Quarantine is weird. Restaurants, shops, and salons are all closed, you’re not necessarily seeing your friends or family as much as usual, and the news is mostly negative every day. Quarantine has brought us to a weird stand-still across the world, but one thing that is still running: the mail! So here’s a list of fun things you can send in the mail, to yourself, or to your friends and family.
This one seems a bit obvious, but right now is the perfect time to pick up a pen-pal. I don’t know about you, but I get excited when things come in the mail for me. A friend and yourself can begin sending letters to each other. It’s hard going without contact for so long, and although we have social media, texting, and FaceTime, it’s still hard to connect. Letters bring us back to the archaic way of communicating, and they are just fun. They’re old and romantic, and often times people share more when they’re writing stuff down than they do over text. You could also find yourself a true pen-pal, there are so many Facebook groups for people who travel and many of them use pen-pals to share their experiences, which is a good way to learn about the world and another person.
2. Your Old Clothes
Bored and need something to do? Clean out your closet, it’s probably something that you should have done ages ago anyways. Companies like Thread Up and other clothing-swap apps will take your old clothes off your hands and repurpose them or resell them. Plus, they make it so easy. All you have to do is order a “Clean Out Kit”, fill it with all your old clothes, and send it back to them by leaving it for your mail carrier or dropping it off at a FedEx or USPS location. In return for the items they like, and the ones you sell, you can receive either cash or credit. It’s an easy way to make a little extra cash this quarantine by cleaning out your closet. Plus, by upcycling your items, you’re doing your part to save the planet from things like CO2 emissions. For more information go to: https://www.thredup.com/cleanout
You can send potted plants or flowers through the mail! Whether you’re looking for a one-time gift that will brighten someone’s day or a flower subscription service, there are tons of options available. Sending someone a plant will definitely brighten their day (or yours) as studies have shown that having plants in the house significantly increases a person’s mood. Plus, who wouldn’t love to receive flowers in the mail? There are subscription services that deliver flowers once a month if you’re looking for something special to send to your significant other. They make the perfect gifts for grads, people celebrating their birthday under quarantine, or just because. You can find potted plants at thesill.com or a subscription flower service, along with other gifts, on bouqs.com.
If you’re not one for words and you don’t want to write a letter, consider sending a postcard! You can find ones easily that are either cute or witty or those with bad puns, that you can easily send to a friend to brighten their day. This is an easy alternative to letters, and you can choose which postcard best suits your friend. There are some with witty and sentimental sayings on Amazon, Walmart, and Esty that you can browse.
5. A MantraBand
Jewelry is not an uncommon gift, but MantraBand offers bracelets, necklaces, and rings with sayings of inspiration. These chic pieces of jewelry have such an impactful message that you can wear with you anytime, anywhere. As a bonus, you could even customize your own piece of jewelry with a saying of your choice. These make great birthday presents, and gifts for recent graduates! It’s also a good present to get yourself, to remind yourself about what you value. Sending your friend or a loved one a Mantraband with an inspirational saying, especially during this hard time, will make them so happy, and they have a constant reminder to wear with them. They also have a “Mantra of the Month” section if you’re interested in getting a subscription. You can find more info at mantraband.com
6. Lush Care Package
Nothing is more important right now than self-care! You can “give the gift of relaxation” to either yourself or someone you care about. Self-care is an important part of your physical and mental health. Your wellbeing is important, and things as simple as a LUSH care package can really brighten someone’s day! You can make your own care package by customizing items to the person you’re sending it to, or you can choose from Lush’s pre-selected options based on the kind of gift you want to send, whether it be a relaxing blend, floral blend, whether you want to include a bath bomb or not, etc.
7. A Snack Care Package
You know what else people love? Snacks! You can send a snack box to someone for as low as $25. You can choose from a wide variety of snack boxes, whether you want to send junk food, candy, or more of a charcuterie display, the options are endless! Anyone, including you, would love to receive this gift in the mail! You could even add a bottle of wine into the mix. Whatever you choose to decide and personalize, this care package makes the perfect gift to send in the mail!
There are so many things you can do during quarantine but sitting at our computer or watching tv all day can get boring; therefore, you should try some of these fun things you can send in the mail! Even if you are shopping for yourself, you’ll have something to look forward to when it ships! Make sure to take care of yourself and others! You got this.
As always, please leave any questions or comments below! Have any other ideas for our readers? Let us know in the comments!
I’m from Long Beach, CA and I’m currently a student at Villanova University, pursuing a major in Communications with a double minor in Psychology and Spanish. I started writing articles in the fall of 2019 and fell in love with writing, hopefully, you’ll enjoy my articles just as much as I do!