How To Send a Gift Abroad Without It Going Terribly Wrong

Saturday, April 24, 2021

If you’ve ever tried to send a gift to someone in another country then you may have been met with a couple of issues. Whether it’s the expensive shipping costs, the potential of losing the item or even just having it arrive too late, there are a plethora of issues that you might encounter along the way. Luckily, there are a couple of ways to overcome these potential issues and ensure that your overseas gift doesn’t end up going terribly wrong.

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Know your shipping options

There are probably going to be so many different shipping options available that it’ll overwhelm you. Make absolutely sure that you know your shipping options and what each option means. If you ever wonder why one shipping option costs half the other, then it’s probably because the more expensive option gives you tracking and compensation. This can offer you some peace of mind and it also means that you can give your recipient a tracking number so that they know when to wait at home for it.

Alternatively, you could also just keep the tracking number for yourself so that the gift remains a surprise to them!

When in doubt, just send it via a store or service

When it comes to sending gifts abroad, the easiest option is to just send them directly from the store. Companies like Amazon can offer international deliveries and they’ll even add a gift wrap and a message for a little extra. This is usually the preferred option for people that don’t really want to deal with all of the responsibilities. If something does go wrong, it’s not your fault (most likely) and the company will cover any damages, missing items, or refunds if applicable.

There are a huge number of items that you can send overseas and you shouldn’t just limit yourself to Amazon. For example, you can even get online flower delivery if you’re willing to look around for the right service and this can be a fantastic way to send a unique, colourful, and great-smelling gift to a loved one.

Don’t get caught up with arrival times

If the shipping company says it’ll arrive in 2 to 5 days then you should always expect it to take the longest. Even the most reliable shipping services can experience delays, so try not to get too caught up with arrival times. Instead, just send the gift as early as possible and try to make sure it arrives before the occasion or celebration. This will at least mean that it doesn’t arrive late. However, if you’re trying to time up the arrival date with a specific time and day, then it’s best to forget that and just accept the fact that shipping is fairly unpredictable.

No matter what gift ideas you have in mind, following these tips will ensure that you can make the entire experience a lot less painful. It’s far too easy to mess something up and because we usually don’t send gifts abroad, it can be difficult to know where to start and how to ensure that the gift arrives on time.

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