How to Send Christmas Gifts Abroad

As the holiday season approaches, the clock is ticking to send your personal gifts internationally. To make sure your heartfelt presents reach your loved ones on time, it's essential to be aware of the last posting dates for 2023. The last day to send a parcel abroad in time for Christmas for economy shipping is 16th December or you can use express delivery up until 21st December!

Discover the joy of sending gifts across borders and ensure a timely delivery to some of the most popular destinations.


Popular Christmas Gift Destinations 2023

>Curious about where people in the UK are sending their Christmas parcels? Here are some of our top international locations for parcel delivery:

We understand the importance of connecting with loved ones overseas, which is why we offer competitive prices for sending parcels internationally. Whether you're a frequent sender or shipping for the first time, we've got you covered. Our Lowest Price Guarantee means you won't find a cheaper service anywhere else when shipping items like chocolate and alcohol!


Last Posting Dates for Christmas Delivery

To make sure your gifts reach their destinations in time for Christmas, you need to ship as early as possible. But if you're leaving it late, you'll be glad to know that Parcel2Go can ship your parcels internationally as late as the 21st December!

You can use our last posting dates page to see when the last date you can ship with super economy, economy and express delivery services is for UK, Europe and rest of world destinations. You'll find detailed information on the last posting dates for various countries and services - helping you plan and send your gifts with confidence!


How to Send Christmas Gifts Overseas

Sending gifts overseas doesn’t need to be tricky - in fact, it’s a lot like sending a parcel within the UK with a few extra easy steps!

How to Package Parcels for International Gift Delivery

When sending gifts internationally, the right preparation makes sure your parcels arrive as safe as possible with no delays. To prepare your parcel properly, you should:

  • Select a sturdy box with plenty of space and add bubble wrap or packing peanuts to provide an extra layer of protection for fragile items like fishing rods and golf clubs.
  • Reinforce the corners and edges to withstand the impact of international shipping.
  • Clearly label the package with the recipient's address and contact information, both inside and outside the box. You should always include the country name in block capitals as the last line of the delivery address.
  • Check our prohibited items list to make sure you don't include any items that are restricted in the country you're shipping to.
  • Choose a service with a 'PRE-PAY DELIVERY DUTIES' flag - this means if your parcel is subject to customs charges, you pay for them now so your recipient doesn't have to pay to receive their Christmas gifts. Find out more about paying delivery duties here or calculate customs costs during the booking process.

For added peace of mind on your parcel delivery, why not consider adding parcel protection? Parcel2Go offers protection up to £10,000 depending on service for just a little extra on your shipping cost! See why parcel protection is important during the holiday season.


Which International Parcel Service to Use

When you book with Parcel2Go, you can choose from a range of international services to meet your needs.

Shipping to USA: With UPS Access Point, you can ship to the USA as late as the 21st December. But if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, we have a range of couriers offering international delivery to the States. Get a quote and book your parcel delivery with the likes of Evri, Royal Mail and DPD! And you can find out more on how to ship to the USA, including information on dealing with US Customs.

Shipping to Europe: Shipping to Europe is simple with Parcel2Go. We have a range of couriers able to ship your parcels to European destinations, including specific services to nearby countries like Ireland. All you need to do is get a quote and book the service for you! We explain EU VAT rates and whether your parcel will be subject to customs charges in more detail if you're not ready to ship yet.

Shipping Worldwide: No matter where you’re sending, you can rely on Parcel2Go to deliver. We offer reliable and affordable parcel delivery services from the UK to over 200 countries worldwide. Spread the joy this Christmas and get your international gift quote today!

And there’s no need to worry about customs when you book with us. We’ll provide all the information you need to make sending your parcel abroad as easy as possible. See our International Shipping Hub for all you need to know on shipping to the EU.


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