Shipping holiday packages? Keep these dates in mind


If you’re shipping Christmas and other holiday packages this season, the U.S. Postal Service suggests you do it as early as possible.

Check the below dates to make sure your packages arrive on time!

To ensure timely delivery of cards, letters and packages within the United States by Dec. 25, the Postal Service recommends that customers ship their items by the following dates:

  • Dec. 15 – Standard Post

Ground service for less-than-urgent deliveries and oversized packages.

  • Dec. 19 – First Class Mail

Service for standard-sized, single-piece envelopes and small packages weighing up to 13 ounces with delivery in 3 business days or less.

  • Dec. 21 – Priority Mail

Domestic service in 1, 2, or 3 business days based on where the package starts and where it’s being sent. Includes variety of Flat Rate options.

  • Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express

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Keep in mind that Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed Dec. 22 through Dec. 25.

For complete details on mailing and shipping services, including international mail and military mail, click here.


UPS Christmas deadlines range from December 18 to the 23rd depending on which service you choose. Click here for UPS Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s deadlines.


Fedex Christmas deadlines range from December 14 to the 23rd depending on the service you choose. Click here for Fedex Christmas deadlines, then choose “U.S. to U.S.”  International shipping deadlines are just below that link.

Read more: Tips to avoid holiday shopping hazards, including package theft

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