The Saturday Post

I don't normally plug other blogs here on Grandma's Briefs, at least not in my posts, but I recently came across a blog I can't resist telling you about.

First let me say I don't know Amber Lee, the woman who writes this blog, and she doesn't know me, doesn't even know I've got her in my RSS reader and am stalking her reading her every post ... plus several from the archives. Bottom line: There's been no exchange of money, goods, links or anything; I just love her site and want to share it with you.

The name of the blog is Giver's Log, and it's filled with awesomely creative gift-giving and gift-wrapping ideas. It's perfect for grandparents, parents, friends, siblings -- anyone who likes to give interesting, unusual and sure-to-be-appreciated gifts to anyone, anytime, anywhere.

Speaking of "anywhere," there's a nifty feature on Giver's Log called "13 ounces or less," in which Ms. Lee documents her quest to send through USPS mail as many unconventional, odd-shaped, odd-sized gifts weighing 13 ounces or less as she and her readers can dream up. Check it out for some inspirational ideas for gifts that cost little to make (or buy) and send, yet surely yield BIG smiles from the recipient.

A quick stroll down the Giver's Log sidebar provides additional options for inspiration: Pretty Packaging, Tutorials, Low Cost Gifts, Gifts Kids Can Make, Hostess Gifts, Romantic Gifts and many more, including Mail a Frisbee ... which she did as part of her "13 ounces or less" series!

This isn't your typical gift guide. Ms. Lee has a sense of whimsy and a sense of style to match. Go there. I promise you won't regret it. But beware: You'll likely be inspired to give someone a gift today ... for no reason whatsoever ... probably weighing 13 ounces or less.

Today's question:

What's the most unusual thing you ever mailed or attempted to mail?

My answer: Back in the early '90s, when I very first started "chatting" with people online, I became pretty good friends with a young kid living on the East Coast. He loved baseball and beer so I attempted to send him some beer-filled baseball bats that were souvenirs of the Rockies' inaugural season in exchange for some cool collectible baseball cards he passed along for Jim. The package never made it -- it's illegal to mail alcohol AND it was pretty darn heavy. I still have those bottles!