5 Tips for Easy Holiday Shipping

12/23/2016, 10:06 a.m. | Updated on 12/23/2016, 10:06 a.m.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and holiday gift-giving and receiving is at the top of everyone’s to-do ...

5 Tips for Easy Holiday Shipping

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and holiday gift-giving and receiving is at the top of everyone’s to-do list. There are several simple steps you can take to make those deliveries a little easier. Here are five ways you can keep the holidays merry and bright, and experience

the excitement of making (and receiving) special deliveries this holiday season.

1 Pack like a pro (or rely on one). Be sure

your packages arrive intact by using the

proper materials. Use sturdy, corrugated

boxes as well as foam packaging peanuts

and bubble cushioning to protect your

gifts. Allow at least 2 inches on all sides

of the items being packed, including the

top and bottom. If you’re uncertain or

need assistance, The UPS Store Certified

Packing Experts are trained in packaging

techniques to conquer any gift – whether

it’s oddly shaped, freshly baked, wrapped

or unwrapped.

2 Secure delivery locations. If you’re

expecting deliveries of online purchases or gifts, you

may hesitate to leave the house and enjoy holiday

outings and family activities. Some companies allow you

to redirect packages to a neighbor or a nearby business

so you can rest assured your packages are in good hands.

3 Ask for a guarantee. After spending precious time

selecting each gift, you need assurance and peace

of mind that your efforts won’t be for naught.

For example, The UPS Store offers the Pack and Ship

Guarantee, a service that covers lost or damaged items.

Some providers even offer coverage for the cost of packing

materials, service and shipping.

4 Use tracking tools. The holiday season is no time to

wonder when or if your package will arrive. Using

a trackable delivery service helps ensure you can

monitor your package’s progress

and receive an alert

when it is successfully delivered.

5 Ensure gifts arrive before Santa. Timing is key when

it comes to holiday shipping. Mark the calendar

with these shipping deadlines so all gifts arrive just

in time.

For domestic delivery for Christmas by Friday, Dec. 23,


  • UPS Next Day Air by Thursday, Dec. 22

  • UPS 2nd Day Air by Wednesday, Dec. 21

  • UPS 3 Day Select by Monday,Dec. 19

To find a shipping location near you, visit theupsstore.

com and find The UPS Store on YouTube for additional

holiday tips.