When you can’t be there to help blow out the candles sending a birthday gift is the next best thing. However, when one gift won’t do or your loved one is difficult to buy for (he’s got everything), a basket of presents is the way to go. Grab a hefty basket and fill it with a variety of small items that have special meaning. After you’ve loaded the basket, give it a professional look by placing it inside a cellophane bag and tying it off with a ribbon. For a birthday gift, presentation really is everything. (As the former owner of a gift basket business, this is something I know about.) Build the excitement by sending her the tracking number so she’ll know exactly when her gift will arrive!
Packing a Birthday Basket
Now that you have a wrapped basket, you need a cardboard box. Your box should be just a few inches larger than the basket (on all sides) because you don’t want to risk crushing or squeezing it during shipment. If you see old bar codes or labels try to remove them but don’t sweat it if you can’t. Most shipping companies will slap the new label over the old one. Assemble the box, taping the bottom securely with packing tape. Drop an inch or two of filler into the box. (I prefer foam peanuts but shredded paper will work too.)
Now set the basket inside the cardboard box. Top it off with more filler to prevent shifting. Tape the top of the box closed mark the top with a pen. That’s it!
Shipping the Basket
You probably want the basket to arrive promptly or at least before the birthday ends so calculate the shipping time. You’ll have a variety of shipping options to choose from, ranging in price. Generally, the longer the shipping time, the less expensive the shipping will be.
You need to fill out the shipping labels. Include your name and address and your loved one’s. Many shippers now require a telephone number so be sure and include the recipient’s phone number. You can place the label on the box yourself or take the package to a post office or shipping company. (Do ask for the tracking option!) Unfortunately, you cannot wrap a gift in birthday gift wrap only plain brown paper.
Here’s another handy tip, don’t put chocolate or perishable items in your basket. They’ll melt before they arrive.
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