Know your holiday shipping deadlines for Christmas gift delivery by Dec. 25


SAN DIEGO, December 8, 2013 – With Thanksgiving falling late in the month, there is a shortened time period for shopping between Thanksgiving and Christmas, which means there is also a shortened time period for shipping your gifts so they arrive by December 25.

The United States Postal Service estimates a 12 percent increase in shipping this holiday season over 2012. It also predicts the single busiest mailing day of the year will be Monday, December 16, with six million customers visiting the nation’s post offices across the country. Be smart and be prepared so you can avoid these lines.

To ensure your treasures arrive in time, know the key holiday shipping deadlines. Communities has listed all key holiday shipping deadlines below for the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, and FedEx. Visit the websites of these services to learn more about specific holiday packing and shipping instructions.

The more you’re willing to pay, the longer you have to get your act together and get your presents bought, wrapped, packed and shipped. International shipping and military mail deadlines come up quickly.

Take advantage of online tools to pay and print shipping labels at home, then schedule a pickup or make a quick drop off at a non-peak time.

Consider shipping and making dropoffs via a UPS Store near you. You can ship via UPS or the U.S. Postal Service at these storefronts. If you are shipping via FedEx, drop off your package at a FedEx-Kinko’s location outside of regular business hours to avoid waiting in line. Most are open until 11 p.m. on weeknights, 9 p.m. on weekends. Limited locations are open 24 hours.

Holiday packages roll down a conveyer belt at the FedEx hub at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Monday, December 9, 2013

USPS First-Class Mail International Service to Asia/Pacific Rim, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, Middle East

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

USPS Priority Mail Express International Service to Africa, Central and South America
USPS Priority Mail Service and First-Class Mail Service to APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090-092, 094-098, 340, and 962-966

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

USPS Priority Mail International Service to Mexico  

Thursday, December 12, 2013

USPS Priority Mail International Service to Canada, Europe, Middle East

Friday, December 13, 2013

FedEx International Ground® to Canada

Saturday, December 14, 2013

USPS Standard Post™ Service
USPS Priority Mail Express International Service to Asia/Pacific Rim, Australia/New Zealand, Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, Middle East

Monday, December 16

USPS Priority Mail Express International Service to Canada, Middle East
USPS Global Express Guaranteed Service to Asia / Pacific Rim, Australia / New Zealand

Tuesday, December 17

FedEx Home Delivery® and FedEx Ground®
USPS Global Express Guaranteed Service to Africa
USPS Priority Mail Express Military Service to APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090-092, 094-098, 340, 962-966

Wednesday, December 18

USPS Global Express Guaranteed Service To Central and South America, Europe, Mexico
FedEx International Economy® To Mexico, Puerto Rico

Thursday, December 19

USPS Destination Network Distribution Center (DNDC) Drop Ship
FedEx Express Saver (Domestic)
USPS Global Express Guaranteed Service to Canada
FedEx International Economy® to Canada

The longer you wait, the more it will cost you to ship your gifts to friends and family before December 25.

Friday, December 20

USPS First-Class Mail Service

FedEx® International Next Flight, FedEx International Priority® and FedEx International First® 4 to Mexico and Puerto Rico
UPS 2nd Day Air packages picked up today delivered on Tuesday, Dec. 24

Saturday, December 21

USPS Destination Delivery Unit (DDU) Drop Ship
USPS Priority Mail® Service
FedEx 2Day® A.M., FedEx 2Day®
FedEx International First® and FedEx International Priority® to Canada

UPS 2nd Day Air packages for regular Saturday pickup customers of air and international shipments only, or if prearranged by Friday, December 20.

All locations of The UPS Store® will be open for dropoff. This is the last day to ship UPS 2nd Day Air packages in time for Christmas.

Monday, December 23

USPS Priority Mail Express™ Service
FedEx First Overnight®
FedEx Priority Overnight®
FedEx Standard Overnight®
FedEx®International Next Flight to Canada and Mexico
UPS Next Day Air

UPS normal pickup and delivery service (no Christmas Day delivery). Pickup service available for air and international shipments for Tuesday, December 24 ONLY if prearranged today

Tuesday, December 24

UPS normal delivery of air, international and ground shipments

UPS on-call pickup service and UPS Drop Boxes are available to all customers for air and international shipments. No UPS Ground, UPS Standard or 3 Day Select pickups until Thursday, December 26

Wednesday, December 25

FedEx SameDay®

No UPS pickup or delivery service. UPS Express Critical service is available for urgent packages. Call 1-800-714-8779 or visit

Curious how much emergency Christmas Day delivery would cost you? I priced sending a two pound package from San Diego to Washington D.C. via UPS Express Critical. The cheapest estimate, delivering the package within 20 hours, was $292.49. So don’t procrastinate or it will cost you.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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