If you’re into buying yourself Christmas presents you’ll know, as I do, that it’s a very rewarding exercise. Shopping is always a lot more fun when you’re getting something for yourself, and the chance you’ll open a present you bought for yourself that you don’t like is very low. 

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In fact in all the years I’ve been in my own thoughts at Christmas I’ve only bought myself a present I didn’t like once. I tried to hide my disappointment as I tore the wrapping away and held up a seven pack of Bonds Underwear but it was impossible and, yes, I did feel bad for hurting my own feelings but what that honest reaction did was encourage me to put more thought into my gift the following year so that I was able to share the joy with myself as I sat under the tree and unwrapped… an ABBA Karaoke CD!!

Still, as fun and rewarding as it is to buy Christmas gifts for yourself there’s always that little something missing which is, and I’m sure you’ll agree, the interaction with other people who exist outside of yourself.

That’s why I was so excited to hear about the excellent initiative by Australia Post – The Video Stamp – which allows you to send a fifteen second video message whenever you send a parcel to a friend, a loved one, or yourself. The electronic stamp costs the same as regular postage but comes free with parcels sent by Express Post or Express Courier.

The idea is to attach the electronic stamp, scan it, and then record your message within twelve hours of sending. When it arrives your giftee can either scan the stamp to watch the message on their phone or take the eight digit code to the Australia Post website to view it there. It’s a great marrying of the old and the new in communications and, personally, it’s added something extra special to the joy of buying myself presents for Christmas.

Imagine my surprise when I open the front door to not only find a present from myself but to also watch a video of a familiar face delivering a heartfelt message! How thoughtful! You think I’ll be able to hold back the tears? Nuh-uh!

But hey, if sending yourself presents is not your thing (or yourself’s thing) you can always stick with the more common and less socially frowned upon custom of sending a gift to someone else who may live too far away to see in person this Christmas. The video stamp is a great way to add that extra personal touch.

To watch the instructional video go here. For further information visit the Australia Post Video Stamp webpage.

To see myself using the video stamp to send myself a very special gift watch the video below…