2014 Christmas Shipping Deadlines for Online Shopping

The holidays are days away, and you might still be scrambling to get your picky loved one the perfect pair of headphones. Whether you still need time to save or simply haven't found the right gifts, it's not too late order some last-minute presents online and have them shipped ahead of Christmas Day. If you've slacked on playing Santa until now, here's a list of shipping deadlines from a variety of package carriers and top online stores.


Amazon has extended its usual holiday shipping deadlines, providing a bit more wiggle room for procrastinating gift-givers. If you're buying Amazon's own Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets, Fire TV or Fire Phone, you'll get free two-day shipping through 4 p.m. PT on Dec 22. and free overnight shipping through 12 p.m. PT on Dec. 23.

  • Free Shipping/Standard Shipping: place order by Friday, Dec. 19.
  • Two-Day Shipping (Free with Prime or purchase of select Kindles, Fire tablets, Fire TV and Fire Phone): Monday, Dec. 22.
  • One-Day Shipping (Free with purchase of select Kindles, Fire tablets, Fire TV and Fire Phone): Tuesday, Dec. 23.
  • Local Express Delivery: Wednesday, Dec. 24.

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Best Buy:

In order to entice last-minute online shoppers, Best Buy has extended its usual holiday deadlines while offering two-day shipping for any orders of $35 or more.

  • Standard: Monday, Dec. 22 at 11:30 a.m. ET
  • Overnight: Wednesday, Dec. 24
  • In-store pickup: Order by 4 p.m. local time on Dec. 24, pick up by 6 p.m. local time.


  • Different dates, based on the seller's processing time and shipping options.


  • Super Eggsaver shipping: Friday, Dec. 12.
  • Large item delivery: Wednesday, Dec. 17.
  • Three-day shipping: Friday, Dec. 19.
  • Two-day shipping: Monday, Dec. 22.
  • Next-day shipping: Tuesday, Dec. 23.
  • Pickup at will call centers: Wednesday, Dec. 24. (Order must be placed at 8 a.m. local time, will call center open until 3 p.m. local time).

United States Postal Service:

  • Standard Post: Monday, Dec. 15.
  • First class mail: Saturday, Dec. 20.
  • Priority mail: Saturday, Dec. 20.
  • Priority Mail Express: Tuesday, Dec. 23.

Fed Ex:

  • SmartPost delivery: Friday, Dec. 12.
  • Fed Ex Home Delivery or FedEx Ground: Wednesday, Dec 17.
  • FedEx Express Saver: Saturday, Dec. 20.
  • FedEx 2Day and FedEx 2Day AM.: Monday, Dec. 22.
  • FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight or FedEx First Overnight: Tuesday, Dec. 23.
  • FedEx SameDay: Thursday, Dec. 25.


  • Normal pickup and delivery service: Monday, Dec. 22.
  • UPS Worldwide Express, UPS Worldwide Express Freight, UPS 2nd Day Air: Monday, Dec. 22. (Pickup service provided for regular Saturday pickup customers of air and international shipments only, or if prearranged by Friday, Dec. 19.)
  • UPS Next Day Air: Tuesday, Dec. 23.
  • UPS Express Critical service for urgent packages: Wednesday, Dec. 24. (Pickup service available for air and international shipments if prearranged by Tuesday, Dec. 23).
  • UPS Express Critical service for urgent packages: Wednesday, Dec. 25.

Think Geek:

  • Standard shipping: Friday, Dec. 19.
  • Expedited shipping: Sunday, Dec. 21.
  • Express shipping: Monday, Dec. 22.


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