Please note: This article was originally posted on one of my former blogs, Studio9Thirteen.com, on November 9, 2016. It was transitioned to this website on November 21, 2016. Graphics may still reflect the name of the former website.

I don’t know about you but to me this year has flown by!

I can’t believe I’m already seeing Christmas decorations in store aisles. And I’ve received lots of reminders about holiday shipping.

Um…Thanksgiving, anyone? Is there an unspoken rule that we’re to skip Thanksgiving?

I dunno, but hey, it’s hard not to get in the Christmas holiday spirit when you see something Christmas-related every which way you turn.

So I’m covering two things in this post. First, a reminder, and then, I have an early gift for you.

1. Holiday Shipping Deadlines

I know, I know, but we must talk about this. If you’re the kind of person who likes to exchange gifts on Christmas morning, (or for Chanukah, or Kwanzaa) you don’t want to be the one who’s empty-handed, do you?

In order to avoid feeling deflated instead of elated, I must remind you of order deadlines.

If you want your gifts to arrive before December 25th, here are the last days to place your orders:

To Arrive in the United States:

November 30 – FedEx Smart Post
December 2 – FedEx Ground
December 8 – FedEx Express Saver
December 8 – USPS First Class Mail
December 9 – FedEx 2Day
December 12 – FedEx Standard Overnight

To Arrive in Canada:

November 23 – International Economy
November 30 – USPS First Class Mail
December 2 – FedEx International Ground
December 5 – International Priority
December 9 – FedEx International Economy
December 12 – FedEx international Priority

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To Arrive at Military Bases

November 29 – USPS

To Arrive in Europe/Asia/Pacific Rim/ Australia, New Zealand, or the Caribbean

November 18 – International Economy
November 28 – International Priority
December 1 – FedEx International Economy
December 6 – FedEx International Priority

To Arrive in Africa/Central & South America/Middle East

November 9 – International Economy
November 15 – International Priority
December 1 – FedEx International Economy


*Please note that these are the dates I have as of this posting. You may want to verify shipment dates with your carrier.

2. Now for Your Early Holiday Present

A Present for You

I created holiday gift tags that you can print from home!

I used graphics and a font that I downloaded from generous designers online.

So here’s the thing. Your present is only for your personal use. These tags are not for commercial use (no selling and no “re-gifting” if you catch my drift.)

I’ll leave links below so that you can read their terms of use and/or contact the designers yourselves if you’d like to use the graphics commercially.

But keep in mind that I’ve combined some digital assets, so make sure you get permission from everyone involved before going forward with any entrepreneurial pursuits.

Okay, without further ado, here is your download link: Immediate Download

Design Resources

Here’s where I found these resources:

Here’s the font I used: Aidan Romantic Script

And the added elements were pulled from this file: Four Christmas Card Collection

I created these tags using Adobe Illustrator, which is the program you’ll need to make edits to the Four Christmas Card Collection. If you need help navigating Illustrator, I have a few videos on YouTube that might help. Adobe offers a free 30-day trial as well. You can look into it, here.

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I hope you like your tags! Let me know if you have any questions.