Remember, the 5th of May is this year’s May Day bank holiday. On this day many shops will be closed as well as most banks and postal offices, so if you are planning to send any gifts or items abroad to a friend, relative or if you work from home and send merchandise out, it is best to send it ahead of time so that your recipient receives it in good time! Make sure to choose RAND logistics for any parcels internationally, as we provide first class service for any parcel or package; locally or internationally.
Although many people see May Day as simply another bank holiday which adds an extra day to the weekend, May Day is actually a significant day across many cultures and traditions, and many different countries celebrate May Day in their own individual way. In Britain May Day normally involves Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen, whereas in rural regions of Germany on the eve preceding May Day, villagers and townsfolk normally build bonfires and wrap the new maypole.
In Bulgaria, May Day is believed to be the day when snakes and lizards leave their burrows to terrorise the people, so they light fires and jump over them, making loud noises to scare the snakes. In some parts of the USA, May baskets are made which are small baskets filled with flowers or treats and left on someone’s doorstep.
Whether you are a small time shop seller or you are a growing business with regular exports into Greece and other countries, or if you just want to send a personal package to a friend or relative living abroad, it is important to take note of those countries shipping restrictions and prohibitions. Although in most cases the item you want to ship should have no problem passing customs, it is good to check just to avoid complications upon sending.
In Greece for example, all animal products and furs are prohibited and forbidden for import into Greece. In to this, any gifts of cash or cash equivalents, including gold, silver, precious stones and jewellery, and non-commercial wireless phones are also prohibited, so take care if you are planning on sending a gift or present for a friend’s birthday.
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Singapore is a country of many cultures, and with a rich history and traditions, it can be quite spell bounding to visit or even live in Singapore for a while. Should you choose to send a parcel to a friend or relative living abroad in Singapore, make sure to choose RAND Logistics, as we have the very best service for international and worldwide parcel delivery at the most competitive rates. However it is also recommended that you take a look at the list of restricted and prohibited items when sending a parcel to Singapore.
In particular, if you were thinking of sending a baked gift to a friend or relative in Singapore, it is essential to check Singapore’s restricted items for import, as several types of food including fish, processed egg, and all perishable foods are prohibited for import. It may be better to send a present, but take care as furs, jewellery, precious metals and stones and antiques are also prohibited.
Visual Media that is banned in Singapore by the MDA, including reproduction video tapes, compact discs and DVDS of copyright publications are prohibited for import into Singapore. Chewing gum is even prohibited, so call RAND today or check online for a full list of prohibited and restricted items when sending a parcel to Singapore.
It is important to check with the local customs officers to make sure that any parcels you intend to send to friends or relatives living in Austria meet the specific shipping restrictions, so that you don’t try to import anything illegal.
All meat and animal products, plants and parts of plants, fruit, onions and flower bulbs must be accompanied by a certificate of origin and where necessary a plant-health certificate, if the shipment weight exceeds 3 kg or 6 pounds. Austrian coins and articles made of precious metals must be in keeping with Austrian regulations and permission from the Austrian National Bank must be obtained prior to the sending of any parcels containing these items.
Gift shipments must be clearly marked as GESCHENKSENDUNG on the customs declaration, and are exempt from charges and fees when the value of the parcel is under €29. The gift in question cannot contain more than 40 cigarettes, 10 cigars or 50 grams of tobacco, or 50 grams of a selection of these products. Live plants and animals and human remains are strictly prohibited under the country’s mailing conditions.
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On the 6th May 1840 the very first postal stamp was introduced. As a way of combating the financial losses of the Postal Office, 1d was charged for prepaid letters, whereas 2d was charged if the fee was collected from the recipient. This meant it was better for the sender and the recipient to prepay for their letter, plus the Postal Office received the money straight away (some messengers would be likely to pocket the money received and claim the letter was lost).
As a way of documenting this, an ‘adhesive label’ was attached to the prepaid letter. This was known as the Penny Black and was the first stamp ever to be used.
The Penny Black was quickly discontinued, as the black ink made it hard to see any attempts to void the stamps by crossing through them. In 1841 the stamps were printed in red, becoming the Penny Red. This new stamp was originally only for use within the UK, as it was a local stamp that depicted a profile of Queen Victoria. When international postage gained popularity, envelopes would be marked with the country’s name.
In 1951 a special commemorative stamp was issued containing the name Britain for the Festival of Britain, and the name has been used in stamps ever since.
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We’ve had a week full of helpful advice on what you can give people for Christmas. Now here are some prime examples of what you probably shouldn’t gift people, whatever they are celebrating.
Quirky money boxes such as cats pawing at money you put on a cream saucer? Yes. An eerie face set into a wall that chews excitedly as you approach it with your money? Definitely not. A Face Bank is a Japanese toy that was quite popular if you are sending a parcel to Japan.
The lower half of the wall contains a sensor that alerts it to nearby money, and the mouth moves as if it is trying to chew and swallow the money you feed it. Some trends don’t translate so well, it seems.
Dolls. Dolls can be a very touchy subject. Normally when gifting someone a doll, you will know whether or not it is the right sort of gift for that person. However, there are some dolls that would never go down well.
