(KTAL/KMSS) – If you are looking to send your holiday gifts by USPS ground service you’ve missed the boat, but it’s not too late to get your gifts there in time for Christmas Day. These are the last-minute shipping vendor deadlines to get your presents under the tree in time.
In 2020 more than a third of USPS First-Class Mail Service didn’t make it on time, and package shipping companies took notice. This year they hired thousands of seasonal employees, introduced new machines and locations, and expanded their capacity. Despite that, shippers still warn holiday shoppers not to wait until the last moment if possible.
If you’re sending mail through the United States Postal Service inside the U.S. you can still pay a little more to get it there by the big day.
|Domestic Mail Class||Date (Excluding Alaska, Hawaii)|
|First-Class Mail Service||Dec. 17|
|Priority Mail Service||Dec. 18|
|Priority Mail Express Service||Dec. 23|
The Click-N-Ship feature allows you to create shipping labels and pay for postage online at usps.com/ship. Mail and packages that weigh more than 10 ounces or are more than a half-inch thick and using stamps as postage must be taken to a local Post Office. They cannot be placed in a collection box or left for carrier pickup.
International packages sent through the USPS should be sent by:
|Destination||Global Express Guaranteed|
|Asia/Pacific Rim||Dec. 20|
|Australia/New Zealand||Dec. 20|
|Central and South America||Dec. 20|
|Middle East||Dec. 20|
You can use the Find USPS Locations tool to see the addresses and hours for each location in your area.
FedEx deadlines for a Christmas delivery start on Tuesday. The quickest, and most expensive, option is available until Christmas Eve but the sooner you send your presents the more likely they are to arrive on time.
|FedEx Same Day||Dec. 24|
|FedEx One-Day Freight||Dec. 23|
|FO, PO, SO, Extra Hours||Dec. 23|
|FedEx Express Saver||Dec. 21|
|FedEx Two-Day Freight||Dec. 22|
|FedEx Three-Day Freight||Dec. 21|
Find FedEx Locations will show you the addresses and hours of places you can ship nearby.
UPS deadlines also begin Tuesday for their Three-Day Select service. The last day possible to ship through UPS for Christmas day delivery is Thursday.
|UPS Three-Day Select||Dec. 21|
|UPS Second-Day Air||Dec. 22|
|UPS Next-Day Air||Dec. 23|