Experts recommend people ship early. December 17 is the deadline for U.S. shipments, while December 5 is the military and international deadline.
Consolidate your packages. Shipping a 20 pound box is cheaper than shipping two 10 pound boxes.
Shipping to a business address is usually cheaper, and someone will be there to pick up the package.
Try to keep your package in a smaller box because sending a larger package can cost more than if it's heavier.