Holiday Mailing Secrets Revealed

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? Just in time for the busy mailing rush, we've got some tips to help make sure your mail goes out on time.

Don’t Be Late—Holiday Mail-by Dates for USPS® Domestic Services

December 15: USPS Retail Ground (non-urgent deliveries and oversized packages)
December 20: First-Class Mail (greeting cards and small packages weighing up to 13 oz)
December 21: Priority Mail
December 23: Priority Mail Express

Get complete details for the holiday mailing and shipping schedule from the Postal Service.

Holiday Dates to Remember

Thanksgiving—Thursday, November 24, 2016 (Federal Holiday)
Hanukkah—Saturday, December 24, 2016 thru Sunday, January 1, 2017, from sundown to sundown
Christmas—Sunday, December 25, 2016 (Federal Holiday)
Kwanzaa—Monday, December 26, 2016 through Sunday, January 1, 2017
New Year’s Day—Sunday, January 1, 2017 (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 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, powered by For new customers, check out the special introductory offer (valued at $100).