So Your Gift Got Lost in the Mail? What Now?

December 16, 2010 by Mom Jeanine
shefinds | Kids

I will admit, I am a last-minute shopper. I still haven’t gotten my dad or my brother their Christmas gifts. But one thing I did not wait until the last minute to do this year was order my holiday cards. I ordered them on November 29 and have been anxiously awaiting their arrival ever since. Except that they still haven’t arrived, more than 2 weeks later. I called yesterday to check on them and yup, you guessed it, they’re lost in the mail. So what do you do when you find out–just a week before Christmas–that your package is MIA? Freak out a little, which I did last night, then hatch a new plan of action.

If you’re like me, and something you so desperately wanted to arrive before 12/24 is lost in the mail, here are some pretty good Plan Bs:

If your holiday cards were lost…

Order New Year’s cards instead. is offering free 2-Day shipping on orders over $75 with code FREE2DAY through 12/18. That means you’ll get them by Christmas Eve.

If a gift for someone in your immediate family was lost…

Order a replacement asap. Most sites will guarantee a 12/24 delivery if you order by tomorrow. If you’re shopping at Toys ‘R Us, though, you have until 12/21 (although you probably shouldn’t wait if you already know what you want).

If a gift you were sending to someone else was lost…

Send an e-gift card. You could chance it and try having the gift re-sent, but e-gift cards are a much safer option. All the redemption info will be sent directly to the recipient’s inbox so no more lost boxes. Tons sites offer e-gift cards–here are a few:

Click here to see all our great holiday gift ideas, plus be sure to check out our sold-out guide.

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