Sending White Elephant Gifts Cross-country

Posted by PartyWeDo on Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tips for shipping that white elephant gift away

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If only everyone who you needed to buy a white elephant gift for this holiday season lived next door. You could simply walk right over and deposit the gift on their doorstep without having to even get out of your pajamas. Instead, many of us find ourselves having to purchase presents for people who live out-of-state. In fact, some gift recipients live completely across country for us. Luckily there are a few tips to sending a gift cross-country that will ensure that your gift gets to them on time and without being damaged.

There are two ways which you can send a white elephant gift cross-country or just to another town. The first involves purchasing a gift and having the company ship it for you directly to your recipient. The second way is to purchase a gift, wrap it, and mail it out from your local post office. Both shipping methods work well for different types of gifts and each method has its pros and cons.

Having a White Elephant Gift Shipped for You

Probably the easiest way to send a gift across the country is to have it shipped for you. This works especially well for gifts that are oddly shaped such as gourmet gift baskets. Since you can shop for gourmet gift baskets online you can easily find a company that offers direct shipping. All you will need to do is input the recipients mailing address. Most companies will even offer gift wrapping and a personalized note in each of the gourmet gift baskets you send.

One thing to watch out for when you have a gift shipped for you is the timing of shipping. Some companies require you to purchase a gift by a specific date to have it arrive on time. This means that you will want to begin shopping for gifts early so that you can ensure that they make it by your desired date. This is especially important during the holiday season, when many gift givers may have the same idea for gifts as you, which can easily make shipping times lag. When in doubt have your gift sent out as early as possible.

Shipping a Gift Yourself

If you already have a white elephant gift for your recipient, or if you have bought them one from a company that does not offer shipping, you will need to ship the gift yourself. Shipping the gift yourself is a little more complicated, if only because you will need to make an extra trip to the post office and may even need to make another extra trip to buy shipping supplies. However, the good news with shipping a gift yourself is that you can directly control just how safe your package is when it gets there.

Before you are ready to ship your gift you will need to purchase shipping supplies. Make sure you have a box big enough for your item, packing tape, bubble wrap, Styrofoam peanuts, and any other supplies that will keep your gift protected. You can find most of these items at an office supply store or at your post office. Try to wrap your gift well, because you don’t know if your box will get dropped at some point while en route to its destination. If you are packing fragile items mark your box as fragile to give post office workers an idea of how to treat your package.

When you buy a gift for someone living in another state you will need to take the time to make sure that it reaches them properly. This can sometimes mean the extra step of packaging up an item yourself, but in the long run remember that you bought your loved ones these gifts to make them happy.

Nadia Sokoloff is the owner of, which offers corporate gift baskets and gourmet food gift baskets. 

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