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January 23, 2015
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I know the holiday season is the most popular time to send cards and gifts to those you love but my favorite time of year to send pretty packages is Valentine’s Day.  It’s a slower time of year that isn’t over scheduled… The days are cold and often grey… And people aren’t expecting it so it’s even more of a happy surprise.  All of these goodies are easy to slip into a padded     envelope for simple shipping.

surprise snail mail gift ideas

1.  Cute dish towels are one thing you never can have too many of… especially when they are made of super thirsty flour sack towel material  $9.95

2.  Does your car need a smell makeover?  This fun freshener pack will do the trick!   $8.95

3.  Sweet treats always need testing before they head to the oven and this batter finger spatula was made just for that!  $9.95

4.  Create an air tight seal over your leftovers in a snap with a magical lily pad lid $8.95+ 

5.  Take a long hot relaxing soak with the help from a lavender tub tea  $4.25 

6.  There’s nothing wrong with a little positive affirmation from your pocket mirror $3.95

7.  Need some inspiration to get up and into the shower?  Morning Dew soap was made for you $5.95 

8.  Take your favorite instagram photo off your phone and display it on this pretty photo block $13.95 

9.  Pretty nail files are always a plus $5.95

10.  Add a little color therapy to your wrist for some extra passion & courage in your life  $11.95

11.  Too cold to go out?  Invite your girlfriends over for a girl’s night in… complete with fancy drinks and the latest dish  $10.95

surprise snail mail for kids

1.  Zip up some serious style with these creative bracelets  $3.95

2.  Warm up with some Hello Kitty PINK hot chocolate  $1.95

3. Flossing is a bit more fun when it is cupcake flavored  $5.95

4.  Dressing up these adorable animals are sure to bring smiles $5.99

5.  Whoopee cushions have been bringing laughs for decades $1.95

6.  Build something fun with this clever building toy from Denmark $10.95

7.  Candy charm bracelets never go out of style  $.50

8.  Finger eyes can turn any hand into a personality $1.95

9.  I mustache you… where did you get those fabulous bandages? $5.95

10.  Play away with this addicting and color changing thinking putty  $11.95

11.  Doodle away with colorful pens that smell sweet too!  9.95  

Do you like fun finds that bring  big smiles? We’re happy to share some of our unique ideas.  Simply sign up to receive these blog posts in your email and you’ll be in the loop & get our latest scoop.

cupid is back

January 20, 2015
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We really enjoyed playing cupid last year and it warmed our hearts knowing our little packages of goodies brought smiles to deserving souls during the gray days of February.  Since it was our very first Cupid Call Campaign we were truly overwhelmed with the response rate.  Because of the large volume of nominations we were limited to selecting  only a percent of the nominees due to the cost of shipping all the packages.  In hopes of being able to shoot more arrows of love and light this year, we chatted with Cupid and made a few changes to the campaign.

cupid call envelope

This year instead of sending packages with goodies we hope the recipient would like, we are mailing valentines stuffed with our own cupid currency that spends the same as cash during the month of February at our locations in Ann Arbor, Berkley and Rochester.

The valentines are still anonymous but they do explain a little bit about how our Cupid Calls work.  Now we just need you to help us find sweet souls who could use a little extra love sent their way this February.

cupid call

Your nominees could have had a hard holiday season,  dealing with health problems, recently lost someone special or maybe just struggle to keep a smile on their face.

1. Email your submission to service@catchingfireflies.com with subject title: CUPID CALL (please do not leave info in the comments section on this post)

2. Include your nominee’s full name, age and mailing address.  One submission per email please. (there is no age limit for nominees)

3.  In a short paragraph, let us know why they need a cupid call.

4.  Include your full name and your relationship to the nominee.

Deadline for entry is February 10

We’re going to do our best to send out as many cupid calls as possible.   You will not know if your nominee was chosen, but if they were, a pretty pink envelope with a valentine and cupid cash will be delivered to their mailbox.

If you do have additional questions, please ask them in the comments box and we will reply so everyone can see them.

surprise someone with sweet snail mail

January 19, 2015
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Everyone loves getting mail (we’re not talking bills here!)–you know the handwritten kind. The kind that means someone actually took the time to sit down and write something special.

snail mail

In this age of technology, this is something that has definitely gone by the wayside (it’s so much easier to type out a quick email)…so, just imagine the delight on the face of your friend or family member when they open up the mailbox and discover that you’ve sent them something extraordinary !

Who wouldn’t love this sweet treat in their mailbox? Head over to 52 Kitchen Adventures to read all about how easy it is to ship cupcakes.

The gals over at Hey Wanderer can show you how to turn your old magazines into envelopes. Click here to get the scoop on this easy craft.

Your handwriting is a something that you can truly call your own. Brush up on your lettering skills before you sit down to write a note to that special someone. You can also use your fancy fonts to adorn the outside of your envelope. Diane from In My Own Style also shows you to how pick a pen and create shadows for your lettering.

Send someone the gift of soft, supple lips this winter  by making this cool note to wrap right around the lip balm itself. According to AmberLee from the Giver’s Log, you can then just drop it in the mail as is–no additional packaging required.

Did you know that you can mail a ball? Simply write your own message on it and take it to your Post Office. This delightful idea is courtesy of Allison at The House of Hendrix.  She calls it “happy mail” and we definitely agree.

Who needs an envelope when you can send a Message In a Bottle? We found this clever concept over on the Playdough to Plato Blog. Drop someone a simple note or use this cool idea for delivering an invitation to a Pirate themed birthday party.

shoe invites We’ve personally pushed the envelope (so to speak) when it comes sending bizarre things.  We like to make our firefly team smile and won’t a pink party invite on a shoe do just that?

unusual mail A pack of markers makes for easy sending too!  Who wants to cover up all the color with a brown padded envelope?

unusual mail

For inspiration we recommend walking around a thrift shop or dollar store and see what you could send.  We’ve sent frisbees, flip flops, paper plates and more.  Unfortunately not all these plastic wine glasses made (I was warned) but some did and who wouldn’t smile to find one of these waiting for them with an invite to meet a friend for some much deserved drinks?

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