Shopping online for Christmas? USPS says ship early

After a hectic year for U.S. mail, between the pandemic and the election, the postal service is recommending you mail your holiday gifts early.

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The week of December 14 to 21 is expected to be the peak this year for the busiest time for mailing, shipping and delivery.

With more online shopping expected than ever before, the USPS is expanding Sunday deliveries in high package volume locations.

Mail carriers will also be delivering priority mail express packages on Christmas Day for an additional fee.

If you are sending first class mail, the recommended deadline is to ship by December 18.

Starting December 19, they recommend you use priority mail to make sure your packages arrive before Christmas.

For more information on the USPS’s holiday shipping deadlines, click here.