Certified Mail Labels | Tracking Information, Holiday Delivery Deadlines, Seasonal Do’s and Don’tsThe holidays are in full swing and Santa isn’t the only one traveling around the globe this season. Over the next two weeks, the United States Postal Service (USPS) alone will deliver over 400 million packages. Widen the lens just a bit and they’ll deliver more than double that from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Add holiday cards to the equation and the number of deliveries, mail pieces and parcels, jumps to an astounding 15 billion- and that is just one carrier!

Not only is December the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the busiest. From holiday cards to gifts for your loved ones, getting everything packed and shipped to arrive on time can feel overwhelming.

So, whether you’re mailing Christmas cheer to the masses or slippers to your grandma, the following do’s, don’ts, and delivery deadlines will keep you stress-free and full of good cheer.

Holiday Do’s and Don’ts

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Keep all calm and bright this season with these Do’s and Don’ts

DO- Opt for tracking information, mailing and delivery confirmation, and even signature proof by sending with Certified Mail. The peace of mind and convenience of using Certified Mail Labels is unmatched. Get started now.

DO- Start mailing your holiday cards and packages as soon as possible. The longer you wait the more money you will pay for your delivery to arrive on time. Also, the chances of delays increase the closer it is to the holiday.

DO- Use durable boxes, envelopes, and packaging supplies. No one wants their cards and parcels to arrive damaged. When you consider the number of hands, feed machines, belts, and vehicles a single mailing is passed through before arriving at its destination, high-quality packaging becomes worth it.

DO- Properly address the item you are mailing. If the recipient's address is not clear or correct it will not be delivered. Likewise, if you do not include a return address and the item cannot be delivered, you will not get it back. Do you know how to properly write and address a letter?Certified Mail Labels | Delivery Tracking

DO- Use your tracking numbers. Porch pirates are very active during the holidays. The less time a parcel sits unattended the better. Track your parcel to know the day and, in some cases, the time to expect delivery. If you won’t be home, consider scheduling pick-up with the carrier. Pro tip: Add estimated delivery dates to your calendar so can keep track of deliveries from multiple shipping companies.

DO- Be cautious of popular package tracking scams this season. Learn more about seasonal scams.

DON’T- Mail anything that’s not approved to be shipped. If you are unsure, check the carrier's shipping restrictions before packaging your item. Here is what USPS prohibits and restricts from being mailed.

DON’T- Forget to hold your mail if you are traveling. An overflowing mailbox and porch lined with packages is a clear indication your house is unattended. Which, unfortunately, serves as an invitation for criminals. Check out these 6 tips from the Better Business Bureau for deterring mail thieves.

Delivery Deadlines

When it comes to holiday mailing, the sooner you send the less you’ll pay in shipping fees and the better the chance your deliveries arrive on time. Remember, some carriers offer extended holiday hours to accommodate the busy season.

This year, Christmas is on Sunday, December 25. Hanukkah runs from December 18 to the 26 and Kwanzaa is from December 26 to January 1. Consider the following delivery deadlines to ensure delivery by December 25.

Note: Since Christmas and New Year’s Day both fall on a Sunday, USPS will observe both holidays on the following Monday. Meaning, the Post Office will be closed on Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2. In addition, FedEx will not be offering overnight delivery on Christmas Eve.

United States Postal Service

Domestic Mail Class/Product Date (within Contiguous US)
USPS Retail Ground® Service December 17
First-Class Mail® Service December 17
Priority Mail® Service December 19
Priority Mail Express® Service2 December 23

Click here to view USPS deadline dates for Alaska and Hawaii, international delivery, and military mail.


Product Date (within Contiguous US)
Ground Economy December 14
Freight Priority & Direct December 14
Express Saver December 20
2Day and 2Day AM* December 21
First Overnight and Priority Overnight* December 22
Same Day December 23

Buy yourself another day, by selecting Saturday delivery for an additional $16. Ship on December 23 with FedEx First Overnight and Priority Overnight and on December 22 with FedEx 2Day.

Click here, to view all the delivery deadlines for FedEx.


Product Date (within Contiguous US)
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3 Day Select December 20
2 Day Air December 21
Next Day Air December 22

Click here, to view all the delivery deadlines for UPS.

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