The holiday shopping season is now in high gear, but what if you didn't find all the perfect gifts on Black Friday or Cyber Monday? What if you need to save up to the last second to get that perfect gift for that special someone? As the days run out and the holiday looms, keep an eye on these shipping deadlines for all the major delivery companies and a few of the big ecommerce sites. Ship by these dates to get your tech gifts delivered by Dec. 24, since there is rarely any delivery on Christmas Day.
United States Postal Service holiday deadlines:
- First class mail: Friday, Dec. 20.
- Priority mail: Saturday, Dec. 21.
- Priority Mail Express: Monday, Dec. 23.
Fed Ex holiday deadlines:
- SmartPost delivery: Thursday, Dec. 12.
- Fed Ex Home Delivery or FedEx Ground: Monday, Dec. 16.
- FedEx Express Saver: Thursday, Dec. 19.
- FedEx 2nd and FedEx 2nd a.m.: Saturday, Dec. 21.
- FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight or FedEx First Overnight: Monday, Dec. 23.
- FedEx SameDay: Wednesday, Dec. 25.
UPS holiday deadlines:
- Normal pickup and delivery service: Friday, Dec. 20.
- UPS Worldwide Express, UPS Worldwide Express Freight, UPS 2nd Day Air: Saturday, Dec. 21. (Pickup service provided for regular Saturday pickup customers of air and international shipments only, or if prearranged by Friday, Dec. 20.)
- UPS Next Day Air: Monday, Dec. 23.
- UPS Express Critical service for urgent packages: Tuesday, Dec. 24. (Pickup service available for air and international shipments if prearranged by Monday, Dec. 23).
- UPS Express Critical service for urgent packages: Wednesday, Dec. 25.
Amazon holiday deadlines:
- Free Shipping, place order by Tuesday, Dec. 17.
- Standard Shipping: Wednesday, Dec. 18.
- Two-Day Shipping: Saturday, Dec. 21.
- One-Day Shipping: Monday, Dec. 23.
- Local Express Delivery: Tuesday, Dec.24.
Best Buy holiday deadlines:
- Standard: estimated Dec. 13 to Dec. 18. (4 to 8 business days, includes 1 day for processing and 3 to 7 days for transit).
- Expedited: estimated Dec. 19. (3 business days, includes 1 day for processing and 2 days for transit).
- Express: estimated Dec. 20. (2 business days, includes 1 day for processing and 1 day for transit).
Ebay holiday deadlines:
- Different dates, based on the seller's processing time and shipping options.
Newegg holiday deadlines:
- 2013 deadlines not yet published, deadlines below are based upon last year's dates.
- Eggsaver shipping: estimate of Tuesday, Dec. 17.
- Three-day shipping: Thursday, Dec. 19.
- Two-day shipping: Friday, Dec. 20.
- Next-day shipping: Monday, Dec. 23.
- Local, same-day shipping in select cities: Tuesday, Dec. 24.
Think Geek holiday deadlines:
- Order goes through 3-5 days processing, then shipped via UPS Two Day, estimated deadline of Dec. 16 to Dec. 18.
- Or shipped UPS Next Day, Dec. 17 to 19.
Shapeways holiday deadlines:
- Deadlines for orders are based on the material of the 3D object ordered, using overnight shipping, with deadlines ranging from Dec. 2 to Dec. 16.
3D Systems holiday deadlines
- Cloud-printed products from Cubify.com require a 2-week turnaround time, with a deadline of Saturday, Dec. 7.