Christmas is around the corner meaning many of you will be sending gifts for your loved ones who are living or working outside of their home country.
While it seems easy to choose a gift from your favorite store and send it anywhere in the world, there are certain factors that you should take into consideration.
Below are 5 simple tips to consider when sending your gifts overseas.
Gather all the necessary information
When you plan to send a Christmas gift, the first thing you need to do is collect all the information required for the postal service.
If I’m sending a Christmas gift to my daughter in college, I need to find out if she’s living on campus or in an apartment, what room number she is in, the correct address, the weight of the package, and the cost, etc.
Remember that there are some countries that don’t allow the delivery of packages containing liqueur and perfume. It’s worth checking how strict customs are in the country where your loved one lives.
Use special services
If you need to send a gift as soon as possible, you can use a global courier like FedEx or DHL.
There are many companies you can choose from depending on how quickly you need to send your gift.
Gifts are usually expensive or fragile so it makes sense to consult with the shipping company on how to pack them correctly.
Companies can specialize in shipping certain items so do your research. You might want to take this opportunity to think about shipping insurance.
You just never know when something could go wrong when shipping gifts or products overseas.
In any case, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so pick up some affordable shipping insurance for peace of mind.
Pack your gift properly
When shipping Christmas gifts overseas they need to arrive in one piece. You don’t want to ruin Christmas with a broken gift.
Regardless of how delicate or expensive your item is, taking the time to properly package it before shipping will save you a lot of grief. There are many ways how you can pack different products so they arrive unharmed:
- Bubble wrap + box with paper fillers + cardboard sheet. This is the best way to pack glass products
- Cardboard sheet + paper fillers + foam. This is how to pack photo frames and mirrors
- Paper fillers (newspapers work great) and some cushioning material like bubble wrap or peanuts. Perfect for packing fragile clothes like suits
Use double-boxing if needed
Consider double-boxing your Christmas gifts.
It’s a great way to prevent any damage caused by rain, snow, or sweat from postal workers’ hands when they are delivering them abroad.
Allow plenty of time for shipping over Christmas
When shipping your gifts overseas, allow for any potential delays if you want your presents delivered on time.
There are many days during the year when postal companies don’t work, especially over the holiday periods.
This is why allowing your package some extra days to arrive is crucial.
It’s not uncommon for post offices to get overwhelmed with huge quantities of packages resulting in longer shipping times.