The Pretty Postal Tropical Mail Swap

Channel your inner Carmen Miranda and search your stash for supplies in all the hottest hues because we’re having a mail swap, a tropical mail swap!

The weather outside may be anything but balmy... filled with nasty winter weather - polar vortexes, bomb cyclones and extreme cold alerts - but wrapped in our woolies and nestled by the fire, we’re all set to take a mental beach break.

So, turn up the heat, turn on your favourite tropical tunes and join us as we go bananas for palm trees, pineapples & pina coladas!

Tell Me More! 

  • You will be placed in a group of 3-5* and will exchange pretty mail with each member of your group.
  • Your envelopes should be based on a tropical theme. Palm trees, colourful blooms and anything else that brings to mind balmy breezes, beach escapes and rainforest adventures.
  • The contents of your vibrant envelope should be just as tropical. We’re looking forward to seeing your interpretation of the theme. Don’t forget a note – a handmade card is always nice.
  • Make your mail extra-special using beautiful lettering, hand drawn details, stamps, patterned paper, washi tape, paint… anything goes! 
  • Include a little goodie (or two) with your note. Not sure what to include? How about stickers, a pretty postcard, a recipe for your favourite tropical treat, chocolate, tea...
  • This swap is all about getting creative and challenging yourself! While exchanging “stuff” is nice, the focus of Pretty Postal Swaps is to create beautiful and unique mail art. We are more interested in seeing decorative envelopes and creative contents than big gift parcels.
  • It’s free to join! 
  • Please tag #prettypostalswap when sharing images on social media 
* We aim for groups of 4, so that each participant sends and receives 3 pieces of mail, but, due to the dynamics of open sign-ups and special requests, some groups end up a little bigger and some a little smaller.

Dates, Deadlines & Important Details

  • Sign ups start on January 15 and close on January 28th.
  • You will receive your partner assignments by January 31st.
  • Mail must be sent by February 19th, 2018
  • Partners will be assigned randomly. We cannot accommodate specific partner requests. 
  • Swap is open to mail lovers from all over the world!
  • Participants must be over the age of 18
  • If you would prefer not to send mail internationally, please indicate this in your sign-up email. We will do our best to accommodate you. 
  • This is a one-time swap. Participating in The Tropical Swap does not automatically enroll you in any future swaps.

How do I sign up? 

Email with the following information: 

Email address:
Postal address:
Instagram handle (if you have one):
Please note if you’d prefer not to be matched with international partners

Confidentiality Disclaimer

Your address and contact information will be kept private and won’t be shared with anyone other than your swap partners. Any personal information provided to you about your partners is for the purposes of this mail swap only. Information is not to be shared, sold or used for any other purposes. By signing up for this swap, you are giving us permission to share your name, email address and postal address with your swap group. Any contact, by mail, email or in person, beyond the terms of the initial mail swap, must be by mutual agreement between the swap partners in question. Any violation of this agreement will not be supported or endorsed by the members of Pretty Postal and we cannot be held liable for any misuse of the provided information.