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Consumer alert: Here are the holiday shipping deadlines you need to know

MEMPHIS, Tenn.  — December marks a busy month for the shipping industry as consumers need to send gifts and have them arrive before Christmas.

The holiday falls on a Sunday this year, so most people will have to ship their items before Friday, December 23rd unless they want to pay a lot more for overnight or same day service.

Here are the 2016 Holiday Shipping Deadlines for the major carriers.


  • Ground-Friday, December 16th
  • First Overnight, Priority Overnight, Standard Overnight -Thursday, December 22nd
  • Same Day City (Standard)-Friday, December 23rd
  • Same Day, Same Day City (Priority)-Sunday, December 25th

See full calendar here


For domestic delivery for Christmas by Friday, December 23, ship via:

  • UPS Next Day Air® by Thursday, December 22
  • UPS 2nd Day Air® by Wednesday, December 21
  • UPS 3 Day Select® by Monday, December 19

For domestic delivery by Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, ship:

  • UPS 2nd Day Air ® on Thursday, December 22
  • UPS Next Day Air ® on Friday, December 23


  • December 15 — USPS Retail Ground
  • December 20 — First-Class Mail®
  • December 21 — Priority Mail®
  • December 23 — Priority Mail Express®


With more people shopping online, here are the shipping deadlines for some popular retailers:


  • December 16th-Free Shipping
  • December 19th-Standard Shipping
  • December 22nd-Free, Two-Day with Prime
  • December 23rd-One-Day Shipping, Free with Prime (In select cities)

Walmart (via US News & World Report Money)

• Friday, Dec. 16: Last day to ship via value shipping.

• Tuesday, Dec. 20: Last day to ship via standard shipping.

Wednesday, Dec. 21: Last day to ship via expedited shipping.

Full list of holiday shipping deadlines