2021 Last Order Dates for Christmas Delivery Overseas

For Christmas 2021, delivery times to some overseas destinations are still longer than normal with COVID-19 still causing disruptions to global flights and carrier services. We’d suggest customers order as early as possible to give every chance for your Gift Box to be delivered abroad in time for Christmas. These are our recommended 2021 last order dates for Christmas delivery to popular countries:

CountryTracked PostExpress Courier
USASun 28th NovThu 16th Dec
CanadaSun 28th NovThu 16th Dec
AustraliaSun 21st NovThu 9th Dec
New ZealandSun 21st NovThu 9th Dec
Singapore, Hong Kong,
Japan
Sun 28th NovThu 16th Dec
For countries not listed, assume same as Australia

These are guidelines (not guarantees) to be viewed in conjunction with our COVID-19 Update and are based on:

  1. Delivery to main cities and towns in the destination countries. Remote areas may not be reached on time.
  2. Shipments getting customs clearance promptly once they reach the destination countries.
  3. No adverse weather or environmental conditions along the journey that may disrupt transport networks.

Any orders placed after these recommended last order dates will still be fulfilled as normal (dispatch within 2 working days of order), but please be aware of the risk that your Gift Box may not arrive until after Christmas.

If you are still after ideas of what to send, we have 3 fantastic Christmas boxes on top of our usual British Gift Box range. Take a look and see which one you think they’d like best:

  1. Most popular – Christmas Nibbles Box
  2. All the favourites – Christmas Nosh Box
  3. Ultimate family treat – Christmas Gastronomy Box

Do get in touch if you have any questions on 0118 380 0209 or [email protected] Our team are always happy to help!

 

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Christmas Abroad in a Pandemic

With an estimated 5 million Brits living abroad, Christmas is the one time of year when many yearn to reunite with loved ones, either with a pilgrimage back home to the UK or having the folks from home descend on them for the holidays…..especially if they live in sunny climes!

For most, family reunions will be pipedream this Christmas. Even as governments wrestle with what travel policy to implement to strike a balance between public health and not destroying what remains of the travel industry, the likelihood is that the vast majority will just want to avoid unnecessary travel and uncertainty over quarantine requirements outbound and upon return.

For expats who are used to the annual ritual, Emma Brockes reflects in her recent Guardian article about homesickness amongst those who choose to make a life abroad and how COVID will make Christmas 2020 even more difficult. Not having an opportunity to reconnect with their roots, to reaffirm relationships with those they care about and to share their thoughts and experiences in person means living abroad has never felt so hard as this year.

While there is no substitute for being able to spend time with your loved ones at this time of the year, if they’re stuck abroad and can’t come home this Christmas, send a little bit of home to them. It’s not going to banish their longing for home but any one of our Christmas Boxes is sure to make them smile!

 

The Christmas Nibbles Gift Box includes:

  • Mini Iced Fruit Cake
  • Quality Street Carton
  • Cadbury Festive Friends
  • Mini Gingerbread Men
  • Cadbury Dairy Milk Santa
  • Terry’s Chocolate Orange
  • Many more festive favourites

Christmas Nibbles - British Gift Box

The Christmas Nosh Gift Box includes:

  • Rich Fruit Christmas Pudding
  • Mr Kipling Mince Pies
  • Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Shell
  • Maltesers Reindeers
  • Terry’s Chocolate Orange
  • After Eight Mints
  • All Butter Fudge Box
  • And more!

Christmas Nosh - British Gift Box

The Christmas Gastronomy Gift Box includes:

  • Cadbury Medium Selection Box
  • Rich Fruit Christmas Pudding
  • Mcvities Victoria Biscuits
  • Walkers Pure Butter Assorted Shortbread
  • Rich Fruit Christmas Pudding
  • Mr Kipling Mince Pies
  • Robertson’s Mincemeat Classic
  • Terry’s Chocolate Orange
  • And much more!

