Don't Miss These Important Holiday Shipping Deadlines

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Shipping packages to loved ones or doing holiday shopping online means consumers have to keep some important deadlines in mind before they press "submit," if they want their packages to arrive by Christmas (Dec. 25), which falls on a Monday this year. Here are the deadlines for major shipping services, as well as a few popular online shopping sites. These deadlines generally apply within the contiguous United States and are typically earlier for Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories. Shoppers should also be aware of retailers' shipping costs. (Note: Some retailers have not yet listed their shipping deadlines. We plan to update this article with the deadlines from additional retailers after they are announced.)


FedEx Christmas Shipping Deadlines

  • Saturday, Dec. 23 for FedEx First Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, and FedEx 2Day
  • Monday, Dec. 25 for FedEx SameDay
Special note: FedEx Ground will not deliver on Saturday, Dec. 23, and if Saturday delivery is selected for any of the above-listed FedEx Express options, a $16 Saturday delivery fee will be added to each package.

 

UPS Christmas Shipping Deadlines

  • Monday, Dec. 18 for UPS 3 Day Select
  • Wednesday, Dec. 20 for UPS 2nd Day Air
  • Friday, Dec. 22 for UPS Next Day Air


U.S. Postal Service Christmas Shipping Deadlines

Within the Continental U.S.
  • Thursday, Dec. 14 for Retail Ground
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19 for First Class (which includes standard mail, so send Christmas cards out by this date)
  • Friday, Dec. 22 for Priority Mail
  • Thursday, Dec. 21 for Priority Mail Express Service
Alaska
  • Wednesday, Dec. 20 for First Class and Priority Mail
  • Thursday, Dec. 21 for Priority Express
Hawaii
  • Friday, Dec. 15 for First Class and Priority Mail
  • Wednesday, Dec. 20 for Priority Mail Express


Amazon Christmas Shipping Deadlines

  • Monday, Dec. 18 for Standard Shipping
  • Friday, Dec. 22 for Prime Free Two-Day Shipping
  • Saturday, Dec. 23 for Prime Free One-Day Shipping
  • Sunday, Dec. 24 for Same-Day Delivery and Two-Hour Delivery with Prime Now (both only available in select cities)


American Girl Christmas Shipping Deadlines

  • Wednesday, Dec. 20


Barnes & Noble Christmas Shipping Deadlines

  • Monday, Dec. 18 for Standard Shipping
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19 for Member Express Shipping
  • Thursday, Dec. 21 for Expedited Shipping


Bath & Body Works

Note: Holiday-specific deadlines have not been announced yet.
  • Standard Shipping: 2-7 business days (3-6 in Hawaii and Alaska)
  • Expedited Shipping: 2 business days
  • Overnight Shipping: 1 business day


Bed Bath and Beyond

Note: Holiday-specific deadlines have not been announced yet.
Lower 48 states
  • Standard Shipping: 3-7 business days
  • Expedited Shipping: 2-3 business days
  • Express Shipping: 1-2 business days
Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico
  • Standard Shipping: 5-9 business days
  • Expedited Shipping: 4-5 business days
  • Express Shipping: 3-4 business days


Cabela's Christmas Shipping Deadlines

Within the Continental U.S.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19 for Standard Express
  • Wednesday, Dec. 20 for Guaranteed Express
  • Thursday, Dec. 21 for Overnight Air Express
Alaska and Hawaii
  • Wednesday, Dec. 13 for Standard Express
  • Monday, Dec. 18 for Guaranteed Express
  • Wednesday, Dec. 20 for Overnight Air Express


Dell Christmas Shipping Deadlines

For PCs designated as "Ships Same Day"
  • Friday, Dec. 15 by 2 p.m. CST for Standard Delivery
  • Wednesday, Dec. 20 by 2 p.m. CST for Expedited Delivery
  • Thursday, Dec. 21 by 2 p.m. CST for Express Delivery


Five Below

Note: Holiday-specific deadlines have not been announced yet.
  • Standard Shipping: 6-10 business days
  • Expedited Shipping: 2-3 business days
  • Express Shipping: 1 business day


Gap

Note: Holiday-specific deadlines have not been announced yet.
  • Free Every Day Shipping: 7-9 business days
  • Standard Shipping: 3-5 business days
  • 2-Day Shipping: 2 business days
  • Next-Day Shipping: 1 business day


Kmart Christmas Shipping Deadlines

  • Friday, Dec. 15 by 4 p.m. CST for Free Shipping
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19 by 4 p.m. CST for Standard Shipping
  • Thursday Dec. 21 by 4 p.m. CST for Premium Shipping


Newegg Christmas Shipping Deadlines

  • Wednesday, Dec. 13 for Super Eggsaver Shipping
  • Thursday, Dec. 14 for Large Item Delivery
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19 for 3 Business Day Shipping
  • Wednesday, Dec. 20 for 2 Business Day Shipping
  • Thursday, Dec. 21 for 1 Business Day Shipping


Old Navy

Note: Holiday-specific deadlines have not been announced yet.
  • Free Every Day Shipping: 7-9 business days
  • Standard Shipping: 3-5 business days
  • 2-Day Shipping: 2 business days
  • Next-Day Shipping: 1 business day


Saks Fifth Avenue

Note: Holiday-specific deadlines have not been announced yet.
  • Standard Shipping: 3-8 business days
  • Rush Delivery: 2-3 business days
  • Next Business Day Delivery: 1 business day
  • Saturday Delivery: 1 business day if ordered by 6 p.m. Friday (Not clear if this option is available on Dec. 23.)


Sears Christmas Shipping Deadlines

  • Friday, Dec. 15 by 4 p.m. CST for Free Shipping
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19 by 4 p.m. CST for Standard Shipping
  • Thursday, Dec. 21 by 4 p.m. CST for Premium Shipping


Toys R Us Christmas Shipping Deadlines

  • Monday, Dec. 18 for Free Shipping (on orders $29 or more)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 20 for Expedited Shipping (by 3 p.m. EST) and Express Shipping (by 11:59 p.m. EST)


Walmart Christmas

Note: Holiday-specific deadlines have not been announced yet.
  • Free two-day shipping for most orders over $35