Christmas 2018 Shipping Deadlines for Online Shopping

Updated

Update Dec. 21: We're down to the final stretch, but many retailers are still offering free expedited shipping.  

Christmas Eve is right around the corner and if you're like most people, chances are you still have some shopping left to do.  

But there's good news because many retailers are offering complimentary expedited shipping. Amazon is going as far as offering free 2-hour shipping in select Prime Now cities. 

Keep in mind other factors — such as weather — could impact your shipping, so the earlier you order, the safer you'll be. We'll update our story with new dates as the holiday season progresses. 

Amazon

Good news if you're a Prime member. You have until Sunday, Dec. 23 for 1-day shipping and Monday, Dec. 24 for same-day shipping (select cities only). In addition, Prime Now is making deliveries up until 11:59pm ET on Dec. 24 with free 2-hour delivery in more than 30 cities. 

  • Free Shipping (Non-Prime members): Wednesday, Dec. 19
  • Standard Shipping: Wednesday, Dec. 19 
  • 2-Day Shipping: Saturday, Dec. 22
  • 1-Day Shipping: Sunday, Dec. 23
  • Same-Day Delivery (select cities, free w/ Prime): Monday, Dec. 24
  • Same-Day 2-hour Delivery (select cities, free w/ Prime): Monday, Dec. 24 

Adorama

Adorama is also offering 
extended returns: all items purchased through Dec. 25 will have an extended period for returns and exchanges that lasts through Feb. 1, 2019.

  • Super Saver: Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 4pm ET
  • UPS 3-Day: Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 4pm ET
  • USP Next Day: Friday, Dec. 21 at 1pm ET 
United States Postal Service 

Need to shop via the USPS? Here are their cut-off dates this year.
  • Standard Ground: Friday, December 14
  • First Class Mail (including greeting cards): Thursday, December 20
  • Priority mail: Thursday, December 20
  • Priority mail Express: Saturday, December 22
Best Buy  

There's still time to get your Best Buy purchases delivered to your doorstep. In some cases, you can also opt for in-store pickup.  
  • Large items: Wednesday, December 19
  • Most items: Thursday, December 20
  • Same-day: Monday, December 24 by 12pm (local time)
  • Same-day in-store pickup: Monday, December 24 by 5pm (local time)
FedEx

FedEx offers a number of shipping options for presents delivered on (or before) December 25.
  • FedEx Express Saver: Wednesday, December 19
  • FedEx 2-Day: Thursday, December 20
  • FedEx Standard Overnight, Priority Overnight, First Overnight: Friday, December 21
  • FedEx SameDay: Tuesday, December 25
GameStop 

To receive your GameStop orders by Dec. 25, shoppers must hit these deadlines. 
  •  2-Day Shipping: Wednesday, Dec. 19 
  • 1-Day Shipping: Thursday, Dec. 20
Newegg

Act fast, Newegg's shipping deadlines begin today. 
  • 3-Day Shipping: Wednesday, Dec. 19
  • 2-Day Shipping: Thursday, Dec. 20
  • 1-Day Shipping: Friday, Dec. 21
UPS

Here are UPS' cut-off dates for 2018.

  • UPS 2nd Day Air: Thursday, December 20
  • UPS Next Day Air: Friday, December 21