Midday Fix: Packing and shipping gifts

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Packing and Shipping Tips:

Prep your item for shipment
Start by looking at your gift – is it sturdy, fragile, box-like or have small moving pieces? Use bubble wrap to “square off” any odd angles to make them less fragile during shipment. If your item is shallow or hollow inside, like a vase or bowl, fill that space to protect it – packing peanuts, bubble wrap or firmly crumpled paper all work.

Choose the best box
Use a new, sturdy box that’s a few inches larger than your gift on all sides to allow for plenty of cushioning. If reusing a box, make sure it’s still strong enough to stand up to shipping (no torn flaps, no holes or corner dents, no water-damage, etc.) and be sure to remove all old shipping labels.

Cushion is key
Protect your gifts by using at least 1 inch layers (preferably 2 inches) of cushioning around the item – top, bottom and all four sides.

Pack in the address
Sometimes winter weather can streak or remove shipping labels and paperwork can get lost from pouches. Just in case, always put an extra shipping label, business card, or letterhead with the shipper and recipient’s address information inside your box before sealing things up.

Seal it tight
Keeping winter rain, sleet and snow out of your box is easy. Seal all the flaps and seams using proper packing tape — no duct tape or masking tape. Just remember to make the shape of an “H” when taping seams.


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