While Christmas is still more than a week away, if you’re sending a parcel through the mail, you should send it as soon as possible.
It takes as many as 5 business days to send a parcel within Saskatchewan using Canada Post, and for cross Canada shipments, it could be as long as 9 business days before your package is delivered.
Local deliveries take about 2 days to be delivered, if you aren’t using an express option.
Phil Legault with Canada Post says if you are reusing a box to pack your present, make sure to remove bar-codes from the box.
He says they scan all six sides of the box to ensure they are sending it to the right location, but there can be delays if there is too much information on the box and it isn’t clear where the box is going.
Legault says you should use newspaper or bubble wrap to protect loose items, and if you wrap your gift, put the Christmas-wrapped box inside another box before you send it.
He also cautions against using a rope because that can get caught between packages or metal, adding packing tape may be the best alternative to use.
If you’re sending a holiday card in the mail, the latest you should send it is December 19th.