Options are waning for shipping gifts in time for Christmas


BROWNWOOD, Texas - {span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}For those procrastinating to ship their Christmas gifts, the deadline has already approached and the options are now very limited for making sure those gifts arrive before Christmas Day.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}As of Wednesday morning people can only use UPS and FedEx two-day shipping, according to the store Box-N-Mail in Brownwood.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}"You definitely want to let us know, if it's fragile, so that it doesn't break in transit," Eilaura Ortega of Box-N-Mail said.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}People wanting to use the US Postal Service should use either Priority Mail or Priority Mail Express. But the longer people wait to ship their gifts, the pricer it gets.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}"It's hard to tell," Ortega said about the shipping prices. "It all factors on where it's going, how much it weighs, and how big the box is."{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}For those buying items online, Walmart is offering rush-shipping until Thursday and free in-store pick up until Sunday night.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}Amazon said Friday is the company's deadline for gifts to arrive on Christmas Day using its two-day shipping.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}Both UPS and FedEx, however, have been experiencing shipping delays so the wisest option is to send gifts as soon as possible.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}Ortega offered one piece of advice for those trying to avoid the long lines at shipping locations.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}"Packages [should] already [be] boxed, it's a lot faster. If you have your address already pulled up and ready, it makes things a lot faster," Ortega said.{/span}{/span}