I'm a grandmother, a retired teacher, an avid reader and Pinterest addict who loves historical re-enactment, English Country Dance, writing and Op Shopping. My business www.Step Into History.com.au is designed to help children experience history.
Published May 31st 2013
Don't let the postage cost more than the gift
Did you ever spend more on postage than on the gift itself? Isn't it frustrating? It's easy to give up and send a gift card but sometimes it's wonderful to actually find a surprise in your letterbox.
It's particularly difficult if you have lots of family overseas. If money is not a problem for you, don't bother reading this. You will have lot of choices. Although these items could also be useful as a "little extra" to go with the money or gift card you sent, if you are frugal or short on cash and want to chose a gift that's not too boring and predictable this list may offer some ideas.
I have concentrated on things that can easily fit in a post bag and require no special boxes or packing.
1. An eco friendly shopping bag. You can find them everywhere these days. I recently found a cute one in a bag in the chemist for $2.95. Markets abound with such bags made in a multitude of fabrics, many of which would fit in an envelope. My all time favourite is the Eco silk bag - gorgeous jewel coloured, long lasting bags in a variety of sizes from www.ecosilk.com.au
Eco friendly shopping bags are an excellent choice.
2. Scarves and beanies are very popular at present. If you can knit or crochet you can probably make one with left over wool for no outlay. Or buy a soft silky scarf that will cost little to post. Choose something plain if you're not sure of the recipient's taste.
4. Jewellery. Markets and handmade shops have an amazing range of necklaces, earrings, cufflinks and bracelets made from all sorts of materials. I recently bought a crazy steampunk pendant made with the internal working of a watch from Handmade Highstreet at Annerley.
5. DVD or CD. A bought one or maybe a collection of photos or songs you know they'd enjoy
6. Lavender or other herb sachet. Make your own or buy one from a craft stall or chemist. I've seen many in paper envelopes that would be so easy to post.
Lavender or herb bags can be bought at chemists or hand made.
7.A flat key ring. Once again there are millions on the market. I've also seen amusing or pretty key caps that would be useful and different.
8. A Poem. Hand write, copy or print an appropriate poem, verse or saying. Glue it on card, decorate and laminate.
9. Memory Book. Take a blank notebook, add some photos, family stories, anecdotes, newspaper cuttings, messages; cover with fabric, paper or photo. Fill it completely or leave blank pages for the person to finish.
10. Balloons. Send a bunch of beautiful balloons - metallic or lovely colours ( Spotlight has LOTS). Inside each balloon add a surprise (scratchies, sequins, messages, feathers) and some ribbons for tying. Either post to the intended recipient to blow up themselves or send to someone who will blow them up and deliver them for you.
A Package of balloons can be suitable for anyone of any age if you fill them with something.