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I was in a jam last Valentine's Day. I am in the habit of sending Valentine packages to my kids who all live out of state. It stems from the tradition I started when they were growing up. Every year, when they woke up on Valentine's Day, a little gift and some of their favorite candy awaited them. They were always guaranteed at least one Valentine (even if it was from their mom) and they went off to school knowing that they were loved, no matter what else happened during their day. Even though they are now grown and live far away, I still keep our little tradition going and have expanded it to include in-law children as well as my grandson.
This year, I was traveling right before Valentine's Day and did not have time to shop or bake. I started to panic thinking this might be the first year I would not be able to honor my Valentine tradition. Woe was me. That is, until a post on Facebook by my friend Lindsey M.-P. caught my eye. She wrote saying that she had just discovered that Facebook had some great Valentine gifts, starting as low as $1.00 and free postage. Intrigued, I decided to check it out and typed in gifts in the "Search for People, Places, and Things" box. Then I had an epiphany. Have you ever seen the little package on Facebook when one of your friends has a birthday and next to the icon it says, "Get a gift." What I just discovered is the same thing that happens if you were to click on the package icon. It actually is a real place where you can find all kinds of gifts, in all sorts of price ranges, for any of your Facebook friends. Remarkable.
Well, I was interested in the Valentine choices and was able to choose cute little gifts for my family. My grandson got a chocolate heart sucker that said "Be Mine." I gave my daughters and one of my son-in-laws a butter-cream frosted , heart shaped, sugar cookie that came in its own valentine message box. Another son-in-law got a heart shaped tin filled with flavored mini jelly beans. Each one was just $1.00 and was mailed for FREE. While I was at it, I also sent a couple more cookies out to some far away friends. I spent a little more on my bachelor son. He got a package of milk chocolate covered Oreo cookies.
To order a gift, all you have to do is choose what you want to send, and to who of your Facebook friends you want to send it to. Then Facebook will send that person a message telling them a gift has been ordered for them. To accept and receive their gift, your friend just gives Facebook their address. That is all. When the gift is shipped, your friend receives another Facebook message to alert them. Then, all they have to do is watch their mailbox and to jump for joy when their package arrives. This takes a few days. It probably took a tad longer for my gifts to arrive because of the Valentine rush. All I can say is, everyone loved getting their gifts and they all said they were very tasty. When I thanked Lindsey for her lead on this clever idea, what did she do? She sent me a Valentine sugar cookie!!! How nice was that? So I can also attest how yummy and fresh the cookies were.
Looking for a cute holiday gift, a fun birthday gift, or just an original gift for any occasion? May I highly suggest using Facebook's gift option. So easy to give and so fun to receive.
And now for the give away:Would you like to try first hand Facebook's gift giving? I would like to send you the same package of chocolate covered Oreo cookies that I sent my son for Valentine's Day. To enter, just write a comment below on what feature you like best on my new blog design by Friday, March 8th at midnight, PST. The winner will be chosen randomly by True Random Number Generator and notified on March 9th. Go ahead and enter. I know you would love to try those cookies!!! Good luck!!!