Christmas Shipping Deadlines 2022: USPS, Fedex, UPS

Sending a Christmas present to friends or family a few states away? The first deadlines can be closer than you think.

Christmas seems pretty far away – but with the busiest shipping days of the year approaching, it’s a good time to mark your calendar with some important shipping dates.

As you build (and double-check) your list of gift plans, avoiding high last-minute shipping prices will keep your wallet happy.

Shipping by ground is generally the cheapest option, but you’ll need to finalize things by mid-December. FedEx’s last day for ground delivery before Christmas is Wednesday 14th December. For USPS, this deadline is Saturday, December 17th. UPS recommends obtaining an estimate from his website, calculates the delivery dates for its various services.

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Another option is to order gifts online, which will be sent directly to the recipient’s address. Christmas shipping deadlines vary by retailer, but many will have website banners in December to indicate when you need to order in order to be delivered on time. Some online retailers like Amazon even offer gift packaging for various products.

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Here are the key deadlines for delivery in time for Sunday 25th December.

  • Retail Grounds: Saturday 17 December
  • First Class Mail: Saturday 17 December
  • Priority Mail: Monday 19 December
  • Priority Mail Express: Friday 23 December
  • FedEx Ground Economy: Thursday, December 8th
  • FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx Ground: Wednesday 14 December
  • FedEx Express Saver, FedEx 3Day Freight: Tuesday 20 December
  • FedEx 2Day: Wednesday 21 December
  • FedEx 1 Day Freight, FedEx Extra Hours: Thursday 22 December
  • FedEx SameDay: Friday 23 December
  • UPS ground: Check the UPS website
  • UPS 3 Day Select: Tuesday, December 20
  • UPS Day 2 Air: Wednesday 21 December
  • UPS Next Day Air: Thursday 22 December

If you are sending packages internationally or to Alaska or Hawaii, different deadlines apply. Therefore, check the carriers’ websites to find this information. Christmas Shipping Deadlines 2022: USPS, Fedex, UPS

Laura Coffey

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