One of my favorite Christmas memories is of helping my Mom buy, pack and ship gifts for family and friends out of town.

With the advent of the internet, you don't even have to see the gifts you send to others, but there is still something special about grabbing something uniquely local to the Quad Cities and shipping it off.

There are lots of uniquely Quad Cities gift ideas like Boetje's mustard, Lagomarcino treats, Mississippi River Distilling Co. libations and more you can send to friends and fam around the country.

If you are planning on shipping gifts, here is a list of dates you need to get them in the mail for delivery in time for Christmas:

DOMESTIC MAIL CLASS/PRODUCT Date (excluding Alaska & Hawaii
First-class Mail® Service Dec. 19th
Priority Mail® Service Dec. 20th
Priority Mail Express® Service Dec. 22nd
USPS Retail Ground™ Dec. 14th

If your gift is going to Alaska or Hawaii, following this guide:

DESTINATION FIRST-CLASS MAIL® SERVICE PRIORITY MAIL® SERVICE PRIORITY MAIL® EXPRESS SERVICE
Alaska Dec. 20th Dec. 20th Dec. 21st
Hawaii Dec. 15th Dec. 15th Dec. 20th

Always double-check with the USPS as dates can change due to weather.