Wish you were here...
Everybody likes post. I know I do. Especially unexpected post. Not bills, or junk mail, but proper post. Just those little notes to cheer people up, make someone's day, tell them good news and let them know they were thinking of you.
These postcards were something I made when I moved to London to let friends and family know of my new address. Rather than send the lame "I've moved" pre-prepared notelets you can buy in shops that have no personality whatsoever, I decided to find the cheesiest London postcards in the world and customize them by gluing individual gemstones spelling out "I've moved" instead.
I suppose that yes, it did take longer than just filling in the template of a pre-prepared notelet. But that's not the point. The point is I used my creativity, my hands, and time to make something small but unique to send a message to the people I love. And to me, that's worth it.
There's someone else who knows the value of post for making people feel special. Amber from CodeForSomething has recently been on a bit of a travel extravaganza in the Far East. She wrote a post that touched on a lot of the points that I have above, and ended it with the generous offer of sending a little token something from her travels to anyone that wanted it.
I entirely agreed with everything she had to say on the subject, and of course, I was not going to let an opportunity for fun post go to waste!
I emailed Amber to let her know where to send her post to, and waited. I was really only expecting a postcard, but Amber did so much better than that!
Good luck money
She had sent me lots of small tidbits of her travels: Asian money (I believe this is good luck?) in a red envelope, an explanatory postcard, and a pamphlet from the super massive Barbie store in Shanghai! I thought that was so thoughtful, as when Amber reported on this mecca for brand-lovers everywhere on her blog, I had commented to say that I loved the look of it. So to include this was super special!
Thank you Amber! And for the rest of you, think about how personalised post makes you feel, and next time you have the opportunity, take some time out to try and help someone feel the same. It'll make someone smile. Promise!