10 Tips for Shipping Holiday Packages + Giveaway!!!

By Shannon Gurnee
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December 11, 2014
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Can you believe there are only 14 more days until Christmas?  Yikes!  The holidays can be a stressful time, especially when you’re trying to find gifts for your family and friends and then try to send them so they arrive in time for Christmas.  While most people are focused on the gifts they want to purchase, many often overlook one important detail – safely shipping their gifts to the recipient.  With this in mind, you can see how stressful the 22 shipping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas can become.

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Everyone knows how much fun it is to receive a package on their doorsteps, right?  How much more awesome would it be if that package included a personalized greeting just for you, specially made by the sender?  I think it would be pretty cool!  For the first time, The UPS Store is rolling out a mobile app that allows customers to “Deliver Holiday Happiness” to loved ones across the country with a customizable video message.  Using the recently launched mobile app, senders can create a 15-second custom video to accompany their gift package, choosing one of three illustrated holiday scenes.  The recipient can then view the special video upon receiving their package.  Check out the video below to learn more about this awesome app! 

Packing Tips from The UPS Store

At The UPS Store, you’ll find all the necessary packing materials, including cardboard boxes, tape and packing peanuts, inserts, and protective air cushions.  For those who want to put together their own packages, here are some helpful tips for shipping holiday packages:

  • Take batteries out of items before shipping.
  • Use a sturdy new box to provide additional protection for your items.  Do not use old boxes or gift boxes to ship gifts, or any string or wrapping paper on the outside of the package.
  • Use at least two inches of packaging peanuts on each side of your item.
  • Make sure the sender’s and recipient’s addresses are visible both inside and outside of the package.
  • Use packing tape on all package seams – do not use masking, cellophane or duct tape.
  • December 15-20 is expected to be the busiest shipping week, and Mondays are typically the busiest shipping days.
  • For the last minute shoppers out there, December 23 is the last day to ship via UPS for Christmas Eve delivery.

What if you’re sending food as gift?  Here are some helpful tips for shipping foods:

Shipping Baked Goods

  • For packing and shipping baked goods, use the following items:
    • corrugated box
    • bubble wrap or packing peanuts
    • packing tape
    • permanent marker
    • address label
  • Packing Instructions
    • Wrap items well with foil or plastic wrap
    • Neatly stack items in the shipping box
    • Choose UPS’ next-day shipping options for quickest delivery

Shipping Refrigerated and Frozen Foods

  • For packing and shipping refrigerated and frozen foods, use:
    • Insulated shipping container
    • Styrofoam or newspaper
    • Dry ice (check the guidelines for shipping with dry ice on ups.com)
  • Packaging Instructions:
    • Use gloves!  Dry ice is so cold it can burn the skin.
    • Wrap food in plastic before placing it in the container with the dry ice.

Additional Food Packing Tips

  • Cakes:  Fit snugly into a tin or container before packing
  • Cookies: Place wax paper between the layers in the package
  • Candies:  Place in empty egg carton for an environmentally friendly option
  • Oils and Vinegars:  Make sure bottles are well sealed and wrapped in bubble wrap

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About The UPS Store

With more than 4,400 locations across the United States, it’s likely there is a The UPS Store location nearby.  Each location offers experts who can help pack and ship all types of holiday gifts, with a Pack and Ship Guarantee that gives customers peace of mind.

If your package, packed by The UPS Store center associates using new materials purchased by you and shipped via UPS on that center’s account, is damaged or lost in transit, you’ll be reimbursed for your packing and shipping costs (excluding declared value charges) and your item’s value (the lesser of the actual value, repair or replacement cost in accordance with the UPS Tariff/Terms and Conditions of Service).  At participating locations.  Restrictions and limitations apply.  For more information, visit The UPS Store online.  Be sure to follow The UPS Store on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.

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What holiday gifts will you be shipping?

 

 

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Shannon Gurnee (formerly Shannon Gosney) is the author of The Mommy-Files, a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

151 Responses to “10 Tips for Shipping Holiday Packages + Giveaway!!!”

  1. Julie Wood says:

    I will be giving gifts for the Holidays to my sister and brother-in-law in California, and my brother in Idaho!

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  3. Elle P. says:

    I’ll be sending gifts to my older brother and his family.

