Last-minute holiday shipping deadline dates...in short, you're running out of time

FedEx, U.S. Postal Service and UPS are working almost as diligently to make sure your holiday gifts and cards make it to their destination on time.
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Even Santa’s busiest helpers are warning…you’re running out of time!

FedEx, U.S. Postal Service and UPS are working almost as diligently to make sure your holiday gifts and cards make it to their destination on time.

For those of you sending items off via the Postal Service, today is the day.

Postal Service says you need to have all your holiday items in the mail by:

  • Dec. 19 for First-Class Mail for holiday cards and lightweight packages (only weighing up to 13 ounces).
  • Dec. 20 if you’re shipping via Priority Mail, which promises delivery in 1-3 days depending on where your package is headed.
  • Dec. 22 via Priority Mail Express Service, which guarantees overnight delivery to most locations. There are different deadlines if you’re shipping to Alaska or Hawaii or if you’re shipping items overseas, so check out the Postal Service website for more details.

FedEx holiday shipping deadlines

If you’re shipping with FedEx, you’ll want to have packages ready to go by the following dates:

  • Dec. 19 with FedEx Express Saver
  • Dec. 20 for both FedEx 2Day and FedEx 2Day A.M.
  • Dec 21. with FedEx Standard Overnight, Priority Overnight and First Overnight.
  • Packages delivered on Dec. 23 will incur a $16 per-package Saturday delivery fee.

You can view more details about shipping options and deadlines for international shipping on the FedEx website.

UPS holiday shipping deadlines

Opting for UPS? The last day to ship to make sure your package gets to its destination on time:

  • Dec. 20 with UPS 2nd Day Air (without Saturday delivery)
  • Dec. 21 with UPS 2nd Day Air (if Saturday delivery is available; Saturday delivery isn’t available in all ZIP codes)
  • Dec. 22 with UPS Next Day Air (with Saturday delivery)
  • Dec. 24 with UPS Express Critical
  • Dec. 25 with UPS Express Critical

View more details about holiday shipping options on the UPS website.

To make sure your package gets to its destination on time, UPS recommends you use its website to calculate time and cost.

Amazon

Amazon has its own deadlines. If you want your packages to arrive in time for Christmas, you’ll need to order by the following dates:

  • Dec. 22 with for two-day shipping (which is free for Amazon Prime members)
  • Dec. 23 with one-day shipping (only available in certain cities but is free for Prime members)
  • Dec. 24 with same-day delivery (only available in certain cities but free for Prime members)
  • Dec. 24. These deadlines are for within the contiguous U.S. only.

Check out more details about ordering deadlines.

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