Whether it's filling out shipping forms or tightly taping a box shut, sending packages during the holiday season never seems easy.
"Christmas is always hectic" for shipping, says Collins Road post office spokesman Mike Lee.
Lee says the lines will only get longer as Christmas nears. But he says forget the lines-- go online.
"You can print a label online, you can pay for postage online, and you can leave the package outside and the mail carrier will pick it up," he says.
For the not-so-computer-savvy, places like the UPS Store on Martin Luther King in Lansing will do everything for you, including the packing.
"We have people who pack it up so we can concentrate on the customers," says store manager Lindsey Gould.
The best time of the day to avoid lines is during the work day. But if those hours don't work, don't worry. The Collins Road post office has a 24-hour self-service shipping station.
"It's an easy, user-friendly type of kiosk, much like an ATM machine. It has touch screens, and you just follow directions and you'll be able to send your package in no time flat," Lee says.
No matter which way people send packages, they'll need to ship by next Monday to get the boxes to their destinations by December 25.
"If you still can't get it there by then, we have express mail up until Saturday, December 23, and we will be delivering Christmas Day," Lee says of the post office's services.
"We can still get it there later [than Monday, December 18], but you're going to have to dig in your pocketbook a little deeper," says Gould.
A pocketbook that already may be emptied out from the shopping before the shipping.