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Deadline Dates for Shipping Christmas Presents

Keep these dates in mind when it comes to Christmas gifts. You don't them to arrive late.

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

United States Postal Service

First-Class Mail Service – Friday, December 18

Priority Mail Service – Saturday, December 19

Priority Mail Express Service – Thursday, December 23

Shipping to Alaska has deadlines of December 18 (First Class & Priority) and December 21 (Priority Mail Express)

Shipping to Hawaii has deadlines of December 17 (First Class & Priority) and December 21 (Priority Mail Express)

United States Postal Service for Military Mail

First-Class Mail (Letters & Cards) – Thursday, December 9

Priority Mail Express Military Service – Thursday, December 16

UPS (United Parcel Service)

Ground – Not announced as of October 2021.

3 Day Select – Tuesday, December 21

2nd Day Air – Wednesday, December 22

Next Day Air – Thursday, December 23

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

Fed-Ex

Ground Economy – Thursday, December 9

Ground & Home Delivery – Wednesday, December 15

Express Saver – Tuesday, December 21

2Day – Wednesday, December 22

First Overnight, Priority Overnight, Standard Overnight – Thursday, December 23

SameDay – Friday, December 24 (available in select cities)


Major retailers also have deadlines for purchases and shipping them in time for Christmas.

The best advice is to get your shopping done now if you are shipping. 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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