With Christmas less than three weeks away, the deadline to ship gifts so they make it by Christmas Eve is fast approaching. Whether you’re shipping toys, gadgets, holiday cards or baked goods, make sure your gifts arrive on time with the recommended shipping deadlines from FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service.
The earlier you ship your holiday packages, the safer you’ll be. Keep in mind other factors that place a strain on package delivery systems during the holiday season, such as weather and increased online shopping from retailers.
Mark your calendar with the dates below and your gifts should arrive on time.
Here are the last days to ship with FedEx so your packages are scheduled to arrive on or before Tuesday, December 25:
December 10 is the last day to ship via FedEx SmartPost which does not provide day-definite delivery. Transit times are typically 2 to 7 business days within the continental U.S.
December 13 is the last day to ship FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery shipments to Alaska and Hawaii.
December 17 is the last day to ship via FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery within the continental U.S.
December 19 is the last day to ship via FedEx Express Saver.
December 20 is the last day to ship via FedEx 2Day and FedEx 2Day A.M.
December 21 is the last day to ship via FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight and FedEx First Overnight.
December 22 delivery is available for FedEx First Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight and FedEx 2Day for certain areas if Saturday delivery is selected. A $16.00 Saturday delivery fee will apply per package. Saturday delivery is not available for FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx 2Day A.M. or FedEx Express Saver. This will be the last delivery day for FedEx Home Delivery shipments. Additionally, FedEx Ground will not deliver on this Saturday.
December 24 is the last day FedEx Express and FedEx Ground shipments will be delivered.
December 25 is the last day to ship via FedEx SameDay City Direct, FedEx SameDay City Priority and FedEx SameDay. An additional holiday delivery fee ranges from $40 to $50 per package.
For other country-specific shipping information, or for shipments to military destinations, visit the FedEx Last Days to Ship page.
Here are the last days to ship with UPS so your packages are scheduled to arrive on or before Monday, December 24:
December 18 is the last day to ship via UPS 3 Day Select
December 20 is the last day to ship via UPS 2nd Day Air
December 21 is the last day to ship via UPS Next Day Air
One or more peak surcharges may apply to packages shipped during designated peak shipping periods, based on the service level and package characteristics. To learn more, visit the UPS Peak Surcharges page.
For international shipping deadlines and other holiday-related information, visit the Holiday Shipping with UPS website.
U.S. Postal Service
Here are the last days to ship with the U.S. Postal Service so your packages are scheduled to arrive on or before Tuesday, December 25:
December 14 is the last day to ship via Retail Ground.
December 20 is the last day to ship via First Class Mail and Priority Mail.
December 22 is the last day to ship via Priority Mail Express.
The deadline for shipping packages internationally, including overseas military bases, varies based on the destination and type of delivery service.
For more information, visit the USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines page.
Mark your calendars with the dates mentioned above and your gifts should arrive on time. You can find similar ordering and holiday gift shipping deadlines for most major retailers on their website. And don’t forget to take advantage of Free Shipping Day on Friday, December 14!
Never heard of Free Shipping Day? Here’s what you need to know about this national shopping holiday that started in 2008. Every year hundreds of online merchants participate in the event that offers free shipping with no minimum order and guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve.