Christmas gift-givers and Secret Santas across the land will be racking their brains over the coming weeks for suitably inventive presents and cards for their friends, families and colleagues, that won’t involve hours of masked shopping or break the bank. Luckily, we have just the solution for you – a magical festive puzzle game, inside a bespoke greeting card, and a personalised online video message – all for under £10 including postage!
Mystery Mail is a new concept launched during lockdown by the team behind the popular Escape Room in Hull, which offers players a place at Santa’s side as Chief Elf, if they can solve the festive themed riddles and cryptic tasks.
Recipients receive a mysterious ‘North Pole Airmail’ stamped envelope through the post, containing a Christmas greeting card, an exclusive pack of Elf stickers, and the ‘immersive experience’ of a gripping festive story, a series of themed puzzles to solve and a handful of cryptic clues to get their minds ticking. Solving the brainteasers not only unravels the exciting conclusion to the Elf’s story, with the opportunity to join Santa at his workshop, but also provides a secret password to access a personalised online merry video message from the sender. Secret Santas or shy senders can opt for a pre-recorded greeting from Saint Nick himself.
The brand new ‘Very Merry Christmas’ game is ideal for children, teens and adults alike, and buyers can even specify whether the wannabe-Elf should be on the ‘naughty’ or ‘nice’ list.
Other products including a ‘Catch Me If You Can’ murder mystery thriller and a fantasy fiction-inspired ‘School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’ game have been going down a storm since their launch this summer. They were particularly popular for those missing out on the usual Halloween festivities, providing a way to stimulate kids’ minds and keep them busy whilst social distancing.
Eight year old Ava from Hull was one of the first recipients of the Christmas themed game, which landed on her doormat as she opened the first day of her advent calendar. She tells us that her schoolfriends are already nagging their parents for their own Christmas Mystery Mail:
“I’ve never got a letter through the post addressed to me before, I couldn’t believe it and didn’t know who it was from” she said. One of her favourite bits was the wax seal on the back of the envelope, which had previously been a feature of the Halloween edition. “The puzzles were really fun and made me feel like a real elf working out a secret mission for Santa. When I finished, I opened a video from my Godmother, who I haven’t seen since March!”
With tough lockdown tiers due to continue throughout December, many will be keen to avoid busy shops and long queues, whilst also struggling to manage Christmas on a tight budget after a difficult year. In these circumstances, Mystery Mail offer of an innovative gift, a greetings card and a personalised video message, with free first class postage included … all for under £10 and without setting foot outside your front door.
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Mystery Mail games retail at £9.99 including free first class postage
Images attached show the pack received by players.