Christmas shipping deadlines fast approaching: The big shipping and shopping days ahead

christmas!The clock is ticking for holiday shoppers, making for an extra busy time for retailers and shippers. Standard shipping deadlines will hit in the next week or so, and those who still have gift shopping and shipping left to do are feeling the frenzy.

While shipping deadlines vary by retailer, the deadlines for major shipping services like USPS, FedEx and UPS are all very similar. Here is a breakdown:

USPS:

  • December 15 – Standard Post
  • December 19 – First Class Mail
  • December 21 – Priority Mail
  • December 23 – Priority Mail Express

FedEx:

  • December 14 – FedEx SmartPost
  • December 16 – FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery
  • December 21 – FedEx Express Saver
  • December 22 – FedEx 2Day A.M. or 2Day
  • December 23 – FedEx First Overnight or Priority Overnight or Standard Overnight

UPS:

  • December 18 – 3-Day Select packages
  • December 21 and 22 – 2nd Day Air packages
  • December 23 – Next Day Air Packages

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may seem like distant memories by now, however, there are still some notable holiday shopping days left.

Monday, Dec. 14, is referred to as “Green Monday”. It falls on the 2nd Monday of December and is named for all the green that will be spent on that day, both in store and online.  It consistently ranks among the top spending days of the season. Many major retailers will start their online sales at midnight of this date.

Friday, Dec. 18, is “Free Shipping Day”. Most major retailers with an online presence will honor it, including Walmart, Target and more. However, Free Shipping Day is just six days ahead of Christmas Eve, when many will want their packages in hand to get under a tree.

Finally, Saturday, Dec. 19 is “Super Saturday”, which is the last Saturday before Christmas. In some years, this has been the biggest shopping day of the year nationally, bigger than Black Friday.