Deadline Dates for Shipping Christmas Presents

The clock is ticking. Make sure your gifts don't miss Christmas.

So you need to ship some holiday presents. All mail carriers have deadline dates for shipping packages in time for a Christmas arrival.

Christmas Shipping Deadline dates

United States Postal Service

First-Class Mail Service – Friday, December 18

Priority Mail Service – Saturday, December 19

Priority Mail Express Service – Wednesday, December 23

UPS (United Parcel Service)

Ground – Tuesday, December 15

3 Day Select – Sunday, December 21

2nd Day Air – Tuesday, December 22

Next Day Air – Wednesday, December 23

UPS is closed on Christmas Day but UPS Express Critical is available)

Fed-Ex

Smart Post – Wednesday, December 9

Ground & Home Delivery – Tuesday, December 15

Express Saver & 3Day Freight – Monday, December 21

2Day &  2Day Freight – Tuesday, December 22

First Overnight, Priority Overnight, Standard Overnight & 1Day Freight – Wednesday, December 23

SameDay – Friday, December 25 (available in select cities)


Major retailers also have deadlines for purchases and shipping them in time for Christmas. Dealhack.com shows a list of major chains like Apple, Lululemon, Amazon, Best Buy and more.

The best advice is to get your shopping done now if you are shipping. They are expecting more packages being mailed this year than ever before due to the Coronavirus. Please note due to volume, these dates may change. We will do our best to update them as we find out about them. It’s good to click on the shipper’s name and view the latest on their site. For international Christmas shipping deadline dates and for those packages heading to our military, please click on their names to be taken to their websites.

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