Recently I was one of ten lucky recipients to win a $300 gift voucher to spend on the RedBalloon Days website.
If you’re not familiar with Redballoondays they provide gift ideas & certificates available online for over 2000 experiences. From the more extreme such as sky diving and rally car racing to the more subdued such as day spas and cooking classes. There were so many experiences to choose from I didn’t know where to begin.
Trawling through the categories I came a across a gift idea that caught my eye for all the wrong reasons.
Romantic Letter by post – The idea is simple. Have someone else craft an ‘unforgettable’ handwritten love letter to that special person in your life. Written onto the finest bond paper and complete with matching envelope, they will then post it to them all for the small price of $109!
I’m sorry, but when did the art of good old fashioned handwritten communication become so impersonal? I have never heard of anything more ridiculous in my life!
In the age of email, instant messenger, Facebook & Twitter are we losing our basic penmanship skills or is it that we just can’t be bothered? Like most of us I’m sure these days the only ‘letters’ I receive in the post are bills, bank statements and junk mail and I couldn’t tell you the last time I actually sat down and penned a handwritten letter. However, while the art of hand writing a letter should be encouraged, surely a ‘love’ letter should come from the heart and not over the counter. Or am I just an old fashioned romantic?