DHL Parcel UK Sending a Gift In The Post
If you have gifts to send and you’ve never used DHL Parcel UK, it may be easier than you think to
send it by courier. There’s no need to queue at the
post office – we’ll collect your parcel from
your door (this can be your home or work address) and deliver to your recipient the next working
NEED INSPIRATION ON WHAT GIFTS TO SEND? WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED
Receiving gifts through the post is such a great feeling so always remember to tailor your
gift to the individual – if your dad is an avid golfer then golf balls may be up his street
or if your niece is a budding artist, a set of colouring pencils could be the perfect gift.
If you want to mark a special occasion with something meaningful then a personalised gift
may be the way to go. Whether it’s postal birthday gifts or bar mitzvah congratulations, we
have some fantastic personalised ideas on gifts to send for any age:
Some of our favourite gifts through the post (UK)
Photo book or album
Engraved jewellery or watch
Personalised illustration of a special place (first house, wedding venue)
Special edition of their favourite book
Vinyl of their favourite album
This a great opportunity to support an independent business – why not check out your local
high street for something special? Alternatively, sites like Etsy, Not
on the High Street
and CEWE (for photo gifts) are jam-packed with personalised
presents from small creative
WHAT GIFTS TO AVOID
Before sending gifts in the post, it’s always a good idea to check our prohibited items page to check that it
can be sent through our network. As a quick reference, we outline some of the most common
gifts which you are unable to send below:
Common items you can’t send in the post
Liquids - alcohol, perfumes
Precious stones or metals
Money or gift vouchers
Prohibited items can vary from country to country, so make sure to do your research before
you send anything to prevent your items being stopped in customs, delayed, returned to you
or even destroyed. See our International shipping guides
for information on each destination.
MAKE SURE YOUR PARCEL’S COVERED
Sending gifts by post in the UK is both safe and secure, especially by courier. However, as
standard, we provide £25 contents cover for all parcels sent within the UK and £50 cover for all
parcels sent internationally. If you’re sending gifts through the post worth more than this, we
recommend taking out extended contents cover. You can extend your cover up to £500 on UK parcels and
£1,000 for international parcels.
Please do not send anything which is irreplaceable or valuable, for example a family heirloom. We
look after all parcels which are sent through our network but in the unfortunate event that a parcel
should go missing, we want you to be able to easily replace your gift.
For more information about the contents cover options available, take a look at our Terms and Conditions.
Need your gift to arrive by a specific date?
When using a courier to send gifts in the post, we understand that it’s important to know it will
arrive on time, especially if your recipient needs to open it on their special day. If sending a
Christmas present, check out our Christmas delivery page for last posting dates to make sure your
gift is sent in plenty of time.
If sending a gift internationally, public holidays in the destination country can affect how quickly
your items will be delivered so please take this into account. You can view the public holidays for
some of our most international destinations below:
USA | Australia | New Zealand | France | Germany
Trust DHL Parcel UK to deliver your gifts
Trusted by our customers and recipients. We have a ‘Great’
review status on Trustpilot and being part of DHL –
one of the biggest and most trust global couriers, so you know your
parcels is in great hands.
We collect from your door and deliver your UK parcels the very next
working day*. We also deliver to over 160 countries worldwide from
just 2-3 days*.
We have the cheapest next day, UK delivery rates. We also provide up
to £50 free contents cover as standard when you use us to send gifts
through the post, in fact on all orders!
Should you need us, we’re always here. Our dedicated customer service team are on
hand to answer any queries you may have.
This may be your first time booking a parcel delivery online instead
of heading to the Post Office. Our booking forms are super quick and
easy to complete. Along with your recipients address, all you need
to know is the weight and measurements of your parcel and we can
provide you with a quick quote to send your gift to its final
Top tips for a successful gift delivery:
We’re offering our top tips for parcel perfection; making
sure your gift stays as special as the person you’re sending it to.
Send as early as possible
If you’re sending within the UK, we offer next day delivery to most locations, and a
48-hour delivery to Ireland and the Highlands, meaning you don’t have to worry about lengthy
If you’re sending abroad, make sure you check delivery times for the country you want to send
to first as these can vary for each destination.
You can see our full list of countries, delivery times and prices on our International delivery pages, but for
example, to send a parcel to USA will
take 2-3 days with our express service, whilst if you send a parcel to Australia is more
likely to take 4 to 5 days. Bear in mind that items sent to more remote areas of any country will
most likely add to the delivery time.
Take care packaging and waterproofing your parcel
We care about your parcel as much as you do, and promise to take every care with each item. However,
parcels can move in transit and are subject to the weather conditions along its journey, while being
delivered by our drivers, so make sure you take the time to individually wrap all items within your
parcel and pack it tightly. Bubble wrap is a great option for keeping your items both secure and dry
– you should also consider how you can rain-proof the outer packaging too, so the box
doesn’t fall apart if it becomes wet. See more information on our how to package and waterproof your
Check your items aren't restricted or
Some items are prohibited by many countries or by law. Did you know common items such as liquid
cosmetics and perfumes are prohibited items? The list can vary from country to country, so make sure
to do your research before you send anything to prevent your items being stopped in customs,
delayed, returned to you or even destroyed. See our International
shipping guides for information on each destination.
It’s important to note, we also have our own list of goods we’re unable to
ship through the DHL Parcel UK network, so check your items aren’t mentioned there before you
Most importantly - add those personal touches
Once your parcel arrives, you’ll want it to have a wonderful impact on the recipient. Let
someone know how much you care by adding a personal hand-written note or card inside your parcel.
Choose pretty ribbons, tissue or wrapping paper to add some colour and excitement - you’re
free to be as creative as you’d like. However, we’d always recommend putting your
decorated box inside a standard plain box or waterproof padded envelope or bag to avoid your
personalised packaging being damaged in transit.