Take note: Important deadlines for shipping your holiday cards and packages

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is gearing up to help customers ship some 15.5 billion cards, letters and packages in time for Christmas. It's also aiming to cash in on the holiday by offering festive stamps, packaging and even gift cards.

To make sure your package is delivered on time, the USPS suggests sending gifts a little early. Taking advantage of the Postal Services online postage and free package pick-up may help as well.

Check out USPS.com for recommended mailing and shipping dates for holiday cards and gifts.

To ensure that holiday mail and packages are delivered in time for Christmas, the Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines:

    CLICK HERE for mailing deadlines if you plan to send something to military personnel around the world.