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Last minute Christmas shipping deadlines

Posted at 5:32 PM, Dec 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-21 19:32:10-05

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - If you waited until the last minute to send Christmas gifts, it's not too late but you will have to pay extra.

The United States Postal Service says it will deliver more than 30 million packages Monday making it the busiest delivery day of the year. But the post office location on Grant Road near Tanque Verde was packed Monday afternoon as people were still mailing those last minute gifts. 

According to the postal service, if you want your gifts to arrive by Christmas you have to send them by December 23 and choose Express Mail. The postal service says it will deliver last minute packages on Christmas Day.
 
If you can't make it to the post office during business hours, nine Tucson locations have self-service kiosks that are available 24/7 to mail packages. 
 
"Just answer all the questions, same questions you would have at the counter, it prints out the label and you drop it in the box," said Kim Sisson who mailed a last minute gift to her son on Monday. 
 
The postal service says it expects to deliver more than 15 billion pieces of mail and packages by New Year's Eve. Then it expects another round of increased volume in mid January when people start returning those Christmas gifts. 
 
The postal service recently updated its technology so you can receive real-time alerts when a package is delivered. You will receive a notification within minutes of a package arriving. To sign up for alerts, click here.
 
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For information on FedEx delivery deadlines click here. For information on UPS deadlines, click here.