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If you're hoping to avoid long lines this holiday season by ordering gifts online, you're not alone.

Canada Post believes this will be the biggest Canadian online shopping season on record.

General manager of parcels and customer experience Alice Lafferty says they saw a big increase last year and they predict a big increase for the next few years.

"We actually see that demand increasing all year long as well. We have about a 20 per cent increase so far this year in our volume compared to last year... but no season is like the holiday season," she says.

If you're a last-minute shopper, and you're starting to sweat about whether or not your gifts will arrive on time, Lafferty has some tips. She recommends using a retailer you trust, or, if it's a retailer that is new to you, do some research.

"Take a look to see if they have any tracking information, if that's a parcel item coming through, and if they guarantee a delivery date. A lot of the Canadian retailers, they are guaranteeing a specific delivery date already, so that is, if you're at the last minute, the best peace of mind that you can have."

Lafferty says you can also look at comments other people are saying. She says pay attention to shipping details, and, in general, the farther something has to travel, the longer it takes to get here.

If you're just using Canada Post, they've posted holiday deadlines here.

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