Christmas post: Key considerations
Even if your year has moved along slowly so far, it's about now that the weeks start to fly by. Christmas is just around the corner, and time left to prepare is running out. Thankfully, you still have a chance to get things in order, and it's safe to assume your plans will involve sending a few items through the post in the build-up to the big day.
Whether you're a small business owner sending orders to customers, or an excited gift-giver looking to surprise a loved one with some festive treats, there are a few things you might need to consider before reaching for the tape and scissors.
First, before anything else, you need to think about timing your parcel correctly. Sending it as early as you possibly can is, of course, recommended - as December will be a busy time for any mailing company - but we realise that some people are a little more organised than others.
It's worth checking our Christmas Parcel Delivery Schedule for full details of your actual deadlines, but there are two main ones to bear in mind: Monday December 22, which is the last day to book collection for delivery, and Tuesday December 23, the last collection/drop-off day for delivery before Christmas. So in all truth, you can leave it until the last minute if you really feel the need, but try not to!
While gift vouchers are pretty popular these days, some people still like to send extravagant or large presents to their friends and family members. If you're planning on giving something slightly bigger than normal this year, make sure you consider any mailing restrictions that might get in the way. The tallest - or longest - item we can send will have to be contained in a box measuring 140cm x 35cm x 35cm. Unfortunately, this just about means your mum won't be receiving a 157cm-tall Prince in the post any time soon.
There is a bit of flexibility to allow for items of different shapes too. It's also possible to send parcels measuring a maximum of 75cm x 75cm x 75cm; 80cm x 80cm x 80cm; or 120cm x 50cm x 50cm.
Nobody wants to find a broken present under the Christmas tree, so be sure to wrap and protect your item properly before sending it. First, find a box that gives the gift enough room, and then fill the gaps with something soft to ensure it doesn't move around too much in transit.
Polystyrene, shredded paper and bits of sponge are all useful materials here, so use them generously.
Once everything has been placed comfortably inside, use strong tape to cover all of the openings. It may be worth reinforcing the edges for maximum protection, although you can be sure your parcel will be handled with the utmost care.
Christmas is certainly a time of giving, and if you're not close enough to hand over your presents in person, the help of a reputable mailing company will be invaluable!