Christmas: Holiday Shipping Deadlines 2017 | Dates You Need to Know

In December, the people send and receive a lot of parcels to and from their friends and family due to the Christmas and New Year. Now, when the Christmas is just a week away, the package delivery companies are in a rush to deliver the packages booked by the customers on time. These delivery companies like UPS, USPS, FedEx, Amazon, Walmart, etc. have already come up with their New Year and Christmas shipping deadlines.

If you also want to send your package using the services of one of these delivery companies, you must go through the list of deadlines of the different companies and send your package accordingly.

Holiday Shipping Deadlines 2017:

Here, we have listed the holiday shipping deadlines for 2017 by different companies. Let us start one by one.

  • United States Postal Service (USPS):

The USPS Holiday Shipping deadlines 2017 for the Contiguous US in ascending order is mentioned in the table below:

Class of Mail ServiceSend-by Dates
USPS Retail Ground 14th December
First-Class Mail 19th December
Priority Mail20th December
Priority Mail Express 22nd December
  • The shipping deadline is 14th Dec in case you wish to use the USPS Retail Ground services.
  • To use the services of USPS First-class mail service for sending your parcel, the USPS shipping deadline is 19th Dec.
  • To book your parcel through the USPS priority mail services, you must send your package to USPS latest by 20th Dec.
  • Last but not the least, to use the USPS priority mail express, you need to send your mail or shipment to USPS by maximum 22nd Dec.

But, you must also know that the actual date of USPS delivery may vary as it will depend on things like the origin of the shipment, its destination, the acceptance time of the Post Office, etc. For more details, you can read our article on USPS Christmas Deadline 2017.

  • United Parcel Service (UPS):

The people who want to use the UPS services for sending their packages, here is the UPS holiday shipping deadline for them in ascending order:

UPS servicesDeadline
UPS 3 day select18th December
UPS 2nd Day Air (without Saturday delivery)20th December
UPS 2nd Day Air (In case the Saturday delivery is available because Saturday delivery is not possible for all ZIP codes)21st December
UPS Next Day Air (with Saturday delivery)22nd December
UPS Express Critical24th December and 25th December
  • The deadline to send your package through UPS 3 day select is on 18th Dec
  • The deadline is on 19th Dec. if you want to use UPS 2nd day Air excluding the Saturday delivery
  • The last day to ship your package using UPS 2nd Day Air with the Saturday delivery is on 21st Dec. Do not forget that Saturday delivery is not available for all the Zip Codes. So, you must check that your zip code has the availability of the Saturday delivery before sending your package.
  • The deadline to ship your package using UPS Next Day Air with the Saturday delivery is on 22nd Dec.

These are the last dates or deadlines for the United Parcel Service (UPS). For more details, read the UPS shipping deadlines 2017. You can also see the schedule.

  • FedEx:

To use FedEx services for sending your packages, please follow the below holiday shipping deadline.

FedEx ServicesDeadlines
FedEx SmartPost11th December
FedEx Ground15th December
FedEx Home Delivery18th December
FedEx Express Saver19th December
FedEx 2day20th December
FedEx 2day AM20th December
FedEx Standard Overnight21st December
FedEx Priority Overnight21st December
FedEx First Overnight21st December

The deadline to send your package using:

  • FedEx SmartPost is on 11th Dec
  • FedEx Ground is on 15th Dec.
  • FedEx Home delivery is 18th Dec
  • Express Saver is on 19th Dec.
  • FedEx 2day and FedEx 2day AM are 20th Dec.
  • Services like FedEx Standard Overnight, Priority Overnight, and First Overnight is on 21st Dec.

Another thing to know is that the shipments delivered on December 23rd will cost you a Saturday delivery fee of $16 per package. If you want to know about the FedEx holiday schedule, then you should read the FedEx holiday schedule 2017 article.

  • Amazon:

Amazon has also released its holiday deadline for 2017. Below is the Amazon shipping deadline.

Amazon ServicesDeadline Dates
Free Shipping (minimum buy of $25)15th December
Standard shipping (which is free for Amazon Prime members)18th December
Two-day shipping (which is free for Amazon Prime members)22nd December
One-day shipping (only available in certain cities but is free for Prime members)23rd December
Same-day delivery (only available in certain cities but free for Prime members)24th December
  • The deadline to send your package using the free shipping of Amazon (only if you make sure you buy minimum items of $25 worth), is 15th Dec
  • The last day to ship your package using Amazon standard shipping is 18th Dec.
  • The deadline for Amazon two-day shipping, which is free for Amazon Prime members, is 22nd Dec
  • The last day to send your package using one-day shipping is 23rd Dec. Please take a note here that this service is only available in some cities and it is free for prime members.
  • The last day to send your package using same day delivery is 24th Dec. Also, note that this service is only available in some cities and it is free for prime members.

These Amazon deadlines are for the destinations within the contiguous U.S. only.

  • Walmart:

The holiday deadline for Walmart is as follows.

Walmart ServicesDeadline Date
Cheaper Freight delivery13th December
Standard delivery19th December
Rush delivery 21st December

The last day to order from Walmart using the:

  • Cheaper Freight Delivery is Dec 13th
  • Standard Delivery option is Dec 19th.
  • Pricier Rush Delivery option is Dec 21st.

These were the deadlines of Walmart.

