4 things to know about Christmas gift delivery in Europe3 min read

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Christmas is coming. Streets are decorated and Christmas markets around the world are inviting you for a cup of cinnamon tea and cheerful music. Christmas euphoria is getting bigger as we are spending more quality time with beloved ones. Then you wake up the day before the Christmas and realize that the Christmas gift delivery is not on-time. You are hectically calling your courier company as you are refreshing the webpage which repeatedly shows you delay. Is there a way to avoid this?

The answer is yes. In order to avoid the unnecessary frustration caused by the late delivery of Christmas gifts, you should make sure you have the knowledge of how everything works during Christmas season. By following these 10 steps you can make sure that your Christmas season remains the way it should be – peaceful, joyful and enjoyable.

  1. Plan ahead – Christmas season is special for you, the courier companies and European countries. The common belief that the Christmas season has the same timeframe in all European countries is actually misleading. Certain countries like Portugal and Romania, have public holidays even in December. Portuguese then continue celebrating on 8. December together with Austrians, Italians, Spaniards and the Swiss. The situation gets even more complicated in the period of time between 22. and 31. December during which every European country has its own pre or post-Christmas holidays. Moreover, certain South-Eastern European countries such as Macedonia and Montenegro, celebrate Christmas on 7. January due to a different church calendar. This, of course, affects the working hours of courier companies and therefore the Christmas gift delivery. Becoming familiar with European holidays and planning your order accordingly is the first and most important step for making sure you get on-time delivery.
  1. Be aware of the courier company operations There are many factors that cause delivery delays. Nevertheless, when speaking about Christmas season, there are three most important ones to consider. While booking your Christmas gift delivery you might notice that, depending on the route, certain days are blocked in the calendar. This is because many countries link their public and religious holidays with the weekends. The second factor is that many courier companies start receiving new orders on the second working day after Christmas. The third important factor refers to the precedence of deliveries over a collection. This means that many courier companies tend to focus more on delivering the parcels rather than collecting them. This means that, apart from planning well in advance, you also need to pay attention to your role in the process.
  1. Be present – Collections and deliveries of your Christmas gifts usually happen between 9 in the morning 6 in the afternoon. During this time, you should be present at the pick-up or collection location. In case you are unsure whether you are definitely going to be present, you can put your workplace, your friend’s or your hotel address. When it comes to choosing a specific delivery date, you should know that at the moment, Eurosender offers this option for freight service. Feel free to contact us for more information.
  1. The sky is the limit – Now, when you have planned your shipments it is time to choose your gifts and explore the options you have. Did you know that you can send/receive a Christmas tree with Eurosender? Moreover, did you also know that you can send almost everything via Eurosender? Once you place the order, it is time to enjoy the holidays.

In the end, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas our way.

 

 

Last modified: December 20, 2018

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