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Check these 2022 holiday shipping deadlines to get your orders on time

If you want to get your packages in time for Christmas, we’ve got you covered. Scroll down for all the 2022 holiday shipping deadlines you need to know about. With this list, you can ensure your presents arrive in time for the holidays.

You’ll want to bookmark this tip if you still have holiday shopping to do. Maybe you’re dragging your feet because you can’t figure out what to buy for the people in your life. Luckily, we can help. Tap or click here for the best gifts for the person who doesn’t want or need anything.

Now that you know which presents to buy, here are the shipping deadlines you need to know.

How to make sure your Christmas packages are delivered on time

Whether shipping through FedEx, UPS or USPS, you must be aware of deadlines. Delivery companies see a ton of traffic this time of year, which can slow down your gift’s journey. You must prepare for congestion in post offices and on the roads.

If you live in a remote area, gifts might take a long time to arrive. That’s why you should check the holiday shipping guidelines for 2022.

Just know that some stores may change their deadlines later in the season. To ensure you’re up-to-date, check out BlackFriday.com, which keeps track of timeline switches.

UPS holiday shipping guidelines

Deadlines for UPS Ground shipping and UPS Standard shipping depend on where you live. You’ll have to check this online calculator to make sure. This way, you’ll get an estimate based on your address.

However, there are also a few overall deadlines to keep in mind:

  • Dec. 19: UPS Worldwide Expedited.
  • Dec. 20: UPS 3-Day Select shipping.
  • Dec. 21: UPS 2nd Day Air services.
  • Dec. 21: UPS Worldwide Express services (U.S. to Mexico).
  • Dec. 22: UPS Worldwide Express services (U.S. to Canada).
  • Dec. 22: UPS Next Day air services.

Are you shipping through another UPS service? Tap the yellow button below to see the complete list of UPS shipping deadlines this year.

FedEx holiday shipping deadlines for 2022

  • Dec. 14: FedEx Ground deadline.
  • Dec. 20: FedEx Express Saver deadline.
  • Dec. 20: FedEx three-day freight deadline.
  • Dec. 21: FedEx two-day freight deadline.
  • Dec. 21: FedEx one-day freight deadline.

If you’re shipping through FedEx, here’s a silver lining. There are a few last-minute options, too. Tap the yellow button below for more info.

USPS holiday shipping deadlines for 2022

If you’re shipping through the United States Postal Service, you’ll have to keep a lot of dates in mind. Select the yellow button below for specific holiday shipping dates. You’ll get information for packages sent to Alaska, Hawaii or other countries.

Overall, though, here are the 2022 holiday shipping dates for the continental U.S.:

  • Dec. 17: USPS Retail Ground.
  • Dec. 17: First-Class Mail.
  • Dec. 19: Priority Mail.
  • Dec. 23: Priority Mail Express.

If you’re curious about international USPS holiday shipping deadlines, or other types of deadlines, click the link below.

Retail holiday shipping deadlines

Thanks to the shopping experts at BlackFriday.com, we also found some deadlines for your favorite stores. Check this list to make sure you get your packages in time:

Amazon

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: See delivery estimate at checkout for free economy shipping and free two-day shipping.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Dec. 23 for one-day delivery (free for Prime members, no minimum). Dec. 24 for same-day delivery (available in select areas).

American Girl

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 12.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Dec. 20.

Apple Store

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Shipping deadline varies by item.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Shipping deadline varies by item. Expedited shipping fees range based on weight.

Barnes and Noble

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 17 by noon EST.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Dec. 20 by 11:59 a.m. EST for expedited.

Bass Pro Shops

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 14.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Check the website.

Bath & Body Works

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 16 for Standard.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Dec. 21 for Expedited.

Bed Bath & Beyond

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 19. for Standard.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Dec. 21 for Expedited; Dec. 22 for Express.

Belk

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 16.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Dec. 21 for overnight (fees apply).

Best Buy

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 20 by 10:30 a.m. CST.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Dec. 24 by noon local for same-day.

Cabela’s

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 14.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. EST for Two-Day; Dec. 23 at 4 p.m. EST for Overnight.

Costco

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: See shipping estimate at checkout.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: See shipping estimate at checkout.

Dell

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 14 by 2 p.m. CST.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Dec. 21 by 2 p.m. CST (next day).

Gap

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 15.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Dec. 22 by 1 p.m. EST for priority shipping.

Harry & David

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 18 for standard.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Dec. 20 for 3-Day Express; Dec. 21 for 2-Day Express; Dec. 22 for Overnight.

Home Depot

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 16.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Dec. 16.

JCPenney

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 15.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: See the website for options.

Kohl’s

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 19 by 1:00 p.m. CST.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Dec. 20 by 1:00 p.m. CST for one-day shipping (fees apply).

L.L.Bean

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 18 by midnight ET.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Dec. 18 by midnight ET.

Lowe’s

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 14.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Check the website.

Macy’s

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 21 by 5:00 p.m. EST.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Dec. 22 by noon EST for express.

Old Navy

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 15.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Dec. 22 by 1 p.m. EST for priority shipping.

Overstock

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Look for the “Delivered by Christmas” icon.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Look for the “Delivered by Christmas” icon.

Pottery Barn

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 18 by 10:00 p.m. PST.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Dec. 21 by 11:00 p.m. PST for next-day shipping.

Sam’s Club

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 18 for Ground; Dec. 8 for freight.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Dec. 23 or 24 at 12 p.m. local time for same-day ($12 for Club members).

Sephora

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 20 by 6:00 a.m. EST.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Dec. 21 by 6:00 a.m. for flash two-day.

Target

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 22.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Same-day delivery is available, but slots may be limited on Dec. 24.

Walmart

  • Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 20 for non-Walmart+ members.
  • Expedited shipping deadline: Dec. 22 for next-day (Walmart+ members).

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