Christmas shipping deadlines 2022 — cut-off dates for USPS, Walmart, Apple

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Update: Many Christmas shipping deadlines have now passed. That said, Walmart, Best Buy, the Apple Store, and Kohl's are allowing you to make online purchases with same-day pickup. (Make sure to check your local cut-off times for in-store pickup). Likewise, Amazon can make same-day deliveries in select cities.

December is a chaotic month. Between holiday shopping and holiday parties, it's near-impossible to remember the Christmas shipping deadlines for every retailer. Fortunately, we can help. 

From Amazon to Walmart, we're rounding up all of the major Christmas shipping deadlines you need to know as we race toward Christmas Eve. The good news is that many retailers are offering expedited shipping, curbside pickup, or same-day delivery. However, we recommend you make your purchases asap because many shipping deadlines have passed. In addition, inclement weather, stock shortages, and other unexpected events could easily derail your holiday purchases. 

Need some help picking out the right gift? Make sure to check out our guide to the best Christmas deals and gift card deals this week. 

Apple Store Christmas shipping deadlines

  • Update: The Apple Store is now offering free next-day delivery for any in-stock Mac, iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. Most metro areas also qualify for same-day, two-hour delivery for $9. You can learn more at the Apple website (opens in new tab).
  • iPhone SE / 12 deadline (opens in new tab): by Wednesday, December 21 (in-store pickup available)
  • iPhone 13 / 14 deadline (opens in new tab): Wednesday, December 21 (in-store pickup available)
  • Apple Watch deadline (opens in new tab): by Wednesday, December 21 (in-store pickup available)
  • iPad deadline (opens in new tab): by Wednesday, December 21 (in-store pickup available)
  • iMacs / Mac mini/ MacBooks (opens in new tab): by Wednesday, December 21 (in-store pickup available)
  • AirPods deadlines (opens in new tab): by Wednesday, December 21 (in-store pickup available)
  • HomePod mini (opens in new tab): by Wednesday, December 21 (in-store pickup available)
  • Apple TV deadlines (opens in new tab): by Wednesday, December 21 (in-store pickup available)

Walmart Christmas shipping deadlines

Amazon Christmas shipping deadlines

  • Same-day delivery (opens in new tab): Saturday, December 24 (free for Prime members in select areas with $35 purchase; $2.99 for orders below $35)
  • Same-day delivery (opens in new tab): Saturday, December 24 (grocery delivery from Amazon Fresh for Prime members)
  • Estimated shipping times vary based on product type and delivery location. 

Best Buy Christmas shipping deadlines

Kohl's Christmas shipping deadlines

  • In-store pickup (opens in new tab): order online by Saturday, December 24  by 1 p.m. (local time) for pickup by 6 p.m. 

Microsoft Christmas shipping deadlines

  • Free shipping (opens in new tab): Wednesday, December 21 at 11 a.m. (PT)

Dell Christmas shipping deadlines

  • Ground (opens in new tab): Wednesday, December 14 
  • 2-day (opens in new tab): Tuesday, December 20
  • Next-day (opens in new tab): Wednesday, December 21

FedEx Christmas shipping deadlines

USPS Christmas shipping deadlines

UPS Christmas shipping deadlines

  • UPS 3-Day Select (opens in new tab): Tuesday, December 20
  • UPS 2nd Day Air (opens in new tab): Wednesday, December 21
  • UPS Next Day Air (opens in new tab): Thursday, December 22
  • The UPS Service Guarantee is applicable for select air and international orders only.
Louis Ramirez

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.