Kids Subscription - Story Postcards for Kids

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

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A unique, non-toy gift idea - send a monthly snail mail subscription to a special child in your life. Made with love and care.

IG: @petitmail
FB: @petitmailforkids


Last updated on 06 May, 2018

Petit Mail: The story postcard for kids.

A unique, non-toy gift idea - send a monthly snail mail subscription to a special child in your life. Made with love and care.

IG: @petitmail
FB: @petitmailforkids



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About PetitMailforKids

Sales 81
On Etsy since 2014

Bright, Colourful Snail Mail for Kids

“When we’re old and grey, we won’t wax poetic on the things we had – but rather on what we did in the spaces between them” – The Joy of Less

I first created Petit Mail when my daughter NJ was two and a half and loved walking with me to our community mailbox. As a lover of snail mail, I started looking for the “perfect” subscription for her to enjoy – something bright and fun, with beautiful illustrations, a short story, a way for me to connect and engage with her. Most importantly, I wanted something affordable, without large shipping fees. I couldn’t find quite the right thing, and so….I started the work to bring my idea to life!

Over the past few years I’ve worked hard to create a kids subscription that I believe is affordable and accessible to everyone. When you order a Petit Mail story postcard subscription, I still get excited and do a little dance of joy. Each and every time.

Curl up in a chair, and let me tell you my story.

I grew up in a home where creativity flourished and spent many hours of my childhood drawing, painting, sculpting and creating. I spent weekends in the woods at our family cabin, running through ferns and using my imagination to the fullest.

Academics were always important in our house too, so I pursued my career and stumbled upon my wonderful full-time job at a local non-profit (where I still work today). My creative life was always there, on the side – I took art classes at night and on weekends – I made things for our home, for myself, for friends. That imagination from my childhood was (and still is) an important lifeline for me.

Fast forward a few years, and I’m a mom to a beautiful daughter AND a son and I feel like I’m always searching for that SPACE.

You know the one I’m talking about?

That space between everyone saying “enjoy them while they’re little, it will be gone in the blink of an eye” and me needing 5 minutes of peace behind a closed door without a child saying “Mom, mom……come here! I need you!”

The beautiful, magical, unicorn (I’m not sure it even really exists) space.

So I simplify, I minimize. I let go. I remind myself to put down my technology. I turn off the screens. I take a deep breath and I work a little everyday to find those quality spaces where I look into my children’s eyes, and they look into mine.

and we talk, and we listen.
we laugh. we play peekaboo 25 times and I don’t scroll through my Instagram feed.
I don’t reach for my phone to take a picture of it (ok, well sometimes I do).
we go on nature walks in our neighbourhood or we work on art projects of our own.

and I’m not ever perfect, and neither are you.
I never feel like I’m spending “enough” time with them but I do firmly believe that quality > quantity.

Petit Mail’s bright coloured envelope and a real piece of mail, reminds us of a simpler time.
The excitement of finding something with our name written on it.
A chance to read together.
To be inspired by new ideas.
To create, to explore, to learn.
To connect.

A few other things

When I’m not doing all of the above things (which take up 98% of my time!) you can find me doing all of the boring (and BEST!) things in life. Sipping a hot mug of tea, with my nose stuck in a book (don’t talk to me while I’m reading, I won’t respond), in downward dog, at coffee with a dear friend (yes, I drink coffee AND tea), planning our family’s next great travel adventure/planning anything and everything, and occasionally (still) making something creative.

My home is Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada (aka “the edge of the world)

Shop members

  • Alison


    Petit Mail is all about slowing down, allowing your child to discover the JOY of snail mail and spending quality time together - reading and creating. I am an entrepreneur & mom from the beautiful island of Newfoundland, Canada

Production partners

  • Cre8iv Design Studio: Digital Printing

    Mount Pearl, NL

    Petit Mail cards are printed by an external local business for higher quality color and imaging.

  • Rosehill Design Studio by Heather Stillufsen, Illustrator

    NJ, United States

    Heather Stillufsen of RoseHillDesignStudio creates custom illustrations for Petit Mail.

Shop policies

Last updated on 10 May, 2022
Petit Mail is a shop for story postcard snail mail subscriptions for young children (ages 3 - early reader).

I source items, including most of my packaging materials from independent and/or local business.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard American Express Apple Pay Klarna Gift card
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
If your story postcard arrives damaged, please take a photo and send a description to me at: alison (@) thepetitcadeau (dot) com so that we can discuss replacement.

Sometimes things get lost in the mail.
If your postcard does not arrive, I will first verify all mailing/shipping information provided to me at checkout. I cannot provide refunds or replacements due to incomplete address information. Please contact me at: alison (@) thepetitcadeau (dot) com to discuss or replacements.

There are no refunds offered on Petit Mail subscriptions once the first month has been sent.
Gladly accept Paypal and other major credit cards.
Items must be paid in full prior to shipping.
Please VERIFY and ensure that your shipping address is up to date and correct when you check-out with Etsy. I ship to the address provided at check-out and am not responsible for lost or undelivered packages due to incomplete address information.

Sending a purchase or a Petit Mail subscription as a gift? Be sure to include COMPLETE recipient name and address information in the comments section, and indicate you would like your purchase to be sent as a gift.

When will my order ship?
Petit Mail subscriptions are mailed on the 15th of each month.

How long will it take for my order to arrive?
All orders are shipped via Canada Post.

Please be aware that some countries charge additional fees and customs charges. You are responsible for paying any additional fees or duties.
Additional policies and FAQs
Have questions about a product? I love hearing from you. Please contact me at: alison [!at]

I generally respond within 24 hours during regular business days (Monday - Friday)