2021 Holiday Shipping Deadlines for USPS, FedEx, UPS & More

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You’ve picked out the cutest things for your favorite friends and family members, but you’re going to want to make sure they arrive on time. This year, expect more delays than ever due to supply chain and worker shortages, so try to get some of your shopping (and shipping) done early. And remember to be kind to your delivery drivers! They are doing their best.

Here are the current holiday shipping deadlines for this year from FedEx, USPS, UPS and your other go-to retailers.

photo: USPS

United States Post Office 

USPS Retail Ground Service: Dec. 15

First-Class Mail, including greeting cards: Dec. 17

First-Class Packages (up to 15.99 oz.): Dec. 17

Priority Mail Service: Dec. 18

Priority Mail Express Service: Dec. 23

For more details on shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, international shipping deadlines as well as shipping to any Army Post Office, Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office addresses*, click here.

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FedEx Express® 

FedEx Same Day®: Dec. 24

2Day and 2Day AM: Dec. 22

FedEx Express Saver®Dec. 21

FedEx 1Day® Freight: Dec. 23

FedEx 2Day® Freight: Dec. 22

FedEx 3Day® Freight: Dec. 21 

FedEx Ground® 

FedEx Ground® Contiguous US: Dec. 15

FedEx Ground® Alaska and Hawaii: Dec. 15

FedEx Ground® Economy: Dec. 9

FedEx Freight®

FedEx Freight® Priority: Dec. 15

FedEx Freight® Economy: Dec. 9

FedEx Freight® Direct: Dec. 15 

International, Canada, and Mexico, and Puerto Rico: Click here for 2021 deadlines. 



UPS® Ground:  Check the website for quote.

UPS 3 Day Select®: Dec. 21

UPS 2nd Day Air®: Dec. 22

UPS Next Day Air®:Dec. 23

For more about UPS holiday shipping this year, click here.

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This year Walmart is extended its reach by extending store delivery hours, adding additional delivery windows for customers, and adding more items to what can be delivered from your local store. In addition, throughout the pandemic, Walmart has continued to offer convenient curbside pickup throughout its locations. 

Free Two-Day Delivery: Order eligible items until Dec. 19 

Standard (paid) Delivery: Dec. 20

Free Next Day Delivery: Dec. 21 

In-store Pickup: Order by Dec. 23 at 4 p.m. local time for in-store pickup on Dec. 24.

Curbside pickup and local delivery: Slots are available to book through Dec. 24, pending availability. Check with your local store. 


photo: Target


Important for 2021: Target's website FAQ currently states that due to nationwide shipping delays, two-day shipping will be suspended during the holiday season. Target has increased its curbside and in-store pickup options. They are also encouraging shoppers to order early and try curbside, in-store, or Shipt. They also stated: 

  • While we do our best to provide our best-estimated delivery date to you, high shipping volume may result in delays to those estimates. Most packages will deliver within 1 to 2 days of the estimated delivery date.
  • We are seeing longer delays in the USPS network, due to the surge in holiday shipping.



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