This is the most wonderful time of the year, and while the holiday season may have crept up on some of us, that doesn’t mean your last-minute delivery issues should creep up on you.

U.S. retailers are urging customers to complete holiday shopping earlier this year, as supply chain problems and other shortcomings are a concern for many of the hottest products on this year’s shopping lists.

The U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and UPS have announced the deadline for receiving holiday packages and cards until December 25 – ordering customers to send their holiday packages earlier than later.

“We are ready and have the opportunity to have a successful peak of the season,” said Postmaster General Louis Dejoy in a statement. last week. “Americans need to feel confident sending their holiday cards, mail and packages through the postal service. There is a spirit of excitement in everything [USPS] and our whole team is ready to deliver the holidays to the nation. ”

Here is a list of the main delivery times for each of the services – this is also the last possible day when you can postpone sending these packages:

U.S. Postal Service

USPS representatives recommend shipping your items on the following dates to ensure they arrive before Christmas:

Delivery dates are 2021 holidays for the neighboring United States

  • December 15: Ground Retail Service USPS
  • December 17: first-class mail service (including greeting cards)
  • December 17: first class packages
  • December 18: Priority mail
  • December 23: Priority Mail Express

Delivery dates on 2021 holidays to Alaska and Hawaii


  • December 2: Ground Retail Service USPS
  • December 18: First-class mail service
  • December 18: Priority mail
  • December 21: Priority Mail Express


  • December 17: First Class Mail
  • December 17: Priority mail
  • December 21: Priority Mail Express

For more information on international and military delivery times, check out the USPS and their full list here.


In order for your packages to be delivered before Christmas, UPS encourages customers to send their packages within the following timeframes:

  • December 21: 3-day selection
  • December 22: 2nd day air travel
  • December 23: Air travel the next day

If you use ground delivery, the UPS has online calculator to help you determine when your package will arrive in addition to online tool to check the exact quote.

For a complete list of shipping options, including international shipping, Click here.


If you couldn’t help but send these holiday packages on very Last minute FedEx can be an option for you to deliver them to your destination on time. Here is a list of FedEx delivery times:

  • December 9: Land and freight economy
  • December 15: Land delivery
  • December 21: Express Saver
  • December 22: 2-day and 2-day-morning
  • December 23: night services
  • December 24: Services on the same day

For more information on other terms, such as international destinations, Click here.

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