Letter writing is one of my favourite hobbies. I often include a little gift with each letter, and over the years, I have amassed many ideas for easy-to-post presents.
In this post, I share 50 tiny gifts that fit in an envelope. These gifts are small, flat, and lightweight, so you can easily mail them with your letter or card.
Category #1: Beverage Sachets
I often tuck a beverage sachet into a letter—either a new drink that I have been enjoying, or something that I know that the recipient likes. Beverage sachets are perfect for posting because they are small and light.
Beverage ideas for posting
- Chai tea
- Matcha latte
- Hazelnut latte
- Hot chocolate
- Spiced apple cider
Category #2: Cooking Ingredients
When we cook for ourselves, it’s easy to fall into a habit of using the same ingredients over and over. That is why cooking ingredients make a wonderful gift. Just one new ingredient can enliven an otherwise ordinary cooking routine.
Tiny gift ideas for someone who enjoys cooking
- Ground spices
- Dried herbs
- Gourmet salt
- Soup mixes
Category #3: Individually Wrapped Snacks
Individually wrapped snacks are often small enough to slip inside an envelope. To make these little gifts more special, look for items with attractive packaging. If your recipient lives far from you, consider getting something that they can’t buy locally.
Snack ideas for posting
- Dried fruit
- Assorted nuts
- Chocolate bars
- Yoghurt covered fruit or nuts
- Chocolate covered fruit or nuts
Category #4: Useful Information
When thinking about gifts, there is no need to limit yourself to edibles and drinkables. Useful information is a thoughtful, practical gift that is easy to send.
Useful information to tuck into an envelope
Category #5: Entertaining or Uplifting Words
A few words, provided they are the right ones, can feed our minds and hearts for days and weeks. Whenever you come across some inspiring words, consider writing them down and passing them on with your letter.
Inspiring words to include with a letter
Category #6: Small Stationery Items
Stationery items make good gifts because they are useful, and many of them are small and easy to slip inside an envelope. As with all the other gifts in this post, the trick is to choose a gift that matches the recipient.
Tiny gift ideas for people who write notes and letters
- Gift tags
- Mini greeting cards and envelopes
Tiny gift ideas for stationery lovers
- Sticky notes
- Washi tape
- Small rulers
- Tiny notebooks
Tiny gift ideas for children
- Drawing stencils
- Novelty erasers
- Gel pens
Category #7: Activities
This category is inspired by a friend in Japan who once sent me a mini jigsaw puzzle with her letter. It was a scene from my favourite Ghibli movie (Kiki’s Delivery Service) and furnished hours of enjoyment.
Creative activity ideas that fit in an envelope
- Jigsaw puzzles
- Crossword puzzles
- Colouring pictures
- Nonogram puzzles
Category #8: Handmade Gifts
Handmade gifts have a special charm that endures through time. In my memory box I have a cross stitch bookmark that is decades old. It was made for me by a childhood friend and I have treasured it ever since.
Small needlework gift ideas
- Braided coasters
- Needle felted toys
- Handsewn ornaments
- Cross stitch bookmarks
- Embroidered handkerchiefs
Small paper craft gift ideas
- Paper doll chains
- Origami animals
- Chinese paper cuttings
- Quill artwork
Here are some bonus tips for sending tiny gifts through the post:
- Include a note. You can personalise your gift by including a short note explaining why you chose it.
- Check the posting rules. Before posting your gift, check the rules of your postal service to make sure that your item can be sent.
- Use common sense. Make sure that your gift has appropriate packaging, and avoid fragile or temperature sensitive items.
Simplifying the Art of Giving
All the gifts on this list are simple gifts. They are not extravagant, and many of them can be purchased from a supermarket or made at home. Yet that doesn’t mean that these gifts lack impact.
When selected with care and given with love, the tiniest gift can become immeasurable in value. A sachet of spiced apple cider can encourage an overworked friend to take a break. An interesting packet of spices can help a tired mother break out of a cooking rut. A sparkly sheet of stickers can give a bored child an afternoon of absorbed play.
The art of giving need not be confined to grand gestures on birthdays and holidays. We can expand our practice of giving by regularly sharing life’s humble pleasures with the ones we love.