The holiday season is here, which means it’s time to start thinking about sending gifts to your loved ones who may be stationed away from home or overseas. For those who haven’t purchased gifts yet, the Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) has some great deals on items to fit every taste and budget.
Make sure to get your holiday shopping done as early as possible. You’ll want to leave ample time for shipping to make sure your service member receives their gift in time for the holidays. To ensure timely delivery of holiday gifts by Dec. 25, the Postal Service recommends that cards and packages be sent to APO/FPO/DPO addresses overseas no later than the mailing dates listed below.
Military Mail Addressed To and From
|Priority Mail Express Military Service (PMEMS)1||First Class Mail Letters and Cards||Priority Mail||Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL)2||Space Available Mail (SAM)3||USPS Retail Ground|
|APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090-092||Dec-16||Dec-9||Dec-9||Dec-2||Nov-25||Nov-7|
|APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093||N/A||Dec-2||Dec-2||Dec-2||Nov-25||Nov-7|
|APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 094-098||Dec-16||Dec-9||Dec-9||Dec-2||Nov-25||Nov-7|
|APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 340||Dec-16||Dec-9||Dec-9||Dec-2||Nov-25||Nov-7|
|APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 962-966||Dec-16||Dec-9||Dec-9||Dec-2||Nov-25||Nov-7|
Domestic Mailing Deadlines are as follows:
|USPS Retail Ground||First-Class Mail||Priority Mail||Priority Mail Express|
The Postal Service has created a free Military Care Kit based on the items most frequently requested by military families. The kit contains Priority Mail APO/FPO/DPO flat rate boxes, tape, address labels and appropriate customs forms.
For more information on mailing and shipping deadlines and instructions for properly addressing packages destined for APO/FPO/DPO mailboxes, click here.
Are your loved ones closer to home this year? Use that extra time to shop at the MCX! They add new deals everyday so be sure to stop by frequently to get the best prices. Found it cheaper elsewhere? The MCX will price match the final sale price of identical items, in new condition, in retail packaging, available to purchase at any domestic retail store operating within a U.S. state (store or online), online auction or marketplace sites excluded. For more information on the MCX’s price match policy click here.
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