Don't Miss These Important Holiday Shipping Deadlines

By    

Amazon.com package at front door of house
Photo credit: smartstock/istockphoto

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 more than a dozen 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: This article has been updated with additional information since its initial publication on Dec. 5.)


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 Christmas Shipping Deadlines

  • Standard Shipping: Sunday, Dec. 17 by 2:59 p.m. EST
  • Expedited Shipping: Wednesday, Dec. 20 by 5:59 p.m. EST
  • Overnight Shipping: Thursday, Dec. 21 by 5:59 p.m. EST


Bed Bath and Beyond

Lower 48 states
  • Standard Shipping: Tuesday, Dec. 19
  • Expedited Shipping: Thursday, Dec. 21
  • Express Shipping: Friday, Dec. 22
Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico
  • Standard Shipping: Saturday, Dec. 16
  • Expedited Shipping: Monday, Dec. 18
  • Express Shipping: Tuesday, Dec. 19


Best Buy Christmas Shipping Deadlines

  • Large-item home delivery: Tuesday, Dec. 19
  • Most other items: Wednesday, Dec. 20 by 10:30 a.m. CST
  • Same-day delivery: Sunday, Dec. 24


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 Christmas Shipping Deadlines

  • Standard Shipping: Friday, Dec. 8 by 12 p.m. EST
  • Expedited Shipping: Monday, Dec. 18 by 12 p.m. EST
  • Express Shipping: Wednesday, Dec. 20 by 12 p.m. EST


Gap Christmas Shipping Deadlines

  • Order by Tuesday, Dec. 19 for delivery by Friday, Dec. 22


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 Christmas Shipping Deadlines

  • Order by Tuesday, Dec. 19 for delivery by Friday, Dec. 22


Overstock Christmas Shipping Deadlines

  • Friday, Dec. 15 by 10 a.m. MST for Free Standard Shipping
  • Saturday, Dec. 16 by 10 a.m. MST for Free Upgraded 3-Day Shipping
  • Monday Dec. 18 by 10 a.m. MST for Free Expedited 2-Day Shipping
  • Thursday Dec. 21 by 9 a.m. MST for Free Express 1-Day Shipping


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 Shipping Deadlines

  • Standard shipping: Tuesday, Dec. 19
  • Rush shipping: Thursday, Dec. 21