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Mark your calendar! Holiday shipping deadlines for 2023

If you want your holiday packages and greeting cards to arrive on time, it's important to plan ahead!

WASHINGTON — Christmas is right around the corner, so any holiday shoppers should take a second to mark your calendar with some major shipping deadlines. 

While you're making your list of gifts (and checking it twice), avoiding high last-minute shipping prices will keep your wallet jolly. 

The U.S. Postal Service announced this week its 2023 holiday shipping and mailing deadlines. It also shared that it won't be charging any additional surcharges this holiday season, unlike the last few years. 

Ground shipping is generally the cheapest option, but you'll need to wrap things up by mid-December. FedEx's last day for ground economy delivery before Christmas is Friday, Dec. 15. For USPS, that deadline is Saturday, Dec. 16. UPS has in the past recommended getting an estimate from its website, which calculates delivery dates for its various services. 

Another option is ordering gifts online, sending them directly to the recipient's address. Christmas shipping deadlines vary by retailer, but many will have website banners in December to show when you'll need to order to have it delivered on time. Some online retailers, like Amazon, even offer gift wrapping for various products.

Here are the major deadlines for delivery in time for Monday, Dec. 25.

USPS 2023 holiday shipping deadlines

  • USPS Ground Advantage — Saturday, Dec. 16
  • First-Class Mail (including greeting cards): Saturday, Dec. 16
  • Priority Mail: Monday, Dec. 18
  • Priority Mail Express: Wednesday, Dec. 20

FedEx 2023 holiday shipping deadlines

  • FedEx Ground Economy: Wednesday, Dec. 13 
  • FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx Ground: Friday, Dec. 15 (Depending on destination, up to Friday, Dec. 22 for 1-day shipping) 
  • FedEx Express Saver, FedEx 3Day Freight: Tuesday, Dec. 19
  • FedEx 2Day: Wednesday, Dec. 20
  • FedEx 1Day Freight, FedEx Extra Hours: Thursday, Dec. 21
  • FedEx SameDay: Friday, Dec. 22

UPS 2023 holiday shipping deadlines

  • UPS 3 Day Select, for delivery on Dec. 22: Tuesday, Dec. 19
  • UPS 2nd Day Air for delivery on Dec. 22: Wednesday, Dec. 20
  • UPS Next Day Air for delivery on Dec. 22: Thursday, Dec. 21
  • UPS Next Day Air for delivery before Dec. 25: Friday, Dec. 22
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