How to Send a Gift

You took the time to pick out the perfect gift, now follow this advice to get it safe and sound to its final destination.


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You've got mail...that you need to pick up, send out, package, and so much more. These tips will help you get it done more easily.

You Will Need

  • Gift
  • Labels
  • Shipping box
  • Packaging tape
  • Proper postage


  1. Step 1

    Include a label

    Include a label on the inside of the package as well as on the outside with the complete destination address and your return address.

  2. Step 2

    Take out batteries

    Take all batteries out of electronic devices before shipping.

  3. Step 3

    Use a shipping box

    Use a box designed for shipping. Do not use gift boxes -- they are not strong enough and may get damaged during transportation.

  4. If you want the recipient to be able to unwrap the present, place the wrapped gift in a shipping box for safe transportation.

  5. Step 4

    Secure with packaging tape

    Secure all seams of the box with packaging tape.

  6. Step 5

    Fill out address

    Fill out the address to whoever is receiving the gift. Make sure it's written accurately, you don't want to get it back!

  7. Step 6

    Provide sufficient postage

    Provide sufficient postage. If you're unsure of how many stamps to put on it, take it to the post office and they'll weigh it and send it out for you.

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