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2021 Holiday Shipping Guide

Updated: Nov 13, 2021


The holiday season is a time of joy, family and memories. It's also a time when many people have to tackle the task of shipping gifts to loved ones all across the country. With so much going on this time of year, it can be hard to keep track of everything that needs to get done before December 25th arrives. This article will provide you with some helpful hints for getting your packages delivered in time for Christmas morning!


Each of the major shipping companies has a deadline by which shipments must arrive on or before Christmas Day (Saturday, December 25) to be considered acceptable. We'll keep track of each carrier's cut-off date as they become available so you can get everything you need in one place.


FedEx holiday cutoff dates

  • FedEx Home Delivery®: December 15

  • FedEx International Ground®: December 17

  • FedEx Express Saver®: December 21

  • FedEx 2Day®: December 22

  • FedEx Standard Overnight®: December 23

  • FedEx Priority Overnight®: December 23

Canada Post holiday cutoff dates

Local Zone:

  • Priority: December 21st

  • Xpresspost: December 21st

  • Expedited Parcel: December 21st

Regional Zone:

  • Priority : December 21st

  • Xpresspost: December 21st

  • Expedited Parcel: December 17th - 21st

National Zone:

  • Priority: December 21st

  • Xpresspost: December 20th

  • Expedited Parcel: December 13th - 20th

USPS Holiday Deadlines

  • First Class Package: Ship by December 17th

  • Priority Mail: Ship by December 18th

  • Priority Mail Express: Ship by December 23rd

  • Media Mail & Parcel Select Ground: Ship by December 15th

  • First Class Package International and Priority Mail International: Ship by November 29th for Africa, Central America, and South America—and by December 6th for the rest of the world

  • Priority Mail Express International: Ship by December 6th for Africa, Central America, and South America—and by December 13th for the rest of the world

  • Shipping to/from Hawaii, Alaska, or a Military address? Check out all the deadlines here.

UPS Holiday Deadlines (for arrival on or before December 24)

Domestic Shipments

  • 3 Day Select: December 21st

  • 2nd Day Air (including 2nd Day Air AM): December 22nd

  • Next Day Air (including Next Day Air Early & Next Day Air Saver): December 23rd

  • Ground: UPS hasn’t provided a specific cutoff date for Ground shipments.

As a tip, Make sure to order early! It is important to consider not just your gifts, but also the shipping itself. Most carriers start charging a premium rate as soon as December begins and you should take this into consideration when doing last minute shopping. If you absolutely have to wait until the week before Christmas or later, then you will have to be prepared to pay extremely high fees and this still may not guarantee arrival by Christmas morning.


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