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If you’re not already thinking about holiday shopping, now’s the time to start.
Because of COVID-19’s impact on some shipping times, sending and receiving packages might inevitably be delayed this year, which means early holiday shopping will be crucial.
Whether you’ve already started making your (shopping) list and checking it twice, these shipping deadlines from USPS, FedEx and UPS as well as popular retailers that offer fast shipping, will be helpful as we enter into gift-buying season — especially if you’re more of a last-minute shopper.
2020 Holiday Shipping Deadlines to Know:
Remember to send your gifts, or place your online orders by the below dates in order for recipients to receive them before December 25.
December 11: USPS Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
December 15: USPS Retail Ground
December 18: USPS Priority Mail Express, First-Class Mail (including greeting cards) and First-Class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
December 19: Priority Mail
December 23: Priority Mail Express
December 9: FedEx Smart Post
December 15: FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx Ground
December 16: FedEx Ground Shipping
December 19: FedEx Express Saver Shipping
December 21: FedEx Express Saver, Three-Day Freight
December 22: FedEx Two-Day, FedEx Two-Day Freight
December 23: FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, FedEx Extra Hours, FedEx One-Day Freight
December 25: FedEx SameDay, FedEx SameDay City Priority, FedEx SameDay City Direct
December 13: UPS Ground Shipping
December 19: UPS Three-Day Shipping
December 23: UPS Next-Day Air Service
While we’ll continue to update this list of the best retailers for last-minute shopping as we inch closer to December, here are some of the stores that are already offering fast and affordable shipping.
The Best Sites for Last-Minute Shopping:
Amazon: With an annual $119 Amazon Prime Membership, two-day shipping is always free for Prime-eligible products. And in some cities, including Philadelphia, Dallas, Orlando and Phoenix, customers can get Prime-eligible delivery in five hours of less if order is placed before 5 p.m. Just be sure the item is marked as “today” or “overnight.”
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