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Deadlines for holiday shipping you need to know

Posted at 8:05 AM, Dec 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-07 08:05:06-05

More and more people are doing their holiday shopping online which has post office workers and other shipping companies working double-time, handling billions of packages. But the big worry is will your gifts and cards be delivered in time?

That's especially true this year, with Christmas falling on a Monday. To make sure your presents and holiday cards make it to their destination before December 25, there are some shipping deadlines you need to keep an eye on:

  • December 14: USPS Retail Ground
  • December 19: First Class Mail
  • December 20: Priority Mail
  • December 22: Priority Express Mail

Those dates only apply to addresses within the 48 contiguous states in the U.S. For a more in-depth table of holiday shipping deadlines using the U.S. Postal Service, click here.

FedEx offers delivery by Christmas for items shipped as late as December 23, but the company will charge extra delivery fees. Click here for more information on shipping through FedEx.

To find the latest day to ship through UPS, you'll have to enter address information into their website's shipping calculator. Click here for more info on UPS shipping deadlines.