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Can you believe Christmas is just a few weeks away? If you’re sending gifts or cards via snail mail this year, make note of early deadlines to make sure your gifts get to their destinations in time for Christmas.

The U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and UPS have announced deadlines for holiday packages to arrive by Dec. 25. They’re also urging consumers to mail their packages and cards as early as possible.

“We are ready and positioned to have a successful peak season,” Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said in a statement. “Americans should feel confident sending their holiday cards, mail and packages with the Postal Service. There is a spirit of excitement throughout [USPS] and our entire team is ready to deliver the holidays for the nation.”

Here are the deadlines to ensure your gift arrives by Dec. 25. Happy holidays!

U.S. Postal Service

2021 Holiday Shipping Dates for the Contiguous U.S.

Dec. 15: USPS retail ground service
Dec. 17: First-class mail service (including holiday greeting cards)
Dec. 17: First-class packages
Dec. 18: Priority Mail
Dec. 23: Priority Mail Express

2021 Holiday Shipping Dates for Alaska and Hawaii


Dec. 2: USPS retail ground service
Dec. 18: First-class mail service
Dec. 18: Priority Mail
Dec. 21: Priority Mail Express


Dec. 17: First-class Mail
Dec. 17: Priority Mail
Dec. 21: Priority Mail Express


Dec. 21: 3-Day Select
Dec. 22: 2nd Day Air services
Dec. 23: Next-day Air services


Dec. 9: Ground & Freight Economy
Dec. 15: Ground & Home Delivery
Dec. 21: Express Saver
Dec. 22: 2Day & 2Day-AM
Dec. 23: Overnight services
Dec. 24: Same-day services

For more information, go here.

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