Everyone likes getting mail, well, maybe not those whose mail is mostly junk and bills and bad news, but yeah, good mail, everyone likes good mail. Today, dear readers I have come up with a couple of great ideas which involve sending or receiving mail. Some of these ideas might help for people who want to get a gift for someone who doesn’t live far away.
My first suggestion is a monthly subscription service. For £10 (+postage) a month (savings with extended subscriptions) Glossybox will send you a whole bunch of high-end beauty product samples from companies such as Lancôme, OPI and Vichy. My Mum received one of these a month or two ago. It came with great concealer, perfume samples, fake eyelashes, face masks and mascara. The ladies box is sent out monthly. There IS a male version which is sent out quarterly and costs £15 (+postage). These boxes are great if you are looking for new beauty products and don’t know what works for your skin or just fancy a bit of luxury.
Graze is a great little scheme. The basic idea is that you pay £3.79 and they deliver you a snack box. You get four snacks in a box of reasonable portion size. Most of these snacks would probably be considered healthy- nuts, pumpkin seeds, dried food etc.
I got a free Graze box from a magazine last month. When you sign up for the site you can select different plans. One plan offers the whole range, the other offers a sort of diet option. You can choose what sort of snacks you want, dietary options and ones that you’d really hate to receive. Even if you can’t afford the box every week you can use it to get ideas to make your own snacks . You can also send your friends boxes too. They’re pretty generous with offers (3 boxes at a reduced price, free boxes for friends- that sort of thing) .
This adorable site is great for giving a gift to a friend online. Bowbox isn’t a physical box unlike the other things I’m suggesting: Bowbox is a virtual box full of images, music, videos etc. that you can send to your friends. Your bow box opens in the order you put things in just like a real gift box. This is a sweet idea for friends’ birthdays if you don’t have much money and you can put lots of effort into them too. You can make these private so only the person receiving them can view them or you can just make a public box of things you like.
You can also exchange boxes with a stranger too!
I liked this idea for people with international friends. The idea is that you get a bunch of chocolate and sweets from the country you live in and send them to a friend and in return they send you a box back. You get to try out a whole bunch of new food that you’d never get to try otherwise.
How to do this-
- Find a friend you want to swap with. Make sure they are reliable and if you live at home make sure someone knows you’ve given this person your address.
- Set an upper and lower cash limit for how much you’re allowed to spend so someone isn’t getting a lot more than the other
- Buy sweets relevant to your country that the other person might not be able to buy where they live (eg. UK- Cadbury’s chocolate, Scotland- Tablet, and no one in the UK sells candycorn guys.)
- Make sure you send items which will make it to the other country without going out of date and are carefully wrapped and properly sealed in their original packaging.
- Be super careful about strange foods, you might want to give the foods you receive a google to make sure they are safe to eat.