use senditnow, you can drop off at a parcel force depot and the recipient can pick up from one.
a pair of wheels would cost about £5 parcel force 24 hour.
No exorbitant new post office charges.
No rip off parcel force over the counter 'volumetric weight' calculation.
No hanging around for some courier to pick up (maybe)
Recipient can collect and sneak it in past the missus at his convenience
Assuming he can get their website to work!
I've tried on two computers, iPad and a phone and I've never managed to get anywhere! Why they have such strict hardware & software requirements to use their site I have no idea!
Do you know the secret to get it to work?!