped it off. It's In The Mail! 4



Love the Dollar Store duct tape options and candy. 

The black print tape was on a tub of cotton candy and it sailed right through.  It's In The Mail! 5

The box of M&M’s didn’t squish or munch.  It's In The Mail! 6

As you can see even the middle package with individual packs (the brown print) of candy made it across several states.  I wasn’t sure if it would pop since it is filled with air, but it made it just fine!  It's In The Mail! 7


This is a GREAT idea….ok…in my humble opinion, I think it’s a great idea anyway. 

Take an empty can of Pringles potato chips and wipe it out. 

Then fill it with cookies, candy or treat, part of the way up the can.It's In The Mail! 8I put a little note inside of a sandwich baggie, then tucked it inside with the cookies.It's In The Mail! 9The reason I put the note in a baggie, is so that it wouldn’t get greasy from the oils of the cookies or whatever treat was in the can, and then continued to fill up the canister.It's In The Mail! 10Next cut a piece of waxed paper and a piece of construction paper the same size as the lid to go over the cookies to cover them.  It's In The Mail! 11

Tape with fun duct tape or packing tape.  Address and send.  

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Look at this! I put addresses right on the toys and they made it!It's In The Mail! 13Be creative, things right in their own packing works well too.It's In The Mail! 14 Look around your house at all the different kinds of bottles or canisters you can use to send treats or gifts in.  It just needs to be sturdy.It's In The Mail! 15




New mom’s, or mom’s-to-be would be thrilled to get a gift like one of these in the mail!

It could be the Barefoot Baby Sandals, click HERE or the Binki Clips, click HERE to see step-by-step tutorials for these useful and appreciated gifts.

It's In The Mail! 16The Christmas and holiday pails/tins work terrific for those hard to fit items.  Seal, then tape the address on the outside and away they go.   Watch for after holiday sales for plain colored tins to use any time of the year.  It's In The Mail! 17With your canister/container, you can put just about anything that abides by the post office standards.

If you have a store with the bins of candy, go get a little bit of this and that to put in your container.  It does not have to be full,  if it will not be damaged; it can rattle around while shipping and be fine, if an item that won’t be damaged of course.
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HUGE TIP:   I found out the hard way that if there is a coating on a ball, or a toy like this, you cannot simply tape the address on it to send. Because it will tear off the top layer when the receiver wants to take it off….oops. It's In The Mail! 19Don’t forget older boys and teen guys. 

Tool boxes or canisters can hold the duct tape they love.  How fun would it be to send a teen (IF appropriate, you know your family) the tool box with the tape and a treat with the lock on it.

THEN, send the key in a separate envelope or container!   Most like a good joke, but again, you know your family. It's In The Mail! 20A boy would love the cars coming in a fun mystery container.  What surprise this would be!It's In The Mail! 21A tween or teen girl is sometimes difficult to get a gift for.  But what about holiday themed or every day socks or booties?  They always enjoy these!  And in a clear plastic jar, or a fun type as shown above, it would make her day better!It's In The Mail! 22


If you have a huge fan of anything, such as the super hero’s, YOU would certainly be their super hero with this package. It's In The Mail! 23Candy for ANYONE is always appreciated.  It's In The Mail! 24If you know someone is having a hard time, needs a pick-me-up, thinking-of-you, or just-because, here’s an idea.It's In The Mail! 25                


If you have a special girl in your life, here is an idea (*the size will affect shipping)

Lay your choice of ribbon across the box you want to use. It's In The Mail! 26Then tissue on top of the ribbon.  It's In The Mail! 27 You can put anything you’d like in your special box.  I put in TuTu’s that we made on a post.  You can see the detailed EASY instructions HERE.

I added some glow sticks on top, which you can do if you desire. It's In The Mail! 28Pull the tissue up around the contents carefully and tuck it in, then the ribbons, and tie them up. It's In The Mail! 29 A note on the inside to the recipients as well as the address for the mail carriers. Fun duct tape to keep it together makes it extra special. It's In The Mail! 30

 Delivery and the result—- smiles all around! It's In The Mail! 31



Would you like to send a PARTY IN A BOTTLE?  

It’s easy and I’ll show you how!
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First rinse out a large pop bottle and allow it to dry thoroughly.

Take off whatever of the wrapper you can, but don’t stress (you will cover it up anyway).

Make a slit of about 4″-6″ It's In The Mail! 33Cutting where the glue is from the label because you will cover this with the address label.It's In The Mail! 34Into the slit you just cut, stuff confetti, foil shreds, wired ribbon, anything your heart desires. You are making a party!It's In The Mail! 35

Then slip the gift in, keep in mind where it is going, and if it will it melt before reaching its destination. 

If it is  hot do not send chocolate, that is my recommendation. 

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DOUBLE LAYER the paper, by folding it over itself after printing or putting another piece on top of itself.  

Simply tape the address over the slit to cover any label that you couldn’t remove

Everyone will be amazed at how YOU took a minute to send a little MAGIC in the mail 

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today

 

 

Comments

  1. Aw, my girls still love their tutus from you. So got to say here that gifting in the mail is most definitely a fun thing to be on the receiving end of. Thank you so much again for thinking of them! Hugs and wishing you a great weekend now ;)

  2. What an interesting and informative post. I had no idea you could send items in the mail without packaging. I don’t think most people even think about it otherwise there’d be more people doing it. Saves money on boxes and bubble envelopes! Can’t wait to try this and get a reaction. Your grandkids are adorable.

  3. Carrie,

    You are always so thoughtful but I had no idea how thoughtful. You are also such an encourager! I love these ideas for sending packages. I am no way as creative. If it fits in the flat rate envelope or box, I will stuff it full. If not I am clueless on how to mail items. Thank you for all these great tips.
    Blessings and have a great weekend!
    Diane

  4. Now I want to mail something fun to someone! I ordered some packing peanuts in the mail years ago. They came in a see-through plastic bag. When I picked them up at the post office, the postal clerk said, “I wonder what’s in there?” That was funny, it was just exactly what he saw and I did share that with him.
    Fun! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

  5. What fun ideas! I completely agree that getting gifts in the mail is so much fun. I think that is one of the reasons that Amazon Prime is so popular. We can order anything and then get it in the mail. Your ideas are super fun and with my older sons moving out………new jobs and college, I find this really timely. Time to put my thinking cap on.

  6. This is so wonderful. You’re so right. I used to LOVE getting packages in the mail from my grandparents. We were in Africa so they would be only occasionally, but it was a big deal – letters too.
    Thanks so much for sharing on the Wednesday Homestead Blog Hop :-)

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