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Here Are 9 Unusual Things You Can Send Through The Mail

These unconventional items are perfectly acceptable at your local post office.

It’s always fun to get mail you weren’t expecting. A card from an old friend. A care package. A coconut. Wait—what? You read that right. A coconut. And I bet you didn’t know you could send coconuts through the mail.

When you mail packages at the post office, you usually receive a litany of questions from the post office clerk, including that one question about liquid, perishable and potentially hazardous items. So it probably comes as a surprise that you can, in fact, mail quite a few food items. While this USPS list of prohibited and restricted items contains a handful of items, food that doesn’t require refrigeration, such as oranges, limes and coconuts, are perfectly acceptable.

Wild, right? And there are quite a few other things you can mail that likely didn’t cross your mind.

A Coconut

First, let’s revisit that coconut. Turns out, there’s actually a business in Molokai, Hawaii—Post-A-Nut—that provides a way for residents and visitors to send an unusual, authentic bit of the island to their friends. The business, which was established in 1991, has become quite popular, ranking third on  Trip Advisor’s list of “Things To Do on Molokai.” It’s quite the business, as the tiny Hoolehua Post Office sends out more than 3,000 coconuts a year, about 700 of those to foreign countries. Their annual revenue is currently approaching $60,000.

Mailing a Coconut
USPS Blog

A Potato

You might be scratching your head, but yes. You can, in fact, mail a potato. There’s even a business, Mail A Spud, that will take care of all your potato-shipping needs if you don’t want to go through the hassle of purchasing and mailing the potato yourself.

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Mail A Spud

A Rock

Let someone know they rock by sending them a rock in the mail. The company Send Some Rocks has actually made a business out of mailing rocks and, for $9.99, you can have one shipped anywhere in the U.S.