Holiday Shipping Deadlines: How Late Can You Really Mail that Christmas Gift?

Holiday Shipping Deadlines: How Late Can You Really Mail that Christmas Gift?

Jason Yang
Dec 9, 2013

Tick tock. There's just about two weeks left for Santa's (and your!) presents to make it under the tree on time. We've rounded up all the must know dates from the USPS, UPS, FedEx and Amazon to help keep your gift giving on track - don't let shipping procrastination turn you into an unintended Grinch!

(Image credit: USPS)

United States Postal Service (USPS)

  • 12/11: Last day to send Priority Mail Express International
  • 12/14: Last day to ship Standard Post
  • 12/17: Last day to ship to military
  • 12/18: Last day for most international shipping
  • 12/20: Last day to send First-Class Mail
  • 12/21: Last day to send Priority Mail
  • 12/23: Last day to send Priority Mail Express
(Image credit: UPS)


  • 12/20: Last day for normal pickup and delivery service
  • 12/21: Last day for Worldwide Express, Worldwide Express Freight, 2nd Day Air (Pickup service provided for regular Saturday pickup customers of air and international shipments only, or if pre-arranged by Friday, 12/20.)
  • 12/23: Last day to send Next Day Air
  • 12/24: Last day for Express Critical service for urgent packages (Pickup service available for air and international shipments if prearranged by Monday, 12/23).
(Image credit: FedEx)


  • 12/12: Last day for SmartPost
  • 12/17: Last day for Ground, Home Delivery
  • 12/19: Last day for Express Saver
  • 12/21: Last day for 2Day A.M., 2Day
  • 12/23: Last day for First Overnight, Priority Overnight, Standard Overnight
  • 12/25: Last day for SameDay
(Image credit: Amazon)


  • 12/17: Last day for Free Shipping (non-Prime)
  • 12/18: Last day for Standard Shipping
  • 12/21: Last day for Two-Day Shipping
  • 12/23: Last day for One-Day Shipping
  • 12/24: Last day for Local Express Delivery
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