The holidays are a busy time – so keeping track of when to mail gifts and greeting cards can be tough, especially if you’ve got friends and relatives abroad. While you can make instant money transfers using our send money service or pay bills on the same day, it pays to know the final mailing dates for key holidays so your gifts and cards will arrive on time.
Making sure your cards and gifts arrive for Christmas
Christmas is a busy period for the postal services so make sure to get your cards and gifts sent early – especially if you’re sending abroad or to loved ones in the military.
Remember, you can still send a last minute gift of money with Western Union and Money Services up until Christmas Eve.
- Send money in minutes* by Sunday December 24
- Send Standard Mail by Friday December 15
- First Class Mail by Tuesday December 19
- Priority mail by Wednesday December 20
- International (First Class) Mail ** by November 30 (Africa and Central & South America), December 7 (other destinations)
- Military by Monday November 27 (Space available mail), Monday December 11 (Priority mail and first class letters and cards), and Saturday December 16 (Priority Mail Express Military™ Service).
Sending cash is simple
Packaging and sending gifts across the country can be a hassle.
So why not simply send money instead!
You can send money easily and conveniently with Western Union. Sending cash is a great option, especially if you’re a gifting procrastinator!*.
Download our handy calendar to remind you of these key dates
Money Services opening times
Many of the Money Services locations will be closed on Christmas Day, so don’t wait until the last minute to send your loved ones cash!
* Date available will be displayed on receipt for international transfers over $15. Service and funds availability depends on certain factors including the Service selected, the selection of delayed delivery options, special terms applicable to each Service, amount sent, destination country, currency availability, regulatory issues, consumer protection issues, identification requirements, delivery restrictions, agent location hours, and differences in time zones (collectively, “Restrictions”).
** You can get post to your destination quicker by using USPS’s other postage options: First Class Mail, Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express.