Christmas 2016 Shipping Deadlines for Online Shopping

The holidays are less than a week away and if you've slacked on playing Santa until now, you're in luck, because there's still time to get your gifts delivered to your loved ones in time for the holidays. But don't procrastinate too much.

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.


Order an eligible item from the retail giant by 6 p.m. local time on Dec. 23, and you'll be able to pick it up at your local Walmart for free on Christmas Eve. (Note that stores will close at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24, which is earlier than previous years.) Items eligible for last-minute pickup  will be tagged as "Free Pickup Today" on Walmart's website.

  • Standard Shipping: Tuesday, Dec. 20.
  • Two-Day Shipping for Toys (Free): Wednesday, Dec. 21.
  • Rush Delivery: Thursday, Dec. 22, noon.

Best Buy

  • Standard: Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 10:30 a.m. Central time.
  • One-Day Shipping: Thursday, Dec. 22 at 10:30 a.m. Central time.
  • Store Pickup: Saturday, Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. Local time


The Monday, Dec. 12, shipping deadline for TVs 46 inches or larger has passed, but you've still got time to get other Dell orders to your house by Christmas.

  • 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:

The FedEx SmartPost deadline has already passed, but FedEx offers a number of other shipping options for holiday presents.

  • 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. 


  • Standard: place order by Friday, Dec. 23 at 4 p.m. Eastern time
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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.