'Tis the season to gift! If you need to get those presents to a place far, far away, it's best to ship this week in order to save money. You can ship it closer to Christmas Day, but you'll pay premium rates to make sure those gifts end up under the tree.

It's not always easy to understand the shipping jargon: first class, priority, premium, standard overnight, next day. Each company has several options to choose from, and each company has different deadlines and rates.

Friday, December 15, appears to be the first major star on the calendar, according to a handy list put together by dealhack.com. It even includes orders through Amazon.

Remember, procrastination will cost you more money, so shop and ship now!

Merry Christmas!