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2013 Christmas shipping deadlines: Post Office, UPS, FEDEX and retail stores

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If you still need to mail holiday gifts and want them to arrive by Christmas, the 2013 shipping deadlines for the U.S. Post Office, UPS and Fedex are just days away.

Check out the list below to find out the last day you can send out your packages so they arrive before Santa does. If you haven't shopped yet, find free, last-minute shipping deadlines below for Walmart, Best Buy, Target and Amazon.

Lines are usually long at the Post Office at this time of year, so plan ahead. There are several places you can drop off FEDEX and UPS packages that may save you some time including most Staples locations and independent UPS stores.

Free Shipping Day 2013: Retailers offer free shipping in time for Christmas

Many stores are offering free shipping if you haven't started your Christmas shopping yet. Here are some that offer speedy delivery for procrastinators:

  • Shop by Dec. 16 on Amazon to get your package delivered on time.
  • Walmart is offering free delivery in time for Christmas on select items ordered by Dec. 17.
  • Target is promising delivery by Dec. 24 if you order by Dec. 19 and choose seasonal shipping at checkout.
  • Best Buy: Place a qualifying order by 3 p.m. ET on December 20 and get your package on time with standard shipping.

2013 U.S. Post Office Holiday Shipping Deadlines


  • First-Class Mail Service - Dec. 20

  • Priority Mail® Service - Dec. 21

  • Priority Mail Express Service - Dec. 23

  • Standard Post Service - Dec. 14 (passed)


  • Letters, flat envelopes, and small packages - Dec. 9 (passed)

  • Priority Packages via air transportation - Dec. 14 (passed)

  • Letters, flat envelopes, small packages via air - Dec. 16

  • Priority Mail Express service items (any shape) -Dec. 17

2013 FedEx Holiday Shipping Deadlines

  • Ground delivery - Dec. 17

  • Fedex home delivery - Dec. 17

  • Express Saver - Dec 19

  • Overnight Services - Dec. 23

  • Fedex 2-Day - Dec. 21

  • FedEx Same Day will deliver on Christmas Day

2013 UPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

  • UPS 2nd Air - Dec. 20 for Dec. 24 deliveryUPS 2nd Day Air packages

  • UPS 2nd Day Air - Dec 23 for delivery on Dec. 24

  • No pick up or delivery on Christmas

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