With families spread across the globe, Raksha Bandhan takes on a new challenge: sending your handmade rakhis to your loved ones in time. Fear not, this blog post will guide you through the process of sending your rakhis internationally, ensuring they reach their destination well before the festival begins.

Start Prepping Early

The first step is to start early. Making your rakhis should begin at least a month before Raksha Bandhan. This gives you ample time to personalize each one, making them unique and special.

If you’re going the traditional route and tying your own rakhi, you’ll need to allow enough time for that as well. Don’t worry if you’re new to this, we’ve got you covered. You can refer to our step-by-step guide on making homemade rakhis here: DIY Rakhi Ideas: Celebrate Raksha Bandhan with a Personal Touch


One key tip is to consider the type of rakhi you’re sending. Traditional, bulky rakhis can be a challenge in packaging and might attract extra postal charges. Rakhis that are slim, light, yet elegant, can be a smarter choice for international delivery.

Packaging Your Rakhis

Once you have your rakhis ready, it’s time to think about packaging. Packaging your rakhis properly is vital to ensure they arrive in perfect condition. Rakhis with charms or other elements that aren’t flat may require a little extra padding. Small bubble envelopes work well for this purpose. You can also wrap your rakhi in a soft tissue paper before placing it in the envelope to offer additional protection.

Don’t forget to include a small note or card with a heartfelt (or funny) message. This adds an extra layer of love and warmth to your gift. If you’re looking for something more fun and unique to accompany your rakhi, we offer a collection of printable Raksha Bandhan cards that are modern and cheeky. These amusing, pun-filled cards can bring a smile to your sibling’s face and add a bit of levity to the occasion. Check them out here: Kiwi and Bacon Designs – printable Raksha Bandhan greeting cards.

Understanding International Postal Systems

It’s important to understand that postal systems vary around the world. While some countries may deliver your mail within a week, others might take longer. Different countries have varying postal guidelines and timelines, so it’s important to check the specific details from your local postal service website. For instance, if you’re in the U.S, you can refer to the USPS website here, or if you’re in Canada, check out the Canada Post website here. The Royal Mail website here would be helpful for our readers in the U.K.

For this reason, you should plan to have your rakhis in the mail by a specific date. A good rule of thumb is to send your rakhis at least three weeks before Raksha Bandhan if you’re sending them to another continent. For nearby countries or within your continent, two weeks should be sufficient.

Addressing Your Package

When addressing your mail, make sure you write the full address clearly. Include the correct zip code or postal code and the country name in English. It’s also a good idea to write your own return address on the package.

Tracking Your Shipment

If possible, choose a postal service that provides tracking information. This will give you peace of mind and allow you to follow your mail as it makes its journey across the world.


If crafting isn’t for you, or you’re running short on time, online vendors can be a lifesaver. Some vendors will even mail the rakhis to your siblings directly on your behalf.

Don’t Panic

Remember, even if your rakhi doesn’t arrive in time, it’s the sentiment that counts. The love and wishes that you send along with your rakhi are more important than the physical thread.


You can always celebrate virtually. Sharing a moment over a video call when your sibling receives the rakhi can be just as special.

Thanks to technology, a virtual Raksha Bandhan can still be full of warmth and affection. You can tie the rakhi on your sibling’s wrist virtually via video call. You can share the moment, laugh, and send good wishes to your sibling through the screen.

There are a lot of apps that allow you to make group video calls. Here are a few to consider:

Marco Polo

You can include up to 200 people in a group video call. Bonus: You can use the app’s fun doodle feature to virtually draw rakhis on each other’s wrists! More info.


Offers free group video calls up to 40 minutes long. More info.


Allows up to 8 people in a group video call.

Facebook Messenger

Lets you have up to 8 people in a group video call.


You can include up to 100 people in a group video call.


Allows up to 8 people in a group video call. This app also includes games to add some fun to your celebration!


Another fun app, Bunch allows up to 8 people in a group video call and includes games as well.

These apps are easily accessible and provide a great way to include everyone in your Raksha Bandhan celebration.

Sending a rakhi across the world may seem challenging, but with some planning, it’s easily achievable. The joy that your brother or sister will feel upon receiving your rakhi will make all your efforts worthwhile.

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