The internet can wash your laundry, fill your prescriptions, and even deliver fresh produce right to your door. You can buy practically any amenity online, including some unexpected gifts beyond the usual and expected: poetry, custom fit eyeglasses, surprise gift packs hand-picked by some of the most style-conscious personalities online...
Poetry By Mail
First up is a new service that delivers language to the world. Postcard Poets lets you send poetry to yourself or a friend in the form of beautiful postcards. When you arrive at the site, you're introduced to four fresh faces: The Comic, The Lover, The Existentialist, and The Dreamer. Choose the "curator" whose poetry selection you'd like to send, then decide on a delivery plan. Postcard Poets can send as many as 12 poems over three months for just $27. If you love the written word and the sweet surprise of receiving mail, give Postcard Poets a try!
Carefully Curated Gifts
Postcard Poets may have found inspiration in Quarterly Co., which launched last year. Though this site also sends surprises by mail, their scope is much wider. Quarterly's contributors are prominent designers, journalists, and entrepreneurs. By subscribing to the contributor of your choice, you'll receive a gift every three months that has been made or specially selected by that contributor.
The site proved so popular that they've temporarily closed in order to catch up to demand. Quarterly promises to open again soon, but in the mean time, you can explore some of the mailings that have already been sent, such as terrarium kits, prints, and temporary tattoos!
A Fresh Look At Eyewear
If you've ever tried on frame after frame in a pushy and expensive boutique, you know that shopping for glasses can be a massive pain. Depending on where you live, finding stylish and exciting frames may be difficult, if not downright impossible. Warby Parker, maker of high-quality, vintage-inspired glasses, aims to make the process fun and comfortable with their innovative virtual and home try-on programs. Their "Virtual Try-On" lets you see their frames over a photo of yourself. Once you've narrowed down your selection, Warby Parker will deliver five favorite candidates so you can try them on at home. You have five days to decide, and you can even send them all back and try another set.
The Home Try-On program is completely free, and when you've chosen your perfect frames and sent Warby Parker your prescription, the final price is just $95! That price includes the frames, polycarbonate lenses, and anti-reflective lens coating - high index lenses cost just $30 more. Lastly, with every pair of glasses that the company sells, they donate another to someone in need. Warby Parker spreads culture, quality, and good will through technology.