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December 2, 2013

Christmas Gift Mailing Survival Guide

Alright, readers, it's time to get ready. It's time to not just wrap, but SEND gifts for the holidays. Somehow this extra step can drive me nutty. Here are my tips for surviving the mailing of Christmas gifts!

how to wrap christmas gifts to send
DO: Ask for gift ideas!
If you're not sure what to get someone on your list, this is a great time to ask. For those super tricky people who have everything they need, ask if they have any goals they're working on. This inside info is usually helpful in brainstorming a good gift.

DO: Use forgiving gift wrapping materials.
I've found there are a few key materials that will travel well! Raffiatulle, and painted-on bows make pretty gift toppers that will survive a long journey. Fabric and kraft paper also hold up well.

DO: Stuff those gifts in.
Ever wrapped a baby gift in a skillet? Me neither, but check out my mother-in-law's ingenious Christmas gift packing. Nora at Just Make Something also has a tip or two about how to shove gifts into a box.

DO: Use your old tissue paper and gift wrap as padding.
This is a great opportunity to use up any old gift wrap you've been hoarding.

DO: Go to the post office with an open mind.
I've learned the hard way there is pretty much no such thing as a "quick trip to the post office". Go armed with patience and a good book.

DON'T: Feel you have to double-wrap!
One of the most annoying things about sending gifts is the task of gift wrapping AND packaging them to be mailed. Feel free to decorate the shipping box and call it a day! We've decorated bubble mailers and slipped 'naked' gifts right inside, letting the mailer act as gift wrap. You can also use decorative packing tape (like this or this) to make the outside festive. If you're nervous that the gift recipients will open the box too early, you can always mark "To be opened on the 25th!" on the outside.

What did I miss? Has anyone tried scheduling gift pickups from home through the USPS? Share your Christmas gift sending tips below!

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  1. Oh, I used the pickup option all the time when I lived in SoCal! It was AWESOME. Highly recommend it.

    Now I live where the teeny little PO is the only building in "town", and I love going in....never a line. I love country life!

    If I have time, I reverse wrap the box....I line the inside of the box so it looks super festive. Scrapbook paper works really well for this and it's a great way to use up those extra pages.

  2. Great and useful tips! I love the idea of writing "to be opened on the 25" I stock up when I see colorful ribbons, recently started using deco tape and use lots and lots of vintage pattern sheets to wrap up my etsy sales, they do the job for any other gifts as well :)

  3. Great tips! Would keep these in mind for the holidays! ;)

  4. Such great tips, the stress of it all for me is finding the right sized box.


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