During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, the last thing you need to worry about is mailing your gifts. Follow these United States Postal Service (USPS) tips to make sure your packages arrive intact and on time:

Packaging: Choose a strong box and make sure to insulate your gift with bubble wrap, newspaper, Styrofoam peanuts or plain popcorn. Seal your package with shipping tape, and don't use any string or wrapping paper. Packages that weigh over 1 pound should be taken to the post office for shipping. The post office also carries certain envelopes and tubes that are free with mailing services.

Addressing Packages: Make sure both "TO" and "FROM" addresses are printed clearly, and include apartment numbers and direction information for streets. If you don't know the zip code, do not guess. You can locate correct zip codes at http://www.usps.com. Place your addresses on only one side of the package.

Delivery Speed: The general rule when mailing letters and packages is that if you wait too long, you'll have to pay more. However, for those last-minute mailers, the USPS offers 1-2 day delivery, 365 days a year.

For more information, visit the USPS's web site at http://www.usps.com

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