The Best Way to Send a Bottle of Alcohol for Christmas

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The Best Way to Send a Bottle of Alcohol for Christmas
Carefully wrap your bottle before mailing it. (alcohol image by timur1970 from

The U.S. Department of the Treasury forbids the shipping of alcohol across state lines, yet individuals and companies are still allowed to do so. You'll find that since vineyards and other alcohol producers ship bottles to paying customers, it is possible to ship bottles as Christmas gifts, even if you're sending those bottles across state lines.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing peanuts

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    Buy direct from a vineyard or a manufacturer of alcohol. Federal laws that prohibit the shipment of alcohol do not apply to companies that make alcohol. These companies are able to ship alcohol to different parts of the country legally.

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    Shop online, especially if you live in a small or rural area without many alcohol sellers. Look for online stores, such as a winery that offers gift-wrapping. You'll pay a little extra, but the alcohol will arrive to your friend or loved one, carefully packaged and gift-wrapped.

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    Wrap the bottle tightly in bubble wrap and place inside a cardboard box. Then layer in packing peanuts, to protect the bottle during shipping. If the bottle breaks or becomes damaged during shipping, it might leak through the package. Mark the box as a "gift" before taking it to the shipping centre.

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    Mark the box as "fragile" and pay extra for insurance on the package. Insure the package for the total cost of the bottle and ask for a fragile stamp at the shipping centre. Clearly write both your address and the recipient's address on the outside of the package. On the insurance slip, indicate that the package is both a gift and a collectable.

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    Ship the bottle through UPS or FedEx, rather than your local post office. The U.S. Postal Service forbids the shipping of alcoholic products through the mail.

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