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(WJW) — A Christmas without presents under the tree? Not if you follow these guidelines.

The United States Postal Service and FedEx announced their cut-off dates to ensure a Christmastime arrival for people shipping gifts and cards off to family and friends this year.

Last year, with so many not gathering during the holidays due to COVID-19, mail services were majorly overwhelmed. So this year, USPS recommends that “The earlier you send, the better: Don’t delay, mail and ship today.”

Here are the dates you won’t want to miss, with costs going up as Dec. 25 nears:


Retail Ground Service — Wed., Dec. 15
First-Class Mail — Fri., Dec. 17
First-Class packages (smaller) — Fri., Dec. 17
Priority Mail — Sat., Dec. 18
Priority Mail Express — Thursday, Dec. 23

FedEx Ground Economy — Thu., Dec. 9
FedEx Ground and Home Delivery — Wed., Dec. 15
Express Saver — Tue., Dec. 21
2Day & 2Day AM — Wed., Dec. 22
Overnight Services — Thu., Dec. 23
FedEx Same Day — Fri., Dec. 24