As the holidays are fast approaching, Santa’s little elves—you know the ones at the post office—are hard at work with holiday shipping. Because so many people send things via snail mail and order online this time of year, services like Amazon, FedEx, UPS, and the U.S. Postal Service have to flex their schedule just a bit. But what does that mean for you and your Christmas gifts?
You want to make sure your gifts arrive on time. So, you’re probably going to have to flex your schedule a bit, too. Shipping something through USPS? Send packages and cards out earlier than normal—one week before they need to arrive is the most common recommendation. And a far as shopping online? The earlier you shop the better because stores have similar shipping policies to make sure they can guarantee delivery by Christmas.
Haven’t finished your shopping? Don’t sweat it. You still have time to shop, ship, and have a jolly ole’ time. Here are the most important delivery dates and deadlines you should know if you’re still picking out some last minute gifts.
On-Time Delivery: Popular Retailer Order Deadlines
As you know, shipping slows down quite a bit during the holidays. The earlier you shop the better you’ll fair when it comes to on-time delivery and getting your gifts in time for Christmas. Here are the top retailers and their 2018 holiday shipping deadlines.
Enjoy no minimum purchase requirement to receive free shipping on Amazon, and expect on-time delivery when you order by December 14. The last day for paid, standard shipping is December 17. If you’re a Prime member, you’ll have a little more time to get those last minute gifts. Prime members can order gifts with free, two-day shipping until December 22 for on-time delivery. Amazon is also offering one-day shipping until December 23 and same-day delivery until December 24. Prime Now will operate until December 24.
For free standard shipping and on-time holiday delivery at Amazon, order by December 14. Prime members can order as late as December 22 with free, two-day shipping.
Bloomingdale’s uses 4 different carriers to make sure you get on-time delivery on every order—FedEx, UPS, USPS, and Deliv™. Standard shipping typically takes three to six business days from the date of purchase. It’s recommended to order by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 14 to receive your order before Christmas Day.
For free standard shipping and on-time holiday delivery from Bloomingdale’s, order by December 14.
For on-time delivery from Dick’s Sporting Goods, it’s advised to order by December 18 when choosing free Standard Shipping. The absolute last day to order with Express Shipping is on December 20th by 9:00 a.m.
For free standard shipping and on-time holiday delivery from Dick’s Sporting Goods, order by December 18.
Target is offering free two-day shipping until December 22 on select items and free standard shipping on all other eligible items. Standard shipping often takes three to five business days, so it’s best to order by December 17 for guaranteed on-time delivery.
For free standard shipping and on-time holiday delivery from Target, order by December 17.
Nordstrom offers free Standard shipping every day and has multiple holiday shipping options to make sure your gifts arrive on time. December 18 is the last day to enjoy Free Standard Shipping (for on-time delivery by December 24!).
For free standard shipping and on-time holiday delivery from Nordstrom, order by December 18.
To make sure you get your gifts in time for Christmas, you’ll need to order from Macy’s by December 20 at 5:00 p.m. Express shipping can wait until December 21 at noon. For select items in select markets, you can buy online and pick-up in store as late as December 24 at noon.
For free standard shipping and on-time holiday delivery from Macy’s, order by December 20.
Standard shipping often takes three to five business days, so it’s best to order from Kohl’s by December 17 for guaranteed on-time delivery. Standard holiday shipping for Christmas delivery at Kohl’s is free when you spend $75+.
For free standard shipping and on-time holiday delivery from Kohl’s, order by December 17.
UPS, FedEx, and USPS Delivery Schedules
Looking to get your gifts or send packages for Christmas Eve arrival? Here are the 2018 holiday shipping schedules for UPS, FedEx, and USPS.
UPS Holiday Schedule
The last day to order via UPS Ground® shipping for Christmas arrival is Friday, December 14. 3 Day Select® shipping cuts off on Tuesday, December 18. Select 2nd Day Air® Services on or before Thursday, December 20 to receive gifts in time for Christmas. For last minute gifts, you will need to select Next Day Air® Services on or before Saturday, December 22.
FedEx Holiday Schedule
The very last day to order via SmartPost® Services is Monday, December 10 if you want your gifts in time for Christmas. Standard Ground® cutoff is Friday, December 14. FedEx Home Delivery® cutoff is Monday, December 17. Express Saver® is Wednesday, December 19. The last day to order via 2Day® Services is Thursday, December 20 and the last day for Overnight® Services is Friday, December 21.
USPS Holiday Shipping
The very last day for USPS Holiday Shipping by Retail Ground™ is Friday, December 14. First Class Mail® shipping stops on Thursday, December 20. The last day to send Priority Mail® is Thursday, December 20. If you’re super last-minute, you can send Priority Mail Express® until Saturday, December 22.
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