  4. shelly peterson says:

    I will be sending gifts to my Mom and Step Dad.

  5. Deb Jackson says:

    I will be sending lots of packages to nieces and nephews.

  6. Mami2jcn says:

    I will send gifts to my mom.

  7. Lisa Brown says:

    i would send it to my nephew

  8. Janet W. says:

    I will be sending gifts to my oldest daughter who lives out of state.

  9. Laura says:

    I’ll be sending gifts to my nieces in TN!

  10. Kim Henrichs says:

    Shipping to my Dad in Arizona, friends in Canada, Spain and Bali!

  11. HS says:

    I’ll be sending gifts to my mom this holiday season!

  12. Rust says:

    I’ll be sending gifts to my daughter and her husband.

  13. Kari says:

    I don’t have any gifts to ship this year. I have, however, done alot of online holiday shopping so I have received several packages from UPS.

  14. sandra says:

    to 2 of my nieces and 1 nephew across the states

  15. jennifer says:

    My husband is working thru Christmas, so we will be shipping gifts to him this year.

  16. Virginia Rowell says:

    I will be sending gifts to my grandchildren this year.

  17. Cynthia R says:

    I’ll be sending gifts to my aunts and my grandma this christmas.

  18. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I will be sending gifts to my parents this year at Christmas!

  19. D Schmidt says:

    I will be sending gifts to my friends and family overseas.

  20. David Fultner says:

    I will be sending my grandmother gifts this year.

  21. Trisha Burgess says:

    I’m sending to my aunt!

  22. amy pugmire says:

    I will be sending them to my father in law and sister.

  23. Anastasia Falling says:

    I’ll be sending gifts to my kids and my sister! Sadly, they live too far away for me to just hand them to them in person 🙂

  24. Jennifer Rote says:

    I’ll be sending gifts to my daughter.

  25. Elena says:

    I will be sending gifts to my mom

  26. janetfaye says:

    I will be sending a gift to my sister.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  27. Becca says:

    I send gifts to my little cousins up in Boise because I am down in Santa Barbara and don’t get to give them in person!

  28. vickie couturier says:

    my grandchildren who live 1200 miles away

  29. Cindy Merrill says:

    I put my self deeply in debt for Christmas, but it was for my brother Miles, who’s not expected to live to see next Christmas; Gourmet food, an Ipod and even treats for his cat, Frankie. I’m in the hole by $200, but what the hell.

  30. lisa says:

    To family and friends 🙂

  31. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    ill be sending gifts to my cousins

  32. Joseph Stowell says:

    I have friends in Toronto, ON, that will be receiving some gifts.

  33. Daniel M says:

    will be sending to my nephews and nieces

  34. Kelly D says:

    I will send gifts to my niece and nephew.

  35. I am only sending out one gift this year. She is someone i met two years ago when she became an admin on my parenting page. We have been on-line besties since. Im sending a few gifts for her boys <3

  36. Nannypanpan says:

    I am sending my sister and her kids gifts

  37. Barbara Montag says:

    I have gifts to send to grand kids.
    thank you

  38. Thomas Murphy says:

    I am sending gifts to my parents.

  39. Cassandra Eastman says:

    I’ll be sending gifts to grandparents, and my sister in law.

  40. Natalie F says:

    I have already sent gifts to my parents and sister. Next, I need to get them out to my Grandparents and nephew. Great tips!

  41. Seyma Shabbir says:

    I will be sending gifts to my parents!

  42. mrsshukra says:

    Already mailed gifts to family and friends on the mainland and abroad!

  43. Devon F says:

    My nephews all the way to Turkey! 🙂

  44. Ashley Tucker says:

    I will be sending gifts to my mom.

  45. LaTanya says:

    my brother

  46. Allison Downes says:

    My aunt and one of my nephews that live out of state.

    Thank you for the chance to win this!

  47. Kimberly Schotz says:

    We will be sending a gift to our niece in Washington.

  48. Jackie says:

    We’ll be sending gifts to my sister-in-law in Florida (from New Jersey)

  49. Carol Yemola says:

    I have friends in England. I’ll be sending Christmas gifts across the Atlantic Ocean!

  50. My best friend and nephews

  51. Priscilla S. says:

    I’ll be sending gifts to my best friend and her kids.

