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Shipping souvenirs from UK back to US

Hello, I am hoping to travel carry-on only; and would like to purchase a few gifts (such as tote bags, t-shirts - maybe a book or two). What would be a fairly inexpensive way to ship - low-priority, no-rush?

If this is anything like the US, there is a lower fee for shipping books. I might imagine one or two books in package.

These would not be very valuable items, and it would be fine with me if they came over on slow-boat. I am hoping this would be under 50-75 USD, and anticipate dimensions no bigger than 12 x 24 inches, and less than 20 pounds. I looked on a few sites (UPS, DHL) and everything seems quite expensive. Is international mail an option?

Thanks in advance, happy/safe travels

Posted by
395 posts

As of last Christmas there was still shipping by sea from the UK to the US. However it still might be more expensive than you’d like. I bought stamps when we arrived last week so I could send postcards to our grandchildren. The postage at 2.20 GBP is 3 times what the average postcard has cost me (75 pence).

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4542 posts

I carry on the way over and check on the way home--expandable suitcases are genius, or just pack a cheap duffle. I am less concerned about my travel being interrupted by waiting for a bag on the way back. For the items you are describing, that would be the most economical route.

Posted by
90 posts

I love the idea of Royal Mail ! Thank you @ramblin' on. The site has International Economy category, but it doesn't mention to US (rather other parts of Europe, Australia, etc). The Parcelforce is not sounding inexpensive, alas

Posted by
90 posts

Thank you @valadelphia . Additional context though is that this will be the start of a trip to one or two other cities, with possible plane ride in between. So really really hoping to keep it carry-on.

Posted by
90 posts

Brilliant @hopper18 ! Embarrassingly enough, I looked at International Mail information too quickly. The good 'ol USA did not pop up immediately, and I didn't pick up on the North America category. Thank you

Posted by
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I've shipped some souvenirs home for myself from the UK a few times (to the US, east coast), most recently from Scotland last year. I can't recall the price but it was not expensive at all, and it took about a week for the package to arrive. I just wandered into a local post office and it took about 5 minutes to get it done. Super easy!

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2783 posts

Last year I mailed a package back to my home on Monday and it arrived on Friday that same week, it was $45.00.

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1188 posts

I frequently send books and other small gifts to friends in the USA. Royal Mail is the way to go for sure. It's our national postal service and predates UPS/DHS and the like. Although they have now been privatised they still provide a good service that includes for example a promise of delivery to any address in the UK - something the other providers do not offer! No DHL/UPS etc deliveries up here on the Isle of Skye.