A week from today (December 18) most of us will be sitting groggily around a dying tree adorned with lights ripping the wrapping paper off gifts that we hope had a lot of thought go into them.

In my mind, if there is a present there to be unwrapped then enough thought was used because for some of us, just getting the present under the tree is tough enough. We call people with a similar mindset as me, men.

The folks at KPLC TV put together this great list of holiday shipping deadlines. We thought the information would be quite helpful to you so we are sharing it.


For shipping within the U.S.:

  • Dec. 19: Last day to ship via FedEx Express Saver.
  • Dec. 20: Last day to ship via FedEx 2Day and FedEx 2Day A.M.
  • Dec. 21: Last day to ship via FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, and FedEx First Overnight.
  • Dec. 25: Last day to ship via FedEx SameDay City Direct, FedEx SameDay City Priority, and FedEx SameDay.

Shipping deadlines vary for packages headed to Puerto Rico and Canada, Mexico, and other international destinations. See FedEx’s 2019 Holiday Shipping Schedule page for more information.


For shipping within the U.S.:

  • Dec. 19: Last day to ship UPS 3 Day Select for delivery Tuesday, Dec. 24.
  • Dec. 20: Last day to ship UPS 2nd Day Air packages for delivery Tuesday, Dec. 24.
  • Dec. 23: Last day to ship UPS Next Day Air for delivery on Tuesday, Dec. 24.
  • Dec. 25: FedEx SameDay, FedEx SameDay City Direct and City Priority

Find rates and transit times at www.ups.com

UPS warns that some packages and services may require an additional day of transit time. For a more complete assessment of how long it will take for your gift to arrive, check the UPS online shipping time and cost calculator.

U.S. Postal Service

  • Dec. 19: Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 20: First Class
  • Dec. 21: Priority Mail; Also deadline for Alaska and Hawaii to the mainland through Priority Mail Express
  • Dec. 23: Priority Mail Express

The KPLC story also has shipping information for some of the major online retailers should you need that too.

The bottom line is this, you've basically got until Saturday to get your gifts ordered and expedited shipping paid for if you want on-time arrival for Christmas. Or, you could do like a lot of us have done whenever we can, we have shopped locally. That means no shipping costs, no lost in the mail items, and no worries about porch pirates.

Shop locally, it's always your best choice.


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