Did you know that the third Monday in December is usually the busiest mailing day of the year? And that the Post Office will deliver over 20 billion pieces of mail this holiday season? So, just in time for the busy mailing rush, here are some tips and timesavers to make sure your mail arrives on time and in good condition.
Don’t Be Late—Holiday Mailing Schedule
First week of December: Get Parcel Post® packages to the post office
Second week of December (not later!): Send all greeting cards
Third week of December: Send all Priority Mail®
By December 20: Send all Express Mail®
Holiday Dates to Remember
Thanksgiving—Thursday, November 28, 2013 (Federal Holiday)
Hanukkah—Wednesday, November 27, 2013 thru December 5, 2013, from sundown to sundown
Christmas—Wednesday, December 25, 2013 (Federal Holiday)
Kwanzaa—Thursday, December 26, 2013 thru January 1, 2014
New Year’s Day—Wednesday, January 1, 2014 (Federal Holiday)
Keeping track of dates and time is important if you want to beat the holiday rush, but equally important is taking advantage of some time-saving shortcuts.
Addressing Made Easy
You can make short work of your long mailing lists by using Avery Easy Peel® Address Labels and our free easy-to-use programs such as Avery Design & Print Online or Avery Wizard for Microsoft® Office to create festive, custom-printed address labels in minutes.
Check Your Zip Codes
Don’t let an incorrect zip code send your cards and packages in the wrong direction. If in doubt, just go to www.usps.com and click on Find a ZIP Code™. Once you’ve got your mailing list in order (with full addresses and correct ZIP Codes) use Avery Design & Print Online or the Avery Wizard to get step-by-step instructions to mail merge your mailing list and print onto labels. If you don't have a spreadsheet with all of your names and addresses, you can start with our pre-formatted files for Microsoft® Excel or other database programs.
Reuse Your Boxes
Got a used box that would be perfect for something you need to ship, except it has the original shipping labels or other markings all over it? No problem. All you need are Avery Shipping Labels with TrueBlock® Technology or Avery Brown Kraft Shipping Labels. Since Avery Shipping Labels completely cover up everything underneath, your old packages look new again and ready to deliver some holiday joy.
Avoid Post Office Lines
Why go to the Post Office™ when you can calculate and print official USPS® postage right from home? You can print postage using Avery 5160 and 5163 Address Labels or 8160 and 8163 Shipping Labels at www.avery.com/postage, powered by Stamps.com. For new customers, check out the special introductory offer (valued at $100).