Holiday Shipping Deadlines 2018

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Holiday shipping deadlines can quickly become a point of stress during the holidays. Make sure you’re staying on top of the most important ones!

Picture this: You’ve been holiday shopping for weeks, but have only just found the perfect gift for your friend. The only problem? It’s just days before Christmas, the retailer isn’t offering same day delivery, and arrival isn’t guaranteed until the 26th or later!

Many of us have been here before.

With 40% of the season’s sales happening in the 10 days before Christmas, it’s not hard to image that thousands of people will find themselves in a similar situation. Whether you’re a retailer offering shipping, or a responsible aunt or uncle sending a gift, it’s crucial to know the deadlines to get your package delivered on time!

Those last few days before Christmas are crunch time for holiday gift buying. That’s why it has never been more important for retailers to offer 2-day, same day, and 1 hour delivery options and, on the other hand, for consumers to know when those deadlines are. Here’s a breakdown of the shipping deadlines you can expect from the largest carriers:

USPS Service – Shipping Cutoff Date

  • Retail Ground – Friday, December 14, 2018
  • First Class Mail – Thursday, December 20, 2018
  • Priority Mail – 2-day shipping – Thursday, December 20, 2018
  • Priority Mail Express – one-day shipping – Saturday, December 22, 2018

FedEx Service – Shipping Cutoff Date

  • SmartPost Services – Monday, December 10, 2018
  • Ground – Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Home Delivery – Monday, December 17, 2018
  • Express Saver – Wednesday, December 19, 2018
  • 2Day Services – Thursday, December 20, 2018
  • Overnight Services – Friday, December 21, 2018

UPS Service Shipping Cutoff Date

  • Ground – Friday, December 14, 2018
  • 3 Day Select – Tuesday, December 18, 2018
  • 2nd Day Air Services – Thursday, December 20, 2018
  • Next Day Air Services – Saturday, December 22, 2018


  • Same Day Delivery – Monday, December 24, 2014

Important to note

December 25th falls on a Tuesday this year making Super Saturday, the largest in-store shopping day of the year, the 22nd of December — leaving a very small window for shipping. Luckily, with the growing popularity of expedited fulfillment options, consumers won’t have to rely completely on the chaos of in-store shopping 2 days before Christmas.

Deliv partners Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Best Buy,  PetSmart, Frye’s Electronics, Office Depot and many more, will be fulfilling deliveries all the way up until December 24th, giving consumers more than enough time to purchase those last minute gifts without leaving the comfort of their homes.

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