November 21, 2007 14:18 ET

Rattle, Rattle, Little Broken Gift? Not if You Follow Canada Post's Packaging Tips

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2007) - You chose your gifts with great care. Don't you think you should package them with the same kind of attention? During the holiday rush, packages are handled several times, they get bumped around mail processing plants and exposed to cold temperatures during transit. Sometimes, badly wrapped packages can end up looking the worse for wear. Jewellery, games, electronics, even marble bookends need the correct packaging. When planning your gift-mailing strategy, keep it simple: Pick the right box, pack it right, seal it tight, and post it now!

Those of you who have used Canada Post to deliver your greetings and gifts over the years know you can count on the post office to get the job done right. Canada Post offers several options (for every budget and speed requirement) to ensure your gifts and greetings arrive on time for the holidays. But we need your co-operation to ensure Aunt Martha's silver frame or little Jamie's toy truck arrives in top-notch shape. The following simple steps can ensure your packages arrive safely.

- Put it in a Box Envelopes are meant for paper - if you're sending anything other than a card or a letter, use a box to protect it. Even very small items (like small jewellery, lapel pins, magnets, key chains, etc.) must be mailed in a box or a padded envelope.

- The Box The box protects your gift from mail processing machinery, the elements and handling. Choose a sturdy box that has enough room for both your gift and some protective wrap. Gift boxes provided by department stores usually aren't solid enough; save them for under the tree. The post office sells boxes of all sizes that are specifically designed for mailing.

- Protective Cushioning The goal is to make the box's contents immovable inside the box. Bubble wrap or Styrofoam peanuts (or popped popcorn) are the best way to ensure your gifts are properly protected, as newspaper and tissue paper condense with movement. Wrap gifts well and gently shake the box to ensure you have enough cushioning throughout.

- Sealing Ensure the box is well sealed. Use packaging tape for your boxes (regular household adhesive tape is not secure enough). Do not use cord, string or twine on the box - it can get caught in mail processing equipment.

- Wrapping If the box has a lot of markings on it, wrap it with kraft paper (available for sale at the post office), not gift wrap.

- Correct Address Ensure the complete sender's and recipient's addresses appear on the label, including the postal code. Postal codes can be found at and in postal code books at any Canada Post location. As an added precaution, you should include the address information on a separate sheet of paper inside the package, in case the outside of the package becomes illegible for any reason.

- Correct Postage Make sure your packages have enough postage. The local post office will be happy to weigh and post your package, or ship from home using Ship-in-a-click™.

- Shipping Options Xpresspost™ is a smart alternative to courier services for people who need to get holiday cards and packages delivered quickly. It provides fast (1-3 days between most regions in Canada), delivery confirmation, on-time delivery guarantee with $100 coverage and can be used to send documents, packages and parcels within Canada, the U.S. and abroad. For more information, go to and click on Xpresspost.

With Ship-in-a-click™ Canadians can calculate and pay for postage and print shipping labels from the comfort of their own homes, making it even easier to get ready for the holiday season. After affixing the label, packages can be placed in any Canada Post mailbox or brought to a post office. Visit to see how easy it is.

Media requiring further information or interested in booking an on-air packaging demonstration, please contact: Nicole Lemire nicole.lemire@canadapost or 613-734-8888

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    Nicole Lemire