For some reason, I was always under the impression that snail mail was confined to letters and postcards. But then, a couple weeks ago, there was a brief conversation on the Facebook page about unusual mail and someone mentioned that she once received a water noodle in lieu of a letter.
Really? Well, that’s interesting.
Within a few days, I had my own unusual surprise waiting when I went to pick up my mail: A pink bouncy ball with a letter written on the side! When the woman who delivers my mail handed it over, she had a look of total and complete surprise. Something tells me it’s the most unusual piece of mail she’s ever seen too.
But it got me thinking .… If you can mail a pink plastic ball as a piece of snail mail, what else qualifies as letter writing material? And so my walk through the cheap toy aisles began. I’m collecting a list of fun things I can buy and send to people when they need a fun little pick-me-up, and here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
- Balls of various sizes
- Plastic buckets and baskets
- Plastic piggy banks
- Various sand toys
I’m not sure what the regulations are regarding size and weight, but I plan on picking a few fun things up to mail to variety of people in the coming weeks, and I’m sure I’ll learn what works well and what doesn’t. If you have any tips on mailing unusual items, I’d love to hear them!