Here’s The Last Day You Should Order Or Mail A Gift For It To Be On Time For Christmas

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It may only be the beginning of December, but the deadlines for shipping a holiday gift in time for Christmas are already upon us. Whether you’re shipping a gift to a loved one in a different state or planning to order gifts from online retailers like Amazon, here are the shipping cutoff dates to keep in mind if you want your present to arrive by Dec. 25, 2018.


Dec. 17: Last day for standard shipping

Dec. 22: Last day for Prime Free 2-Day Shipping

Dec. 23: Last day for Prime Free 1-Day Shipping (in select areas only)

Dec. 24: Last day for Prime Same-Day Shipping (in select areas only)


Dec. 10: Last day for FedEx SmartPost

Dec. 17: Last day for FedEx Home Delivery and Fedex Ground

Dec. 19: Last day for FedEx Express Saver

Dec. 20: Last day for FedEx 2-Day

Dec. 21: Last day for FedEx Standard Overnight, Priority Overnight and First Overnight


Dec. 19: Last day for 2-Day Shipping

Dec. 20: Last day for 1-Day Shipping


Dec. 16: Last day for Free Shipping

Dec. 18: Last day for Standard Shipping

Dec. 20: Last day for Premium Shipping

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Dec. 22: Last day for Free 2-Day Shipping (on select items)


Dec. 20: Last day for UPS 2nd Day Air

Dec. 21: Last day for UPS Next Day Air


Dec. 14: Last day for Retail Ground

Dec. 20: Last day for First Class Mail

Dec. 20: Last day for Priority Mail

Dec. 22: Last day for Priority Mail Express

Keep in mind that the longer you wait to ship your holiday gifts, the fewer options there are, so make sure to order and/or ship your items as soon as possible to ensure their arrival by Christmas. Happy holidays!

Holiday & Seasonal

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