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Last Minute Shipping Tips for the Holiday Procrastinator
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The holidays can be a whirlwind of gift buying and wrapping, decorating and eating. Before you have a meltdown, check out these last-minute packing and shipping tips and know that you can ship as late as Dec. 23 for delivery on Dec. 24. And remember, The UPS Store is open later during the holidays to take care of your last-minute packing and shipping needs.

Shipping something fragile? We can help.

Help is just around the corner. The UPS Store certified packing experts can properly package gifts that are fragile, such as glass and cookies. They can help you professionally pack your items as well as let you know of any rules and regulations for shipping certain things. For example, did you know that perfume and cologne are considered hazardous materials?

Using a proper shipping box matters.

Resist the temptation to pack your gifts in those old boxes from last year and to use materials like newspaper or real popcorn to cushion them. Boxes weaken during the shipping process, so reusing a box will not provide proper protection for your shipment. Use professional packing materials like foam packaging peanuts, bubble cushioning and professional packaging tape to help avoid any risk of your gift being damaged. Be sure to include a copy of the shipping label inside the shipping box with both the destination and return addresses.

The Pack & Ship Promise.

Keep in mind that participating The UPS Store locations offer the Pack & Ship Promise, which will reimburse you the item’s value, the full retail price you paid for packaging materials and services, and your cost for shipping (excluding Declared Value charges) in the event an item, packed by The UPS Store and shipped via UPS, is lost or damaged. Get details about this service as certain restrictions and limitations may apply.

Here are a few other great ways to safely get those packages to your loved ones:

  • Use a shipping option that provides a package-tracking number. You can see where your package is at all times, eliminating the need to call your family for the third time to check if it has arrived.
  • Take batteries out of any toys, electronics, etc. before shipping them.
  • Ship wrapped presents to your destination, before you travel so that the perfect bow you meticulously worked on for a good 10 minutes will stay just as beautiful as when you tied it.
  • Avoid wrapping boxes in brown paper or tying them with string. You don’t want your package getting caught or torn, especially because if the paper is torn off, so is your label.
  • Don’t use duct tape, masking tape or cellophane tape to seal your boxes for shipping. Packaging tape is the only way to go.
  • Once all of the packing is done, you can recycle any leftover packaging peanuts at participating The UPS Store locations.
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