I have several family members that live out of state. I learned the hard way just how long regular shipping can take, and it wasn't even during the holidays. I sent my sister-in-law a birthday gift, and it took longer than a week to get there, and even regular shipping cost me an arm and a leg. You can wait and send your stuff closer to Christmas via Priority or Next Day, but it'll cost you.

Here are the deadlines to get your package in the mail and still be on time for Christmas:

U.S. Postal Service:

  • Dec. 14 - USPS Retail Ground
  • Dec. 20 - First Class Mail
  • Dec. 20 - Priority Mail Service
  • Dec. 22 - Priority Mail Express Service

UPS:

  • Dec. 18 - UPS 3 Day Select
  • Dec. 19 - UPS 2nd Day Air
  • Dec. 20 - UPS 2nd Day Air
  • Dec. 21 - UPS Next Day Air packages

FedEx:

  • Dec. 10 - FedEx SmartPost shipments
  • Dec. 14 - FedEx Ground shipments
  • Dec.17 - FedEx Home Delivery shipments
  • Dec. 19 - FedEx Express Saver shipments
  • Dec. 20 - FedEx 2-Day and 2-Day A.M. shipments
  • Dec. 21 - FedEx Standard Overnight, Priority Overnight and First Overnight shipments

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