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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.

What Are USPS Deadlines for Mailing Holiday Packages?

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 Oakdale Post Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 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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