Let it be known that, as a kid, it’s a cardinal sin to give any other gifts but toys, but as adults, we still like our toys. From electronics to makeup and cars to home appliances, our idea of “toys” are just a bit more grown-up—and expensive. No matter the case, age causes distance. As we grow older, we sometimes grow away from our family and friends. This, in turn, may mean less physical contact during the holidays and more reliance on delivery companies.
So, we need more supplies for these methods of delivery. But think about the times when you’ve run out of staples. Or when you needed tape for a random school project for your kid. Or even when you were in need of a manila envelope to submit your pristine resume to a new job. It kind of sucks when your lack of common shipping supplies forces you to make a trip to the local office supplies store, right?
Well, you’re not alone in the masses. Whether or not you realize it, a lot of households shirk their duties to keep up-to-date on office supplies in the home. The thing is, you can use these items in a lot of different ways outside of the office. Whether you’re intending to wrap gifts, ship things to a distant family member during their birthday, or just keep your office space tidy for work at home, you’re sure to benefit from this list of essential shipping supplies items.
- Packaging tape. A staple in any home, packaging tape seals the deal when it comes to remedying a lot of things. Most may consider it a poor man’s duct tape, but if you’re packing things up for the long run, shipping something, or even repairing your kid’s diorama project, packaging tape is a home essential. No matter what, though, it allows you to wrap all those gifts you’re putting off.
- Black markers. No matter if you’re reading this and think you don’t really “need” most of these items for shipping. Everyone can benefit from a black marker! Think about the times you write on envelopes, boxes, or anything else and need a little more umph out of your pen. Bottom line: These things are what everyone (mostly!) uses during the holidays to address a gift to someone else, especially because you can write it directly on a package.
- Manila envelopes. You can send random items in these things. You can apply to jobs with them. You can store important documents in them. Whatever the case, almost everyone past the age of 18 has used a manila envelope. Whether or not you should keep 10 on hand or 100, they’re an essential in your life (even if you don’t want to admit it!). As a bonus, they’re useful for shipping smaller packages to distant family members around the holidays.
While this list is great for the holidays, you can definitely benefit from having a surplus of shipping supplies year-round. Whether it’s for the office, your kids’ school endeavors, or simply keeping in touch with the family, keeping your desk at home stocked with the appropriate supplies is important.