12/16/2014 03:21 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Should You Pack, Pick Up Or Ship Your Holiday Gifts?

To ship or not to ship? That is the holiday question.

Whether you've lovingly wrapped the perfect present or tracked down a one-of-a-kind gift online, the question of whether to entrust it to the holiday mail rush is a tricky one. When is it advisable to mail an item, versus bring it in your suitcase, versus buy it in the store at your final destination?

Lucky for us, the experts at eBay have advice on what's best to pack, pick up and ship this holiday season. (Yes, the advice happens to reference eBay finds, but it applies to other gifts, too.) Breathe a sigh of relief, and follow the guide below for some much-needed holiday peace of mind.


If you're indeed planning to ship your gifts, keep in mind the respective deadlines for UPS, USPS and FedEx services. While some standard shipping deadlines have already passed, there's still time to get your presents mailed by Christmas Day.

And Amazon lovers, rejoice! As long as you purchase by Friday, you can still get your presents delivered FOR FREE by Christmas Eve.

Looks like Amazon is almost as timely as Santa himself!



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