Tips For Holiday Shipping That’ll Make Your Life Easier


The holidays have come and gone, but it’s never too early to start preparing your packages for next year. If you’ve ever had to ship packages around Christmas time, you know what I’m talking about. Between the long lines at the post offices, expensive shipping costs, and delayed deliveries, holiday shipping can really be one big mess.

But, there are ways to avoid the chaos and to make the experience as pain-free as possible. Here are some tips for improving your holiday shipping for 2021:

Get Your Gifts Early

This one is obvious, but trust me, it makes the world of a difference. If you know you’re going to be sending packages out for the holidays, start shopping early.

Make your list of the people you’re going to be buying gifts for and start as early as September if you have to. I know, this may seem way too early, but it’ll make your life easier.

Package Them Up at Home

By getting your shopping done early you’re also giving yourself plenty of time to get the correct shipping boxes. Make sure all your gifts are properly packaged and ready to go before going to the post office, with everything correctly labeled.

Be Smart About Food

If you’re sending food, make sure to send the package on a Monday or Tuesday, ideally using next-day delivery. This will ensure that the package arrives in a timely matter and that the food is still fresh.

If you send the package on a Thursday or Friday, there’s a good chance it won’t be delivered until Monday.

Ship Early

In order to save on shipping costs, ship your packages early! You don’t want to wait too long and then have to shell out extra money for faster shipping, trust me.

If you want your gifts to arrive by Christmas (and don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for shipping), send them out by early December. This will also give you enough cushion in case packages get delayed.

Get to the Post Office in the AM

There’s really nothing worse than holiday lines at the post office. Everyone is grumpy, stressed, and panicked about their gift arriving on time. So, if you’re looking to avoid the chaos, get to the post office as early as possible.

Most people tend to go to the post office during their lunch break or at the end of the day, so you’ll want to be there early. Avoid the crowds, get your packages shipped, and be on your way.