Remember These Holiday Shipping Deadlines!

It's hard to believe Christmas is only a week away! If you're mailing gifts to loved ones, don't let shipping deadlines sneak up on you. We highlight this year's shipping deadlines from the major carriers so your gift doesn't arrive too late to say it's from Santa!

USPS: Holiday Shipping and Mailing Dates


  • Dec. 14: Last day for Parcel Post Service for Dec. 25 arrival.

  • Dec. 19: Last day for Destination Network Distribution Center (DNDC) Drop Ship for Dec. 25 arrival.

  • Dec. 20: Last day for First-Class Mail Service for Dec. 25 arrival.

  • Dec. 21: Last day for Destination Delivery Unit (DDU) Drop Ship for Dec. 25 arrival.

  • Dec. 21: Last day for Priority Mail Service for Dec. 25 arrival.


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UPS: 2012 Year-End Holiday Schedule

  • Thursday, Dec. 20: Normal pickup and delivery service for air, international and ground packages. UPS Next Day Air packages picked up today will arrive Friday, Dec. 21. UPS 2nd Day Air packages picked up today will arrive on Monday, Dec. 24.
  • Friday, Dec. 21: Normal pickup and delivery service for air, international and ground packages. UPS Next Day Air packages picked up today will arrive Monday, Dec. 24. UPS 2nd Day Air packages picked up today will arrive Wednesday, Dec. 26.
  • Saturday, Dec. 22: Delivery of UPS Worldwide Express, UPS Next Day Air and UPS 2nd Day Air packages processed and labeled for Saturday Delivery. Pickup service available for air and international packages only.
  • Monday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve: Normal delivery service for air, international and ground packages. Pickup service provided to scheduled pickup account customers for air and international shipments if prearranged by Friday, Dec. 21. UPS On-Call Pickup service and all UPS Drop Boxes also are available for air and international packages to all customers.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 25, Christmas: No UPS pickup or delivery service. (UPS Express Critical service is available for urgent packages. Call 1-800-714-8779 or visit upsexpresscritical.com.)
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FedEx: Last Days to Ship


  • Dec. 17: Last day for FedEx Home Delivery for Dec. 25 arrival.

  • Dec. 17: Last day for FedEx Ground for Dec. 25 arrival.

  • Dec. 19: Last day for FedEx Express Saver for Dec. 25 arrival.

  • Dec. 20: Last day for FedEx 2Day for Dec. 25 arrival.

  • Dec. 20: Last day for FedEx 2Day A.M. for Dec. 25 arrival.

  • Dec. 22: Last day for FedEx Standard Overnight for Dec. 25 arrival.

  • Dec. 22: Last day for FedEx Priority Overnightfor Dec. 25 arrival.

  • Dec. 22: Last day for FedEx First Overnightfor Dec. 25 arrival.

  • Dec. 25: Last day for FedEx SameDayfor Dec. 25 arrival.

(Images: USPS, UPS, FedEx)