When is the Last Day to Mail Christmas Presents?

That depends on how much you want to pay. Take note of these holiday shipping deadlines from the U.S. Postal Service.


Christmas shipping deadlines for the U.S. Postal Service are approaching fast.

Mail holiday gifts by Dec. 14 (that's Friday!) for parcel post delivery by Christmas, and cards by Dec. 21, the post office's blog recommends.

If you miss those deadlines, don't worry. There's still time to get your holiday parcels to their destinations by Dec. 25, though you will have to pay a little more. Here are the absolute-last-day deadlines to keep in mind, according to the U.S. Postal Service's holiday calendar:

  • Dec. 14: Last day to ship via Parcel Post for delivery by Christmas.
  • Dec. 17: Last day to ship to military for delivery by Christmas.
  • Dec. 19: Last day for most international shipping for delivery by Christmas.
  • Dec. 20: Last day to send First-Class Mail for delivery by Christmas.
  • Dec. 21: Last day to send Priority Mail for delivery by Christmas.
  • Dec. 22: Last day to send most Express Mail for delivery by Christmas.

One more date to keep in mind is Monday, Dec. 18: Traditionally, the post office's "busiest day is ... the Monday before Christmas as people mail cards and packages they prepared over the weekend," The Huffington Post reported last year.

A good way to cut down on time spent waiting in line is to order your holiday stamps or print shipping labels through the post office's website. You can even schedule a Postal Service pick-up of your holiday gifts, so you never have to go to the Post Office.

This year's holiday stamps offer something for everyone: a fun "Santa and Sleigh" assortment, a "Holiday Baubles" assortment, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa stamps, a depiction of a Madonna-and-child painting by Raphael and a "Holy Family" stamp. All of these holiday stamps are "Forever" stamps, meaning that they will be valid forever—even after a new increase in the price of stamps.

In Campbell, there are three United States Post Offices where you can send your gifts from:

  • Dell Post Office: 1587 Dell Ave.
  • Hamilton Post Office: 500 W Hamilton Ave.
  • Campbell Post Office: 51 E Campbell Ave.


Phil Reynolds, Jr. December 14, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you, so much for using the word "Christmas." I am really offended by hearing the word "Holiday." Some, are so afraid to offend by saying the word Christmas, yet what they don't realize is that they are probably offending 85% of the American population. I was thinking this week also, about how children today are being robbed of the joy of the Christmas season that most adults enjoyed as children. The politically correct crowd are taking away the sparkles in kids eyes. If this trend continues, the next generation may just do away with the fantasy and it will become just another day off from work or school. What a shame. Maybe, it's just me getting old, but I still love Christmas. I want wish everyone reading this, a very Merry Christmas, and a very Happy and prosperous New Year.
Kristina Rackin Strande December 17, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Just a note, the last monday before Christmas is today the 17th, not the 18th as mentioned.


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