The holiday rush is officially on as folks scramble to get those gifts sent off to loved ones to be opened on Christmas Day. The U.S. Postal Service wants to make sure you're aware of some important dates that you need to remember to make sure your gifts get there on time!

  • December 15th

    Retail Ground Service

    If it absolutely doesn't have to be there right away you can send it via retail ground for less-than-urgent deliveries and oversized packages.

    Lisa F. Young
  • December 20th

    First Class Mail/Mail Service

    You can use this service for standard-sized, single-piece envelopes and small packages weighing up to 13 ounces with delivery in 3 business days or less.

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  • December 21st

    Priority Mail Service

    Make sure your gift gets there with domestic service in 1, 2 or 3 business days based on where the package is mailed and where it’s being sent, variety of Flat Rate options.

    Christine Gritmon
  • December 23rd

    Priority Mail Express Service

    Waited until the last minute? Use their fastest domestic service, guaranteed overnight scheduled delivery to most locations.