Published: 19th May 2020

How to send wine bottles as a gift through the post

Sending a bottle of wine as a gift through the post or courier network can be a nightmare. It’s odd then, that next to sending flowers or giving a bottle of fine wine or Champagne as a gift for a Birthday, Anniversary or Christmas is so normal, sending it through the post should be a relatively painless process too. But is it? Every retailer who’s ever tried to mail order bottles, knows it can harder than it looks.

So, here’s our guide on how to send a wine bottle as a gift through the post.

Sending bottles through the post can be a nightmare

Many independent drinks retailers can testify that the simple art of transporting a bottle of wine from A to B, is actually nothing of the kind. It’s not that simple, and it can be a nightmare.

If you offer customers a wine delivery service, mail order wine options, or send wine bottles for corporate gifting, you’ll know that sourcing a trusted courier service is a painstaking process. Anything less than arrival in one piece can be at best embarrassing. At worst, when it involves corporate gifting, promotional gifts for an event, incentives for staff or bespoke awards – it can spell disaster for a company’s reputation.

A cursory search online throws out a ton of searches made by many such retailers and consumers alike. ‘How can I send a bottle through the post?’ ‘What’s the best way to send a bottle?’ and ‘I’d like to send a wine gift, what do I do?’

Choosing the right protective packaging for your needs

Customers frequently ask us which of our bottle transit packaging options fit which occasion.

To help you figure out which range to choose from, we’re developed a simple comparison chart as well as a rating system. Ultimately it’s your choice how you send your wine and Champagne gifts, and we’d always recommend discussing your options with your courier in advance.

The responsibility to find both the correct outer packaging and a suitable carrier, becomes all the more important when so many courier companies flat-out refuse to take wine parcels at all.

The good news is that by buying from our Mailsafe, Polysafe or Safe Air range of transit cardboard boxes, you’re buying protective packaging for bottles that is courier approved. Our transit boxes are easy to configure and delivered to you super-fast, so you’ll never have to store bulky items. Ultimately, you’ll be sending beautiful gifts, while maintaining your peace of mind.

Courier Approved Wine Packaging

Many couriers will stop you dead in your tracks when you ask the question “Do you ship liquid?”.

Now you can avoid endless trawling through the internet for suitable courier services that transport wine. Our range of Mailsafe, Polysafe, Safe Air ranges have been approved by several popular courier companies including:

  • Parcelforce
  • Interlink Express
  • DHL

The Science

Protective packaging is made from 100% recycled corrugated board. It consists of three main components:

  • An outer liner
    • An inner liner
    • A fluting glued between the two
  • This ‘sandwich’ looking construction gives the corrugated board its strong rigidity, and the unique ability to cushion and protect the contents inside. Corrugated board comes in a variety of weights and thicknesses (types of flute) that are either single-walled or double-walled. ‘B’ flute is great. ‘EB’ Flute is better.

    Keep it Green,Keep it British

    Support and boost the UK’s manufacturing industry while reducing your carbon footprint. WBC’s transit packaging is not only ‘Made in the Britain’ but it’s made from 100% recyclable and biodegradable paper or card as well.

    Brand your Protective Packaging!

    Turn your box into a walking advertisement for your company with WBC’s printing services. All our protective packaging can over printed with your company name or logo, or overprinted with a special message. While prices vary depending on the carton size and print design, it’s an affordable way of promoting your business wherever the box may go.

    Components can be purchased separately. Simply purchase the cardboard box, have it branded by us in 7 days and then buy smaller volumes of internal fittings as and when you need them. For more information visit: wbc.co.uk/printingservices

    When your budget doesn’t quite stretch that far, why not print your name or logo onto packaging tape – it’s a cost-effective alternative. See our printing pages for more information, or call our friendly team on 020 7737 4040.

    Turn your Protective Packaging into a Gift

    Protective packaging may not be the most glamorous packaging we sell here at WBC, but it doesn’t have to be completely dull either. Turning a humble cardboard box into a beautiful gift is easy with our decorative and seasonal tape and tissue papers.

    The more you buy, the more you save. Buy in bulk, and save up to 25% off already wholesale trade prices!

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