From The Rockaway Postmaster's Desk
When it's cold, you "wrap up tight" - you put on a coat before going outside. When you send gifts this holiday season, make sure they get the same care. "Wrap them up tight" ... and while you're at it, "ad-DRESS them well," too!
Start with a strong carton large enough to accommodate your gift box, plus some room for padding or cushioning around it, so that your gift doesn't move around inside the carton.
Remove or mark out any conflicting address information or other markings on the carton. Don't use wrapping paper and string or twine on the outside of the carton - paper can rip, and string can become tangled in mail processing equipment, damaging your gift.
Before sealing your package, it's a good idea to put the delivery address on a sheet of paper inside the parcel. Then, if something happens to the outside address, postal personnel will still have a way of identifying the recipient and getting your package delivered.
Seal your package securely, using pressure-sensitive tape, nylon-reinforced craft paper tape, or glass-reinforced pressure-sensitive tape to protect your special gift. Don't use cellophane tape.
Put your complete return address - including your ZIP Code - in the upper left corner of the package. Place the recipient's name and address in the center of the largest surface area (unless the shape of the package or contents require a specific orientation for stability). Make sure the recipient's address is complete, including:
The recipient's name. Post Office box number or street number and name. The street suffix (Ave, St, Blvd, etc.) and directional (E, W, SW, etc.).