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Photo: 88studio (Shutterstock) To avoid shipping delays related to COVID, you’ll want to get your holiday shopping done and mail your gifts earlier this year. To help you do that, the USPS, FedEx, and UPS have released their recommended ship-by dates for gifts to be delivered in time for Christmas. Here are the dates, based on carrier. Like covered in a previous Lifehacker post , the USPS recently announced some price hikes for postage and they’ve increased the time it will take to send mail. Generally speaking, mail previously expected to arrive in three days can now be expected to take three, four, or five days, depending on how far it has to travel. Below are the drop-dead dates for sending out mail, based on the type of service and destination. Continental U.S.: USPS Retail Ground service: Dec. 15 First-Class Mail service (including greeting cards): Dec. 17 First-Class packages (up to 15.99 ounces): Dec. 17 Priority Mail service: Dec. 18 Priority Mail express service: Dec. 23 USPS Alaska and Hawaii: Alaska ground service: Dec. 2 Alaska to/from Continental U.S. for First-Class and Priority Mail: Dec. 18 Hawaii to/from mainland for First-Class and Priority Mail: Dec. 17 Alaska and Hawaii to/from mainland, for Priority Mail express service: Dec. 21 Air/Army/Fleet/Diplomatic post office addresses: Retail Ground service: Nov. 6 Priority Mail and First-Class mail: Dec. 9 Priority Mail express military service: Dec. 16 For ship-by dates for international destinations, consult this chart for more information (it’s near the bottom of the […]