Santa Claus reporting in from the North Pole. The holidays are in full swing, and with my extensive background in the gift giving and delivering arena, it’s time to share insider tips on how our North Pole team gets packages carefully wrapped, placed on your doorstep in a timely manner and looking professionally wrapped every season.
Since the element of surprise in receiving a holiday package is my favorite part of Christmas, I work very hard to keep my deliveries “under wraps” if you will. No matter the recipient, seeing the surprise and delight on each face keeps me running routes every December 24.
Here are my five favorite “Secret Santa” tips to help you keep the element of surprise this holiday season!
- Get out of a sticky situation! Help to keep winter rain, sleet and snow OUT of your box by sealing all the seams – making the shape of an H – using proper packing tape. No duct tape or masking tape, please! When wrapping, use double-sided tape on your gift wrap. It is an easy solution, stays out-of-sight and makes you look like a gift wrapping pro.
- Get cushy! Kids love to shake boxes and guess what’s inside – don’t let them spoil the surprise. Our North Pole wrapping team always has extra pieces of wrapping paper lying around. We suggest you put it to good use. Shred end pieces and extra paper to create padding for those noisy gifts. We suggest you create at least three inches of cushioning around the item – top, bottom and all four sides.
- Sending a gift card? Place the card in a box as opposed to a regular envelope! They’ll never suspect the contents. For an easy and inexpensive bonus, place the envelope in a holiday stocking or scarf to throw your recipient off the scent.
- Gifting a snow globe or maybe some glass stemware? No worries – pack like a pro! My elves always use two boxes to provide extra cushion and protection to help keep those fragile items safe. All that added padding is added protection for your fragile item.
Ho, ho, hold at location! The kiddos are getting older and smarter. What to do when the large box shaped like a bike or sled arrives at the house? No worries! Ship FedEx and select “Hold at Location” when creating a shipping label or even after the shipment is on its way. That way, you can pick it up while the kids are at school.
Finally, you don’t need an elf to be your packing pro, if you’re lost and you don’t know how to pack it, FedEx Office can help with their specially-trained team members and customizable Pack & Ship services.
Remember those important holiday shipping deadlines though! This year, the latest you can ship with FedEx Express for pre-Christmas U.S. delivery is Monday, December 23.
We hope you enjoy these pro packing tips. Share your favorite tips in the comments section below.
Santa and the elves