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Holiday Shipping Tips for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and Holiday Mail

Holiday Cheer, All Right Here

Everything you need to send holiday gifts and greetings.

Check these holiday deadlines for expected delivery by the 24th.1

DEC 14
USPS Retail Ground®
DEC 19
First Class Mail®
DEC 20
Priority Mail®
DEC 22
Priority Mail Express®
DEC 20
First-Class Mail®
DEC 20
Priority Mail®
DEC 21
Priority Mail Express®
DEC 15
First-Class Mail®
DEC 15
Priority Mail®
DEC 20
Priority Mail Express®
NOV 30
First-Class Package International Service®
NOV 30
Priority Mail International®
DEC 7
Priority Mail Express International®
DEC 19
Global Express Guaranteed®
DEC 7
First-Class Package International Service®
DEC 7
Priority Mail International®
DEC 14
Priority Mail Express International®
DEC 19
Global Express Guaranteed®
DEC 7
First-Class Package International Service®
DEC 7
Priority Mail International®
DEC 14
Priority Mail Express International®
DEC 19
Global Express Guaranteed®
DEC 7
First-Class Package International Service®
DEC 9
Priority Mail International®
DEC 16
Priority Mail Express International®
DEC 21
Global Express Guaranteed®
DEC 7
First-Class Package International Service®
DEC 9
Priority Mail International®
DEC 14
Priority Mail Express International®
DEC 21
Global Express Guaranteed®
NOV 30
First-Class Package International Service®
NOV 30
Priority Mail International®
DEC 9
Priority Mail Express International®
DEC 20
Global Express Guaranteed®
DEC 7
First-Class Package International Service®
DEC 7
Priority Mail International®
DEC 14
Priority Mail Express International®
DEC 20
Global Express Guaranteed®
DEC 7
First-Class Package International Service®
DEC 9
Priority Mail International®
DEC 14
Priority Mail Express International®
DEC 20
Global Express Guaranteed®
DEC 7
First-Class Package International Service®
DEC 9
Priority Mail International®
DEC 14
Priority Mail Express International®
DEC 18
Global Express Guaranteed®
NOV 6
USPS Retail Ground®
NOV 27
Space Available Mail1
DEC 4
Parcel Airlift Mail2
DEC 11
Priority Mail®
DEC 11
First-Class Mail® Letters and Cards
DEC 16
Priority Mail Express Military Service3
NOV 6
USPS Retail Ground®
NOV 27
Space Available Mail1
DEC 4
Parcel Airlift Mail2
DEC 4
Priority Mail®
DEC 4
First-Class Mail® Letters and Cards
NOV 6
USPS Retail Ground®
NOV 27
Space Available Mail1
DEC 4
Parcel Airlift Mail2
DEC 11
Priority Mail®
DEC 11
First-Class Mail® Letters and Cards
DEC 16
Priority Mail Express Military Service3
NOV 6
USPS Retail Ground®
NOV 27
Space Available Mail1
DEC 4
Parcel Airlift Mail2
DEC 11
Priority Mail®
DEC 11
First-Class Mail® Letters and Cards
DEC 16
Priority Mail Express Military Service3
NOV 6
USPS Retail Ground®
NOV 27
Space Available Mail1
DEC 4
Parcel Airlift Mail2
DEC 11
Priority Mail®
DEC 11
First-Class Mail® Letters and Cards
DEC 16
Priority Mail Express Military Service3

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Additional Delivery Information

