*Updated on Monday, December 23
This holiday season, the U.S. Postal Service expects to ship more than 800 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Between the prime holiday shipping season (December 16-21), the Postal Service will deliver 28 million packages every day. With hundreds of millions of Christmas presents in the mail, there are a lot of people wondering when they have to ship their items so that they arrive before Christmas Day. For holiday procrastinators everywhere, time is short.
If you haven’t already ordered and/or shipped your presents, you’re running out of time to ensure they arrive before Christmas Day 2019. As you read this, countless last-minute shoppers like you are placing orders on Amazon and standing in line at FedEx. The longer you delay, the more likely your packages are to arrive late. To make sure that your packages arrive before Christmas Day, you need to act fast.
In this post, we’ll give you all the information you need on holiday delivery deadlines for Christmas 2019. We’re going to cover:
Amazon Holiday Delivery Calendar (and the Amazon Prime Delivery Calendar)
FedEx Holiday Delivery Deadlines
UPS Christmas Delivery Deadlines
USPS Package Delivery Deadlines
Best Buy 1-Day Delivery
When Are the Amazon Holiday Delivery Deadlines?
Amazon has a handy cheat sheet for those who still need to place some orders. We’ve got tons of last-minute Christmas gift ideas for you, and there is still time to pick out the perfect gift. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you have a few extra days (and you can still sign up for Amazon Prime).
To make sure your Amazon shipments arrive before Christmas Day 2019, here’s what you need to know:
Last day for Free Shipping by Amazon — Monday, December 16
Last day for Standard Shipping by Amazon (3-5 days) — Wednesday, December 18
Last day for Free Delivery with Prime — Sunday, December 22
Last day for One-Day Delivery with Prime — Monday, December 23
USPS Holiday Delivery Deadlines
The Postal Service’s recommended shipping deadline has already passed. For retail and ground shipping with USPS, the Postal Service advised customers to get their packages in the mail by December 14. Yes, there are still options for priority shipping, but that window is closing fast.
First-Class Package shipping — Friday, December 20
Priority Mail — Saturday, December 21
Priority Mail Express — Monday, December 23*
*Remember, if you are shipping packages the Monday before Christmas, there’s no guarantee they will arrive before Christmas morning.
UPS Holiday Delivery Deadlines
3-Day Select shipping — Thursday, December 19
2-Day Air shipping — Friday, December 20
Next-Day Air — Monday, December 23
FedEx Holiday Delivery Deadlines
Home Delivery & Ground shipping — Monday, December 16
Express Saver — Thursday, December 19
2-Day Shipping — Friday, December 20
Standard Overnight & Priority Overnight — Monday, December 23
Best Buy Christmas Delivery Deadlines
Amazon Prime members can still find some products with 1-day delivery options, but Amazon isn’t the only option for last-minute shoppers. If you’ve saved your holiday shopping for Christmas Eve-Eve, then Best Buy may be your last best hope. Best Buy offers overnight shipping on a ton of big-ticket items, which means you still have a few hours to place orders that will arrive before Christmas Day. That being said, holiday storms and normal delays may still leave you emptyhanded, but that’s always a possibility during the peak of the holiday delivery season.
On Monday, December 23, you can still buy speakers and headphones, iPads, Chromebooks, and other in-demand gadgets and stocking stuffers from Best Buy. Be sure to select one-day shipping at checkout to ensure overnight delivery. If all goes well, your last-minute gift should arrive on Tuesday, December 24, leaving you with just enough time to wrap your presents before Christmas Day.
Remember, these are the final holiday shipping deadlines, but the recommended deadlines have already passed you by. The closer we get to the holidays, the more expensive it will become to ship your packages and order gifts online. And, unlike Santa Claus, the Postal Service and FedEx don’t have a trusty team of reindeer to fight their way through winter storms. Even if you meet the deadlines for shipping your Christmas packages, winter storms could still disrupt delivery.
So if your packages aren’t going to arrive in time, don’t panic! It’s not ideal, but you can always print out a picture of your gift and present it to your loved one with a beautiful card. To avoid that scenario, stop procrastinating and start shopping before it’s too late.