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Those pictures of my son (and me) are from a year ago already! We were sending him off on his mission to Cote d'Ivoire, Africa! Wow! This first year has gone by quickly. He has one more year to go. If you want to see why he is on a mission, I wrote about it on this post.
Here is how he is looking now! He has lost weight!
Jake is enjoying his mission so much and he is getting a lot of good work done. But, being away from home has helped him realize how blessed we are here in the States and he misses some of the food and extras that he can't get very readily over in Africa. Especially not in the small villages where he is working.
With Christmas coming, I wanted to make sure he had some greetings from home and a few of the treats that he has been missing. Luckily, Gift Baskets Overseas helped to make that possible! It all started with an email I received from them on Cyber Monday! They were waiving the delivery fee on their gift baskets! That was a great deal and so I jumped on it!
If you haven't used Gift Baskets Overseas, they are a company that has many gift baskets to choose from. The gift baskets are put together and delivered in the country where your loved one is. This eliminates tariffs and fees that you otherwise have to pay when you ship things from one country to another. Those tariffs typically cost my son about $30 when he receives something delivered from the US. So, as you can see, he was able to save money right away by not having to pay any fees upon delivery. Gift Baskets Overseas are available in over 200 countries.
Here is how the simple process went when I sent Jake his package:
3. Next you just type in the information required about addresses, a phone number and email addresses.
It is a very simple process. Give your payment info and then order!
Right now, there is a $5 USD discount code when shipping a gift basket, so be sure to enter that code when you order!
What I Loved About Working With Gift Baskets Overseas
In Africa, addresses can be tricky. I have to send things for Jake to his mission headquarters in the large city of Abidjan. Then, they will take the packages to him wherever he is working at the time. After I placed my order, I received an email telling me that they were concerned about sending the gift to a church building because it was sometimes difficult to deliver there. Doors weren't always answered, etc. I was able to contact them right back and assure them that the mission office was accustomed to accepting packages for missionaries and there shouldn't be a problem. So, they went ahead with the order. I loved that easy communication with them and the personalized service!
The package was delivered on the day that I had chosen. I know this because I received another email from them which also told me who had signed for the package. I was able to send a thank you email right back to them and send an email to my son telling him it had been delivered and who had signed for it. I was so happy when I heard that the package had been delivered in such a timely manner. But, I wondered what condition it was in when it arrived. There is chocolate in that gift basket and it is very hot in the Ivory Coast. I hoped it wasn't a melted mess. Well, today I received an email from my son, and this is what he had to say about his package.
The Gift Baskets Overseas package was awesome. I got peanut butter, Nutella, sodas, peanut m&m's, pretzels, oreos, and chocolate! It was also put together really nice so everyone was jealous! lol
He also added that he really missed American candy, so he loved the candy he received. It made me so happy to hear how much he enjoyed the package and that it looked good as well as having a lot of good tasting stuff in it. (And, yes, he shared!)
So, if you have a loved one overseas, whether he is a missionary, business person, student or tourist, you can still send them holiday greetings in time for Christmas that will brighten their spirits. Just log onto Gift Baskets Overseas and choose something that they will love.
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!