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Here’s the Last Day You Can Ship Packages and Have Them Arrive By Christmas 

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If you’re planning to ship gifts to friends and family this holiday season it probably won’t surprise you that you have a limited time left to do so and actually get those gifts to their final destination.

The Postal Service along with UPS and FedEx (and every other shipper on the planet) are always overwhelmed by holiday mail, especially now when a lot of those gifts are being bought online and shipped to the gift giver before they get sent to their final recipient (double mail!).

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If you want to make sure your gifts get to their ultimate destination on time, the big players in the space have announced when the cutoff is to get them in the mail. Depending on how you’re shipping things, that deadline in some cases has already passed.

Here’s a rundown of the cutoff dates to get your package to its destination by December 25, and as always, weather and other factors can always delay things, so it’s better to mail things sooner rather than later.


Dec. 14: Cutoff for USPS retail ground shipments

Dec. 18: Cutoff for APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) through Priority Mail Express

Dec. 20: Cutoff for First Class mail

Dec. 20: Cutoff for Priority Mail

Dec. 22: Cutoff for Priority Mail Express


Dec. 17: Cutoff for FedEx Ground and home delivery

Dec. 19: Cutoff for Express Saver packages

Dec. 20: Cutoff for FedEx Two-day packages

Dec. 21: Cutoff for FedEx Overnight packages

Dec. 25: Cutoff for FedEx SameDay, FedEx SameDay City Direct and City Priority


Dec. 18: Cutoff for UPS 3-Day Select

Dec. 20: Cutoff for 2nd Day Air

Dec. 21: Cutoff Next Day Air

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