The holiday season is officially here and that means many of us will be shopping for those we love and can't be with, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With that said, the United States Postal Service has released their shipping deadlines for 2020. This includes international, domestic and military shipping deadlines.

If you are looking to ship something within the contiguous United States, you have four different options if you want your package to arrive by December 25th. (It should be noted this does not include Alaska and Hawaii.)

The deadlines are as follows:

  • USPS Retail Ground Service deadline: December 15th
  • First-Class Mail Service: December 18th
  • Priority Mail Service: December 19th
  • Priority Mail Express Service: December 23rd

If you are looking to send a package to Alaska, your deadlines are as follows:

  • First Class Mail Service: December 18th
  • Priority Mail Service: December 19th
  • Priority Mail Express Service: December 21st

if you are sending a package to Hawaii, here are your deadlines:

  • First Class Mail Service: December 15th
  • Priority Mail Service: December 15th
  • Priority Mail Express Service: December 21st

Make sure you send your gifts and / or packages to the destination by the above date so you can ensure it arrives on time. If you are sending something internationally or through military mail, your deadlines span a greater period of time. To see a full list of those deadlines, click here.

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These deadlines likely mean more this year as the pandemic continues through the end of 2020. Families may not be able to travel or spend the holidays together. If this is the case, these deadlines will help make sure your packages arrive on time.