Christmas 2016 Shipping Deadlines for Online Shopping

The holidays are just a few days away and if you've slacked on playing Santa until now, you're in luck because there's still ample time to get your gifts delivered to your loved ones in time for the holidays. But don't procrastinate too much. Some shipping deadlines will arrive as early as December 12.

Below we've created a list of shipping deadlines for a variety of carriers and popular online retail stores. We'll update the list with new retailers and cut-off dates on a daily basis, so make sure to check in frequently. 


Non-Prime members are going to have to pay for timely delivery after Dec. 16, but Prime members enjoy free shipping right up until Christmas Eve.

  • Free shipping: Dec. 16
  • Standard: place order by Monday, Dec. 19.
  • Two-Day (Free with Prime): Thursday, Dec. 22.
  • One-Day: Friday, Dec. 23.
  • Same-Day Delivery (Free with Prime): Saturday, Dec. 24, 9:30 a.m.
  • Two-Hour Delivery (Free with Prime): Saturday, Dec. 24, 9:30 p.m.

Best Buy

  • Standard: Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 10:30 a.m. Central time


  • TVs 46" or larger: Monday, Dec 12 at 2 p.m. Central Time
  • Standard: Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. Central time.
  • Expedited: Wednesday, Dec 21 at 2 p.m. Central time.
  • Express: Thursday, Dec 22 at 2 p.m. Central time.

United States Postal Service:

  • Standard Post: Thursday, Dec. 15.
  • First class mail: Tuesday, Dec. 20.
  • Priority mail: Wednesday, Dec. 21.
  • Priority Mail Express: Friday, Dec. 23.

Fed Ex:

  • FedEx SmartPost: Monday, Dec 12.
  • FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx Ground: Friday, Dec 16.
  • FedEx Express Saver: Tuesday, Dec 20.
  • FedEx 2-Day: Wednesday, Dec 21.
  • FedEx Standard Overnight, Priority Overnight, First Overnight: Thursday, Dec 22.
  • FedEx SameDay (Standard): Friday, Dec 23.
  • FedEx SameDay (Priority): Sunday, Dec. 25.


  • Super Eggsaver Shipping: Wednesday, Dec 14.
  • Large Item Delivery: Friday, Dec 16.
  • 3-Day Shipping: Tuesday, Dec 20.
  • 2-Day Shipping: Wednesday, Dec 21.
  • 1-Day Shipping: Thursday, Dec 22.
  • Will-Call Pickup: CA, IN, and NJ only. Friday, Dec 23.


  • Normal pickup and delivery service: Monday, Dec. 19.
  • UPS 2nd Day Air: Wednesday, Dec. 21.
  • UPS Next Day Air: Thursday, Dec. 22.
  • UPS 3-Day: Monday, Dec 19 at 11:30 a.m.
  • UPS 2-Day: Wednesday, Dec 21 at 4 p.m.
  • UPS Next Day: Thursday, Dec 22 at 4 p.m.


  • Super Saver: place order by Thursday, Dec. 15.
  • Standard: Varies by state. Cutoffs begin Friday, Dec. 17.
  • Expedited: Sunday, Dec 18 at 1 p.m.

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  • bombebomb
    I would not bet my worst enemy on USPS being able to deliver a package in one day.
  • Kate Hennesey
    This is great, but it would be nice to have some international deadlines as well. Many of us buy/sell online internationally, too.