Tips on Making Sure Your Mailed Gifts Arrive Fast and Safe
'Tis the season when you finally have to use what you learned in school to write words on a box or envelope to send to someone else across the state, across the country or even over seas. Thanks to the convenience of email, we may have forgotten proper etiquette when it comes to sending a present via USPS or by other means. You never have to secure an email with packing tape. You never need to reinforce a snapchat. You don't need to use bubble wrap when skyping someone, but all may be needed to ensure a gift arrives to someone elses house and, preferably, on time. Here are a few tips to make sure that, when you're sending presents to loved ones, they arrive in once piece - no matter how fragile.
(tip: recycle old bubble wrap and even mailing envelopes with bubble wrap attached to the inside so you don't have to buy more.)
If you want to make sure your gift arrives before Christmas, here are the recommended dates.
Military Mail or most place overseas by December 11th.
Parcel Post (slowly across country in a truck) by December 16th.
First Class or Priority Mail by December 20th.
Express Mail by December 23rd - but that method is very expensive so I would avoid it if I could.