Christmas Gastronomy - British Gift Box

 

 

Main Photo by Volodymyr Hryshchenko on Unsplash

 

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Royal Mail International Parcel Prices to US Rockets

The cost of sending parcels to the US by Royal mail rose dramatically over the summer. The combination of COVID-19 international flight restrictions and changes in US policies on postal rates for incoming mail combined to create a worrying precedent for international mail.

Royal Mail in the UK, who we use for our international tracked and standard postal services, is one of a number of international mail providers affected by the circumstances, with the price of sending International standard parcels to the US increasing by 49% on average, and the price of International signed and tracked parcels sent to the US increasing by an average of 38%.

The impact of flight restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic is one cause of the price rise, with Royal Mail explaining that “Most of Royal Mail’s international mail is carried on commercial passenger flights. There has been a 95% reduction in air passenger flights globally following the outbreak of Covid-19. We are having to use air freight to keep the mail moving instead.” According to Royal Mail, this has led to a “five-fold increase in our air freight costs to the US”.

A more notable trend in international mail, though, comes from a change in US policy towards incoming mail from outside of the USA, which will contribute a long term cost increase in sending mail to America. Royal Mail explain that “The increase in the rates we pay for last mile delivery in the US are a result of decisions taken at the UN’s Universal Postal Union (UPU). This met the US administration’s stated objective – to increase how much they charge other countries for delivery. We expect other countries to follow suit. We are likely to see price increases to elsewhere in the world in due course.”

The complex relationship between the US and the UPU was first raised in 2018, when the Trump Administration announced plans to withdraw from the Universal Postal Union, citing unfair trading conditions which they alleged favored China. The US opted against withdrawl from the UPU when a deal was struck to allow the US Postal Service to set its own postal rates, which, according to Royal Mail, will see “A significant increase of more than 100% in the rates we pay for last mile delivery in the US from 1st July”.

These substantial increases brings the price of Royal Mail’s postal services up to the same range as express courier services from the likes of DHL and as a result we have seen a huge swing in customers choosing express courier over international postal services for parcel deliveries to the USA. And why not if you can get a faster and more assured service for a similar price!

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COVID-19: Store Operations & International Deliveries

Adapting to the “new normal” post-COVID

After a tumultuous and challenging two years for many small businesses, including ourselves here at British Gift Box, COVID-19 restrictions have thankfully been lifted in the UK and across most of the world. We were fortunate to have been able to continue to send our Gift Boxes to your loved ones across the world throughout the pandemic although global restrictions made it a much more difficult to always deliver our service to the levels that we set for ourselves. Thank you so much for your patience and encouragement during this time.

Because we send nearly all our Gift Boxes overseas, many of the challenges created by the pandemic remain in the “new normal”. These are detailed below so we’d ask you to make yourself aware of them to understand what they could mean for any orders you place.

 

Product availability

Global supply chain problems mounted as the world emerged from the pandemic affecting the supply and resulting in price inflation in many basic food commodities. This has led to shortages of some of the food products that go in our Gift Boxes as producers have had to adapt or re-prioritise production. The situation is changeable and exacerbated by the conflict in Ukraine. Where one or two items in a Gift Box are not available we will substitute them with similar alternatives where possible. So please be aware that there may be minor variations to the box contents as described.

 

Longer delivery times

All logistics providers shipping overseas are still experiencing longer delivery times to some extent compared to pre-pandemic norms. The aviation industry made huge cuts during the pandemic and are now building back but have significant challenges in doing so. This means there are still fewer commercial flights to carry your parcels and the transport networks still suffers from some  disruptions. Whilst the big private carriers like DHL have their own fleet of cargo planes to soften the impact, national postal carriers like Royal Mail have been particularly badly affected as they are wholly reliant on commercial flights.

This means that postal deliveries to many countries are still taking longer than normal. Economy and tracked postal shipments to Australia and New Zealand can still take as long as a month to remoter parts of those countries. Fortunately, express courier services like DHL & UPS are less affected and seem to be almost back to normal. The impact on global logistics is likely remain for the foreseeable future. It is more important than ever that you chose the right shipping option for your needs and it is up to you to check the latest status for the country you wish to ship to.

