Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Rhona Maxwell

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It's easy to get caught up in the planning and buying of gifts, only to forget one of the most important bits until later...the delivery!

Time to get thinking then, and who better than Perth’s resident postage expert, Fiona McLellan from Pharos Parcel on George Street, to give you her top three tips for sending gifts this Christmas. 

Pharos is Perth’s one stop parcel shop specialising in sending your letters, packets and parcels within the UK and all over the world (you can also get a handy 15 minutes free parking right outside!). Whether sending Christmas presents to Australia or selling your goods online they can send your parcels, in some cases at up to 70% cheaper than at the Post Office or Royal Mail, fully tracked door to door.

Their friendly shop also stocks quirky and unusual cards, wrapping paper and gift bags, proper postal boxes of all shapes and sizes, tape and bubble wrap galore…. in fact everything you need to pack and post for Christmas, and they'll even pack for you if time is short.

Without further ado, here's those all imporant tips and dates you need...

1. Packing.

This is a task that definitely follows the mantra, more is better! More cushion, more boxes, more tape! If it’s fragile then you need more boxes and if it rattles, it needs
more padding!

All carriers use temporary staff at this time of year and the huge volume means parcels aren’t handled as carefully as we would all like, it’s just a simple fact and one we can’t avoid. Pack up, and make sure that your loved one receiving the gift will be happy!

2. Time.

Give yourself plenty of it! The ‘Last Post’ dates won’t guarantee your gift arrives on time so the advice is to get in there with a good week to spare. Why not check out Pharos Parcel’s new express next day service with DHL starting at £8.35.

Here's the golden dates you need;

  • Europe by Road: Friday 15th December
  • UK Express with DHL: Thursday 21st December
  • UK Standard Service by Road: Wednesday 20th December
  • Worldwide by air: Monday 18th December

As shopping online goes up and up, so too does the number of parcels in the already overcrowded delivery system. So please, please get busy with that brown paper asap!

3. What can you send?

Check the international prohibited items list. If you are sending parcels beyond Europe they will be security scanned and stopped and destroyed if found to contain any liquids or aerosols.

This includes creams, nail varnish sets, perfume or aftershave. So, please don’t send the Lynx effect to your young nephew in the States! has a full list of prohibited items for you to check.

Happy Posting!

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