Don't Miss These Important Holiday Shipping Deadlines

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If you're shipping gifts for the holidays, don't wait too long to send them, or they may not arrive in time, even with expedited shipping. The U.S. Postal Service, UPS, and FedEx all have announced earlier deadlines for Christmas 2018 than they had last year.

Here are the key dates to remember for those major shipping services, as well as some popular retail sites, for delivery on Monday, Dec. 24. (These deadlines apply within the contiguous United States and are typically earlier for Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. territories, and military bases.)


FedEx

- Monday, Dec. 17, for FedEx Ground and Home Delivery
- Wednesday, Dec. 19, for FedEx Express Saver
- Thursday, Dec. 20, for FedEx 2Day and 2Day A.M.
- Friday, Dec. 21, for FedEx First Overnight and Priority Overnight (additional $16 fee for Saturday delivery)
- Tuesday, Dec. 25, for FedEx SameDay

UPS

- Tuesday, Dec. 18, for UPS 3 Day Select
- Thursday, Dec. 20, for UPS 2nd Day Air
- Friday, Dec. 21, for UPS Next Day Air

U.S. Postal Service

- Friday, Dec. 14, for retail ground
- Thursday, Dec. 20, for first-class mail and Priority Mail
- Saturday, Dec. 22, for Priority Mail Express

Amazon

- Friday, Dec. 14, for Free Shipping by Amazon
- Friday, Dec. 21, for 1- and 2-day shipping
- Monday, Dec. 24, by 9:30 a.m. local time for same-day delivery and by 9:30 p.m. local time for 2-hour delivery with Prime Now (in select cities)

American Girl

- Thursday, Dec. 20, for standard shipping

Barnes & Noble

- Tuesday, Dec. 18, for standard shipping
- Wednesday, Dec. 19, for express shipping
- Friday, Dec. 21, for expedited shipping

Cabela's

- Tuesday, Dec. 18, for standard express
- Thursday, Dec. 20, for guaranteed express
- Friday, Dec. 21, for overnight air express

Dell

Final day of delivery is Wednesday, Dec. 21. Orders must be placed by 3 p.m. EST.
- Monday, Dec. 17, for standard delivery
- Wednesday, Dec. 19, for expedited delivery
- Thursday, Dec. 20, for express delivery

Kmart

- Sunday, Dec. 16, by 11:59 p.m. CST for free standard shipping ($59 minimum)
- Friday, Dec. 21, by 4 p.m. CST for premium shipping

L.L. Bean

- Thursday, Dec. 20, by midnight EST for holiday wreaths and centerpieces
- Friday, Dec. 21, by noon EST for free standard and express shipping ($50 minimum)

Nordstrom

All orders must be placed by noon EST.
- Wednesday, Dec. 19, for free standard shipping
- Friday, Dec. 21, for expedited shipping
- Saturday, Dec. 22, for next-business-day shipping

Pottery Barn

- Tuesday, Dec. 18, by 9 p.m. PST for standard shipping of monogrammed items
- Wednesday, Dec. 19, by 11:59 p.m. PST for standard shipping
- Friday, Dec. 21, by 6 p.m. PST for next-day shipping

Sears

- Sunday, Dec. 16, by 11:59 p.m. CST for free standard shipping ($59 minimum)
- Friday, Dec. 21, by 4 p.m. CST for premium shipping

Target

- Thursday, Dec. 20, by noon local time for free 2-day shipping
- Friday, Dec. 21, for express shipping

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