  1. 1Cutoff date does not take into account time needed for customs clearance. Should allocate extra transit day(s) for delivery outside major cities.
  1. 1SAM parcels are paid at Standard Post prices with maximum weight and size limits of 15 pounds and 60 inches in length and girth combined. SAM parcels are first transported domestically by surface and then to overseas destinations by air on a space-available basis.
  2. 2PAL is a service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. PAL is available for Standard Post items not exceeding 30 pounds in weight or 60 inches in length and girth combined. The applicable PAL fee must be paid in addition to the regular surface price for each addressed piece sent by PAL service.
  3. 3PMEMS is available to selected military/diplomatic Post Offices. Check with your local Post Office to determine if this service is available to an APO/FPO/DPO address.
  1. 1For Priority Mail Express® shipments mailed December 22 through December 25, the money-back guarantee applies only if the shipment was not delivered, or delivery was not attempted, within two (2) business days. See DMM® Section 604. Privacy Notice: For more information regarding our privacy policies, visit usps.com/privacypolicy.
  1. 1Scheduled delivery date and time depends on origin, destination and Post Office acceptance time and other conditions. Some restrictions apply. Dates above are also applicable for delivery within the state of Hawaii.
  2. For Priority Mail Express® shipments mailed December 22 through December 25, the money-back guarantee applies only if the shipment was not delivered, or delivery was not attempted, within two (2) business days. See DMM® Section 604. Privacy Notice: For more information regarding our privacy policies, visit usps.com/privacypolicy.
  1. 1Scheduled delivery date and time depends on origin, destination and Post Office acceptance time and other conditions. Some restrictions apply. Dates above are also applicable for delivery within the state of Alaska.
  2. For Priority Mail Express® shipments mailed December 22 through December 25, the money-back guarantee applies only if the shipment was not delivered, or delivery was not attempted, within two (2) business days. See DMM® Section 604. Privacy Notice: For more information regarding our privacy policies, visit usps.com/privacypolicy.

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Stay on Track

Keep an eye on gifts and greetings with Informed Delivery® and Tracking Alerts.

Stay on Track

Keep an eye on gifts and greetings with Informed Delivery® and Tracking Alerts.

Tracking Alerts

Enter a tracking number to set up email and text tracking alerts.4

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Informed Delivery

See what’s coming in the mail before it arrives with daily Informed Delivery notifications.5

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Ship It All From Home

Print shipping labels and request package pickups online.

Ship It All From Home

Print shipping labels and request package pickups online.

Click-N-Ship®

Stay cozy. Create, print, and pay for shipping labels from anywhere.6

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Free Package Pickup

Schedule a FREE Package Pickup7 and we’ll come to you to pick up your gifts.

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Shop for Seasonal Supplies

Share the holiday spirit—we make it easy.

Shop for Seasonal Supplies

Share the holiday spirit—we make it easy.

Holiday Stamps

Put your stamp on the season with our collection of holiday stamps.

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Free Shipping Boxes

Get FREE Priority Mail® holiday boxes delivered right to your home.8

Order Boxes

Prepaid Flat Rate Boxes

Always get the right postage when you order prepaid, ready-to-ship boxes.9

Order Prepaid Boxes

See More Tips and Tools

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ZIP Code Lookup

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Preparing Shipments

Make sure it’s all good to go by checking dimensions, restrictions, and other shipping tips.

Postage Price Calculator

Know exactly how much postage to add to your gifts and greeting cards.

Visit Your Post Office

Down the street or at your fingertips, access the Post Office anywhere.

Visit Your Post Office

Down the street or at your fingertips, access the Post Office anywhere.

Download the USPS Mobile® App

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Have More Questions?

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  1. 4 Message frequency is based on the request type; packages may have up to 11 tracking events. Standard message and data rates may apply.
  2. 5 Only the address-side of letter-sized mailpieces (excludes Priority Mail Express®, Priority Mail®, flats and packages) are scanned and visible to your in your daily mail, provided the mailpiece comes from a facility with scanning technology. Not all scanned mail will be delivered on the same day you receive the email with the image of the mailpiece. Emails may not include images of some eligible mail.
  3. 6 Requires a device with a compatible printer. For details, visit https://www.usps.com/ship/online-shipping.htm.
  4. 7 For details on availability, visit usps.com/pickup.
  5. 8 Boxes are delivered within the U.S. with your regular mail usually within 7 to 10 business days. Exclusions apply. For details and to order, visit https://store.usps.com/store.
  6. 9 For mailable items up to 70 lbs.