As our carriers cannot guarantee that your parcel will be delivered to their target timescales as shown in the International Shipping page, any orders you place assumes you understand and accept the risk of possible delays. Specifically, if you choose to send your parcel by economy (untracked) post, for which we have no visibility nor control over during transit, we will not be able to provide a refund or any compensation for excessive delays or non-delivery.

We’d ask you to consider ordering earlier than normal for birthdays and other important events to avoid unnecessary delays. Thank you again for your patience.

 

Delivery to the door changes

All couriers and postal delivery services across the world have made changes to their delivery procedures to keep their staff safe. Local policies apply but this means that parcels could be left without human or other unnecessary contact including:
• Without signature
• Without knocking on doors
• Without ringing door bells
• Without calling first

 

Country specific information

A number of countries have significant backlogs of mail and parcels to process because of previous/current pandemic restrictions and excessively high parcel volumes. You should expect to see delivery delays to these countries for some weeks to come. See further information from carriers and for specific countries in the following useful links:

Royal Mail International Incident Bulletin

DPD Service Updates

 

Despite the ongoing challenges, we are doing everything we can to make sure you can still send some home comforts to loved ones abroad at a time when they may need it most.

 

Last updated: 1st July 2022

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New And Improved British Gift Box Checkout

We are really excited to announce that the latest version of our checkout is here, with a host of improvements for our customers: clearer cart layout and checkout steps, improved user experience, and lots of useful information. The British Gift Box checkout is the main interface that customers use to pay for and/or subscribe to our lovely gift boxes. It’s crucial that it’s fast, reliable, informative, and above all, easy to use. Having taken a number of months to develop a new checkout and tested it extensively, we’ve now enabled the new checkout for all transactions.

Let’s take a look at the key changes.

 

Clearer Cart and Checkout Layout

The previous single step checkout has been replaced by a 2-step Cart and Checkout process to make each step much clearer, pages less cluttered and more intuitive.

New British Gift Box Checkout

 

Clearer International Shipping Information And Options

The Shipping Country selector and calculator now also provides general as well as any country-specific shipping information for customers to be fully informed about the issues involved in sending a parcel abroad.

Once the shipping country is selected, all the available shipping options together with the details of each shipping service are clearly displayed for customers to make an informed choice of how they want their gift boxes to be shipped to their recipient.

New British Gift Box Checkout

 

Better Personalisation For Gifts

The majority of our customers are people ordering a gift box for a loved one overseas so the ability to personalise their gift with a handwritten message card and perhaps a few printed photos is very important for them. The new design steers them through the personalisation process, including giving them the added ability to specify a target delivery date for us to aim to deliver for.

 

More Accurate Address Data Capture

The new checkout uses the latest address lookup and validation technology to help customers enter accurate address details, which is essential for successful delivery abroad. Suggested addresses from the latest database are presented as customers start to type in address details – they can select the correct one or continue to complete manually.

New British Gift Box Checkout

 

Improved User Experience

The new British Gift Box checkout means that buying a gift box or subscribing to regular gift box deliveries should be simple and easy. And it will arm customers with the relevant information they need to know about the often complex shipping process their gift box will go through to reach their recipient in the destination country.

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Back To School

It’s back to school this week for most kids in the UK! Across the world, the new academic year has already started in many countries.

In addition, for those British students who have recently got their A Level results, record numbers will be heading off to study abroad this September. It is indeed an exciting (and sometimes slightly anxious) time as most of these young adults will be leaving home for the first time.

If you have children, grandchildren or friends who are starting school or college abroad, send them off with retro British back-to-school Lunchbox to wish them well for the new academic year and as a thoughtful reminder of home!

 

Our School Lunchbox contains all the old lunchtime favourites that everyone will remember and will be sure to raise a smile for British students the world over.

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What do Expats miss most about a British Christmas?

