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Get your holiday packages mailed: The USPS deadline for retail ground in the Lower 48 is Dec. 15

Mail-truck-Parked By Side of RoadIf you’re shipping holiday cards and gifts for Christmas, Dec. 25, or Kwanzaa, Dec. 26–Jan. 1, or other holiday traditions, it’s a time to make a plan to get your packages mailed.

The deadline for mailing packages through U.S. Postal Service ground to arrive by Dec. 25 is tomorrow, Dec. 15.

U.S. Postal Service

Contiguous U.S. – Lower 48

Retail ground – Dec. 15

First class mail – Dec. 17

Priority mail – Dec. 18

Priority mail express – Dec. 23

Alaska and Hawaii


First class mail – Dec. 18

Priority mail – Dec. 18

Priority mail express – Dec. 21


First class mail – Dec. 17

Priority mail – Dec. 17

Priority mail express – Dec. 21

For international and military mail, most deadlines have passed except for global express guaranteed and priority mail express. See the USPS’ “Holiday Shipping Deadlines” for more information.


UPS ground – Check UPS Ground for details specific to your shipping destination

UPS 3 day select – Dec. 21

UPS 2nd day air – Dec. 22

For information on UPS international deadlines, see UPS’ “2021 Year-End Holiday Schedule.”


FedEx ground – Dec. 15

FedEx express – Dec. 21-24

For information on FedEx international deadlines, see FedEx’s “2021 Shipping Deadlines for Holiday Packages.”

For information on international deadlines, see FedEx’s “2021 Shipping Deadline for Holiday Packages.”



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