As Christmas gets ever closer, you’ll already be planning on what to buy your friends and family. Now it’s time to think about how you’ll get those presents to your loved ones in time for Christmas.
Whilst Santa has his own reindeer pulled sleigh to help, not all of us can deliver presents to loved ones that live too far away to visit this Christmas.
But how can you make sure your gifts get to your loved ones in one piece and in time to be opened on December 25th? Here are our top 5 tips to make sure your gifts arrive on time.
The best way you can make sure your gift gets to its destination on time is to send it as early as possible.
It may sound simple but it’s important to remember the sooner you send your parcel, the sooner it will arrive at your loved ones home.
As soon as you know what you’re going to get your friend or family member, go out and buy it on the high street or order it online.
When you’ve got your gift, wrap it up and get it sent off via courier immediately.
Then you can sit back and enjoy the Christmas period without having to stress about last minute presents.
You can find the latest recommended dates you can send parcels using Royal Mail on their website here.
With so many different couriers available, it can be a difficult and time consuming task deciding which company to entrust with your loved ones Christmas present.
Services like Rapid Parcel make it easy for you to compare the different services provided by some of the world’s leading couriers, including DHL Express, City Link, FedEx and City Sprint.
By entering the dimensions of your parcel, Rapid Parcel will come up with personalised quotes from the best value courier services.
From there you can choose the best courier for you, print out a barcoded label and book for your courier to come pick your parcel up from your doorstep.
Whilst it’s important to get your present there on time, it’s more important to make sure it gets there in one piece.
Luckily there are now a number of different products on the market to help you make sure your gift doesn’t get damaged on its journey.
If you’re sending something small and flat like a CD, a book, game or DVD, then a bubble wrap padded jiffy bag is the best option.
If it’s a bigger or more awkwardly shaped gift, then it’s best to wrap it up in bubble wrap and then place it in a sturdy box.
Make sure any parcel you send is wrapped securely with a generous amount of parcel tape around any openings.
Another piece of important advice is to make sure that your loved ones address can be clearly read on the top of your parcel.
Avoid writing the address on your parcel by hand as it can be hard for a driver to read the destination if your handwriting is messy.
When you book a courier online, most services will allow you to print out a ready-made packing label with all your details clearly printed on it.
Most couriers will also print a barcode on the label which their staff can use to track your parcel during every step of its delivery.
Make sure you secure this to your parcel without covering any of the details printed upon it.
If you’re reading this in a mild panic thinking you’ve left it too late, there’s probably still an option left for you.
Most couriers offer a next day delivery service, which whilst expensive will guarantee your gift will be there the next working day.