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Holiday shipping deadlines to make sure your gifts make it on time

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — As Black Friday began the day after Thanksgiving on Nov. 25, getting those all-important gifts to loved ones across the country can be a logistical challenge.

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Fortunately, the three largest package carriers in the U.S.; US Postal Service, UPS and FEDEX, have just released their deadlines for holiday shipping this year. The list is intended to make sure people get their gifts on time.

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Here are all three package carriers’ holiday shipping deadlines to make sure those gifts make it to where they have to go, on time.

USPS

For the lower 48 states:

  • Retail ground: Dec. 17
  • First-class mail: Dec. 17
  • Priority mail: Dec. 19
  • Priority mail express: Dec. 23

For Alaska

  • Retail ground: Dec. 2
  • First-class: Dec. 17
  • Priority mail: Dec. 17
  • Priority mail express: Dec. 21

For Hawaii

  • First-class: Dec. 17
  • Priority mail: Dec. 17
  • Priority mail express: Dec. 21

UPS

  • Ground: Check ups.com/ctc
  • Three-day select: Dec. 20
  • Second-day air: Dec. 21
  • Next-day air: Dec. 22

FedEx

  • Ground economy: Dec. 8
  • Ground contiguous, Alaska and Hawaii: Dec. 14
  • Express Saver: Dec. 20
  • Express 2Day: Dec. 21
  • Express SameDay: Dec. 23
  • For a comprehensive list of more options, visit FedEx shipping deadlines by clicking here.