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There's still time (but not much) to ship gifts in time for Christmas

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Posted at 4:24 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 17:24:30-05

The Postal Service this week warned shoppers they've run out of time to get Christmas packages to their destinations using standard shipping.

So what if you have gifts to send? What options do you have?

"I highly recommend, if you are still waiting, chop chop. Get it done now," said Becky Chochener, Senior Vice President of Operations at Postal Plus.

Christmas shoppers like Geri Walker trickled into Postal Plus Friday afternoon hoping their gifts will find a way under the Christmas tree.

"Since none of our family will be here for Christmas, I figure I'm sending Christmas to them," Walker said.

"I thought that well, if I am going to be here by myself, I might as well get... I don't have any excuse to not get stuff gone to across the nation where my peeps are," said Sara Cutshall of College Station.

Walker says she's made several stops to the family-owned business as well as local post offices to send her gifts out. Whether her presents make it in time? She says she isn't going to worry about it.

"Well I am hoping it gets there for Christmas, but as long as it gets there in one piece and not pieces, I'm okay," she said.

Odds are gifts sent out Friday will make it in time, but if your presents are leaving the state of Texas, the shipping service recommends utilizing UPS and FedEx.

"With COVID and the volume, it's just been a lot for the Post Office to handle. It's been a lot for everybody to handle, so that just gives it the best change to get it there in time," Chochener said.

There's still hope for gift givers who wait until the 23rd to ship, but it isn't cheap.

"It gets extremely costly to send it because at that point, you have to send it next day air to get it there the 24th. A few services may actually offer Christmas Day, but honestly that gets very, very costly," Chochener said.

It's a price some are willing to pay to make the holiday special, but you can save some dimes if you act on time.

A lot of people will have boxes left over from opening Christmas gifts. You can check with your locally owned mailing services, like Postal Plus, to see if they will recycle them for you.