How to Send Fruit Baskets via USPS

After you make your fruit basket, pack and ship it.
After you make your fruit basket, pack and ship it. (Image: mixed fruit image by Andrew Gentry from Fotolia.com)

You don't have to order a fruit basket online in order to send one to your friends and family. Simply visit a farmers' market or grocery store and pick out flawless apples, pears, oranges and grapes. Place the larger fruit inside a basket before draping the grapes across the top of the fruit. Complete the basket by adding a few pieces of chocolate or a greeting card which expresses appreciation of wonderful family members or friends. Then give your local post office work by using it to ship your basket.

Things You'll Need

  • Bubble wrap
  • Tape
  • Box
  • Styrofoam peanuts
  • Marker--Black

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Wrap and tape plastic around the fruit basket to prevent the fruit from rolling out of the basket during shipping. Cover and tape the plastic-wrapped fruit basket with bubble wrap; the bubble wrap will protect the fruit from being bruised.

Put two layers of Styrofoam peanuts in the bottom of the box and set the basket on top of the peanuts. Fill the box with peanuts until there is no empty space remaining. You should be able to close the lid and shake the box without hearing anything shift inside the box. Tape the lid closed.

Address the box with the recipient’s name, address, city, state and zip code and write your return address in the upper left corner of the box.

Take it to the post office and request it be sent express mail. According to USPS’ customer service department, “all perishables must be sent express mail.” Express mail will guarantee next day delivery on most packages or you get your money back.

Decide if you would a return receipt or insurance placed on the package. Return receipt means the person who accepts the package signs a post card.

Pay for shipping; the USPS accepts cash, credit cards and personal checks. The shipping price will depend upon the delivery location.

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