We’d figured we had alt-easter gift covered for this year with our seedling-filled Easter eggs, when Cynthia from 50Years50Recipes sent us ANOTHER swell, novel gift. She stuffed plastic eggs with goodies and sent them through the mail, as an invitation to her her niece and nephews to come for an Easter visit (She got the idea from Giverslog.) We were under the impression that the increasingly restrictive postal system had banned oddly shaped packages years ago. Writes Cynthia:
The eggs did arrive, but it took 10 days to get from one end of Mass to the other and two weeks to get from western Massachusetts to upstate New York. So the good news is it works-the downside is that even with first class postage it takes a bit of time.
I also tried the filled bottles mentioned on Giverslog
though they are still floating around in US Mail land. Hopefully they touch down soon.Cynthia alerted us that they arrived today. Next, she’s going to try sending a flip-flop…
The post office reactions are worth the trip inside, even though I’ve been able to get very accurate weights with my OXO food scale in terms of stamp needs (if they weigh less than 13 ounces, you can pop them in the post box).
You’ll find full details on sending plastic eggs by mail here. You can buy plastic eggs at many supermarkets and at Amazon (we’re partial to these patterned Easter eggs, and fill them with goodies tailored to the sendee: a cool, teeny flash drive (with or without photos, music videos etc) , temporary tattoos, wrapped chocolates or nougat, a secret message, miniature blank books…
The potential for this idea is immense. Check out this bottle full of pencils AmberLee at Giverslog prepared for mailing. Given Cynthia’s experience, we recommend leaving a couple of weeks for your odd-shaped gift to be in transit.
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