Tips to simplify the hectic holiday season

Posted on Nov. 27, 2015 by Canada Post in Living

There’s always plenty to do before the busy holiday season. Between gift buying, meal planning, decorating your home, and travelling to spend time with loved ones, it can sometimes feel overwhelming.

Still, you don’t have to get stressed out. With the proper preparation, you’re more likely to enjoy a hassle-free holiday. Follow these tips and you’ll be able to relax and spend more time enjoying yourself.

Make sure cards and packages arrive on time

Shipping dates

When you send holiday cards and gifts to loved ones, you want them to arrive on time. Use this handy guide to check when to send all your items so they get there on time. Depending on where you’re sending your item, and the delivery method you choose, different dates will apply.

If you’re sending packages to the United States or other international locations, save time by filling out an online customs declaration form before taking your packages to the post office.

Going away over the holidays?

Hold Mail

The holidays are a time when many of us travel far and wide to visit friends and family. If you’re planning to be away from home over the holidays, put your mail on hold until you return. With Hold Mail, your mail will be stored in a secure Canada Post facility for the days you're away – for only $20 for the first two weeks*. We can help protect your household against identity theft and fraud by keeping your mail safe. With Hold Mail, your valuable correspondence won't pile up in your mailbox or be returned to sender.

Experience the joy of receiving a letter from Santa


Writing to Santa is a time-honoured childhood tradition. Last year, more than a million kids wrote letters to Santa and experienced the thrill of receiving a return message from his workshop at the North Pole. When you write to Santa this year, be sure to include your return address and you’ll receive a reply from the jolly man himself. Santa enjoys reading about children’s favourite sports, jokes, and school activities. And, of course, he loves to get pictures and drawings from his young pen pals! Postage is not required for letters to Santa, but messages should be mailed before December 16 to ensure a reply before Christmas.

Keep your gifts a surprise with FlexDelivery


If you buy holiday gifts online, it can be hard to keep them hidden from nosey loved ones when they’re delivered to your home. The solution is FlexDelivery™, which lets you send online purchases to a nearby post office instead. Signing up for an account is free and easy. When you purchase items online, you can choose to have them delivered to a convenient post office location, rather than your regular home address.

Travelling somewhere in Canada to visit friends and family over the holidays? Instead of packing your gift purchases for distant family and friends, use FlexDelivery to have the items delivered to a post office close to where you’re going to be.

Keep walkways clear of snow and ice

Keep walkways clear

Just as you’re likely to be carrying plenty of heavy shopping bags into your home this holiday season, Canada Post delivery agents will be shouldering a heavy load, too. And neither you, nor they, want to worry about what’s underfoot. Take care of yourself, your neighbours, and Canada Post delivery agents, by shovelling your walkway after each snowfall, and applying salt or sand to prevent painful slips and falls on icy surfaces.

Stay on top of your deliveries

Holiday helper

Starting in November, Canada Post will be making weekend parcel deliveries in major urban centres. If you want to check the status of your packages, it’s free with the Canada Post mobile app. Use the app to track packages any time of day, any place you are. Besides tracking, the app can also be used to search for postal codes, find a post office location, check the rate for sending a parcel, or turn a personal photo into a custom stamp or postcard. The Canada Post app is available for users of Android, Apple and BlackBerry mobile devices**.

Great gift ideas

Gif Cards

Looking for great last-minute gift ideas? You’re sure to find them at a Canada Post retail location. When you come by to ship holiday packages or pick up secret gifts, check out our extensive selection of stamps, coins and collectibles. We’ve also got great gift cards for travel, entertainment, shopping, and more.

**$20 for 10 weekdays or less. Residential rates. $9.25 per additional week. Weekdays are Monday through Friday, including statutory holidays. The service must be purchased at least three business days before you want it to start.

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