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Christmas is a magical time that should be spent merrily with family and friends. However, most of us do feel the pinch when it comes to our finances. Costs can certainly stack up – buying the presents is often an expensive task on its own, not to mention having to then send them far and wide to reach loved ones that live in a different part of the country, or even the world. With little ones to think about, you simply might not have the chance to get all your Christmas gifts delivered on time (I know I am seriously behind this year!) One of the cheapest and fastest ways to take the weight off your shoulders is to use a courier service. There are a few things you should bear in mind when buying and sending festive gifts in order to keep the process as cheap and stress-free as you can…

Christmas Presents

(1) If you already know that you’ll have to have your presents delivered, it’s best to plan ahead when buying them. Check the list of restricted and prohibited items to make sure that couriers are able to handle the items you are sending. Purchasing gifts that are small and weigh very little will keep delivery costs to a minimum. It’s also important that your parcel is packaged correctly as this will keep it safe and protected on its journey from sender to recipient, but will also allow the gift to remain a surprise!

(2) The courier comparison site My Parcel Delivery can help you to decide which company offers the best delivery options based on your needs, whilst also finding the cheapest courier service available. Using a courier not only helps you to save money, but also saves valuable time. You can wave goodbye to the Post Office queues by leaving your parcels at a designated drop-off point if using a courier such as UPS.  Parcels can even be collected from your own home with the Parcelforce express service. Simply input the weight and size of your parcel into the My Parcel Delivery website, alongside the destination of the gift, and you’ll be presented with some of the best deals around.

(3) If you want presents to be delivered on time, the sooner you complete your Christmas shopping the better. Not only will it eliminate the unneeded stress of last-minute shopping, but it also stops you from paying over the odds because the presents you were looking for are out of stock. If last minute shopping does feel like it will be on the cards, make sure to check out the last delivery dates before the big day to avoid disappointment!

Yes, Christmas can be expensive, but it’s a wonderful time to celebrate with loved ones and it shouldn’t be ruined by financial worries. There are many ways in which you can have a fun-filled festive holiday while still saving money, it just takes that little bit of extra planning. I hope these tips are of some help to you and that the run-up to Christmas this week is a pleasant and stress-free experience!


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