Mini M+Ms are 13 ounces or less


Here she is, my first official mailing of 13 ounces or less. I thought mini m+ms should go out with a mini garland (i did a paper version of this one by PurlBee). I packed it, wrapped it, and mailed it off for $1.57. It’s so cheerful looking, don’t you think?

mmm, chocolatejust enough space
even the scraps are cheerfulpacked and ready

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

A Great Big 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


{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Estelle January 20, 2010 at 10:33 am

Oh, love this idea. Blogged about that garland a couple weeks ago and can’t wait to try my very own. So cute with the m&ms.


Sherry Cartwright January 20, 2010 at 11:11 am

This is darling and what a lovely surprise for the recipient.


Heather January 20, 2010 at 11:51 am

Very fun!


Caroline January 20, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I love this idea. I think I may steal it when my brother’s birthday comes around. I need something fun, but cheap to send since he’s serving an LDS mission in Thailand. It takes about a month for mail to get there (sending it via Air Mail), so I think this would be great! Thanks for your awesome blog!


Staci January 21, 2010 at 1:13 am

Love this fun and inexpensive idea!


Courtney January 22, 2010 at 8:11 pm

I love this series and just thought I’d share one of my personal favorites that qualifies: a frisbee. No wrapping, just use full sheet label paper to make a postcard style label and apply to the inside! They have to hand cancel it, but it will ship fine.
Even better if you can find a plain one. Decorate with sharpies for any sentiment you wish! And soooo much fun to pull out of a mailbox.


AmberLee January 23, 2010 at 6:22 am

courtney, are you kidding! this is the best idea ever. i can’t think of anything better to get in a mailbox! (i’d drop my mail and go out for an instant game of ultimate right then and there.)


katherinemarie January 24, 2010 at 11:01 am

Beatiful! Fun! Cheery! Out of this world wonderful idea!!!!!!!!! Chris is one lucky guy or gal!!!!

My favorite mailables (without wrap): hula hoop, flip flop, bouncy ball and plastic soda bottle filled with yummy treats…

Courtney I’m adding frisbee to my list!!!!


Stephanie January 28, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Amber, you are totally brilliant…and oh-so-thoughtful! I absolutely love this idea. Who wouldn’t want to receive Mini M&Ms and a birthday garland the mail, after all?


Lynn in Tucson February 19, 2010 at 10:46 am



Jane March 30, 2010 at 7:59 pm

I just tried to mail the wonderful easter package, but the post office said the there is no way that they would mail it. I packaged just like you…. what am I doing wrong? Help please


AmberLee March 31, 2010 at 6:33 am

Hi Jane!
I’m glad you stopped by to tell me. How disappointing. Do you have another post office near by? I’ve had a few friends and several readers try this too and they’ve had no problem. I’m thinking maybe you just need the right person behind the counter. Another option might be to go to the USPS website and print the postage at home, then stick it on yourself and just drop the package right in the post office mailbox. I had one reader tell me about a journalist who did this with a brick, only he didn’t bother adding postage, and the brick was delivered (!!). Though with a care package it’s nice to avoid making the receiver pay. I’d love to hear if you make it work, and I’m sorry you’ve run into trouble!


Jeanie in tx October 22, 2011 at 11:38 am

Any quick ideas on how and what to mail for Halloween? I would love to mail something to my neices and nephews but I am kinda stumped on what to mail and what to mail it in that would make it fun for them. They are all under 12 but over 5
any suggestions?
I LOVE this idea, you are so clever. Thanks for sharing these ideas for Happy Mail!


AmberLee October 24, 2011 at 8:42 am

Hi Jeanie!
This is so fun of you to ask! I don’t know if you saw, I mailed a wig last week. But some of the others I’ve been considering are one of those big plastic candy collecting pumpkins with a few toys taped inside, a box of halloween lights or other fun decoartions, a tube of glow sticks, or I had one reader mail one of the carvable foam pumpkins too. Or you could put together a suprise ball (toys rolled up in crepe paper). I hope that helps! I’d love to hear what you come up with!


Corrie Anne November 10, 2011 at 9:04 pm

How sweet! My nephews would be crazy for this one!


Emily Jones January 31, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I have been pouring over these posts AmberLee and litterally un-able to sit still long enough to soak in 1 idea before another takes hold of me! Thank you SO MUCH for sharring your creativity with all of us! I have a few plans now to mail off things like personal necklace making kits (with the letter beads for their name), and manicure kits, and YAAAY! I really CAN NOT sit here ANY more, so I’m gonna run, THANK YOU!!!


AmberLee January 31, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Emily!! thanks for your sweet note! And yes, go mail! It really is adicting. I’d love to hear how it goes.


Heather September 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Well, I was totally inspired by your blog! I decided to keep in touch with my niece and nephew by following your 13 oz posts and sending them little things here and there. (they live in Arizona and I am in Montana) I recently did this one, sorta. I just mailed the tube as is, with the factory plastic wrap and the mailman was quite pleased when I told him it was to keep in touch with my little ones. He then applied special labels, scanned them and said, “Here go MnMs to bring a smile to kids 1100 miles away!”
Then my family called to inform me that one arrived perfect. MnMs were not even melted! But the other, was totally empty. although that was sad, one had an opportunity to share with the other and all was good. Next time, brown paper wrapped for sure!

Thanks for your inspiration!


Lisa October 25, 2012 at 2:40 am

I tried mailing this too and the post office refused telling me that the plastic would be destroyed before it even got to the person that I was sending it to. So discouraged


AmberLee October 26, 2012 at 8:06 am

If you have it all set (I hate to be a rebel…but..) you may think about adding some stamps and dropping it in a big blue mailbox.


Ashley December 13, 2012 at 11:56 am

I have 4 items ready to go! I’ve been truly enjoying this series or ideas :) my only problem is I have “forever” stamps and I can’t figure out how many of then I need per ounce? Ah! And I’m guessing you’re not having to add any extra postage on things like rubber balls or frisbees becuse of their strange size… Thanks for the help! And inspiration


AmberLee December 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Hi Ashley!
That is a great question. You just calcualte the value of each forever stamp as being worth the cost of mailing a standard first class letter. Right now it is $.45. And no, you don’t need to add extra postage for the shape, just make sure you go by the first class “package” rates and not the first class envelope rate. Good luck!!


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