By Yasmin Sabir
1. Be selective.
UPS recommends sending only sturdy baked goods, such as biscotti, shortbread, peanut butter cookies and brownies. Also, skip treats that can't handle heat (especially if you're shipping to a warm climate) or need refrigeration, including cookies containing custard or chocolate fillings.
2. Put moist and flavored cookies in separate airtight containers.
Moist cookies (such as oatmeal) will make harder cookies go soft, and strong flavors (such as ginger and mint) can transfer to other cookies, says Heidi Nel, founder of Heidi's Heavenly Cookies, who ships up to 1,000 boxes of cookies a day during the holiday season.
3. Pack firmly.
Keep in mind that the contents will settle during shipping, FedEx says. After filling the cookie container, gently shake it. If you hear movement, add more tissue paper or bubble wrap. Repeat with the shipping box.
4. Mark it "perishable."