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Holiday Gift Guide SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2012

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Whether your loved ones are across the city or the world, Canada Post is ready to deliver the holiday season on time and at an affordable cost.With its network of almost 6,500 secure lo- cations and over 65,000 employees, we will be tackling the busiest season of the year, pro- cessing almost one billion pieces of mail by the time Christmas rolls in.

As Canadians prepare to ship their gifts this season, we want to help ensure these impor- tant shipments arrive on time and intact.So we’re providing a list of holiday mailing tips: Pack right. We don’t mean to sound like Scrooges! But good packing prevents delays and damage. So… • Use the right size box and centre your item. • Wrap fragile items.Newspaper, bubble

wrap or foam will protect them on their journey. • Wrap your parcel in plain paper. • Don’t use string or twine - it can get caught in the processing machines. • Make sure the address is written clearly and on the largest side of your parcel. • Mark your calendar. • To get your shipments to their destination

before the big day, keep these deadlines in mind:

In Canada: for cards, send locally by Dec. 17, within province by Dec. 18, out of province by Dec. 19; send parcels by Dec. 10. Mailing to the United States: send letters and cards by Dec. 14; parcels by Dec. 10. International shipping: deadlines vary de- pending on the region. In general, allow three weeks for cards — longer for some areas. Allow four weeks for parcels. If you miss a deadline don’t panic! Our premi- um services offer shorter delivery times world- wide.

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Stocking Stuffer Packages

H2O drop-in passes, swimming lesson or membership gift card packages now available to purchase for friends and family!

Santa Claus is making a special visit to H2O! Sunday, December 16 from 2–3:30pm.

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