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Deadline nears for shipping gifts

READ MORE: Monday is year's busiest shipping day
WILMINGTON -- This is crunch time at the Post Office, with folks wanting to make sure they ship their gifts in time for them to arrive by Christmas morning. Monday is considered one of the busiest shipping days of the year. And it showed at the downtown Wilmington Post Office. Gift giver Holly Smith said, "I'm just trying to get some gifts out in time for Christmas." The holiday shopping may be winding down, but people are still standing in line -- this time, to ship holiday gifts to loved ones in time for Christmas morning. And that's where carriers like UPS, Fed Ex and the United States Postal Service come in. With Christmas day right around the corner, timing is everything when it comes to shipping gifts. UPS store owner Laura Nasser says her job -- and yours -- is easier when you remember the basics. Nasser said, "Have your addresses ready. We have a lot of people that come in and they have all there boxes ready, and they say, I forgot my addresses at home, so it's important that you bring your addresses with you." There are few things to keep in mind when shipping gifts over the holidays. Prices can fluctuate by the weight of your package, and its destination. Nasser says it's a good idea to insure your packages, just in case of damages or lost shipments. "You can't put a price on sentimental value, but if it's very important and it's fragile, I would absolutely take out insurance, especially this time of the year because we are handling, lots of boxes," Nasser said. Labeling your packages clearly could be the key to getting your package to it's destination on time. And keep in mind not to send any liquids, explosives, alcohol and of course no hand guns. As we get closer and closer to Christmas day, expect shipping costs to get higher. Fed Ex, UPS and the Postal Service are all pretty similar in shipping cost. No matter who you use, do it soon. Waiting until Friday could cost you up to $80 if you want your package to make it under the tree for Christmas morning.

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