A guide to: Sending a gift to a friend or a loved one

Sending a gift to a friend or a loved one

Sending a gift in the post is a fantastic way to show someone you care, and a wonderful surprise to receive. Whether it’s a present for a special occasion or a care package of things from home, we understand how important it is for your gift to arrive on time and in the best condition it can be.

Top tips for a successful gift delivery:

To make sure your recipient isn’t left disappointed, we’re offering our five top tips for parcel perfection; making sure your gift stays as special as the person you’re sending it to.

1. Make sure you send as early as possible: 

If you’re sending within the UK, we offer next day delivery to most locations, and a 48-hour delivery to Ireland and the Highlands, meaning you don’t have to worry about lengthy posting times.

If you’re sending abroad, make sure you check delivery times for the country you want to send to first as these can vary for each destination.

You can see our full list of countries, delivery times and prices on our International delivery pages, but for example, a gift to America will take 2-3 days with our express service, whilst sending a parcel to Australia is more likely to take 4 to 5 days. Bear in mind that items sent to more remote areas of any country will most likely add to the delivery time. 

2. Take care packaging and waterproofing your parcel: 

We care about your parcel as much as you do, and promise to take every care with each item. However, parcels can move in transit and are subject to the weather conditions along its journey, while being delivered by our drivers, so make sure you take the time to individually wrap all items within your parcel and pack it tightly. Bubble wrap is a great option for keeping your items both secure and dry – you should also consider how you can rain-proof the outer packaging too, so the box doesn’t fall apart if it becomes wet. See more information on our how to package and waterproof your parcel page.

3. Measure and weigh your parcel: 

When making your booking online with us, you’ll need to enter the correct weight and dimensions of your parcel. Not only will this ensure you pay the correct postage for your item, but it’s more likely to arrive on time.

Read our handy lifehacks guide on how to weigh or measure your parcel without scales or a ruler if you’re unsure of the weight or dimensions of your parcel – while it’s not an exact way to do it, there are certainly some great tips for measuring accurately enough to find out how much your postage will cost.

4. Check your items aren’t prohibited:

Some items are prohibited by many countries or by law. Did you know common items such as liquid cosmetics and perfumes are prohibited items? The list can vary from country to country, so make sure to do your research before you send anything to prevent your items being stopped in customs, delayed, returned to you or even destroyed. See our International shipping guides for information on each destination.

It’s important to note, we also have our own list of goods we’re unable to ship through the ipostparcels network, so check your items aren’t mentioned there before you send them.

5. Add those personal touches:

Once your parcel arrives, you’ll want it to have a wonderful impact on the recipient. Let someone know how much you care by adding a personal hand-written note or card inside your parcel. Choose pretty ribbons, tissue or wrapping paper to add some colour and excitement - you’re free to be as creative as you’d like. However, we’d always recommend putting your decorated box inside a standard plain box or waterproof padded envelope or bag to avoid your personalised packaging being damaged in transit.

Related content:

Send a parcel in the UK
Send a parcel Internationally
Prohibited and restricted items - UK
Prohibited and restricted items - International

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ipostparcels have the cheapest next day delivery prices in the UK from 2 - 25kg. See price comparison prices here. * £1.99 (ex VAT) from price based on a next day XS parcel size with a UK depot drop off and UK depot collection service. Delivery to Northern Ireland, Ireland, The British Isles, The Highlands, Islands and parts of Scotland operate on a 1-3 day delivery service and incur additional costs. £7.74 (ex VAT) price based on a parcel weight of up to 25kg (50cm x 50cm x 50cm) on a UK depot drop off and economy delivery service to Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg or Austria. All prices quoted on content pages (outside of the quick quote and booking form) will be based on the depot drop off discounted price for UK deliveries and on a 0.5kg parcel with dimensions of 10cm x 10cm x 10cm for all international air countries. The size and weight of your parcel affects the price you will pay so it’s important to weigh and measure your parcel correctly to ensure your parcel arrives on time without any delays. Use our quick quote for all pricing options. If you do not select the "signature required" delivery option, UKMail will not be liable should your items be subsequently lost or damaged after the delivery (see clause 5.2.2 of the Terms & Conditions). We define a "Parcel" as a package with dimensions up to 80cm x 80cm x 80cm or up to 120cm x 50cm x 50cm or up to 140cm x 35cm x 35cm.

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