  52. Tabathia B says:

    I will be sending gifts to my cousin and aunt who both live in two different states.

  53. Janice F. says:

    I am shipping gifts to my sisters and my Mom.

  54. Angela says:

    i’ll send gifts to my parents

  55. Saundra A says:

    My BFF, Melissa, Kendra and my mini me.

  56. Ellie Wright says:

    I am sending gifts to my best friend and her son.

  57. Betty B. says:

    Sending gifts to my sis.

  58. Jennifer Tilson says:

    I’ll be sending gifts to my in-laws this Christmas.

  59. Leela says:

    Family and friends.

  60. Erika C. says:

    We will be sending gifts to mysister and her family who lives in Texas.

  61. Audra O'Hara says:

    Usually I send gifts to lots of places, but since I’ve moved back home I won’t be mailing out gifts this year.

  62. Kristen says:

    I’ll be sending gifts to a few good friends the holiday.

  63. Betsy Barnes says:

    This season, I will be sending gifts to my mother and my sister 🙂

  64. Jessica H. says:

    We sent gifts to my family a few states away! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  65. Angie says:

    I’ll be sending gifts to my sister, brother, nieces and nephews out in Washington State!

  66. Rachel C says:

    Probably end up shipping most of our gifts because with a new baby we won’t be doing much traveling.

  67. Dawn Monroe says:

    Even though we see each other at Christmas I like to send a couple of little things to my granddaughters because they love getting mail.

  68. Sandy Klocinski says:

    Daughter and son-in-law, grandkids

  69. Margaret Smith says:

    Sent gifts to my Dad, Aunt, Brother and his family all in So. Carolina (we’re in NJ)
    Also sent a gift to my nephew who is in the Navy stationed in Japan.

  70. Geoff K says:

    I’m sending gifts to a cousin living in England and friends in Sweden and Germany this year!

  71. Ann Fantom says:

    I sent presents to my nieces and nephews who live out of state

  72. Adrienne gordon says:

    sending stuff to my nephews and nieces

  73. Rae L. says:

    I will be sending them to my family.

  74. Melissa Smith says:

    I have to mail gifts to my brother and grandma.

  75. Shannon Baas says:

    To my nieces and nephews.

  76. Kristi C says:

    I sent gifts to my cousins in Colorado.

  77. Cynthia C says:

    I will be sending gifts to my son who lives across the country from me.

  78. tammigirl says:

    To my family who lives in Texas.

  79. Mary Casper says:

    I am sending gifts to my family in Michigan

  80. nickie says:

    My aunt in california

  81. trisha kilpatrick says:

    We sent a Christmas gift to my mother-in-law who lives out of state. We send care packages to my daughter who is in college quite frequently, though.

  82. Barbara Fox says:

    I am not shipping any presents to anyone. However, I did get ALL my presents shipped to me because I did all my shopping online this year!

  83. Susan Christy says:

    Sending my nieces and nephews presents this year.

  84. Joanna Allison says:

    I’m sending gifts to my son.

  85. Crystal F says:

    We are not mailing out any gifts this year. Thank you!

  86. I bought all but one present in person. Everything was bought online so I guess it’s accurate to say that everybody got sent a present.

  87. Cindy Gray says:

    I didn’t have to ship anything this year, but I ordered a bunch of stuff online.

  88. heather s says:

    My sister and my aunt

  89. Kathleen says:

    I will be sending gifts to my aunt.

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  90. brandy c says:

    To my friend in Canada.

  91. kyl neusch says:

    send gifts to my mom

  92. Sarah Hirsch says:

    i’ll send a gift to my sister

  93. Gina M says:

    I will be shipping gifts to my parents.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  94. Pat B says:

    My brothers

  95. MIchelle says:

    Mom and Dad

  96. Kim Keithline says:

    I sent gifts to my mom, dad and sister this holiday season

  97. gc Tobias says:

    Shoes to my grandsons.

  98. tammy shelton says:

    My sister & family in Texas.

  99. Sue Barney says:

    I will be sending gifts to my neices!

  100. Lisa V. says:

    I have friends I ship to in Ohio and Idaho.