Over the festive period we have had a huge number of Christmas themed British Gift Boxes literally flying off the shelves to be delivered all around the world in time for the big day! Although embracing new and exciting cultures and festive traditions from all corners of the globe can be incredibly exciting, it’s hard to stop missing some homely comforts that remind you of past Christmases at home.

We’ve been asking around about what British expats miss most, so here are a couple of British things that expats can’t seem to live without in the festive period!

1/ Terry’s Chocolate Orange

An old-time favourite in Britain, Terry’s Chocolate Orange has been around for years and is expected at the bottom of every Christmas stocking!

2/ Mince Pies

These delicious pastry treats are sorely missed abroad. Check out our blog: 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Mince Pies

3/ Christmas Crackers

It’s simply not Christmas without Christmas crackers, but you’ll be surprised to find out crackers aren’t a big thing in many places around the world! Try explaining what a Christmas cracker is to someone who has never heard of one – it gets interesting!

4/ Cadbury’s Chocolate

Let’s face it, no other brand is the same.

5/ Bisto Gravy Granules

It’s not something that immediately comes to mind, but having copious amounts of gravy on your Christmas dinner is essential!

6/ Twiglets

When you think you’ve eaten your weight in turkey, chocolate and mince pies, there always seems to be just that bit more room for Twiglets!

7/ After Eights

These minty delights can’t be forgotten! Have you ever played the After Eight party game? Look on the internet and make sure you play it this Christmas.

 

 

 

 

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The Classic British Lunchbox – Which of these Snacks Did You Have at School?

It’s back to school time! If you’re a parent, you’ve probably spent the last few weeks going round the shops buying pencil cases, uniform, shoes, sports kits and most importantly, lunch box supplies. Kids love the array of British lunch box snacks, treats and puddings that are available, but what would you miss the most if you were abroad?

Would Hershey’s ever replace the decadence of Cadbury’s as a chocolate treat, or Lay’s Oven Baked Potato Crisps beat Walkers Cheesy Wotsits?

Would you miss doing the Fruit Pastille challenge with your friends where you ‘can’t help but chew’?

Is there always a place in your lunchbox for Prawn Cocktail Skips or the iconic Wagon Wheels  or even the fun-sized Penguin Biscuits?

You’ll never know what you miss most until you leave but it is not surprising that children and adults alike will always have fond memories of the the treats mum used to put into their lunchboxes! We don’t want anyone to miss out on these classic snacks, so have come up with the perfect solution. Our School Lunchbox Gift Box has collected together a whole range of classic British favourites, including all of the goodies mentioned above and so much more!

If you know someone abroad who might be missing Walkers, Cadbury’s chocolate, Wagon Wheels, Skips and all those other delicious snacks, make them smile from across the world by sending them a surprise gift box. Have a browse through our Gift Boxes, including the Sweet Memories Gift Box, the Chocoholics Anonymous Gift Box and the Dunking Indulgence Gift Box.

 

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A Fantastic Competition to Celebrate Our Launch!

The British Gift Box Team are proud and excited to have recently launched this fantastic new website to showcase our bespoke collection  of quintessentially British care packages aimed at Brits abroad yearning for the comforts of home!

To celebrate, we are holding a competition to win a British Gift Box of your choice, delivered to your door, anywhere worldwide!

It’s easy to get involved, click here to enter, tell us your favourite British treat, and you’re in for a chance of winning whichever box from our Nibbles range that takes your fancy! If you have a friend or family member abroad who would love to receive a nostalgic box of British treats, enter to win it for them to put a smile on their face.

Increase your chance of winning

One thing not to forget… tell your friends! If they enter the competition and put your name in the ‘How did you hear about this?’ box, if they win, you’ll BOTH get a box each!

Don’t worry if you’re not the overall winner – we’ve put a sneaky offer in the confirmation email, so as long as you enter, we’ll give you a fantastic introductory discount on some delicious British goodies that you or your loved ones abroad will absolutely love!

Celebrate our launch and enter now!

Follow our social media accounts so you don’t miss out on future competitions, offers and more, and have a browse now to see how you can satisfy those British cravings…

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