Christmas time is a mad rush at the post office. Everyone makes a dash to ship out various Christmas gifts to their locations before the deadline. It can become a hectic experience preparing the boxes to be shipped and heading to the shipping locations. Here is a brief guide to help make things easier for you. I have also listed five gifts that are small and inexpensive to ship.
Here are several shipping sites to make your holiday shipping easier.
1) USPS The United States Postal Service.
Please visit the USPS website for information on shipping. You can access virtually all information on prices and packaging requirements to make your holiday shipping easier. You can even print shipping labels and purchase postage. This makes shipping from your home easy. Utilizing their website is also a fantastic way to avoid the madhouse that the post office becomes every year no matter where you live.
The FedEx website makes shipping anywhere in the world simple. You can access rates and transit times. You can even order shipping supplies to prepare your shipment. It will also give you the closest FedEx location to your current address.
3) UPS Global
UPS is another wonderful shipping choice. You can visit their website for a wealth of information and to make your shipping experience simpler.
You can also visit various places that package your gifts and ship them. These places are often called Postal Connection. The only problem is that these places tend to be substantially higher priced then the actual FedEx, USPS, and UPS sites. I visited a Postal Connections to ship a package USPS a few months ago and received a quote of almost $60.00. I then went directly to USPS and shipped the package for under $20.00. The extra money that they charge to ship a package is often quite exorbitant. When trying to save money on holiday shipping it it best to do away with the middleman, Postal Connections, and go directly to the source.
When you choose presents to ship please keep the size small and the weight down. Size and weight are what dictate the cost of shipping. This can even overshadow distance.
You should also stay away from gifts that are delicate and easily broken. No matter how careful your shipping carrier is accidents do happen. Yes, you can purchase insurance but this is an added expense that is unnecessary if you simply choose not to ship breakable items.
Here are five suggestions for small gifts that are ideal to ship.
1) A Book
Everyone enjoys books. They are also small and lightweight. The size of a book makes shipping a breeze. You can simply stick it in a large envelope and its ready to go.
2) A Box Of Candy Such As A Whitman’s Sampler
Boxes of chocolates are an ideal gift because they are small and square. This size makes shipping a breeze. You can use a small box or a simple large envelope.
3) A Boxed Tea Assortment or Coffee Assortment.
Many specialty coffee stores such as Starbucks sell boxed sets of tea and coffee over the holiday season. These are ideal for shipping because they are light weight and a small square.
4) A Boxed Soap Set
You can head to any department store over Christmas and buy lovely boxed sets of soaps. These are always small, square, and fairly light weight. They do not contain liquids that might get broken in transit so these are ideal gifts for shipping.
5) A DVD Movie
These are very small and lightweight. They are easy to ship with low shipping charges. This is the ideal gift for a fast simple gift choice.