The last day to ship for Christmas 2013 so that you get your gifts to their destination by Dec. 25, differs from USPS, UPS, FedEx and online websites. Shopping is just part of your Christmas task if you have family scattered all over the nation. A major part of the task is wrapping and getting the gifts to the Post Office, UPS or FedEx so they’ll be delivered by Christmas.
As ABC 23 reports on Dec. 16, today is the busiest shipping day of the year, but it isn’t the cut-off date to get your packages to their destinations in time for Christmas Day!
Here are the dates for the post office, USPS:
First-Class Mail® Service Dec. 20
Priority Mail® Service Dec. 21
Priority Mail Express™ Service1 Dec. 23
Standard Post™ Service Dec. 14
Destination Network Distribution Center (DNDC) Drop Ship Dec. 19
Destination Delivery Unit (DDU) Drop Ship Dec. 21
For U.S. Post Office cut-off shipping dates for international and Military the military check here for the schedule.
For UPS cut-off shipping dates for Christmas 2013:
Dec. 20: All UPS second-day air sent on this day will be delivered on Dec. 24.
Dec. 21: This is the last day to ship UPS second-day air packages to be delivered on or before Dec. 24. All UPS store locations will be open on the 24th.
Dec. 23: Ship via UPS next-day air for Dec. 24 delivery.
Dec. 24: Normal delivery of air, international and ground shipments.
For FedEx cut-off shipping dates for Christmas 2013:
*Ship via FedEx home delivery and ground by Dec. 17 at a staffed FedEx location.
*Ship by express saver by Dec. 19. FedEx 2Day and 2Day A.M. mail must be shipped by Dec. 21
*FedEx standard, priority or first overnight must be shipped by Dec. 23 for Dec. 24 arrival.
Believe it or not some shipping dates go right up to Dec. 24, but you will probably pay a pretty penny for this, while others cut off about a week before Christmas. Each online shopping site has their own cut-off date for promising to get the merchandise to you by Christmas, so check before you purchase what the website is offering.
You still have time to take advantage of the free shipping deals and still get your purchases by Christmas. Some of the big name stores are offering free shipping a up to a week before Christmas. After that you’ll probably need to pay more to get you purchases by the holiday.