Holiday Shipping Deadlines 2014

December is here and everyone is busy completing shopping lists and finding the best sales. We know you want all of your holiday gifts to arrive by Christmas but that means you don’t have as much time to shop as you thought.

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We are here to remind you to ship early to ensure delivery of all holiday cards and packages.

Take off some of the holiday stress this year and set your calendar alerts now to make sure you meet these important holiday shipping deadlines with FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service:

FedEx Deadlines

  • December 17th: Last day to ship via FedEx Home Delivery and FedEx Ground
  • December 20th: Last day to ship via FedEx Express Saver
  • December 22nd: Last day to ship via FedEx 2Day and FedEx 2Day A.M.
  • December 23rd: Last day to ship via FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, and FedEx First Overnight
  • December 25th: Last day to ship via FedEx Same Day

UPS Deadlines

  • December 22nd: Last day to ship via UPS 2nd Day Air
  • December 23rd: Last day to ship via UPS Next Day Air

U.S. Postal Service Deadlines

  • December 15th: Last day to send packages via standard parcel post
  • December 20th: Last day to send packages via First Class Mail & Priority Mail
  • December 23rd: Last day to send packages via Priority Express Mail

Online Shopping Tips:

  • If you are planning to do some holiday shopping online, check the retailer’s site for any specific deadlines they have set for delivery by Christmas.
  • If you do not want to take a risk and spend more money on expedited shipping, order gifts by December 19th
  • This year to help more with the online purchases, retailers are offering live chats with employees helping to find products available for in store pickup and for online shipping.


Shipping Speed                                                          Ordering Cutoff Date

Free Shipping (Non-Prime)                                          December 18

Standard Shipping                                                        December 19

Two-Day Shipping                                                         December 22

One-Day Shipping                                                         December 23

Local Express Delivery                                                 December 24

Christmas Boxes Series

Holiday Shipping Tips:

1. Time it right

The sooner you place your order, the less of a chance the delivery will be delayed from bad weather, high-expected package volume and items being out of stock. Christmas falls on a Thursday this year. Standard ground shipping typically takes about three to five business days, but this time of year play it safe and ship a few days earlier.

2. Choose a sturdy container

Whenever possible choose a new box, especially for heavier items.  Mailing boxes, which fold up via a self-locking tab, are ideal for small, reasonably flat items such as books.  If you are reusing a box check for tears and rips, and remove all labels from pervious shipments.

4. Use the right wrapping

Avoid packing breakables in clothing, sheets, towels, or newspaper. Most effective is bubble wrap. Polystyrene peanuts and tightly crumpled paper (think supermarket or shopping bags) are good options too.

5. Seal with care

Use a waterproof marker to write the full address of both the sender and recipient on the outside of the package. Include a duplicate label or business card inside, so the carton can be returned if it gets damaged and becomes undeliverable.  Do not wrap the outside of the package with wrapping paper, ribbon or twine, it can damage easily and get stuck on a conveyor belt.

6. Accurately estimate cost of package

Sometime shipments can go wrong.  Make sure to correctly declare the weight and value of the shipment.  Undervaluing can affect the insurance of the delivery.

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Happy Shopping and Shipping!

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Post by: Harlee G.

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