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.

With less than a week left before Christmas, take note of these important tips so that your gifts 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 and in one piece:

Packing tips from the USPS:

  • Double check addresses & write legibly
  • Shake boxes to make sure they’re well packed
  • Priority Mail is fast for last minute gifts
  • Express Mail is even faster

Holiday Dates for Domestic Mail

Calculated for December 25, 2012.

Domestic Mail Class/Product


First-Class Mail® Service

Dec. 20

Priority Mail® Service

Dec. 21

Express Mail® Service

Dec. 22

Parcel Post® Service - date has passed!

Dec. 14

Destination Network Distribution Center (DNDC) Drop Ship

Dec. 19

Destination Delivery Unit (DDU) Drop Ship

Dec. 21

Holiday Dates for International Mail


Global Express Guaranteed® Service


Dec. 19

Asia / Pacific Rim

Dec. 18

Australia / New Zealand

Dec. 18


Dec. 20


Dec. 19

Central & South America

Dec. 19


Dec. 20


Dec. 19

Middle East

Dec. 19

Click here for send-by dates for military mail.


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