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Postal Deadlines for Mailing Holiday Packages

The U.S. Postal Service offers tips for delivering gifts in time for the holidays.

Christmas is just two weeks from today, and that means you are quickly running out of business days for mailing gifts to out-of-town friends and relatives.

Before you dive into that gift list, it's important to know how early you should buy, wrap and post holiday gifts so they get to their destination in time for the holidays.

Here are some suggestions and mailing deadline dates from the U.S. Postal Service to ensure your gifts are delivered on time and in one piece:

Packing tips from the USPS:

  • Double check addresses and write legibly.
  • Shake boxes to make sure they’re well packed.
  • Priority Mail is fast for last-minute gifts.
  • Express Mail is even faster.

Holiday Dates for Domestic Mail

Calculated for Dec. 25, 2012:

Domestic Mail Class/Product

Dates

First-Class Mail Service

Dec. 20

Priority Mail Service

Dec. 21

Express Mail Service

Dec. 22

Parcel Post Service

Dec. 14

Destination Network Distribution Center (DNDC) Drop Ship

Dec. 19

Destination Delivery Unit (DDU) Drop Ship

Dec. 21

Holiday Dates for International Mail

Destination

Global Express Guaranteed Service

Express Mail Service

Priority Mail Service

First-Class Mail — International Service

Africa

Dec. 19

Dec. 11

Dec. 3

Dec. 3

Asia / Pacific Rim

Dec. 18

Dec. 15

Dec. 10

Dec. 10

Australia / New Zealand

Dec. 18

Dec. 15

Dec. 10

Dec. 10

Canada

Dec. 20

Dec. 17

Dec. 13

Dec. 10

Caribbean

Dec. 19

Dec. 15

Dec. 13

Dec. 10

Central & South America

Dec. 19

Dec. 11

Dec. 3

Dec. 3

Mexico

Dec. 20

Dec. 15

Dec. 10

Dec. 10

Europe

Dec. 19

Dec. 15

Dec. 13

Dec. 10

Middle East

Dec. 19

Dec. 15

Dec. 13

Dec. 10

Click here for send-by dates for military mail.

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