Holiday Mailing Secrets Revealed

The holiday season in December is one of the busiest mailing times of the year. Billions of pieces of mail will be hurtling toward their destinations—greeting cards, party invites and gifts, all sent with a particularly delivery deadline in mind. Feeling a little pressure? Make it easier on yourself with these mailing tips to avoid the holiday rush.

Our shipping and mailing center offers a variety of tips to get your mail address, packed up and ready to go.

Holiday dates to remember

Get a head start on the holidays by setting up reminders for special dates in your planner or calendar. Give yourself a little extra time to get your mail ready—writing personal notes, creating mailing labels and purchasing the proper postage can sometimes make the time whoosh by.

Key dates for the 2017-2018 holiday season:
  • Thanksgiving Thursday, November 23, 2017 (Federal Holiday)
  • Hanukkah Tuesday, December 12, 2017 through Wednesday, December 20, 2017 from sundown to sundown
  • Christmas Monday, December 25, 2017 (Federal Holiday)
  • Kwanzaa Tuesday, December 26, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018
  • New Year’s Day Monday, January 1, 2018 (Federal Holiday)
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...or print your own mailing labels in minutes

Make addressing your labels and packages easier with Avery Easy Peel® Address Labels and free easy-to-use programs such as Avery Design & Print. With Avery Design & Print, you can choose from a variety of pre-designed templates to design your own custom address labels. And with the easy step-by-step mail merge feature, [LINK TO “Turn Your Address List into Labels”] you can turn your mailing list in a spreadsheet into mailing labels in minutes.

If you don't have a spreadsheet with all of your list of names and addresses, you can start one now with our pre-formatted files for Microsoft® Excel or other database programs.

Check your ZIP Code™

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™.

Make your gifts and shipping packages holiday ready with a coordinated look inside and out.

Reuse your boxes

Got a used box covered with old shipping labels or other markings? It’s still perfectly fine to use with Avery Shipping Labels with TrueBlock® technology and Avery Brown Kraft Shipping Labels. Since Avery Shipping Labels completely cover up everything underneath, your old packages look new again—and ready to deliver the 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 your own 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).

Get your mail out on time

The United States Postal Service® announces their holiday mailing and shipping deadlines in October. This includes mail-by dates for domestic and international destinations. Get complete details for the holiday mailing and shipping schedule from the Postal Service so your holiday mail won’t be late.