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« on: September 27, 2004 08:02:01 AM »

A friend of mine is a first year medical student away from home.  He is stressed waay out.  I am wanting to mail him some food goodies but I have a) never mailed food items before and need instruction on how to get them there in one piece and b) would like some ideas.  I have already decided to make him the anatomical heart cookies.  What are some things you guys have done?
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2004 08:16:59 AM »

I mailed out some Xmas cookies last year, and it worked pretty well. I used tins and plastic containers that held the cookies without a whole lot of extra space for them to rattle around in. Then, I packed them in cardboard boxes that were big enough to hold enough packing materials (styrofoam, newspaper, etc.), so that the cookie container was well padded and wouldn't budge when I shook the box.

And of course, this goes without saying - don't use anything perishable in them like frosting that needs to be refrigerated, etc. And pay the extra to have them go Priority (or Express if you can afford it) - the less time they're traveling, the less of a chance there will be for them to get broken!

Inevitably, some of the cookies will break, but they'll still taste good! Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2004 10:08:27 AM »

Yep, unless you use perishables (eg truffles, fresh chocolates) you can get away with regular mail. Otherwise same day/overnight delivery is your choice. UPS generally has the better prices.

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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2004 05:08:51 PM »

My grandma sends out food for christmas every year and in my entire life time only one thing has broken. The key is making sure that there's enough padding (ie, bubble wrap) especially on breakable items. Pretty much each item is wrapped seperately in bubble wrap (but so is pretty much everything she sends my way.) Another way to package cookies is in bags or boxes, but in rows so that they can't move around.... canned food is of course easiest to send but it weighs a ton. That's my $.02. Good luck - I'm sure he'll enjoy his gifts, they are very thoughtful!
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