Alert: Here are the 2019 Christmas Shipping Deadlines
Thanksgiving came late this year so we’re still finishing off those turkey and sweet potato leftovers. But this is no time to relax, Christmas and Hanukkah are just around the corner. Really. Because of the late date of Thanksgiving, the holiday shopping season is actually shorter this year. As ABC News reports, the shipping industry has “just 26 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas to get what could be more than 2 billion packages delivered on time. That’s six fewer days than usual.” That estimated total for packages is only for presents. It does not include the booming e-commerce industry and the purchases people are making online every day. In short, the postal service, UPS, Fedex, etc. have their hands full.
So, to ensure that your gifts make it in time for the holidays, here is what you need to know:
For your package to arrive by December 25, you need to adhere to following deadlines.
For shipping via the U.S. Postal Service:
USPS Retail Ground shipments: December 14
Alaska to mainland First-Class Mail: December 18
Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail: December 19
First Class: December 20
Priority Mail; Also deadline for Alaska and Hawaii to the mainland through Priority Mail Express: December 21
Priority Mail Express: December 23
International shipping and military mail deadlines are earlier. Learn more here.
For shipping via Fedex:
SmartPost: December 9
Ground and home delivery: December 16
Express Saver: December 19
Two-day options: December 20
Overnight options: December 23
FedEx SameDay, FedEx SameDay City Direct and City Priority: December 25
Find rates and transit times here.
For shipping via UPS:
Last day to ship some UPS Ground packages: December 13
UPS 3 Day Select: December 19
2nd Day Air: December 20
Next Day Air: December 23
Learn more here.
If you are purchasing your presents from Amazon and shipping directly to the recipients, it is important to note that the dates for Amazon Prime members to buy and send items can vary depending on item and delivery speed. But their general guidelines say that December 22 is the last day for free delivery for tens of millions of items and December 23 is the last day for free one-day delivery on more than 10 million items, as USA Today reports.
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And a final note, if you are sending Hanukkah gifts, the first night of Hanukkah this year is Sunday, December 22. You will want to get those gifts ready and to your preferred carrier earlier than these deadlines suggest. Get wrapping, y’all.