SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Now to holiday shopping and the last-minute dash to get all the gifts in time for the big day.

For anyone who is still Christmas shopping or has gifts and cards to send to family afar, the deadline is about to hit for shipping.

Today is the last day to ship anything using standard ground shipping through the post office.
There are expedited options through UPS that give them until December 22, to ship, while Fed-Ex and the U-S Postal Service say customers have until December 23, with the fastest shipping options.

As far as getting gifts delivered to wrap for Christmas it’s also getting tight. Amazon offers same-day shipping in certain communities. The nearest same-day fulfillment center is in the Boston area so don’t count on that out here.

Retail ground shipping takes two to five business days and if you’re buying from a retailer’s website there’s processing time on top of that. Add to it an eight-percent surge in holiday shipping this year – according to the national retail federation – and you’ll want to get everything in the mail as soon as possible.

If the carrier you’re using offers scheduling for delivery.. it might not be a bad idea to choose a time when you know you’ll be home. Porch Pirates are out in full force during the holiday season.