Have you ever wondered how to mail something crazy? I got so excited when I realized there was a whole bunch of weird things that you can mail someone (little unusual gifts to send in the mail).  Envelopes and boxes will look absolutely boring after you see some of the crazy things you can legally mail through the US Post Office and here is how…

15+ Things (surprises) You Never Thought You Could Mail - map envelope in mailbox, tiny package, send a ball, balloon message
{Squeal} I never expected to be able to send a ball? CRAZY!

How to Mail Something Unusual

Looking for a fun graduation gift? Sending a birthday gift?  Want to stand out this Christmas season? 

Related: How to send a box of balloons

The answer to all of these is to put  smile on someone’s face by mailing them one of these awesome ideas of things you never thought you could mail! Oh and we will show you how to mail them!

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Send Unexpected Gifts By Mail

1. Mail Teeny Tiny Packages

You can purchase Tiny, Tiny Little Packages perfectly packaged and filled with random surprises for your pen pal.  These are so cute.  They are brown paper packages tied up with strings just like My Favorite Things

2. Google Map Envelopes You Can Mail

Instead of sending a postcard from your travels, send a Custom Envelope of the area you are visiting, or the map of a place you would want to go.  This genius envelope idea includes a Google map of a desired location.  How fun would this be for an upcoming trip, birthday surprise or family vacation plan?

3. How to Send a Ball by Mail

Send a ball in the mail?  You can do that?  YES!  Mail a Ball on a Birthday, with this idea from The House of Hendrix.  What a fun treasure for the kids to discover in the mailbox on their special day!  How fun is this genius mailing idea?

4. Mail a Balloon

Send a Message in a Balloon!  Follow these simple balloon mailing steps. The recipient of your balloon message has to get involved in the delivery, but it is a super fun surprise in their mailbox.

Unusual things you can mail - pill bottle, water bottle and pig with postage
OK, I totally need to send a pig in the mail. A pig with postage {giggle}!

5. Send Kids Mailbox Sprinkles

Loving this idea from Givers Log to mail a container of sprinkles to surprise the birthday boy or girl! You can strategically choose what type of sprinkles or what color depending on the message you want to deliver via a sprinkle message.  We have chosen one of our favorite which is a rainbow letter.

6. Mail a Message in a Water Bottle

Shopping for a creative kiddo? Send them a water bottle filled with fun craft supplies for them to enjoy, with this sweet idea from Sarah Maker.  This is such a versatile idea for creative mailing.  Just think of all the bottle filling ideas you could come up with!

7. Pig in the Post Project to Mail

You can mail the oddest things–like simple toys! International Union of Mail-Artists shows how this Toy Pig Was Sent to Be “Spam”in someone’s literal mail box!

15 Crazy Things to Mail - post it notes, stress balls, flip flop, coconut and a box of balloons are pictured
OK, stop everything. I need to go mail some flip flops. Duh!

Crazy Things to Send in the Mail

8. Post it Note Posts

Mail Post-it Notes with this fun idea from Givers Log! We all know someone who has a ton of these stuck everywhere.  I bet they would love a fresh rainbow stack!  Mail a stack to a pal

9. Send a Beach Ball by Mail

Mail a Beach Ball as an invitation to a party or an unusual thank you note!  This is such a fun idea as a beach party invitation or a reminder to someone of your last beach vacation.  

10. My Favorite Thing to Mail…Flip Flops!

Why send a post card from the beach to your jealous friends, Mail a Pair of Flip-Flops, with this fun idea from The Letter Exchange!  Actually, you can just mail one.  And it doesn’t even have to be their size.  This is just going to freak your friends out because of how awesome it is.

11. Coconut Mail Special Delivery

Visiting Hawaii? Send a Coconut Home, with this tutorial from Hawaii Magazine.  Complete genius.  And you may want to include instructions on how to get into the coconut!

12. Balloon Mail vs. Air Mail

Check out She’s Crafty‘s tutorial and Send a Box of Balloons as a fun a birthday or graduation surprise! I love the idea of a child finding a box of balloons at the mailbox.

Wacky ways to mail - basketball, clear container, and folding an envelope uniquely
Oh all the ways to mail…

Interesting Things You Never Thought You Could Mail

13. Create a Mailing Box

Make a Box from a mailing envelope! This trick was learned from the post office staff, and uploaded via a user on Pinterest.

14. Push the Mail Weight Limit for Mailing Items

13oz or Less.  This is the weight limit of what you can send–pack some fun treasures into a plastic paint can, and mail! Check out Treasures for Tots for more info!

15. Mail a Ball!  Again!

Send a Basketball. This idea from Curiousmatic will cost more, as they usually weigh more than 13 ounces. It’s worth it to surprise a loved one, though! This tutorial is no longer available online.

16. Gift of Bouncy Balls via the Post Office

Add some bounce to their step by Gifting a Collection of Bouncy Balls with this idea from flickr.  When they open the package, the balls will all fall out!

Mail brown paper packages with yellow strings and fill them with fun gifts
Let’s mail something fun to give as a gift…

More Fun Gifts Ideas that You Can Mail from Kids Activities Blog

What is the craziest thing you have ever sent in the mail? Did you mail a fun gift? 

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  1. I decorated mini pumpkins with names/addresses written on them and mailed them, without packaging, to my young nieces & nephews. They got a kick when they received them for Halloween.

  2. My son was a scout at Sea Base in Florida and all the boys mailed a coconut home and the coconuts came at all different times. It was so fun to see the response at the Boy Scout meetings for the next month!

  3. My brother mailed me and a whole bunch of other people yams! No packaging, just one yam per person. Also absolutely no reason at all, except for a smile! We kept it in the freezer for a long time!

  4. My sister once mailed a piece of birthday cake to her boyfriend at the time. It was smushed when he got it, but he ate it.

  5. I mailed a boomerang to my friend once. The post office employee told me – this thing will come back to you , you know .