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The Final Countdown (to Christmas that is)

With only 16 shipping days remaining ‘til Christmas, good timing is critical. What good is the perfect gift if it doesn’t arrive in time to take its place under the tree?

Shipping giftEvery year, around August, I tell myself that this holiday season is going to be different, that I am going to start shopping then instead of mid-December. But who am I kidding? I am not one of those die-hard shoppers that, on Thanksgiving, takes a cat nap, laces up their running shoes and hits the midnight sales to get a head start on “Black Friday.”

There are 23 more shopping days ‘til Christmas, which is plenty of time to scour the Internet and hit the malls for the best deals around. But when you make that list and check it twice, don’t forget to factor in shipping. Chances are, you have at least a couple of family members and friends who live out of town.

Most ground packages require five days or less to reach their destination, but if you’re shipping coast-to-coast, it may take longer. Bad weather can also create unexpected delays. By planning ahead and shipping early, you can choose from the more affordable options.

But let’s face it, despite our best intentions, many of us, myself included, still find ourselves scurrying around at the last minute. However procrastinators need not fear—you can ship as late as December 23 for delivery on December 24; however, you’ll have to select a premium service for delivery.

  • Monday, December 21 – Ship UPS 3 Day Select®
  • Tuesday, December 22 – Ship UPS 2nd Day Air®
  • Wednesday, December 23 – Ship UPS Next Day Air®

And if you’re shipping internationally or to a member of the military stationed overseas, be sure to check with your local The UPS Store®. They can advise you as to the best shipping date to ensure on-time delivery, and what restrictions, customs and duty charges may apply to your shipment. Hey, they do this for a living, so why not let them handle the details?

Here’s a little more inside scoop from The UPS Store on ways to spend less time shipping and more time shopping and spreading good cheer:

  • Mondays are typically the busiest shipping days, so avoid if all possible
  • Morning and lunchtime can bring long lines. Aim for mid-morning or afternoon
  • December 14-18 is expected to be the busiest week of the year

OK, so you are now armed with your holiday shipping knowledge. Happy holidays, happy shopping and happy shipping!

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