I have so much love for my friends and family, that I sometimes take a lot of time to write a thoughtful card, or carefully put together a beautiful gift, only to fail to deliver it to it’s cherished recipient. I am not sure why this last step hangs me up, but I do hope my loved ones know just how much affection is waiting for them in my closet. 🙂
Rumor has it that acknowledging you have a problem is the first step to recovery. Well friends, I’m happy to report that I am on my way! Last year, I made an attempt to right this wrong by giving up the fight and going with the gift card. While this act keeps me from feeling 95% guilty (with 5% of guilt still going to Stitch Fix, but I’m working on that problem too) or worse being “unfriended,” it doesn’t really match my style, or the message I want to send to the people that I truly love and want to spend my days with.
Fortunately, I have been on Pinterest long enough to know that, as Marie says, everything in the world is “figure-out-able.” So here’s my “easy button” idea for putting more heart in to my mail, and actually getting it out the door. (Dad, if you’re reading, don’t be surprised to see one come your way 🙂 ).
Love is in the Airmailer
What you will need:
- 10 X 13 inch (254 x 330 mm) mailing envelope. These are the ones I am using, so that the kids can draw on them, but a printed one would be fun too.
- One pretty file folder. I found mine at Staples, but others are available almost anywhere – maybe check your closet? 😉
- The latest mail order catalog you are waiting for the weekend to dive in to.
- Printed gift certificate or store-bought gift card
- Coupon from the catalog you are using (hopefully you haven’t used it already!)
- Greeting or notecard
Here are the steps for putting it all together:
Pick a catalog that you think matches the style of the recipient, and browse until you find a page with an item that you think they would really enjoy, look good in, or use a lot. (Warning… this step could take a lot of time, especially if you happen to notice things that align with your personal style).
Go online and purchase a printable gift certificate, or an electronic gift card, that you can e-mail to yourself. Print it out.
Link to Boden gift certificate here.
Link to Macy’s gift certificate here.
Find the coupon inside the catalog or on the back of the catalog, and cut it out. This might seem unnecessary, but as Oprah says… “love is in the details.”
Pen a handwritten greeting card or note to the recipient, and then attach or insert the coupon. This is the fun part that makes it personal! It’s a chance to say “I saw this and I thought it would look fabulous on you”, or “I read this book and thought you would enjoy it,” or “This would look great in your home!” Click here for some nice quotes for sharing sentiment. The idea is to include language that shows how well you know the recipient and their tastes and style.
Pick a postal shop to commit to. As delivery is my downfall, I’ve started motivating myself to make time for this important step, by sending my love from a place that keeps my address, and the addresses of my recipients, in their system. This makes it super quick to ship, and while I am there, I can browse their greeting card section for the next occasion. My chosen postal shop happens to be close to other areas of interest, including where I buy my pet food, where I can enjoy a latte, and where frozen yogurt is easily accessible (not necessarily in that order. 🙂 )
Sign, seal and deliver!
Now that the Lovemail is out, I might even have time to try some of this:
Image and recipe for pink popcorn from CookingClassy.com
Cheers to celebrating friends and family outside of the closet!
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