How to Prepare Your Holiday Packages With USPS

Nov 21, 2013

USPS gingerbread house stamp 2013
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The United States Postal Service is preparing for the busiest shipping season. The delivery service says online shopping is continuing to increase deliveries.

This year, USPS expects volume to increase by 12 percent.USPS is projecting 14.7 billion cards will be delivered from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve.

The Postal Service is suggesting these mail-by dates and tips to help customers mail and ship conveniently for the holidays:

For Dec. 25 Arrival

  • Dec. 2: International First-Class Mail®
  • Dec. 2: Priority Mail International®
  • Dec. 10: Priority Mail Express International™
  • Dec. 14: Standard Post
  • Dec. 16: Global Express Guaranteed®
  • Dec. 20: First-Class Mail®
  • Dec. 21: Priority Mail®
  • Dec. 23: Priority Mail Express™

The United States Postal Service is offering a military care kit for families preparing care packages for service members overseas.

The kit is free and contains items like boxes, mail tape, address labels, appropriate forms and directions. To order, call 1-800-610-8734.

Military Mailing Deadlines for Dec. 25

  • Dec. 10: APO/FPO First-Class Mail® Letters and Cards
  • Dec. 10: APO/FPO Priority Mail®
  • Dec. 17: APO/FPO Priority Mail Express™ Military Service         

Hanukkah begins next week on Nov. 27 and ends Dec. 5 this year. Postal officials are recommending those celebrating and hoping to use the USPS to send items as soon as possible.    

USPS Hanukkah Stamp 2013
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The destination, date mailed and service purchased (International First-Class; Priority Mail International; Priority Mail Express International, etc.), will determine when it arrives.  Customers should ask at their Post Office for this information.                                                             

Complete shipping details can be found on the USPS website.