Holiday Shipping Deadlines You Need to Know

Sending your gifts to someone out of town? Here’s the shipping deadlines you need to know!

U.S. Postal Service

  • Dec. 20: First Class Mail
  • Dec. 21: Priority Mail
  • Dec. 23 Priority Mail Express

U.S. Postal Service recommended dates for Alaska and Hawaii 

Alaska

  • Dec. 18: First Class Mail
  • Dec. 19: Priority Mail
  • Dec. 21: Priority Mail Express

Hawaii

  • Dec. 19: First Class Mail & Priority Mail
  • Dec. 21: Priority Mail Express

“Dates are for estimated delivery before December 25. Actual delivery date may vary depending on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance date and time and other conditions, including customs delays. Some restrictions apply, “ USPS warned on its website.

For more details and international shipping dates, visit USPS.com

AMAZON, UPS, OTHERS TO TEST CARGO BIKE DELIVERIES

FedEx

  • Dec. 16: Ground and home delivery
  • Dec. 19: Express Saver
  • Dec. 20: Two-day options
  • Dec. 23: Overnight options 
  • Dec 25: SameDay, SameDay City Direct and City Priority

For more details and international shipping dates, visit FedEx.com

UPS

  • Dec. 19: UPS 3 Day Select
  • Dec. 20: UPS 2nd Day Air
  • Dec. 23UPS Next Day

“UPS has been working hard throughout the year preparing to provide the same reliable service this holiday season that you trust us to deliver year-round,” the carrier wrote on its site.

UPS noted that due to “increased volume this season a “limited number of packages with certain origins and destinations may experience additional time” while in transit.

For more details and international shipping dates, visit UPS.com

Amazon

  • Dec. 18: Last day for standard shipping. Items ship within three to five business days. This is free for Prime members. 
  • Dec. 22: Last day for free delivery with Prime on “tens of millions” of items. This is free for Prime members with no minimum purchase.
  • Dec. 23: Last day for one-day delivery. This is free for Prime members with no minimum purchase.
  • Dec. 24: Last day for Same-Day delivery. This is for select areas only for $9.98 per item. It’s free for Prime members on qualifying orders over $35.

Monday, Dec. 16 is the last day for free shipping by Amazon on qualifying orders over $25.

The above dates and delivery speed may vary by item, according to Amazon.

For more information on Amazon shipping dates, visit Amazon.com.


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