A Tube of Burt’s Bees is 13 oz or Less


I just wanted to share a little something we have been mailing out for a couple of birthdays this winter and will be mailing as a few simple valentines. This time of year, there’s nothing like the gift of soft supple lips.

and incase you’d like to see a little more, here is my favorite fun mail inspiration from the archives (or follow my 13 oz or less Pinterest board, or see it all right here):

A Disposable Camera | A Sponge | A Tube of Bert’s Bees | A Wreath and Twinkly Lights | A Disguise | School Supplies | A Pair of Flip Flops | A Big Ball | Plastic Eggs 1 and 2 | Silly Putty |Shovel & a Bucket | Ribbon Sticks | Bubblewrap Hopscotch | Fan Mail | Waterbottle Care Package | Bouncy Balls | Sticky Notes | Jr Mints | Frisbee | Mini Banner and Mini m&ms

find postage rates for happy mail right here along with other mailing details

{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

Tamyy Jones January 12, 2012 at 9:45 am

In the last picture the tube is white. Is it wrapped in something else? I need more details please. I would love to do this for my class at church.


Sebrina January 12, 2012 at 10:39 am

Love this idea! Where did you find those tubes though? I haven’t seen that style around here yet :-/


AmberLee January 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Hi Sebrina! Thanks for the note! Aren’t the tubes cute? I found these at Whole Foods, but I’ve also seen them around other places, i think a few department stores but I can’t remember for sure.


Daffodil January 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I so want to do this! Can you explain a little teensy bit more about how you wrapped it? I see some white bits peeking out at the ends of the kraft paper in the last shot (with the mailing address) and I’m not sure what that is. I imagine it’s something you had to do to keep the top and bottom of the lip balm together? Any clues would be so helpful — thanks!


AmberLee January 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Hi Daffodil and Tammy! Thanks for the notes! I’m so happy you liked it : )
Yes, I wanted to make sure everything was packaged safely, so I wraped the entire tube in white tissue paper and put a strip of packaging tape around it longwise. Then I rolled one more strip of white paper around the tube and added the kraft label paper for writing the address.


Caitlin January 12, 2012 at 2:10 pm

How do you know how much postage you need to put on the item?


AmberLee January 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Hi Caitlin! Thanks for your note! Here is the guidelines I follow for first class USPS packages (that are not too huge, i once mailed a mylar baloon in a box and it cost extra):
1-3 ounces $1.71 and add 17 cents each additional ounce
4 ounces $1.88
5 ounces $2.05
6 ounces $2.22
7 ounces $2.39
8 ounces $2.56
9 ounces $2.73
10 ounces $2.90
11 ounces $3.07
12 ounces $3.24
13 ounces $3.41


Martha S. January 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm

So you mailed it with the address part just flappy like that? I love these tinted balms (the Hibiscus is my fav!!) and they would be fun to send as Valentines. Thanks for sharing!


Monica January 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I love when you have a new package idea!!! Too cute! :)


Hayley January 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I’M a Mabrey! Funny. I don’t see many Mabrey’s in the world.

Cool gift idea. I am sure it was much appreciated.


Eliot January 12, 2012 at 6:55 pm

What a great and cute idea! I am always at a loss on what to get my teenage (I can’t believe she is soooo old) niece and tween god-daughter for Valentine’s Day. This is perfect. Can I copy?


Jan January 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Love the roll-up idea! I’ve seen this type of Burt’s Bees in Canada at good old Walmart.
The last photo is confusing for me; can you actually mail something like that and have it arrive at its destination intact? Doesn’t it get caught in the postal machines, or get ripped? I think my posties would have a cow if I brought something like that in ;)

Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas.


AmberLee January 15, 2012 at 6:53 am

Hi Jan!
thanks for your note!! I’ve had some readers from Canada who were doubtful if this would work? But mine have all arrived intact. I’d love to hear the results if you give it a try!


lindsey March 2, 2012 at 4:02 am

the last picture confuses me too? is the lip balm wrapped in white paper too?


Anna January 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Seeing this project (first over Pinterest and then directly on your blog) made me happy. You put so much effort in the little things and just getting some creative mail like this would totally make my day. This little Burt`s Bees project is one I would give or rather send to friends, because I`m known for my lip balm addictiveness.
Just wanted to say, that you do something grate with sending little goodies of love and thought!


AmberLee January 24, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Your note was the sweetest thing ever. Thank you! You totally brightened my day!


Jana Lee January 20, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I just stumbled upon your blog from pinterest! Thank you so much for your work! My favorite ‘happy mail’ that I sent was a baby shower invitation in a baby bottle. The recipients enjoyed it!


AmberLee January 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Hi Everyone! Just a quick note to let you that as of yesterday, Post Office rates are up! but still super affordable for sending happy suprises in the mail. To see new Post Office rates for first class packages (13 oz or less), visit the USPS official rate sight:

And I’ll paste rates here as well, for handy reference.
1 oz $1.95

2 oz $1.95

3 oz $1.95

4 oz $2.12

5 oz $2.29

6 oz $2.46

7 oz $2.63

8 oz $2.80

9 oz $2.97

10 oz $3.14

11 oz $3.31

12 oz $3.48

13 oz $3.65


Allison January 26, 2012 at 10:34 am

This is so cute! Refering to the last picture – Did you leave the brown paper like that? Or did you roll it around and tape it so it stays flat to the rest of the package?


Jill February 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Very excited to find you site of awesome mailing ideas! for years I have sent noodles (from a pool!) to friends, writing messages in the side with a sharpie, and I have wondered what else I could get by putting in the mail.

Thanks for posting the rates. What happens if weight is over 13oz? and are there any guidelines for dimensions?



