If you are like many of us, you will undoubtedly have Christmas presents for posting and Christmas Cards destined for friends and families fireplace mantels. Online retailers do make it easier if they offer gift wrap on select items, however many businesses do not. The result: a mad dash to the post office crossing your fingers you aren’t too late for Christmas delivery. We have collected useful advice and delivery dates on posting Christmas presents to make sure not only does your precious parcel make it on time, but also makes it in one piece.
How To Package and Ship Fragile Items
Wrap the fragile item in packing or newspaper so that it is completely covered. Next, wrap a sheet of bubble wrap around your item. Use masking or celo tape to secure the ends of the wrapping. It is wise to attach an address label with both your address and the recipient’s address on the outside of the bubble wrap in the instance that the parcel is damaged during shipping.
Line the box with several layers of cushioning material, such as the brown packing paper, old newspapers, bubble wrap or Styrofoam peanuts. Place the wrapped item on top of the cushioning material. Fill the sides and the top of the box with enough of the cushioning material to keep the item immobile. Close and seal the top of the box with r packing tape. Use tape that is at least 2 inches wide.Write “FRAGILE,” in bold letters, on the top and sides of the box if it is indeed fragile or “GLASS” if the item is made of glass.
Place another address label on top of the box that displays the recipient’s address and your address. It is acceptable to use a marker and write directly on the box. If you use an address label, place a strip of tape over it to protect it from moisture.
It is always helpful to visit the shipping company to determine the shipping cost, based on the weight of the package and the shipping service you need.
|Last recommended posting services||Service|
|Thursday 13 December||Standard and Mail Order Return Parcels|
|Tuesday 18 December||Second Class and Recorded Signed For™|
|Thursday 20 December||First Class and Recorded Signed For™|
|Friday 21 December||Special Delivery™ with Saturday Guaranteed|
|Saturday 22 December||Special Delivery™|
|International Surface Mail|
|Friday 28 September||Africa, Asia, Australia, Caribbean, Central America, New Zealand and South America|
|Tuesday 2 October||Far East (except Hong Kong and Singapore), Middle East|
|Tuesday 16 October||Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa and USA|
|Tuesday 6 November||Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta and Turkey|
|Tuesday 20 November||Western Europe|
|Wednesday 5 December||Asia, Australia, Far East (including Japan), New Zealand|
|Friday 7 December||Africa, Caribbean, Central America, Middle East and South America|
|Monday 10 December||Canada, Eastern Europe and USA|
|Wednesday 12 December||Western Europe|
|British Forces Post Office (BFPO)|
|Friday 30 November||Airmail to Operational BFPOs|
|Friday 14 December||Airmail to Static BFPOs|