How do you cost effectively send your gifts to family and friends this festive season?

Written by Jennifer Beattie on Tuesday, 18 November 2014. Posted in Go Moving Tips

The holiday season is approaching or rather galloping towards us.

Gifts and Christmas
From the end of November to the end of January or beginning of February somewhere around the world people are celebrating. From Christmas to Hanukkah to the Day of Light in Buddhism or the Chinese New Year. You could say that this period of the year has something for everyone!

Traditionally it is a time for giving presents, but for many it is also more about getting off the hamster wheel of life for a few hours or days and spending time with family, friends and even colleagues.

Living far from home does present certain organizational issues during this time of year though. So what should you consider in the run up to Hanukkah, Christmas or New Year?

Are you going home for the holiday season?

If you are going ‘home’ then the planning needs to be done in advance especially if you are flying or using some other form of transportation. If you haven’t done so already, get booking! There may still be some deals, but these will not last for long as this is a bumper time of the year for airlines and any other form of mass transportation.

Are you planning to give gifts?

This is not a blog dedicated to the merits of gift giving. It is well established that this is a time of year to give gifts, but not giving them is also perfectly acceptable. Sending gifts to family and friends is not complicated these days. Nearly all types of gifts from the usual to the unusual are accessible on line and most retailers will send to anywhere in the world for a cost. However, online ordering is not always practical nor desirable.

Sending family heirlooms

You may not always want to send something new. You may prefer to send something really personal from where you live overseas or something fragile such as a second hand musical instrument. Short of flying out with it, how do you get it safely to its destination?

How do you send gifts safely?

Luckily, there are a number of options. You could try the postal system of the country where you live. Most items can be tracked (at a cost) from the point of departure to destination. If you are unlucky enough to live in a country where this is not an option, or you are concerned about security, then a really good idea would be to use an independent overnight courier service.

What are the advantages of using a courier service for your gifts?

Convenience and security are the two biggest points to consider. Using an international courier ensures that your item will be:
  • collected at a specific time
  • collected from a specific address
  • relayed to another specified address
  • arriving at a specific pre-determined time
  • fully insured
  • bookable and easily tracked on line.

The time frame can usually be established prior to collection so you can plan for someone to be there at the other end. This is a wonderful service if this is a valuable item (monetarily or sentimentally) or if you are trying to send a surprise gift and don’t want the surprise ruined! You can rest assured that the item will be delivered safely and securely by a dedicated overnight courier service and that it will be insured for loss or damage all the way. Another good point is that many courier services offer really interesting deals during the holiday season, making it even more cost effective and actually quite cheap to send your item with a courier.

What items are not suitable for a courier service?

Christmas Pudding Not everything is suitable for courier transportation. Do not send fresh food items as these are unlikely to make it through customs especially if you are sending it between continents. Pre-packaged food item are usually acceptable. Perhaps you would like a specialty Christmas pudding and can’t get it locally, then an international courier service could send this for you without undue difficulty. Do consider the cost of the courier service to the cost of the item. Precious items are most definitely worth sending. However, a second hand bike may well cost more to send via courier than to buy one brand new out of the box, but check out the holiday season offers first!

Happy Holidays!

About the Author

Jennifer Beattie

Jennifer Beattie

Jennifer Beattie is the freelance journalist for the Go Group. With lots of experience of moving and relocating nationally and internationally, Jennifer has personal and professional knowledge of the issues involved. She aims to provide up to date and accurate information on topics of importance to the industry. You're welcome to contact Jennifer via email or send us a comment.

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