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It’s not even Thanksgiving yet. You have plenty of time to send cards and packages so that they arrive by any winter holiday you celebrate, right? Well, maybe not. Diwali starts Nov. 4, the first night of Hanukkah is Nov. 28 and shipping cutoffs for Dec. 25 may come sooner than you think (we have the deadlines below).
To give you the best odds of having your cards and packages arrive on time this year, the US Postal Service, UPS and FedEx have each circled the dates you need to hit — specifically to arrive in time for Christmas and for Kwanzaa, which begins Dec. 26. (You’ll want to add in buffer time for arrival dates before the end of December).
Here are the 2021 Holiday shipping schedules for the big-three package delivery services.
USPS HOLIDAY SHIPMENT DEADLINES
Saying it’s trying to get its house in order, the US Postal Service is post office recommends you circle on your calendar if you want your packages to arrive by Christmas this year.and temporarily boosting the cost of shipping parcels during the holidays. Here are the dates the
|Date (excluding Alaska and Hawaii)
|Date for Alaska
|Date for Hawaii
|USPS Retail Ground
|Priority Mail Express
UPS HOLIDAY SHIPMENT DEADLINES
|Check the UPS website for deadlines
|2nd Day Air
|Next Day Air
FEDEX HOLIDAY SHIPMENT DEADLINES
If you’re a last-minute shipper, FedEx lets you ship on Dec. 24 for a Dec. 25 delivery, but it won’t be cheap. If you want a less costly option, FedEx’s ground delivery deadline is Dec. 15. Here are the dates FedEx recommends you ship by to have your package arrive by Dec. 25 in the US.
|3Day Friday, Express Saver
|2Day Freight, 2Day
|1Day Freight, Extra Hours