“My Mother had this carousel, and she passed it along to me,” Lynn said, referring to a fragile fine china merry go round with beautifully rendered horses in circus trappings. “Now my son has gotten married, and I want to pass it along to my new daughter-in-law. It’s a way of continuing the family tradition.”
Lynn has concerns about shipping this very important gift to her daughter-in-law, who lives on the West Coast. “It’s not valuable, per se, but it’s precious to me. I would very much prefer it not to get broken. So with that in mind, what’s the best way to ship it?”
Shipping Tips for Very Important Gifts
Packing and shipping companies specialize in shipping very important gifts. Here are some tips from the experts that can help you ensure your very important gift reaches its intended destination safely and in one piece:
Spend the money and buy a new cardboard shipping box.
In terms of structural strength and protective ability, a new cardboard shipping box outperforms a recycled box in every possible way. Cardboard boxes are subjected to intense pressures during the shipping process, as other packages are stacked on top of them, they tumble along conveyor belts during the sort, and the occasional drop. Even if you don’t see any damage, the box can still be compromised. Cardboard shipping boxes are at their best and do the best job protecting your very important gift when they are brand new.
Reinforce, Cushion, and Protect
Using cardboard inserts, foam, and other appropriate packing materials, cushion and protect your very important gift so it is positioned in the the center of the new cardboard shipping box. If you’re not sure how to do this, or need guidance on what the best packing materials are needed for your very important gift, connect with your local packing and shipping company for guidance.