Plan Ahead To Simplify Holiday Shipping (NAPSA)—Afew hints can help you have a happier holiday season. For example, knowing important shipping deadlines and guidelines can take the hassle out of holiday shipping—saving you time and money. With millions of presents and packages moving across the country every day, FedEx recommends a few tips for the safe and timely delivery of your packages: *Send your gifts ahead. If you are traveling this holiday season, take the hassle out of carrying wrapped packages with you by sending your gifts ahead of yourarrival. eShip early in the season. This will allow you to avoid the lines and provide you with a greater selection of shipping service options. Take advantageof FedEx Ground, FedEx Home Delivery and FedEx Express Saver and 2Dayservices to save money on your shipments. *Choose the right supplies. Use new, sturdy boxes with the flaps intact and do not reuse boxes. Position at least two inches of bubble wrap, peanuts or other packing materials on all sides and use a heavy-duty tape designed for packaging. *Be smart about labeling. Position the address label squarely on the largest surface and provide complete sender and recipient addresses, including zip codes and telephone numbers. Ensure that the label is properly and securely attached. Place a label inside the box, in case the outer labelfalls off. This year, give yourself the gift of saving time and money on your holiday shipping. *Be aware of shipping deadlines. For delivery to most areas in time for Christmas, the last day to ship with FedEx Ground is December 16 and the last days to ship with FedEx Express are Thursday, December 22 for overnight service and Friday, December 23 for priority overnight delivery. *Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are more than 1,900 FedEx Office Print & Ship Center locations around the world that provide a variety of packing and shipping supplies and services. Learn More For more tips, or to create and print a shipping label, visit www.fedex.com.