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What Are USPS Deadlines for Mailing Holiday Packages?

The U.S. Postal Service offers tips and suggestions so holiday packages arrive in time for the holidays.

Are you wondering how early you must 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:

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

The Stillwater Post Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday and closes on Sunday.

The Bayport Post Office is open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9-11 a.m. Saturday and closes on Sunday.

Post Offices nationwide will be open on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, and New Year’s Eve, Monday, Dec. 31, but will shorten retail lobby hours and close at noon. Regular mail delivery for Dec. 24 and 31 will be unaffected by the change. 

Post Offices will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday, Jan. 1. Only Express Mail will be delivered on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. All Post Offices will be open and regular mail delivery will resume on Wednesday, Dec. 26 and Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Holiday Dates for Domestic Mail

Calculated for December 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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