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Holiday Shipping Deadlines Start This Week

The last dates to ship gifts to arrive by Christmas are coming up soon.

It seems shipping holiday gifts becomes more and more popular each year. FedEx reportedly had its busiest day ever Monday, shipping more than 17 million packages around the world, according to the Associated Press (video).

With shipping becoming as busy as the mall on Black Friday, it might take some extra effort to ensure that your gifts arrive to their locations safely and on-time.

Officials say it's important to get a tracking number for a package to ensure it doesn't get lost in the mail.

To ensure that your gifts arrive by Christmas, here's holiday shipping information from companies near White Lake:

Post Office Hours: Highland: 376 Beach Farm Circle, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m.-1 p.m., closed Sunday. Closed Dec. 26.

Waterford:5036 Dixie Hwy., Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sunday. Closed Dec. 26.

USPS Shipping Deadlines for Mail to Arrive by Christmas

Shipping Service
Deadline Parcel Post
Dec. 15 Military recipients
Dec. 17 Most international locations
Dec. 19 First-Class Mail
Dec. 20 Priority Mail
Dec. 21 Express Mail
Dec. 22

For more details on international and military shipping, visit the USPS website.

Hours: on Highland Road, in White Lake, is an authorized FedEx office.

Hours this week are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday. Next week, hours are 8 a.m to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.

FedEx Shipping Deadlines for Mail to Arrive by Christmas (for U.S. pickup and delivery)

Shipping Service Deadline Ground Dec. 16 Home Delivery Dec. 19 Express Saver Dec. 20 2-Day Dec. 21(or Dec. 22 with extra Saturday charge) Standard Overnight Dec. 22
Priority Overnight
Dec. 22 (or Dec. 23 with extra Saturday charge) First Overnight
Dec. 22 (or Dec. 23 with extra Saturday charge)

For more information on transit times, visit FedEx's website.

Hours: (Waterford: location at 5119 Highland Road)
Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday, 9:00- 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m.-3 p.m. and Dec. 11 from Noon to 2 p.m.

No pickup or delivery on Dec. 25 or Dec. 26.

Delivery times: Vary based on location. To calculate the estimated time and cost to mail your package, use UPS' online tool.

UPS Next Day Air packages picked up Dec. 22 will be delivered Dec. 23.

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