These days, sending and receiving gifts through the post is almost as normal as brushing your teeth in the morning. In recent years, sending gifts by post has been made much easier with the advancement of the internet and online shopping as a whole. Shipping both nationally and internationally has also become increasingly affordable, with many courier companies specialising in parcels and larger deliveries.
Now you can send anything, from fresh flowers, to pieces of art, to the latest handbag from a top designer. This is particularly helpful at busy times like Christmas. Some of the most popular Christmas gifts that were sent last year, for example, were smart watches for adults and Hatchimals for kids, both of which are compact enough to be posted without issue.
Much like Christmas, sending gifts through the post on Valentine’s Day is also extremely popular, this year saw many traditions maintained with chocolates, jewellery and lingerie remaining firm favourites. Personalised gifts were also very popular, with websites such as Not On The High Street offering many unique gift ideas suitable for delivery. It seems like almost anything is possible when it comes to long-distance gift-giving and sending gifts via post is something that is likely to remain popular for a very long time.
One of the main reasons for giving gifts by post is its simplicity. Many online retailers now offer a full gift-wrapping service to enable you to send a gift directly to a loved one, eliminating the fuss and hassle of going to the shops, then having to wrap and send the item yourself.
If however the process of sending a gift is something you did want to do for yourself, there are plenty of tips out there to help you along the way.
Tips for Posting Gifts
When it comes to sending out those gifts to your loved ones, whether it’s for a birthday or other festive celebration, there are few things that can be done to make sure the process goes without a hitch. Below are some tips that we think will help ease the pressure:
Send your parcel as early as possible – There’s no greater disappointment when you’ve sent a gift to someone and learning it arrived after the date intended. By sending it early, not only will you ensure that the gift arrives in time, but it also means you could save money on using a more economical postage service. It also gives you time to sort out any issues that may arise.
Waterproof your parcel – One of the biggest issues your parcel could face is water damage. The Great British weather can be quite unpredictable and should it rain, there’s a chance your parcel is going to get wet. Using parcel tape to cover your parcel or a packing bag will prevent water damage, protecting the contents from harm.
Use an outer box – Even if the gift you’ve purchased comes in its own box, always put it in a separate larger box before posting. This will protect the product packaging from damage as well as allowing you to add further protection should the item be particularly fragile.
Always measure and weigh your parcel – This is particularly relevant if you’re going to be using a courier service whose prices are based on volumetric measurements and which is paid for before collection. If the parcel is found to exceed the service paid for, you could run the risk of it being returned or held. Some services also have limits on weight and size so it’s good to check for these so there’s no nasty surprises.
Check the small print – When selecting your courier service, be sure to check out what compensation is offered as well as which items are prohibited. Some couriers will accept certain items where others won’t, e.g. glass items. Not checking this could mean that you’re not covered if the item is damaged or broken. If sending internationally, there are certain rules that have to be adhered to, so be sure to check what items are prohibited before sending.
Add a personal touch – As it’s a gift, you want the receiver to feel like it is, so rather than just sending the gift in its own packaging, add some funky wrapping paper and a nice gift tag. A handwritten card will also add to the charm.
Letterbox Friendly Gifts
One thing that can really put a downer on sending and receiving gifts is having to arrange redeliveries, or the need for the parcel to be collected from a depot because it’s too big to go through the letterbox.
One solution to this would be to buy a gift that can easily be posted through a letterbox, there are a few companies out there such as Postboxed that supply novelty and unusual gifts up to a specific size, especially for posting through a letterbox. Making postage easy and reducing the chance of problems.
The occasion and person that you buy for can also affect the type of gift you send. One great letterbox friendly gift would be jewellery. The originator of the phrase “great things come in small packages”, nothing could be more perfect when looking for a small gift that can make a big impact. Just remember when sending anything of high value, always choose a suitable level of insurance from the courier company.
If you’re buying a treat for a little one, small items aren’t always a good move so do bear this in mind. Items such as clothing and books would be a safer option.
Another big thing at the moment is monthly subscriptions. Whether it’s make-up or coffee, gift subscriptions that offer a set number of months are a great way to give something of value to a loved one with minimal effort. Companies such as The Pip Box are a great choice for anyone that works the usual 9-5 but will have lots of fun opening the little treat that’s landed on their door mat each month.
Buying any gift can be an arduous task, but having to consider the implications of postage can add another level of trickiness to the job. If size isn’t an issue, be sure to measure, weigh and protect. If you want to keep things small, don’t think you have to keep things cheap (unless you want to of course!), buying a loved one those earrings or range of authentic exotic spices they’ve been lusting after, will surely go down a treat!