The holidays are almost here!  Are you ready for the send off of gifts, cards and packages?  Check out this deadline list and keep it handy for all your mailings.

The U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and UPS have released recommended ship-by dates for gifts to be delivered in time for the December 25 holiday, which lands on a Saturday this year.

Here are the dates, according to the shippers’ websites.

USPS for Continental U.S.:
December 15: USPS retail ground service
December 17: First-class mail service (including holiday greeting cards)
December 17: First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
December 18: Priority mail service
December 23: Priority mail express service

USPS For Air/Army/Fleet/Diplomatic post office addresses:
November 6: Retail ground service
December 9  :Priority mail and first-class mail
December 16: Priority mail express military service

USPS Alaska and Hawaii: 
December 17: Hawaii to/from mainland — priority mail and first-class mail
December 18: Alaska to/from Continental U.S. — first-class and priority mail
December 21: Alaska to/from Continental U.S. and Hawaii to/from mainland — priority mail express

December 9: ground economy
December 15: ground and home delivery
December 21: express saver
December 22: two day and two-day am
December 23: overnight services
December 24: same day

Ground shipping, check the website for a quote
December 22: second-day air services
December 23: next-day air services
December 25: no pickup service, UPS holiday
Note: UPS service guarantee still suspended for most services due to COVID-19