Don't Miss These Important Holiday Shipping Deadlines

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Consumers shipping packages to loved ones or doing holiday shopping online have to keep a few important dates in mind before they buy. Christmas (Dec. 25) falls on a Sunday in 2016, which means that shipping cutoff dates may be a little earlier than in previous years. Here are the deadlines for the major shipping services, as well as some popular retail sites. (These deadlines apply within the contiguous United States and are typically earlier for Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories.)


FedEx

  • Friday, Dec. 23 for FedEx First Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, and FedEx 2Day (for delivery on Dec. 24). Note that an additional $16 fee applies for Saturday delivery.
  • FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery don't deliver on Saturday, Dec. 24, so check FedEx Ground service maps to determine transit time.
  • Sunday, Dec. 25 for FedEx SameDay

UPS


For delivery on Friday, Dec. 23:
  • Monday, Dec. 19 for UPS 3 Day Select
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21 for UPS 2nd Day Air
  • Thursday, Dec. 22 for UPS Next Day Air

U.S. Postal Service

  • Thursday, Dec. 15 for Retail Ground
  • Tuesday, Dec. 20 for First-Class Mail (which includes Christmas cards)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21 for Priority Mail
  • Friday, Dec. 23 for Priority Mail Express

Amazon

  • Friday, Dec. 16 for Free Shipping by Amazon
  • Monday, Dec. 19 for Standard Shipping
  • Thursday, Dec. 22 for Two-Day Shipping
  • Friday, Dec. 23 for One-Day Shipping
  • Saturday, Dec. 24 by 9:30 a.m. local time for Same-Day Delivery and by 9:30 p.m. local time for Two-Hour Delivery with Prime Now (both available only in select cities)

American Girl

  • Wednesday, Dec. 14 for standard shipping
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21 for rush shipping (Christmas delivery guaranteed or shipping of in-stock items is free -- although the company does not accept responsibility for weather-related delays)

Barnes & Noble

  • Monday, Dec. 19 for Standard Shipping
  • Tuesday, Dec. 20 for Member Express Shipping
  • Thursday, Dec. 22 for Expedited Shipping

Bath & Body Works

  • Friday, Dec. 16 for Standard Shipping
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21 by 5:59 p.m. EST for Expedited Delivery
  • Thursday, Dec. 22 by 5:59 p.m. EST for Express Delivery

Bed Bath and Beyond

  • Monday, Dec. 19 for Standard Shipping
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21 for Expedited Shipping
  • Thursday, Dec. 22 for Express Shipping

Best Buy

  • Wednesday, Dec. 21 before 10:30 a.m. CST

Cabela's

  • Monday, Dec.19 for Standard Express
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21 for Guaranteed Express
  • Thursday, Dec. 22 for Overnight Air Express

Cost Plus World Market

  • Thursday, Dec. 15 for ground shipping (Monday, Dec. 12 for rugs, furniture, and select online-only items)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21 by 6 a.m. PST for second-day shipping
  • Thursday, Dec. 22 by 6 a.m. PST for overnight shipping

Dell


For PCs designated as "Ships Same Day":
  • Friday, Dec. 16 by 2 p.m. CST for Standard Delivery
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21 by 2 p.m. CST for Expedited Delivery
  • Thursday, Dec. 22 by 2 p.m. CST for Express Delivery

Gap

  • Sunday, Dec. 18 for Free Standard Delivery (on orders $50 or more)

JC Penney

  • Friday, Dec. 16 for Ship to Store
  • Monday, Dec. 19 for Standard Delivery
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21 for Express Delivery
  • Thursday, Dec. 22 before noon CST for Expedited Delivery

Kmart

  • Monday, Dec. 19 for Free Shipping
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21 by 4 p.m. CST for Standard Shipping
  • Thursday, Dec. 22 by 4 p.m. CST for Premium Shipping

L.L. Bean

  • Wednesday, Dec. 21 by noon for free shipping
  • Thursday, Dec. 22 by noon for express shipping
Deadlines differ for monogrammed items, wreaths, and gift cards.

Newegg

  • Wednesday, Dec. 14 for Super Eggsaver Shipping
  • Friday, Dec. 16 for Large Item Delivery
  • Tuesday, Dec. 20 for 3 Business Day Shipping
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21 for 2 Business Day Shipping
  • Thursday, Dec. 22 for 1 Business Day Shipping

Nordstrom

  • Wednesday, Dec. 21 by noon EST for two-business-day shipping
  • Thursday, Dec. 22 by noon EST for free standard shipping
  • Friday, Dec. 23 by noon EST for $10 rush shipping

Old Navy

  • Sunday, Dec. 18 for Free Standard Delivery (on orders of $50 or more)

Overstock

  • Friday, Dec. 16 for Free Standard Shipping
  • Monday, Dec. 19 for Upgraded 3-Day Shipping
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21 for Expedited 2-Day Shipping
  • Thursday, Dec. 22 for Express 1-Day Shipping

Pottery Barn

  • Tuesday, Dec. 20 by 2 p.m. PST for standard shipping (Tuesday, Dec. 13 by 5 p.m. PST for gift cards)
  • Thursday, Dec. 22 by 7 p.m. PST for rush shipping (9 a.m. PST for gift cards)

Sears

  • Monday, Dec. 19 for Free Shipping
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21 by 4 p.m. CST for Standard Shipping
  • Thursday, Dec. 22 by 4 p.m. CST for Premium Shipping

Target

  • Look for the free Holiday Shipping Delivery option to make sure a gift arrives before Christmas.

Toys R Us

  • Monday, Dec. 19 for Free Shipping (on orders of $19 or more)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21 for Expedited Shipping (by 3 p.m. EST) or Express Shipping (by 11:59 p.m. EST)