Trust ipostparcels to deliver your gifts

Trusted by our customers and recipients. We have a ‘Great’ review status on Trustpilot and being part of DHL – one of the biggest and most trust global couriers, so you know your parcels is in great hands.

We collect from your door and deliver your UK parcels the very next working day*. We also deliver to over 160 countries worldwide from just 2-3 days*.

We have the cheapest next day, UK delivery ratest and provide up to £50 free contents cover as standard, on all orders.

Should you need us, we’re always here. Our dedicated customer service team are on hand to answer any queries you may have.

This may be your first time booking a parcel delivery online instead of heading to the Post Office. Our booking forms are super quick and easy to complete. Along with your recipients address, all you need to know is the weight and measurements of your parcel and we can provide you with a quick quote to send your gift to its final destination.

Top 5 tips for a successful gift delivery:

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. Send as early as possible

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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

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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

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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 restricted or prohibited

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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. Most importantly - add those personal touches

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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.

Sending a gift in the post - content hub

Being a popular shipper of many gifts throughout the year, not just at Christmas means we’ve become one of the leading experts in sending gifts through the post. We’ve created lots of useful guides and articles to help you come up with gift ideas for many occasions or help you to ensure you protect your gifts during transit.

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