Tips & deadlines for shipping gifts for the holiday

It's the mad dash to get those Christmas gifts shipped off just in time for the holiday. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. - It's the mad dash to get those Christmas gifts shipped off just in time for the holiday.

"I had to mail out a lot of Christmas presents," said Elizabeth Staffieri. "I was just checking my P.O. box, turns out they were open."

Regional post offices have extended its hours on Saturday by two hours to ensure customer’s holiday packages make to their destination by Christmas.

Rochester’s main office on Jefferson Road opens for four hours on Sunday.

“The extra hours are great,” Staffieri said. “Actually thought I missed them and I made it just in time.”

So Staffieri took advantage of the opportunity at the Jefferson Road office.

“I sent two boxes to two bird rescues,” she said. “So I sent them toys and treats for the birds for the holidays."

For those getting ready to ship packages, one tip is to make sure the zip code is correct, or it could get lost or delayed.

Secondly, the drop-dead date for your gifts making it to that friend or loved one's doorstep by Christmas is December 20 for priority mail.

The extra hours give customers more time to get their presents and cards shipped and on their way.

and they arrive on time for the holiday.

“Definitely helps with the working moms who can't out of the office during the week,” said Kelly Darby, shipping off a gift to a friend in NYC. “And can get things taken care of on the weekends."

Getting a jump on shipping gifts and beating the crowds is what Judy Wambach enjoys.

“So this is my third trip to the post office to ship things out,” she said. “I'm delighted that I’m able to do this today because I figured by Monday it's going to be more expensive and take longer to get there."

There are 250 seasonal postal sorters on hand at regional processing facilities.

"This is my last box to go,” Wambach said. “So I’m hoping for a Merry Christmas. That they get their gifts!"

Rochester’s main postal office opens on Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Send-by dates for expected delivery before Dec. 25th (Actual delivery date may vary and is based on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance time, and other conditions).

• December 14 — USPS Retail Ground®

• December 19 — First-Class Mail®

• December 20 — Priority Mail®

• December 22 — Priority Mail Express®

For Priority Mail Express® shipments mailed December 23 through December 25, the money-back guarantee applies only if the shipment was not delivered, or delivery was not attempted, within two (2) business days.

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