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UPS Announces Deadline To Mail Holiday Packages
Updated October 13, 2016 11:32 AM
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(UNDATED) - We're not even to Halloween yet, but it's already time to start thinking about shipping gifts for Christmas.

The U.S. Postal Service announced its 2016 holiday mailing deadlines for the busy holiday shopping and shipping season.

Want those gifts and Christmas cards to reach their destination by Dec. 25? The USPS says you should follow these guidelines when shipping within the U.S.:

December 15 - USPS Retail Ground
Ground service for less-than urgent deliveries and oversized package

December 20 - First-Class Mail
Service for standard-sized, single-piece envelopes and small packages weighing up to 13 ounces with delivery in 3 business days or less

December 21 - Priority Mail
Domestic service in 1, 2 or 3 business days based on where the package is mailed and where it's being sent, variety of flat-rate options

Dec. 23 - Priority Mail Express
Fastest domestic service, guaranteed overnight scheduled delivery to most locations

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