Send it directly

Here’s a gift idea I sometimes like to use, usually on the spur of the moment, when I’m browsing on internet auction sites like eBay and TradeMe.

If you bid and win something for a friend or family member, don’t do the usual thing and have it sent to you, for you to wrap up and keep until it’s their birthday, anniversary etc: have the seller send it to them directly.  You can ask them to include a note like: “A friend of yours saw this on eBay and thought you would love it.”

Your loved one will receive a surprise package in the mail, with someone else’s handwriting on it, quite possibly a postmark from out of town, and inside an unexpected present!

To heighten the anticipation, you can tip off the recipient that you’re sending them something, and to watch out for it in the mail.  There are some people who don’t like surprises – so of course this gift delivery approach is not for them!  But for the rest of us, it’s a novel and exciting way of receiving a gift.

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