Ship Happens – When To Ship For the Holidays


We’re getting together with more people this holiday season, but most of us still need to send gifts off to friends and family who are far away. So what’s the deal with timing?

Well, PureWow put together a guide to just how much wiggle room we have to get our packages to their destinations — even if we’re the procrastinating type:



Here’s a guide to shipping cutoffs for orders using USPS:

  • Ground Shipping: December 15
  • First Class: December 17
  • Priority: December 18
  • Priority Mail Express: December 23




If you’re shipping via UPS, here are the deadlines in order to get packages by Christmas Eve:

  • Ground Shipping: Estimated December 16 (Check UPS for details)
  • Three-Day Select: December 21
  • Second-Day Air: December 22
  • Next-Day Air: December 23



Here’s what you need to know about shipping cutoffs for FedEx:

  • Ground Economy: December 9
  • Ground Shipping: December 15
  • Express Saver: December 21
  • Two-Day Service: December 22
  • Overnight: December 23



For folks using DHL, here are the details for shipping service cutoff dates:

  • SmartMail Ground: December 11
  • SmartMail Expedited: December 15
  • SmartMail Expedited Max: December 17
  • DHL Economy Select: December 19
  • DHL Express Worldwide: December 22
  • DHL Domestic Express: December 23