Let It Snow: Holiday Shipping Deadlines For 2022

Curious about when to ship the perfect Christmas gift? We’ve got you covered. Check out these holiday shipping deadlines!

They say that Christmas is the time for giving and every year Americans take this motto literally. In fact, this year each American will spend around $920 on Christmas gifts.

For some people, Christmas gift shopping marks the beginning of the festive season while for others it becomes a stressful chore. Fortunately, online shopping now means that you can order your Christmas gifts from the comfort of your own home. Statistics show that this is exactly what 82% of US shoppers do.

But buying presents online has its own pitfalls. Whether you’re buying or selling it’s important not to miss couriers’ holiday shipping deadlines. Missing the deadlines means your gifts won’t arrive in time for Christmas.

Not marked up your calendar with these deadlines yet? Not to worry, we’re here to help! Read on to find out all the key holiday shipping deadlines 2022.

FedEx Holiday Shipping Deadlines

FedEx offers several different shipping services. Each of these comes with a different Christmas deadline. Keep this in mind when ordering your parcels.

On November 29th FedEx will suspend their Ground and Home Delivery money-back guarantee until December 24th. FedEx also adds certain surcharges during the peak period so shipping prices can rise the closer you get to Christmas.

To avoid disappointment you should put the holiday shipping deadlines 2022 FedEx offers in your diary:

  • The deadline for FedEx SmartPost is December 9th.
  • The deadline for FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery shipping is December 17th.
  • The deadline for FedEx Express Saver packages is December 19th.
  • The deadline for FedEx 2Day Services is December 20th.
  • The deadline for FedEx Overnight shipping is December 23rd.

Sticking to each of these deadlines means you should definitely receive your parcel by December 24th. If you need it before then, then you will need to factor in a buffer for this.

Amazon Holiday Shipping Deadlines

As you probably know, Amazon offers a variety of different shipping times for its products depending on the seller. The account you have may also affect how quickly products can get to you. Keep this in mind when buying online.

If you have a Prime account, you will have access to “Next Day” or “Same Day” delivery options until December 23rd. If you opt for the two-day shipping, then the deadline is December 22nd.

However, if you don’t have a Prime account, then the deadline for all orders is December 18th.

US Postal Service Holiday Shipping Deadlines

The holiday shipping deadlines USPS offers vary depending on where you are sending your packages. They have different deadlines for domestic, international and military packages.

The deadlines for domestic packages are as followings:

  • The deadline for USPS Retail Ground shipping is December 14th.
  • The deadline for USPS First-Class Mail shipping is December 20th.
  • The deadline for USPS Priority Mail shipping is December 21st.
  • The deadline for USPS Priority Mail Express shipping is December 23rd.

The deadlines for international and military packages vary somewhat depending on several factors. Where you want to send a package will affect the shipping deadline. The shipping service you want to use will also affect when you need to send it by.

For example, the military shipping deadline for USPS Retail Ground shipping was November 6th. In fact, the only remaining deadline for military packages this year is December 18th. This is the deadline for Priority Mail Express Military Service shipping.

The deadline for Priority Mail Express International shipping is December 14th. This delivers packages to:

  • Asia and the Pacific Regions
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Canada
  • The Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Mexico
  • The Middle East

If you want to send a package to Central or South America or Mexico via Global Express Guaranteed shipping you must do this by December 18thThe final deadline for this service is December 19th for:

  • Africa
  • Asia and the Pacific Regions
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Canada
  • The Caribbean
  • Europe
  • The Middle East

If you’re planning to send a Christmas gift overseas, then you’d better get onto it sooner rather than later!

UPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

If you’ve really left everything to the last minute or want to offer customers last-minute shipping, then UPS is the best holiday courier for you!

Their deadlines run right up to Christmas Eve itself. The holiday shipping deadlines 2019 UPS offers are:

  • The deadline for UPS Ground shipping is December 13th.
  • The deadline for UPS 3-Day Select shipping is December 19th.
  • The deadline for UPS 2nd-Day Air shipping is December 20th.
  • The deadline for UPS Next-Day Air shipping is December 23rd.
  • The deadline for UPS’ Limited Christmas Eve service is December 24th.

Christmas Day is a holiday for UPS deliveries, however, if you have an emergency, you may use the UPS Express Critical shipping service.

It’s also important to note that, like FedEx, UPS suspends its Guarantee service on December 2nd. If you’re looking for a guarantee on any packages, then you should order or send these before then.

The Christmas rush may also affect delivery times as early as November 25th. From this date, you may experience longer delivery times on certain packages. If you’re using UPS to send packages, then it’s important to let customers know this to ensure proper customer satisfaction.

Keep These Deadlines in Mind!

The holiday shipping deadlines change from one year to the next. Update yours from last year to avoid disappointing customers. Whether you’re ordering something online or selling a product, it’s important to allow plenty of time for your orders at this time of year.

And don’t forget you’re selling online. Make sure you leave yourself enough room to process orders in time for the courier deadlines!

For more help shipping your products, fill out a delivery form today. Or get a free quote from an experienced shipping company. We’re here to help!