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All the holiday shipping deadlines you need to know

Keep these dates in mind if you want your packages to arrive before Christmas Day 2016.

It doesn't matter if you're ordering gifts online or sending packages to family members -- if you don't do it soon, your packages may not arrive before the holidays begin.

Here are the important shipping deadlines you need to keep in mind. Get your orders in (or your mail out) by these dates, and you're guaranteed a Christmas delivery...barring weather-related delays, naturally.


Amazon can ship over the holiday presents you ordered from the retailer, but mind the deadlines!

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If you're shipping via USPS, you will need to send your packages by the following dates in order to ensure they arrive before December 25. USPS will deliver mail as usual on December 24, but no mail will be delivered on December 25.

December 15: USPS Retail Ground

December 20: First-Class Mail

December 21: Priority Mail

December 23: Priority Mail Express Service


If you're shipping via FedEx, you will need to send your packages by the following dates in order to ensure they arrive by December 25. Some FedEx services (FedEx First Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, and FedEx 2Day) will deliver on Saturday, December 24, for an extra $16 Saturday delivery fee per package. Some FedEx services (FedEx SameDay, FedEx SameDay City (Priority)) will deliver on Christmas day.

December 12: FedEx SmartPost

December 16: Fedex Ground, FedEx Home Delivery

December 20: FedEx Express Saver

December 21: FedEx 2Day, FedEx 2Day A.M.

December 22: FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, FedEx First Overnight

December 23: FedEx SameDay City (Standard)

December 25: FedEx SameDay, FedEx SameDay City (Priority)


If you're shipping via UPS, you will need to send your packages by the following dates in order to ensure they arrive before December 24. Some UPS services (UPS 2nd Day Air, UPS Next Day Air) will deliver on Saturday, December 24. No UPS packages are delivered on Christmas day.

December 19: UPS 3 Day Select

December 21: UPS 2nd Day Air (Friday delivery)

December 22: UPS 2nd Day Air (Saturday delivery), UPS Next Day Air (Friday delivery)

December 23: UPS Next Day Air (Saturday delivery)

Major retailers

Ordering gifts online? Here are the shipping deadlines you'll need to meet for some popular online retailers. Order by these dates to ensure you'll get your packages by (or before) December 24:


December 16: Free shipping

December 19: Standard shipping

December 22: Two-day shipping (free with Prime)

December 23: One-day shipping (select cities, free with Prime)

December 24, 9:30 a.m. local time: Same-day delivery (select cities, free with Prime)

December 24, 9:45 p.m. local time: Two-hour delivery (select cities, free and exclusive with Prime via Prime Now)

More info here.

Best Buy

December 14: Standard shipping (three to seven business days)

December 21: Two Day shipping

December 22: One Day shipping

December 23-24: Same day shipping (select areas and products)

More info here.


December 12: Standard shipping for TVs 46" and up or monitors 55" and up

The following shipping deadlines are for PCs marked "Ships Same Day," ordered by 2 p.m. CST:

December 16: Standard shipping

December 21: Expedited shipping

December 22: Express shipping

More info here.


December 20, 1 p.m. CST: One day shipping

More info here.


December 16: Standard shipping (three to five business days)

December 21: Premium shipping (two business days)

December 22: Express shipping (one business day)

December 24, 1:30 p.m. local time: Rush delivery

More info here.

Toys R Us

December 19: Free shipping (with $19 purchase by 11:50 p.m. ET)

December 21: Expedited shipping (3 p.m. ET), Express shipping (11:59 p.m. ET)

December 24: Free store pickup (6 p.m. local time)

More info here.

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