13 Ounces or Less

01.13.10

The postal workers have been seeing more of me lately. I’ve discovered that you can stick postage on just about anything and the good people of the USPS will mail it for you. I have walked in there with two pretty small packages and a round package and I have yet to stump them.

My favorite is when the package weighs 13 ounces or less. I hand them my package and wait in suspense while they flop it onto their scale. If it’s under 13 ounces I try not to act too excited, then I send it off first class and pay only a buck or two. Really, a buck or two to send something delightful anywhere in the U.S.? A buck or two so I can have a SIL open her mailbox and find a sweet little round box jumbled in with all her more serious mail? I’m curious about weight limits elsewhere? Australia? Europe?

I’m very wrapped up in this idea, and decided to add a whole new category to my gift guide. Visit here and you will find several gifts that weigh 13 ounces or less from clever bloggers and shopkeepers out there. Word of warning, the category is based on estimates from my own brain. I did not pull out an official postal scale.

And incase you don’t find enough in the gift guide, check back tomorrow. I’ll share several other favorites that I estimate weigh in under 13 ounces.

What have you mailed for 13 ounces or less?

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Kiasa January 13, 2010 at 10:30 am

This reminded me of a clever article I read a few years back where the writer attempted to see what the post office was willing to deliver. He’d drop things like a brick, or odd shaped containers into the big blue box with only the recipient’s address (friends throughout the US) and almost everything was delivered (and charged to the recipient, of course). It was a funny story.

I love this idea! I’ve been wanting to do something like this for my sister who lives across the country. A little treasure waiting in the mailbox.

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Rebecca@RootsAndWingsCo January 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm

What a delightful idea! Truly, I have been the recipient of more than my fair share of “great” mail! I have a friend who is phenomenal at sending me packages in the mail (I’m talking numerous every month and for each of my children as well). It makes my day. When you put it in the perspective that you have, why don’t I reciprocate in kind? I used to look at it as a money thing. But once every other month would be fun to mail out something and would not break my budget! Seriously, thank you.
Rebecca of the R&W Gals

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Chocolate on my Cranium January 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm

My kids love sending small toys in old water bottles. They are fun for party invites too.

http://chocolateonmycranium.blogspot.com/2008/02/message-in-bottle.html

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shanti January 13, 2010 at 6:52 pm

how fun! i’m totally boring and just never think of sending things in funny containers. i’m into that water bottle thing (comment above), and i’m so excited you’ve created gift ideas under the 13 ounces!

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Carly January 13, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Up here, in Canada, we pay for each and every gram. But if it can fit through the slot in the postal gauge (piece of plastic at the post office) it goes through at the ‘skinny rate’. Mittens mail for super-cheap. Everything else, full “parcel” rate.

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TeddyStartedIt January 13, 2010 at 9:59 pm

You’re not alone in this joy. I make most of my own shipping containers – mostly because of my reuse obsession. I mail a lot of things out in toilet paper tubes – they fit my potion bottles perfectly. I always wonder what my customers think when they arrive, because no matter how I dress them up, it’s still pretty clear what they are.

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marta January 14, 2010 at 8:23 am

you are speaking my language with this. am over the moon with low cost postage. just dropped my prices for the new valentine kit in my shop. hip hip hooray. keep the good ideas coming amberlee.

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Prince Pi January 15, 2010 at 7:42 am

In Norway one can mail 20 grams for about a dollar.

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Claire April 14, 2010 at 1:14 am
natalie April 17, 2011 at 8:27 pm

You can post anything smaller than B4 size and under 500g for about $3 Australian domestically. They are a bit funny about odd shapes though. Im going to give it a try and see how it goes!

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AmberLee April 18, 2011 at 6:53 am

Hi Natalie!
Thanks for the note. I would love to hear how your egg sending goes. For me it’s really depended on who is behind the counter that day. Good luck!!

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KatieCox October 3, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Just wondering, what is the significance of less than 13 oz if you are going to go into the post office anyway? Maybe I’m missing something, but if you are going into the post office, they will ship anything over 13 oz as well, won’t they? I’m not trying to be disrespectful, I’m truly curious. Thank you! :)

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AmberLee October 4, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Hi Katie! Thanks for asking, I should probably explain the 13 oz more often. Anything under 13 oz qualifies to be mailed first class, so it is nice and cheap! Which allows me to send more things to more nieces and nephews and little friends more often.

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Amber October 18, 2011 at 5:41 am

How fun, I love this idea. I live in a very small town and am very close to the post lady. I have a PO box as well as a mailbox at home. My four-year-old is obsessed with getting mail himself so I think I will be sending him messages in a bottle to the house just to make his day. Thank you so much for the great ideas.

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