Thx everyone. It was a little stressful for a moment
We had planned on visiting Seiffen on way to Prague. We believe in shopping local and authentic. This area has numerous shops where everything is made locally, or at the very least, made in Germany. It’s a 365 day Christmas market. It’s definitely off the beaten path, but worth the trip. Very rural area but incredible charm. A car is a must to get here. Not a lot of English spoken but google translate, a smile and some basics got us through the most part.
So My husband and I went shopping, bought a bunch of gifts, knowing there was a DHL store in Seiffen. We then realized that the local DHL office is a tiny desk with limited hours and staff. We bought the last 3 boxes the proprietor had this day.
My mistake in not scoping out and realizing that just because a place is part of a worldwide shipping operation, availability of packaging may be limited.
Everything we bought had it’s own box. Whew! We used shopping bags, a drindl and liederhosen (from Oktoberfest in Munich) so no bubble wrap or filler was necessary. It worked!
Cost 172 euro. We bought authentic, had an adventure and thankfully an excellent exchange rate. We are ok with the cost of shipping. Part of the experience. Not all places shipped. Many are literally mom and pop shops. Only 1 shop was able to ship for us - convenience but similar cost as DHL.
It all worked out. Just roll with the punches, and thank you all for helping us formulate plan B.