It’s early November. While time is still on your side, you may want to start jotting down some gift ideas for your friends and family. You can use this shopping list to keep track of ideas, purchases, and dates to ship your packages.
If you’re shipping gifts to your loved ones this year, consider the box sizes you’ll need. Knowing the size of the package can help narrow down the items you purchase. Take it from two FedEx Office senior center managers ― Charlie Thorsten from Encinitas, California, and Tim Seymour from Ventura, California:
“Just being aware of what packaging is available will help you plan ahead of time,” Thorsten says. “Come into the store to look at the different sizes of boxes. Talk to our team members about what you’re shipping and the best packaging for it. A lot of times that can influence what people buy for gifts.”
While you’re gathering ideas, sort the list into groups of family members. That way, when it comes time to ship the gifts, it will be easier to check off the items that can go together in one box. No more worrying about when separate packages will arrive.
Also, by shipping the gifts together in one box, you can take advantage of the FedEx One Rate® pricing option. As long as the items weigh less than 50 lbs., you can add more items to the box without adding to the price.
“I tell my customers that FedEx One Rate is your best bet, because you can pile as much of whatever into that box and the price isn’t going to change. That’s a value-driver ― they can price out what they’re going to do before they commit to doing it,” Seymour says. “Customers are thrilled about FedEx One Rate because they like that flexibility ― and they love taking those boxes and chucking them full of stuff.”
The rate of your shipment is based on three factors:1
- Where you are shipping your package.2
- Which free FedEx Express® packaging you select.
- Which FedEx Express 1-, 2- or 3-day package service you choose.
For shipping smaller items within local zones, use FedEx Express Saver® service. Your package will arrive in 3 business days for as low as $8.50. It's the simple, flat rate way to ship.2
“If you’re trying to keep the cost down, be mindful of what size box you’re using. Don’t get a big one and have a lot of empty space in it. If you can put it in a smaller one, it will save you money. And plan out when you’re going to ship it. If you have time to ship it via FedEx Express Saver, that’ll save you some money too,” Seymour says.
Visit any FedEx Office or FedEx World Service Center® location to get any of the 12 free FedEx Express packaging types for your shipments.
“The extra-large box that is flat and wide is really handy. A lot of our customers choose that,” Thorsten says. “They like it because it’s so wide it can fit a lot of large, flat things, such as picture frames. So it’s one of the most popular.”
Most of the high-quality boxes come with self-adhering tape already on them; simply pull off the protective strip and press it shut. Then bring your package to the counter for shipping. Or drop it off at a FedEx Express® Drop Box location near you. With nearly 40,000 locations in convenient areas nationwide, you’re likely to pass one on your way to practically anywhere.
Once your package is on its way, you can track its status online.
Pack and ship
Need help packing your gifts? Bring your items to a FedEx Office location. With our convenient pack-and-ship option, our experts will gladly pack your shipment. Plus, the FedEx Office® Packing Pledge that comes with this option will give you peace of mind knowing your items are professionally packed. The cost for packing starts at just $4.99.
“We add a lot of value when we pack it, because we know what the requirements are, and how to protect a shipment in transit. We can make sure that the package is set up for success,” Seymour says. “I advise customers, if they’re buying gifts that are fragile or electronics, to let us pack it for them.”
FedEx One Rate includes the following features, making it different from flat rate pricing options offered by other carriers:
- Free FedEx Express packaging available in boxes, tubes, paks and envelopes, giving you 12 options to choose from.
- Time-definite 1-, 2- or 3-day delivery backed by our money-back guarantee.3
- Declared value up to $100.
- End-to-end visibility with world-class FedEx® tracking.
- Simple online shipping, with or without an account, with FedEx Ship Manager® Lite.
- Easy accessibility to FedEx Express Drop Box locations.
Enjoy flat rate pricing
Keep your holiday organized by using the convenient FedEx One Rate flat rate pricing option when shipping your gifts.
While vacationing during the holidays, instead of toting your gifts and souvenirs through the airport or stuffing them in your car, rely on us to pack and ship them for you. Stop in at any FedEx Office location and drop off your items with us. We’ll help you choose the right size box for the FedEx One Rate pricing option, then ship your packages to your home or other destination so you can enjoy your vacation hands free.
Or use the Hold at FedEx Location option. We’ll ship your packages to the FedEx Office location of your choice and you can pick up the packages at your convenience. We’ll hold them securely for up to five business days at no extra cost to you.
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1Terms, conditions and weight limits apply. Proper packing required. See the FedEx Service Guide for details.
2The flat rate is determined in part by three zones from origin to destination: generally 0–150 miles, 151–600 miles and 601-plus miles.
3For details on the FedEx Money-Back Guarantee, see Our Services at fedex.com.