Sunday, February 15, 2009

Fun Mail-Order Gifts

Many of our family members and friends live in different states, so we’re always struggling for gift ideas that 1) won’t cost a fortune and 2) can be tailored to everyone’s hobbies or interests. Here are two options that fit the bill perfectly:

Bookworm Baskets

There are very few people who don’t enjoy getting a new book. Bookworm Baskets combine the gift of a book with related items that form a theme that’s tailored to your chosen recipient. For example, there are Bookworm Baskets for children, people who are sick, housewarmings, birthdays, congratulations, weddings and as thank-you gifts. Here are a couple of examples:

The Peter Rabbit Basket includes The Tale of Peter Rabbit board book, an 11-inch collectible plush Peter Rabbit (packaged in a keepsake display box), and Beatrix Potter Stacking/Nesting Blocks (10 learning blocks, featuring colors, numbers, shapes and characters). Great gift for the expectant or new parents!

The Tea Lover’s Basket includes the book, The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide, a “Tranquili-tea” mug, a Tea Time Music CD in designer tin, organic herbal tea (5-pack), honey sticks, tea pot sugar cookies, tea candy from Bali, vanilla tea cookies and green tea.

The Olivia Basket for kids includes a hardcover edition of Olivia by Ian Falconer, a 9-inch Olivia plush pillow, an Olivia backpack clip, and an Olivia Sleepover Kit (flashlight, paperback mini-journal, accordion-fold scrapbook, and two sheets of mini-stickers).

Tricia at Bookworm Baskets has offered a 10% discount to readers of this blog! Go to their website at, make your selection, and enter the code: shop10 during the checkout process. I promise that this gift will be a big hit!

Sock Grams

For only $9.95 to $11.95, send a cool Sock Gram to your favorite person! Each Sock Gram package includes a fun pair of socks, a personalized greeting card, a packet of Medi-Spa Foot Balm (or stickers for the kids) and gift wrapping! There are socks for the whole family: men, women, kids and babies. I just love the unusual assortment of socks they have. For example:

Animal socks (such as cats, butterflies, dogs, pigs, frogs, goldfish, hummingbirds and many more)

Occupation socks (teachers, nurses, lawyers and medical)

Holiday socks (Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween and Hanukkah)

Sports socks (bowling, golf, racing, skiing and more)

They also have floral socks, music socks, toe socks, humorous socks, food and drink socks, and plenty more! You can browse their selection and order your Sock Grams at to ship anywhere with the United States, U.S. Territories and Canada. This unique gift is one they’ll never forget!

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