Problem: I had my wedding shower this weekend, 500 miles away from where I live. I received some beautiful, thoughtful, and VERY fragile gifts. Most of which I did not feel safe putting on an airplane. Airline staff have broken wayyy to much of my stuff over the years, and I've had friends get stuff stolen out of their bags.
Solution: I called Crate and Barrel, who told me to bring the gifts in. They took the gifts, and "exchanged" them for the exact same items, which are being sent to my house directly from their warehouse. Shipping is free since I had over $99 worth of gifts. This saved me $50 in checked luggage fees since now I dont have to use a huge suitcase, and it also saved me from having to pay to ship the gifts home that wouldn't fit into the suitcase.
I'm really happy Crate and Barrel have this option, and offered it the minute I called and asked for their recommendation. My sister in law and cousins all commented how they wished theyd done this, since many of them broke gifts by shipping them themselves or putting them in their luggage.
Do other stores offer this too?