Thoughtful giving? Mail someone a frisbee.

Okay…on a much lighter note…

Giving can be big or small. Anonymous or very involved and personal. You may want to set out to cure cancer or save lives. Or you may just want to put a smile on someone’s face and let them know that you are thinking of them. Thoughtful giving. It’s not the size of your gift, it’s just the thought that counts. (I sound like such a mom right now.) Who can you help? Think of the new moms who could use a warm meal. Think of your friend deal with life’s stresses and you just want to put a smile on her face.

In college, my friends and I used to mail each other random things through campus mail. Imagine the huge smile on my face when I found a stale bagel in my mailbox, that the dear postal workers actually had to handle and deliver. Or when I was studying overseas and my friend mailed me a pancake. He saved one from breakfast, let it sit out to go stale, shellacked it, wrote me a note using a sharpie, and mailed it. Granted it showed up in a few pieces despite some bubble wrap. But still. A pancake!

So imagine how giddy I was to find the blog GIVERSLOG and that she had an entire section devoted to happy mail. Everything she mails is 13 ounces or less. I stole (graciously borrowed) her idea for mailing flip flops to my sweet friend who was in the middle of wedding planning. The idea wasn’t so that she’d wear them. I just wanted her to go to her mailbox one day, find a flip flop and put a smile on her face. And because this blog was not even a thought at the time, there are no photos. Check out GIVERSLOG for more great happy mail ideas.

(from GIVERSLOG)

(from GIVERSLOG)

On our happy mailings summer bucket list?

  • a deck of cards
  • a small frisbee
  • a paperback beach read

Why 13 ounces? That just means you can drop your item [stale bagel, frisbee, book, etc] in the blue collection box (assuming it has stamps and is properly addressed). This saved me the embarrassment of walking up to my local postal worker asking him if I could mail a flip flop!

Need more ideas? There’s even a 13 oz or less flickr group. And a great article on Post Experiments where random valuable, sentimental, household, etc items were mailed.

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