*This is a collaborative post*
Christmas is coming and that can only mean one thing: gift giving! And with almost 5 million expats residing in other countries, a carefully crafted care package could go some way to bringing Christmas cheer to a loved one abroad.
What to include
There are three main components that make a great care package.
- Food from home
We all have our favourite comfort foods, so why not include a loved ones beloved biscuits, chocolate bars, or the nation’s favourite: crumpets!
Nothing says I miss you like a good book that’s not available in your loved one’s country, or even some magazines with some celebrity gossip. Why not send a board game you love playing with the promise of playing it again the next time you see each other?
- Something sentimental
Let’s face it, whether you’re the one at home, or the loved one abroad, life can get lonely and a little reminder from someone that you’re loved can make all the difference, especially at Christmas.
A letter is a much more personal way to let someone know that you’re thinking about them. Add in some of your favourite photos and you’ve curated a thoughtful and loving care package.
How to package it
You’ve created your perfect gift hamper, but what’s the best way to package it?
- Check you can actually send all the items
There are several items that cannot be sent in the post, including cosmetics and perishable food, so double check before you send.
- Practical packaging
Decide on the best packaging for your gift. It’s best to wrap glass and other delicate items in plenty of bubble wrap. Would a plain manila envelope suffice, or would a box work better?
Are you hoping they’ll unwrap the gifts on Christmas day? In which case wrap the presents in beautiful paper to make them extra special.
- Clearly written label
Ensure that once you have packaged your gifts securely that you attach a label that can be clearly seen and read.
It’s also worth writing your sender details on the reverse of the parcel, just in case.
Time for posting
Now for the important part – sending your carefully crafted gift.
- Delivery service
Choose a specialist parcel delivery service like Parcel2Go to ensure your care package arrives on time.
- Check international delivery times
The last dates for international deliveries arriving in time for Christmas might be earlier than you think, so double check to ensure you’re parcel will arrive on time.
- Track your parcel
Always make a note of your reference number and keep hold of any receipts. Complaints to Royal Mail about missing parcels has been increasing annually.
Most importantly enjoy curating your care package, whatever it contains, it shows you care, and that’s the most thoughtful gift.