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When's It Too Late to Send Holiday Packages?

With Black Friday on the horizon, the holiday shopping season is almost here.

When's It Too Late to Send Holiday Packages?

Next week's Thanksgiving celebration precedes Black Friday and thus the holiday gift grab. Local stores already are rolling out their specials targeted for the Christmas season. Similarly, the shipping companies have laid out their parameters on when the last-minute deadlines are.

Below are deadlines and policies for the United States Postal Service, UPS and FedEx. You may check out one of these local offices or visit their websites.

United States Post Office


  • —41 Paoli Plaza, Paoli. 610-296-0648
  • —662 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn. 610-644-1311
  • —1000 West Valley Road, Wayne. 610-964-6448
  • —7 North Waterloo Road, Devon. 610-688-1140

Deadlines for domestic shipping:

  • Parcel Post: Dec. 15
  • First-class mail: Dec. 20
  • Priority Mail: Dec. 21
  • Express Mail: Dec. 22

Extras: The USPS  website details further info on shipping internationally and to military personnel. The site also has a store for packaging needs—including evergreen stamps—with operating hours for stores, with most open Dec. 24.



  • : 381 West Lancaster Ave., Wayne. 610-995-1209
  • : 1776 East Lancaster Ave., Paoli. 610-296-4180.

Deadlines for domestic shipping:

  • FedEx Ground/Home Delivery: Dec. 17
  • FedEx Express Saver: Dec. 21
  • FedEx Overnight: Dec. 23
  • FedEx Same Day: Dec. 25

Extras: The  FedEx site shares location info and further packing tips for the holiday. Also, it outlines a suspension of certain money-back guarantees for services after Dec. 19 through the Christmas season.



  • : 303 West Lancaster Ave., Wayne. 610-975-0860
  • : 295 East Swedesford Road, Wayne. 610-975-9500

Extras: Though rush service exists for next-day shipping Dec. 23, the deadline for nearly all holiday packages is Dec. 22—fairly cut-and-dry. The  UPS website also breaks down international shipping. For more info, UPS  will host Twitter chats leading up to the holidays for last minute questions.

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