With 6 fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day (essentially a week), gift-givers everywhere will be feeling like they have less time to order and ship those gifts. And they’ll be right. Our eFulfillment Service team has leveraged its experience, outlining safe shipping dates that should cover most situations. Of course we have to point out that there are always exceptions, and that these shipping dates don’t cover processing and handling time, so shouldn’t be used as “order by dates.”

USPS Ship By Deadlines

First Class Package Service (up to 15.99 oz.) Fri., Dec. 13
Priority Mail Service Thurs., Dec. 19
Priority Mail Express Service Fri., Dec. 20
First Class & Priority Mail to APO/FPO/DPO (Zip Code 093 only) Mon. Dec. 9
First Class & Priority Mail to APO/FPO/DPO (All Other Zip Codes) Wed. Dec. 11
Priority Mail Express Service to APO/FPO/DPO (Except Zip Code 093) Mon. Dec. 16

FedEx Ship By Deadlines

FedEx Standard Overnight Mon., Dec. 23
FedEx 2Day Fri., Dec. 20
FedEx Ground Wed., Dec. 18
FedEx Home Delivery Mon., Dec. 16
FedEx SmartPost Wed., Dec. 4

When using these dates, build in order processing and handling time as well. These are not “order by dates.”