Packaging and Shipping Notes
If you’re sending your gifts, you must be careful to keep things from breaking. If you’re shipping internationally, you’ll need to review your ingredients to make sure the products won’t be confiscated. Certain seeds in food won’t make it past inspection points. If you do your research, you’ll be able to provide a detailed ingredient list for customs so nothing gets left behind.
Shipping within your own state or country is easier, but still take the time to package carefully. Get bubble wrap, packing peanuts, Styrofoam, and other packaging materials. Wrap each item separately and make sure there’s a layer of packing material between the gift items and the wall of the box. Boxes of homemade goods, especially jars, get heavy. Make sure the box you’ve chosen can handle the weight you put in it, and use good packing tape to seal it.
Don’t forget to clearly mark the box with the correct destination address and a return address. Additionally, put a sheet inside each box with the recipient’s name and address. Include a packing list and a list of ingredients in case anyone has allergies. If a recipient gets a box that has been messed with, these materials will help you establish an insurance claim.
Check online to find a shipper. Every service lets you preprice items. This way you can determine which service offers you the best pricing and service for your goods. Get insurance, especially if you are shipping glass, and always keep your receipt until you hear the package has arrived.
If a box arrives damaged, tell your recipient to keep the box. This is essential. Many mailing services will not honor insurance coverage if they cannot see the original box and its contents, no matter how messy.
If you follow these basic guidelines, your packages should arrive safely; if they don’t, you’ll be able to recoup your loss.