A traditional Amish doll is a doll that lacks a face, to symbolise that we are ‘all alike in the eyes of god’ however in today’s modern shock society a faceless doll serves as less of a biblical present and more of a creepy horror icon.
I guess you could always stick some googly eyes onto the doll if you really wanted.
It’s the final day of Christmas gift ideas before the big day and what better way to top it all off than give you the top 5 gifts for all this December 25th. We’ve covered all sorts of different gift addressees in the last month so it’s time to wrap everything up with a top 5 of Christmas panic-buys and homemade items. Here’s what to do if you’re still stuck for ideas with just a few days remaining!
This shouldn’t just be an ordinary chocolate bar. Search around for some truly special chocolate treats, whether it’s to do with a theme your loved one might like or just something a bit more expensive than usual.
They offer a great service over Christmas time so a pretty-looking candle with a pleasant aroma could be the road to go down.
If you’ve got sewing skills at hand, why not try and make something comfortable from a spare scarf or hat you don’t need? It would be decent to wash the scarf beforehand of course…
Hat & Scarf
If you’ve got time, why not try and make your own gift in the shape of a warm hat or scarf? Otherwise, hats and scarves are great gifts that are more than necessary for the upcoming winter.
It’s a kind of treasure trove where you collect a selection of treats and store them in a nicely wrapped present box. It’s a gift that might seem small but portrays a huge amount of kindness and effort.
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You may well be away from someone this Christmas and in the process of planning the gifts for that particular family or group of people. After covering their gifts, consider if they’ve got any pets as well! Sending gifts to the family dog or other family pet is sometimes essential, especially if you know the pet well. Whatever the situation may be, a gift for a pet can be a heart-warming gesture to the owners as well, so why not consider some of our pet gift ideas this Christmas?
One of the best possible gifts you can get for a pet this Christmas is food. Food for a dog or other household animal can be easily purchased at any general store. In addition, you might want to have a look at some of the luxury food brands for an improvement on your average pet food. Make sure you check countries list of prohibited and restricted items when shipping internationally as food is sometimes present on these lists.
Another gift idea for pets is a toy. Toys are great gifts that are almost certain to work with any animal that you’re specifying. From scratching posts and chew toys through to tennis balls and treats, toys are certain to keep any pet occupied when they are tempted to chew up their owner’s presents!
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Our Christmas gift ideas continue and today we are focusing on the ideal present for women. It’s no surprise that so many men are panicking up until the last second because they don’t know what to get for their other half. In addition, you might be struggling for gift ideas intended for a female friend who is currently oversees. Whatever you situation may be, take note of our top 3 Christmas gift ideas for women here before you carry your anxieties all the way through to Christmas Eve.
It’s not the easiest present to give another woman if you’re a man but in fact, women are very fond of the idea of receiving clothing as a Christmas gift. You might want to ship a gift to Russia such as a comfy scarf or hat that can provide them with warmth during the colder days or you might be able to get some personal advice beforehand regarding a preferred onesie. Ultimately, clothing can be a very safe and realistic option as a gift this Christmas.
2) DVD Box Sets
Everyone likes a DVD Box set and your wife or girlfriend might really appreciate a whole box set of their favourite show this Christmas. It’s an especially good present if you and a friend are both interested in the show as it highlights some of the significant elements of your friendship. An excellent option if you’ve done the background research.
3) Beauty Accessories
It’s the easy way out but always an appealing gift. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve known someone for decades or you’re getting your first Christmas present for them, beauty products are an ideal gift for women. They may be temporary gifts that don’t have personal representations but they are a popular gift that always seems to work. If your still stuck for ideas, this is the way to go.
Finding gifts for friends and loved ones can be tough but if you follow our top 3, you may well be sorted for the run in to Christmas Day. Don’t forget to make the most of RAND Logistics services this Christmas as you prepare to ship your gifts both across the country and internationally.
Today we look at some of the ideas Christmas gifts that men will be after this Christmas. If your struggling to find the perfect gift for your husband or need to send something internationally to a male friend in time for Christmas, you might want to consider a few of the gift ideas we have to offer. There are all sorts of great gifts that would be perfect for men this Christmas, so here’s a top 3 of the some of the best Christmas gifts for men you can get this year.
Barbecues are symbolic of the summer months and any guy is going to want to put his barbecuing skills to the test during the warmer seasons. It could inspire them to start cooking more often and it proves to be an excellent alternative to cooking in the kitchen. There are all sorts of affordable barbecues or barbecue products out there, but this is certainly the ideal gift.
2) Survival Kit
It might seem a bit cliche but pen knives or other outdoor tool kits can really encourage outdoor activities such as camping and hiking. A lot of men seem to have been inspired by famous adventurers such as Bear Grylls and Ray Mears in recent times, so this could be the perfect opportunity to inspire his dream of venturing through the local forests more often. If you are shipping items like this, you might want to consider our shipping restriction guides for each country beforehand.
3) Docking Stations/ Speakers
Finally, docking stations and speakers are actually a great gift for any man, whether it’s from wife to husband or one mate to another. The amount of speakers available nowadays means there are products that suit a variety of budgets and all sorts of different purposes. You can maybe get some speakers that accompany a cycling journey to work or a larger surround sound speaker for the TV. Either way, this is sure to be a big hit as a gift this Christmas.
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