Are you still looking to mail packages to lucky recipients for Christmas? If so, you should plan on doing it soon.
Tomorrow, Sat. 20, is the last day to send items via First-Class Mail and Priority Mail through the Postal Service to ensure arrival by Dec. 25. If you miss that deadline, there’s still an opportunity to make sure packages arrive by Christmas, but only through Priority Mail Express mailed no later than Dec. 23.
To help packages arrive at their destinations in a timely manner, follow these easy tips before sealing the box:
- Print addresses clearly and include all address elements, such as apartment numbers and directional information (ex: 123 S Main St. Apt. 2B)
- Remove batteries from toys. Wrap and place them next to the toys in the mailing box. Customers should include the new batteries in the original packaging.
- Place a card inside the package that contains the delivery and return address. This ensures the package can be delivered or returned should the mailing label become damaged or fall off.
- Never guess a ZIP Code. NO ZIP is better than a WRONG ZIP.
- Include both “to” and “from” information on packages – and only on one side.
- Do NOT reuse mailing boxes – they weaken in the shipping process.
- Select a box that is strong enough to protect the contents. Priority Mail and Priority Express boxes are free at the local post office.
- Leave space for cushioning inside.
- Stuff glass and fragile, hollow items, like vases, with newspaper or packing material to avoid damage. When mailing framed photographs, take the glass out of the frame and wrap it separately.