Michele February 16, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Any ideas for “Happy” St. Patrick’s Day mail?


Chauna February 25, 2012 at 5:45 pm

I saw this on Pinterest and really like the idea of sending “happy mail” to give my friends/family little surprises in the mail. I’m wondering if, since these are first class packages, you just put a bunch of stamps on them and drop them in the mail box or if, when something is shaped oddly (like the water bottle idea), you need to go to the post office to mail the items? I’m a little worried my post man wouldn’t take something like that, even with several stamps on it, not being able to confirm on the spot that there were enough stamps on it.


AmberLee February 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Hi Chauna,
Thanks for your note, and I apologize for being so pokey to respond. I’ve tried both methods, and so far, everything I’ve sent both with stamps dropped in a blue mailbox and metered at the counter have made it. Good luck! I’d love to hear if it works!


lindsey March 4, 2012 at 7:00 am

what’s the last step? my niece would love it.


NickieG March 11, 2012 at 5:12 am

Have you mailed packages internationally or to APO addresses? I have a son in Switzerland and my brother is deploying to Afghanistan next month. These would be fun to send.


Nikki April 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Nickie I just mailed off a few eggs (like those found in her blog here: http://www.giverslog.com/?p=10797) to my fiance to an APO today. I went to the PO and they each had to have a customs form, which I had not anticipated.. Luckily, the lady was nice enough to check to see if it would take the smaller customs form, which is just a sticker, and it stuck perfectly to the plastic eggs. I wish I could remember the number for the form, but it is the same as the larger form, minus the “A”. If you plan on mailing them something internationally or to an APO just make sure the item is large enough to stick on a form. Hope this helps!


lindsay ostrom March 24, 2012 at 8:52 am

Love your blog and your happy mail ideas.
I am hosting a challenge for National Letter Writing Month on my blog and I am going to share a link to yours for ideas… they are fabulous. Thanks for loving the mailbox!!!



amy Satina Morrison April 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Just mailed my very first 13 ounce or less package… It turned out sooo cute. Plastic Egg, bracelet, earings, soft lips chap stick, rolled note, some angry birds fruit snacks, and some hopper bunnies… THANK you for the inspiration


aurelie April 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Your ideas are just great!
Have you ever mailed anything to Europe? I would love to surprise my family back home with a frisbee :)


Teresa May 2, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Hi….I love this idea…and so does my granddaughter since I have been sendin her things

I just wanted to let you know I shared a link to it on my website:




Crystal Mirage May 3, 2012 at 3:54 am

The thought and the idea of the gift is unique, which looks simple but amazing


Gretchen Duff May 15, 2012 at 8:22 pm

more ideas for 13 ounce mail gifts please…Please…PLEASE! xo


Christy May 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Just mailed a ball and a boomerang today. Hoping they both arrive. The guy at the post office was not to sure about mailing them. He really wanted me to put them in a box.


fATCAT May 23, 2012 at 11:38 am

Thanks so much for posting the rates. I sent my old school friend a box of crayons and it made both of us smile. I can’t wait to send more happy mail. :-)


Christy May 24, 2012 at 10:54 am

Today my nephew received his birthday ball through the mail. Waiting to hear from the other nephew whose birthday is next week, he is getting a boomerang!

I can’t wait to send more Happy Mail! Keep the ideas coming.


Li D May 28, 2012 at 1:21 am

My father used to work for USPS. He used to tell me how odd shaped packages can jam their sorting machines. He, and his team, hated having to go in there to rescue crushed packages and pile-ups. :(


Melissa June 16, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Saw this from pinterest. What a coincidence ….I also live in Fishers, IN :)


Silvia June 28, 2012 at 10:54 am

I love these ideas for Happy mail! Do you know if they would work to send internationally?


Victoria July 5, 2012 at 7:09 am

Hi! This is an adorable blog. But I was wondering how you get the brown paper attached to the lip balm so it stays intact while you mail it


Dana July 12, 2012 at 9:20 am

This is all very cool – however… your postmaster must be shaking her/his head! Do the people at the post office still speak to you? lol


Ricki August 7, 2012 at 8:33 am

Please oh please tell me this is not the end of your fun 13 oz or less series. There is more to come, right? xoxox


Angie September 4, 2012 at 6:48 am

When my kids were born we created birth announcements. We purchased cheap baby bottles and filled them with a bit of confetti/party favors, included an announcement and sent them off as they were. We had lots of feedback on how great they were.


Sarabell January 9, 2013 at 11:54 am

This is such a cute idea! I’m also re-vamping my gift-giving this year and this is an idea that would fit into my guidelines! =]


KC January 15, 2013 at 8:04 pm

So this gonna sound sexist and its not supposed to its actually supposed to be funny. I need full instructions on how to do this and where to go to get the materials. Why? Because my girlfriend and I are long distance and there is one thing I know about her is she loves mail and she loves Chapstick. This is the perfect happy for her to let her know I’m thinking about her. So please send me some detailed instructions on how not to screw this up.




AmberLee January 29, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Hi KC,
I hope I am not too late in responding to your comment!!
So I kept this project pretty simple. I bought a circle craft punch from the craft store and that was about it! I cut out a long strip of kraft paper and put a long strip of double-sided tape down the length of it. I punched out some fun colors of tissue paper circles (it is easier to punch tissue paper with a piece of office paper behind it) and stuck them right to the tape and wrote a little message on it. Then all that was left to do was roll up the lip gloss in the banner I’d made and put a sticker to close it. I added one more piece of white paper over the top to protect it, and I taped it closed on the top and bottom. There wasn’t much room for an address, so I created a separate address label on kraft and taped it on!

You are way thoughtful to be doing this! You earn major points in my book. best of luck!!


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