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TaterGrams Canada Lets You Mail A Personalized Potato Anywhere In The Country

11/02/2016 03:51 EDT | Updated 11/02/2016 03:59 EDT

Move over, greeting cards. It's 2016 and the new way to show someone you care is by sending them a message on a... potato?

Yup, you read that correctly.

Wayne Rempel, from Lacombe, Alta., wants to send your loved ones a Canadian-grown potato, complete with a handwritten message.

And for every order he receives before Christmas, he’ll donate one dollar to the sender’s local food bank.

Inspired by similar startups in the U.S., Rempel decided a week ago that he would start sending “TaterGrams.”

For $9.99 you get a potato with a message written on it. For an extra cost, you can customize the spud with an assortment of add-ons.

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A TaterGram is a present your friend or foe won't soon forget. (Photo: Wayne Rempel)

“It’s been a tough year (in Canada.) I want to help support our farmers and I want to help our struggling food banks,” he told The Huffington Post Alberta.

“Even if it's not something huge, if I can help out with something that's fun to do, why wouldn't I?”

TaterGrams are a gift the recipient won’t soon forget, says Rempel. They’re puzzling and delightful — two things common greeting cards are not.

"If someone sent me a potato, I'd remember that."

Rempel says his spud-sending business is just for fun, for now.

On last week’s episode, however, “Shark Tank” star Kevin O’Leary invested $50,000 in a similar U.S. company, Potato Parcel. So keep your eyes peeled for this Canadian counterpart.

Check out the many different ways to customize your TaterGram in the video above.

To place an order, visit the TaterGrams Canada website or Facebook page.

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