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The Holidays are nearly upon us, and that means it’s a busy time for everyone. If you’re a holiday shopper who likes to avoid the malls but still scrambles to get their gift orders in at the last minute, print out this list and make sure you don’t miss any important online holiday shopping deadlines this year.

We’ve included the holiday shopping deadlines for the three major U.S. shipping carriers: USPS, UPS, and FedEx. If you want your order to arrive before Christmas, heed these dates.

Holiday Shopping Deadlines At Major Shipping Carriers

USPS Christmas Shipping Deadlines (within the U.S.)

USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

  • Dec 14 – Deadline for Standard Parcel Post (Mail) shipments. Get your Christmas cards off by today
  • Dec 20 – Deadline for First Class Mail and Priority Mail shipments
  • Dec 22 – Deadline for Priority Mail Express shipments

Track your Holiday packages here.

UPS Christmas Shipping Deadlines (within the U.S.)

UPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

  • Dec 14 – Deadline for UPS Ground
  • Dec 18 – Deadline for UPS 3 Day Select shipments
  • Dec 20 – Deadline for UPS 2nd Day Air shipments
  • Dec 22 – Deadline for UPS Next Day Air shipments.
  • Dec 24 & 25 – No pickup or delivery service. UPS Express Critical services available.

International customers or for more details click here.

FedEx Christmas Shipping Deadlines (within the U.S.)

FedEx Holiday Shipping Deadlines

  • Dec 10 – Deadline for FedEx SmartPost shipments.
  • Dec 14 – Deadline for FedEx Ground shipments.
  • Dec 17 – Deadline for FedEx Home Delivery shipments.
  • Dec 19 – Deadline for FedEx Express Saver shipments.
  • Dec 20 – Deadline for FedEx 2-Day and 2-Day A.M. shipments.
  • Dec 21 – Deadline for FedEx Standard Overnight, Priority Overnight, First Overnight shipments.

For international customers and more information check FedEx last days to ship.


AMAZON Christmas Shipping Deadlines

Amazon Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Offering free shipping on all orders, no minimum! Beginning Nov. 5.

  • Dec 14 – Standard shipping option.
  • Dec 21 – Prime two-day shipping.

We found these Amazon shipping dates listed here.


Walmart Christmas Shipping Deadlines

Walmart Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Free shipping for orders over $35.

  • Dec 20 – Christmas delivery deadline for free shipping.
  • Dec 21 – Rush fees may apply.

We found these Walmart shipping dates listed here.

Mike Gunderson is the founder of Gunderson Direct, Inc., a direct marketing agency that helps businesses drive new leads and close more sales through traditional offline channels, especially direct mail.