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Whether you have a soft spot for the failing postal system or you just want to make an impression, sending something through the good ol' fashioned mail is a way to show a friend or loved one you care. Did you know that the postal service will deliver things other than letters or packages? Check out some of these wacky and zany ideas for an unofficial celebration!
Send a Wooden Postcard
- For a friend's fifth wedding anniversary, why not send a wooden postcard?
- Send a wooden message for someone who has just bought a new house.
- Wood mail can be sent for a variety of occasions to say, "you mean more to me than paper!"
If you have any artistic ability, you can carve a small picture or design right on the front. Save your money and cut your own wood card out of old unused furniture. Just make sure it can't give your friend (or the postman) splinters.
Get Your Creative Juices Flowing...
- Isn't That Sweet?!: A Cold Care-Package Card...
Make your own get well soon care package!
- Improbable Research
This guy did a postal experiment and you'll laugh at his results!
Send a Ball
Whether you want to celebrate a big game on TV, a big win, or just challenge a friend to a competition, you can send a ball right through the mail with no packaging. Just stick on an address label and a cute message and let the postman toss your friend a ball.
- Soccer ball
- Rubber ball
- Giant bouncy ball
If you are still nervous about sending a store bought ball through the mail, you can send one through this service called Send a Ball. They even have a ball that says, "Sorry I dropped the ball" as a cute way to send an apology. Who wouldn't forgive you after that attempt?
The World's Smallest Mail
This will either delight or annoy your friends. Send fairy mail. Teeny tiny little letters in honor of...
- A new baby
- A little girl's birthday
- A little hello
- Congratulations from the tooth fairy
A company called Leafcutter Designs will help you, so you don't have to inscribe the world's smallest message on a piece of scrap paper. If you want to attempt it yourself, go for it!
Things you can purchase from Leafcutter's...
- Do it yourself miniature mail postal kit
- Miniature packages
- Matchbox theater
- Puzzle cards
- Recipe dice
Candy is a part of every American holiday, so pick out a colorful box of candy, stick an address label on and that is that! Kids will love getting a box of Junior Mints, Skittles, M&M's, or Mike N Ike's. Make sure you grab the candy that is in a box, not a bag, to minimize the possibility of ripping.
- For Easter, send a giant plastic egg filled with candy and affix the postage and label all along the cracks of the egg to prevent spilling.
- Send candies filled in a plastic bottle.
Random Mail Items
- Why not send your friend a sombrero? Make sure the one you choose is sturdy, and tape your mailing address right on it. No box necessary!
- How about a lime? Just stick an address on it with a promise for a night of margaritas. No wrapping or packaging necessary.
- Send an orange that says, "ORRANNGE you glad __________" You fill in the blank!
- Send a canister of play dough with a note about the stress relieving properties of playing!
Why not send a gift in honor of summer. Try sending a..
- Flip flop
- Beach ball
- Bottle of bubbles
- Hula hoop
Sarah, an artist and mom- blogs about her adventures with mail art. Some of her ideas are found in this book at Amazon called Good Mail Day, A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art. The ideas are endless.
Check out the wooden spoon she received as a message!
There is even an International Union of Mail Artists. It is a community of artists who send art back and forth to each other, and some of the artwork is incredible.
Make an Origami Giftbox
Ideas for Boxes
If you decide you still need a box, use these recycled items to send a package.
- Empty cereal box
- Shoe box
- Craft storage tray with a lid
- Old fashioned lunchbox
- Tea tins
- Pencil boxes
Unique Care Package Ideas
For a traditional care packages, you can add a special touch with these unusual ideas.
- A box filled with little balloons containing one dollar bills.
- Care package theme such as Get Well Soon, Have a Sunshine Day, I Love You, Decadent Delights, Morning Pick Me Up.
Pick items that center around a theme. For a package that helps your college student wake up in the morning, send an old cereal box filled with specialty teas, gift card to Starbucks, some Powerbars, small bottle of shampoo, washcloth, etc.
No matter how you decide to send a piece of mail, your friends and family will feel treasured and loved because of the time spent to use snail mail verses a text or email. And one last thing- it would help to bribe your postman with random cookies and treats- just in case he isn't in a whimsical mood.
fjfjfjf on February 28, 2019:
there is not any pictures so it is kind of a bit boring
Michele Kapustka on February 11, 2019:
www.SENDaBALL.com will send a BALL for you ...
Nathan Butorac on December 16, 2016:
This is crazy but you can also mail a piñata as a gift from. www.pinatagrams.com
Amanda on August 18, 2015:
These ideas are awesome! However... I'm too lazy to send on my own, but theres a site www.potatopostage.com and they sent a banana to someone for me. Doing the potato next! Everyone loves receiving mail... even if it is a potato!
Blehona on November 02, 2013:
Mitch Alan from South Jersey on January 15, 2013:
Fun Hub! I'm going to hare to try some creative mailings and maybe use the concept as part of a marketing campaign for one or more of my clients.
RTalloni on October 19, 2012:
What fun--and inspiring. Now I'm going to be thinking outside the box for my grandchildren... Thanks for springboard ideas!
I once received a coconut. :)
The Reminder from Canada on September 26, 2012:
Never really thought of sending my mail like this! Great hub!
Kalux from Canada on September 22, 2012:
I love the tiny mail! This might be a stupid question but how would you ensure that it didn't get lost? I imagine being so tiny that could easily happen.
I can't believe people send poop lol.
Raquel on September 18, 2012:
love it!! Im gonna get the book and start sending these ideas!
jen on September 17, 2012:
I mailed birth announcements in baby bottles one time.
idigwebsites from United States on September 11, 2012:
Nothing beats receiving a real mail. The excitement of receiving and opening it. Priceless. I love your ideas Julie, I'll try sending one with a candy (provided that it would last long before the expiration date) :)
LetitiaFT from Paris via California on September 05, 2012:
What fun ideas! I'm anxious to try a few.
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on September 05, 2012:
What unique and interesting ideas! This is the first time I've heard of wooden postcards or miniature letters. I had no idea you can send balls, etc. in the mail, either. We need to take advantage of these opportunities while the postal system lasts. Voted up and shared!
Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on August 10, 2012:
That snail mail photo is so cute I just had to read this hub. So fun and creative. I love it. My grand-babies would LOVE the tiny mail. How about personalized M&M's and the recipient has to put them in order to get the full message? Just a thought. Voted up and funny!
ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on August 01, 2012:
This is incredible! I am going to send limes to people just because I can (apparently). I will forgo the sending of poop for fear of the 'ole "Return to Sender" possibility...but a lime...oh hell yeah!
Carly Sullens from St. Louis, Missouri on July 11, 2012:
Love it! Can't wait to mail you something interesting... he he he... (my mischievous laugh)
Pete from Ontario, Canada on July 11, 2012:
This hub is really neat. I made the mistake of clicking on the link to poopsenders and spent the next several minutes laughing hysterically....
Waaaaay too funny!
Marlene Bertrand from USA on June 19, 2012:
I really enjoyed reading all of these ideas. I am especially fond of the teeny tiny letters.
Blurter of Indiscretions (author) from Clinton CT on June 10, 2012:
This hub made me think of you since you are the queen of cool cards :)
Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 09, 2012:
This hub is awesome! I love sending snail mail. All of these suggestions are so creative.
Blurter of Indiscretions (author) from Clinton CT on June 09, 2012:
used as in already written in?! That would be hilarious! LOL
Martin Kloess from San Francisco on June 09, 2012:
I sent in Chinese then switched to Korean. ever send used b-day cards?
Rosa Marchisella from Canada on June 09, 2012:
Great hub! Love some of these ideas!