Christmas shipping deadlines for USPS are Dec. 14 for Ground, Dec. 22 for Priority Express

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) The United States Postal Service says deadlines are quickly approaching to send out holiday gifts in time for them to reach their intended recipients before Christmas Day.

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Tuesday, December 11 is the deadline to send First Class Mail letters.

Friday, December 14 is the last day to send post cards and packages by Retail Ground Mail.

Thursday, December 20 is the deadline to send packages by First Class and Priority Mail.

Saturday, December 22 is the final day you can mail packages, using the Priority Express Mail service, to ensure they reach their destination before December 25.

As Parkersburg Postmaster Greg Church explains, "So if a package is going to travel solely on the ground, we have to have it by December 14th. And then we move up to December 20th, which is Priority Mail and First Class mail. And then, the latest you can mail through us is December 22nd, which will be for our Priority Express Mail, which is basically our overnight service."

UPS and FedEx both have a deadline of Dec. 21 to ensure delivery by Dec. 24.

FedEx will also offer Same-Day Shipping on Dec. 25, but it will be very expensive.

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