Is there any joy more spontaneous than receiving a present through your letterbox?
In an age of instant messaging and casual Facebook shout-outs, there's something undeniably romantic and niche about a beautifully wrapped and slender package landing on your doormat. It shows the sender really cares - and there's always the added bonus of it not being a mobile phone bill or overdraft notice.
A growing number of companies, such as Hobbs House Bakery and Bloom & Wild, are catering to this trend with bespoke letterbox-shaped gifts. Then there's the presents that just conveniently happen to be small enough to send via the post (gin tasting kits, we're looking at you).
Behold our favourite letterbox treats to surprise someone with this Christmas. Come spread the postal love!
Please note: all prices quoted include postage and delivery costs, as according to each individual supplier. Most gifts will fit through a standard sized letterbox, but if you're unsure check with the brand in question
Chocolate orange brownie
With hints of orange and almond, this gluten-free brownie serves six.
Winter sparkle bouquet
What better than a floral treat inspired by the snowy forests of Narnia?
£20 for a single bouquet, bloomandwild.com
Movie night popcorn box
Handmade rocky road slices, popcorn kernals and caramel syrup for a movie night in.
City maps postcard set
Rifle Paper Co's hand-drawn maps will delight wanderlusters and stationery lovers.
Fresh coffee beans
Pact coffee is sent out within a week of roasting for super-fresh and flavoursome beans.
£13.90 for two bags of coffee, pactcoffee.com
Sweet Reason bespoke goodie box
A magical box filled with pick-your-own homemade bakes, from salted caramel brownies to sugar swizzle sticks, with Teapigs tea bags to match.
Gin tasting box
Great gins come in small packages thanks to this inspired tasting box of three unique 50ml bottles of the good stuff.
17.75 (courier delivery), littlepackages.com
Birchbox beauty edit
The clever people over at Birchbox scour the market for the very best new make-up, hair and skincare products. Treat your loved one to five beauty samples a month, with a money back guarantee if they don't like it.
Honeycomb and sea salt chocolate bar
This Amelia Rope bar comes with crunchy honeycomb pieces and is wrapped in ribbon from VV Rouleaux for an added touch of luxe.
Not Another Bill gift box
For a present that really goes the distance, subscribe to one of these bespoke gift boxes with customised goodies to match the tastes of the lucky recipient.
From £24 a month (for one month), notanotherbill.com