Each holiday season you may pride yourself on being even more efficient and punctual with your lists and packages. Online retail has helped in this capacity, but there always seems to be an endless list of gifts, supplies and boxes to get. It’s always a race against the clock.
Still, even the most carefully organized among us can be prone to major holiday mistakes. And often, it’s the little things, like missing an affordable shipping deadline or mislabeling a package in a rush. Following are a few guides to keep your holiday experience as stress-free as possible.
Label slowly and pack properly. No matter how perfect the gift, if it doesn’t arrive in time or to the right destination, your hard work will be done in vain. Start with sturdy boxes that should really be filled with packing peanuts or bubble wrap to protect everything inside. A printed label is preferable to anything handwritten — especially when a forgotten apartment number or misspelling can lead to delays and failed deliveries. Always double check both the recipient’s name and address and the return label for accuracy.
Hit your deadlines. The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are the busiest for the shipping industry and its vendors. Remember that December 16 is the deadline to ship FedEx/UPS Ground packages — typically the most cost-effective. FedEx/UPS 2-day must be sent by December 21 while USPS Priority Express and FedEx/UPS Overnight has a December 22 deadline.