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Key Deadlines For Mailing Your Packages To Make Sure They Arrive By Christmas

Several small packages wrapped in plain brown paper and tied with red and white string sit on a wood plank.
Christmas presents await.
(Mel Poole
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Planning to mail gifts and cards for Christmas? Here are some dates to keep in mind.

  • Dec. 15: If you're mailing something within the continental United States, the Postal Service recommends you send your package using Retail Ground Service by this Wednesday.
  • Dec. 17: If you're sending it First Class, you should mail it by this Friday.

Need more time? Be prepared to spend more money.

  • You can pay more and send your package via Priority Mail by Saturday, Dec. 18, or you can pay a lot more and use Priority Express. In either case, your gifts should arrive by Dec. 23.

All this comes with the caveat that these mailing deadlines are not a guarantee of arrival by Christmas, they mark an expectation for a pre- Dec. 25 arrival.

Please keep in mind that shipping internationally and to Hawaii and Alaska may take longer.

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So, if you're aiming for Christmas morning gift opening, now you know those dates to hit. Good luck and happy mailing to all.

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