01/15/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

DEAL HACK, Others Give Best Christmas Shopping Tips

Most standard online shipping offers expire on or before Dec. 19. Although quite a few sooner than that. Go to for a quick-reference guide to the delivery deadlines of over 150 major online retailers.

Holiday shipping tips

1. Wrap each item separately with two inches of cushioning -- bubble wrap, air pillows, packing peanuts. One biggest mistakes people make: underestimating the amount of packing needed. If you need supplies, a good site to go to is

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