  • Best Buy:

Best Buy holiday shipping deadlines are given below.

Best Buy Options Deadline Date
Large home delivery items19th December
Most items (10:30 AM CT)20th December
Same day delivery (Order before noon) 24th December
  • The last day to order large items from Best Buy is Dec 19th
  • The last day to order most of the items from Best Buy Dec 20th.
  • The deadline to order before noon from Best Buy for same day delivery is Dec 24th.

You should know these final shipping dates of Best Buy.

  • JCPenny:

The last shipping dates of JCPenny are:

JCPenny OptionsDeadline Date
Any item20th December
  • The last day to order any item from JCPenny website is Dec 20th

You need to know only one date for that.

  • Dick’s Sporting Goods:

To use Dick’s Sporting Goods services for sending your packages, please follow the below holiday shipping last dates:

Dick's Sporting Goods OptionsDeadline Date
Free standard shipping (order online by 11:59 p.m. ET)18th December
Expedited Shipping (order online by 11:59 p.m. ET)19th December
Express Shipping (order online by 9 a.m. PT)20th December

The last date to send your package using the Dick’s Sporting Goods:

  • Free standard shipping if you order online by 11:59 p.m. ET is 18th Dec
  • expedited shipping if you order online by 11:59 p.m. ET is 19th Dec
  • express shipping if you order online by 09:00 a.m. ET is 20th Dec

Remeber these three dates if you are going to use Dick’s Sporting Goods.

  • Old Navy:

Please follow the below shipping last dates if you want to use the Old Navy:

Old Navy OptionsDeadline Date
Free shipping (order online by 11:59 p.m. ET with minimum spend $50)19th December
Two Day Shipping (order online by 02:59 p.m. ET)20th December
One Day Shipping (order online by 02:59 p.m. ET)21st December

The last date to send the package using the Old Navy:

  • Free shipping if you order online by 11:59 p.m. ET by spending minimum $50, is 19th Dec
  • two-day shipping if you order online by 02:59 p.m. ET, is 20th Dec
  • one-day shipping if you order online by 02:59 p.m. ET, is 21st Dec

You should know these final dates and time.

  • Toys “R” Us:

You need to see the given deadlines if you are going to use Toys “R” Us:

Toys "R" Us OptionsDeadline Date
Any Shipping (order online by 11:59 p.m. ET)18th December
Expedited Shipping (order online by 03:00 p.m. ET)20th December
Express Shipping (order online by 11:59 p.m. ET)20th December
In store pick up (order online by noon ET on Christmas Eve)24th December

The final day to send the package using the Toys “R” Us shipping:

  • if you order online by 11:59 p.m. ET, is 18th Dec
  • if you go for expedited shipping and order online by 03:59 p.m. ET, is 20th Dec
  • if you go for express shipping option and order online by 11:59 p.m. ET, is 20th Dec
  • Also, if you order online by noon ET on 24th Dec or Christmas Eve, and go for the in-store pickup option of Toys “R” Us, then you can receive your purchase in time on 24th Dec itself.

Toys “R” Us customers should know these final dates.

  • Apple:

If you want to use Apple products and services, then please follow the below deadlines:

Apple OptionsDeadline Date
Free two-day for in stock apple products20th December
Free one-day shipping of in-stock iPhones or next day shipping on other products21st December
In store pick up 24th December
  • If you buy from Apple, the deadline for free two-day shipping for in-stock items is 20th Dec
  • The last day to send your package using Apple if you go for Free one-day shipping of in-stock iPhones or next day shipping on other products, is 21st Dec.
  • Also, if you can go for the in-store pickup option of Apple, then you can receive your purchase in time on 24th Dec. itself.

Apple customers, you should know these final dates.

  • GameStop:

The final shipping dates for GameStop are:

GameStop OptionsDeadline Date
Value Saver13th December
Ground17th December
Two-day expedited18th December
One-day shipping19th December

If you buy from GameStop, the deadline for:

  • value saver is 13th Dec
  • the ground is 17th Dec
  • two-day expedited is 18th Dec
  • one-day shipping is 19th Dec

These four dates are important if you are going to use GameStop.

  • Newegg:

Find the different Newegg deadlines for different shipping options:

Newegg OptionsDeadline
Super Eggsaver shipping13th December
Large Items14th December
Business three-day shipping19th December
Business two-day shipping20th December
Business one-day shipping21st December

If you buy from Newegg, the deadline for

  • Super Eggsaver shipping is 13th Dec
  • large items is 14th Dec
  • business three-day shipping is 19th Dec
  • business two-day shipping is 20th Dec
  • business one-day shipping is 21st Dec

These five dates are important for Newegg customers.

  • Target:

The below holiday shipping deadline will guarantee that you will get your package by Friday, Dec. 22 which is the last business day before Christmas:

Target OptionsDeadline
Standard Shipping to Hawaii and Alaska by 12 pm13th December
Standard Shipping18th December
Premium Shipping (2 business days) by 12 pm19th December
Express Shipping (1 business day) by 12 pm22nd December

The final date for using:

  • the Target Standard Shipping to Hawaii and Alaska by 12 pm is 13th Dec
  • the Target Standard Shipping is 18th Dec
  • the Target Premium Shipping (2 business days) if you order by 12 pm, is 19th Dec
  • the Target Express Shipping (1 business day) if you order by 12 pm, is 22nd Dec

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