Gifts are a great way to show somebody that you’re thinking of them. Whether it’s a simple token of appreciation for something that somebody has done or a small present for a special occasion such as a birthday, gifts can carry a lot of meaning. However, sending a gift can be rather tricky, especially if you’re looking to send a gift to someone in another country. With all of the complications that can get in the way, it’s surprisingly difficult to get your present to someone overseas.
So in this post, we’re going to help you out with some tips on how to send gifts abroad.
To make things simpler, buy a gift and send it directly to the recipient
There are a surprising number of services that allow you to just send a gift abroad instead of having to go through the process of packaging it and sending it yourself. Major retailers such as Amazon allow you to send gifts abroad and even package them with a little note. You can also consider the option to send flowers to another country if you want a simpler gift, and in some cases, you might prefer to send a digital gift instead. There are loads of different options for sending gifts these days and you shouldn’t limit yourself to a single store or option.
Always double-check the address format
No matter how much time you spend picking the gift, it’s all going to go to waste if you don’t check the address format properly. Other countries will have different ways to format their addresses and you need to make absolutely sure that you’ve written it as it normally would be in the respective country. This ensures that the gift will arrive in the right place instead of being lost in the system.
Timing is difficult, so don’t get too frustrated about it
Timing the arrival of an international gift is difficult. Whether it’s a Valentine’s day gift for your partner who’s in another country or trying to time a gift for somebody’s birthday, there are going to be situations where you can’t really time the gift to arrive for a specific date. This is especially true if you’re sending a gift to another country that is relatively far away. As such, don’t get too caught up in timing it properly. Just make sure you send it early so that it arrives on or before the date.
Pay extra for tracking if it’s an important package
If you’re sending a gift to someone abroad, then chances are it’s going to be an important package that you should pay extra for. You should always pay for a tracked service on an important package because it’ll show the package’s location at every step of the delivery process. This will help you gauge roughly where the package is and also when it’ll arrive at its destination. This also gives you insurance should the package get lost, and it’ll help the mail service keep track of where the item is.