  101. Mary Cloud says:

    I’ll be giving gifts to my mom, brother and grandparents

  102. Suzanne K says:

    I’m sending gifts to my mother’s best friend in PA

  103. Karin A. says:

    we are sending gifts to my brother in Montana.

  104. Jennifer Reed says:

    I’ll be sending gifts to my mom this holiday season.

  105. christine j says:

    I shipped out presents to my family in Colorado.

  106. Rachel Travis says:

    Shipping to my grandpa in michigan!

  107. Karen Martin says:

    I sent gifts to kids and in-laws out of state and they all arrived on time, thanks to UPS.

  108. Laura S says:

    I shipped a package to the grandkids in MD

  109. Mendy Dinsmore says:

    I would be sending a gift to my sister.

  110. Brittney House says:

    I will be sending them to my mother.

  111. joni says:

    I did not have to ship any gifts this year.

  112. Erica B. says:

    I sent gifts to a couple of family members.

  113. danielle Marie says:

    i will be sending a special gift to my mom several hundred miles away.

  114. s.w. says:

    I will be sending it to my best friend

  115. melissa Resnick says:

    my neices

  116. Becky Moore says:

    I sent a couple of boxes to my husband and the troops overseas 🙂

  117. Caroline Wampler says:

    My friend in Nebraska!

  118. I didn’t send any gifts this year. I was able to see all of my relatives!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  119. Tammie Venne says:

    I would send it to my brother in Japan

  120. Jill Myrick says:

    We have sent all of our gifts to close friends and family but still need to ship a few international gifts to family that is overseas.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  121. Karen Deva says:

    I’m sending gifts to my sister in Massachusetts and my godchildren in North Carolina.

  122. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    to my daughter who lives out of state.

  123. Cheryl says:

    I sent gifts to my siblings and their families.

  124. stephanie baker says:

    My friend got married & moved away last year, but we planned on getting together for a Christmas gift exchange at some point. Unfortunately, my family came down with the flu so it got delayed & now she has the flu so we have postponed indefinitely. I ended up mailing her gift to her. Most of the people we give gifts to are hand-delivered since they are within a day’s driving distance.

  125. laurie murley says:

    we have family in orlando florida and we send them gifts every year

  126. Tara Woods says:

    I sent gifts to my nephew in Canada.

  127. Francine Anchondo says:

    I sent gifts to my sister in law that lives out of state.

  128. Leanne Godfrey says:

    I’ll be sending gift to out of town friends!

  129. Laurie Emerson says:

    I would send it to my brother who is stationed in Germany.

  130. Stephanie Larison says:

    I sent gifts to my grandma.

  131. Timothy says:

    I would send it to my brother and sister-in-law in California!

  132. Jimmy says:

    I didn’t have to send any gifts this year.

  133. Charlene Drake says:

    I will be sending gifts to our grand children on the east coast. Also to other relatives around the USA>

  134. Tina Reynolds says:

    I sent gifts to my nieces and nephews mother in law sister in law grandparents.

  135. Kirsten says:

    I sent gifts to a family in need, grandchildren and my mom.

  136. Rosanne says:

    I sent a gift to my brother. He did not have any family except my mother and she died in November. I feel really sorry for him

  137. Carolyn Daley says:

    I will be sending gifts to my brother and nephew.

  138. Melanie says:

    I sent gifts to family members who live in other states

  139. Tracy Pryor says:

    I sent gifts to out of town friends.

  140. cynthia Dawson says:

    I sent gifts to my parents in Florida.

  141. Miz Vickik says:

    To my sister!

  142. Brian E. says:

    Thank You for the giveaway… we sent multiple gifts via USPS & UPS to nephews, nieces, and two goddaughters !

  143. Vikki Billings says:

    I do not send any gifts, my family all live close to me.

  144. Cheryl A. says:

    Relatives that live across country.

  145. Susan Smith says:

    I’ll be sending gifts to my Mom this holiday season

  146. Michelle Tucker says:

    Normally we would have sent gifts to my whole family back home in TX, but funds were really tight this year, so we weren’t able to do so. Next year though, it’ll happen!

  147. Sarah L says:

    I sent a gift to my sister.
    Thanks for the contest.

  148. Sarah L says:

    subscribe emails: slehan at myway dot com

  149. Sand says:

    I am sending gifts to my nephew.

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