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Here are the deadlines to keep in mind if you’re shipping gifts for the holidays

2022 Holiday ShoppingHoliday shopping is in full swing, and delivery services are busier than ever. It’s important to know shipping deadlines to make sure your gifts arrive on time.


  • FedEx, UPS, and USPS are offering Christmas deliveries up to two days before the gift-giving holiday.
  • Deadlines for ground shipping — the most affordable shipping option — have already passed.
  • The last day to successfully ship to Alaska or Hawaii is Wednesday, Dec. 21, USPS says.
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Priority Mail Service: Monday, Dec. 19

Priority Mail Express Service: Friday, Dec. 23

Priority Mail Express (Alaska and Hawaii): Wednesday, Dec. 21

The latest for USPS Retail Ground Service and First-Class Mail Service was Saturday, Dec. 17.

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3 Day Select shipping: Tuesday, Dec. 20

2nd Day Air services: Wednesday, Dec. 21

Next Day Air services: Thursday, Dec. 22

FedEx: Dec.20 to Dec. 23Fedex workers stand around near a Fedex Ground truckFedex workers stand around near a Fedex Ground truck in New York City on March 16, 2021 in New York City. After undergoing various shutdown orders for the past 12 months the city is currently in phase 4 of its reopening plan, allowing for the reopening of low-risk outdoor activities, movie and television productions, indoor dining as well as the opening of movie theaters, all with capacity restrictions.

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FedEx Express 3Day Freight: Tuesday, Dec. 20

FedEx Express 2Day: Wednesday, Dec. 21

FedEx Express 1Day Freight, FedEx Extra Hours: Thursday, Dec. 22

FedEx Express SameDay: Friday, Dec. 23

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