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How To Send An International Gift Basket

Whether you need to send corporate gift baskets to your out-of-country business associates or you’d like to send a few gourmet food gift baskets to your European relatives you may have a few questions on how to go about sending an international gift basket. In fact, if you’ve never sent an international gift basket before you may be wondering if it is even possible. It’s actually very easy to send a gift basket to an international address, and you even have a few options to choose from. Below are the different ways which you can send a gift basket to an international country.

Online: When you purchase gourmet foods gift baskets online you can often have the company you purchased from send it directly. This is the easiest option available, and it can save you a lot of time and hassle. International delivery does usually cost extra, but if you have a coupon code or voucher you can sometimes save money on the shipping costs. Most importantly, other than supplying the company with your billing and the recipients shipping information all you need to do is choose a gift basket and you’re set. Again, this is the easiest method so if you’d rather not deal with people or paperwork then you should send your gift basket via an online vendor.

In store: The second way to send an international gift basket is almost as easy as doing it online, but it does require a little more time and effort on your part. A brick and mortar store that specializes in gift baskets will usually be able to send yours out to any international address you provide for a fee. The fee can depend on any number of things, but usually it is based on the weight of the basket. When you visit a store or service that specializes in selling gift baskets you will be able to see a sample of the basket that you want to send in person before it’s sent.

Once you’ve chosen the basket you’d like to send you just need to provide the store with the address and they will take care of the rest. You can pay for the entire purchase, basket and shipping, together.

In person: If you’d rather send the gift basket yourself, or if you have no way of sending it through the vendor you bought it from then there are a few ways that you can send a gift basket internationally as well.

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1. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is usually the most cost effective choice. The USPS has many different options to choose from such as express delivery. In addition, you can choose options such as signed delivery or insurance. These options cost extra so if you are interested let the postal worker know ahead of time so that they can calculate it into your expenses right away.

2. FedEx or UPS are alternative services that send packages overseas. Although they sometime cost more it can be worth it if you need to send your package overnight or if you have other special circumstance that require more than just sending a letter to the city next door.

Whichever choice you make on who is going to deliver your gift basket internationally you will need to bring the shipping address and payment with you. In addition, once you bring the package it will be weighed because the weight of the gift basket will determine the cost. If you’d like to get a general idea beforehand you can weigh the gift basket yourself and visit the online USPS, UPS, or FedEx site which will have prices listed based on type of package and weight.

Nadia Sokoloff is the owner of BeGiftingBaskets.com, which offers corporate gift baskets and gourmet food gift baskets.

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