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The Official 2019 Guide to Holiday Shopping Deadlines

If you prefer to wait a little further into the holiday season to do your holiday shopping, good for you. The question is: How long can you wait before it's too late to get those gifts to where they're going in time for Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Hanukkah? Here are all the holiday shipping deadlines for 2019.

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Holiday shipping deadlines 2019

Online shopping is great: you don’t have to leave the comfort of your sofa, put on clothes, fight crowds, or deal with parking. The downside? You need to give yourself enough time for that perfect present to make it to your recipient before the holidays. Exactly how long does that take? Find out all the holiday shipping deadlines of 2019—unless otherwise noted, dates are for U.S. delivery on or before December 24. You’ll also want to know these 40 tips to save money when holiday shopping online.

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The U.S. Postal Service

If you’re sending cards or gifts via the United States Postal Service (USPS) or if you’re planning on shopping with retailers who ship via USPS, you’ll want to use this guide to holiday shipping deadlines 2019 provided by the USPS.

  • UPS Retail Ground: December 14
  • First Class Mail Service: December 20
  • Priority Mail Service: December 21
  • Priority Mail Express Service: December 23

In addition, keep in mind: The USPS holiday shipping deadlines for 2019 are estimates and not meant to be treated as guarantees (unless otherwise noted).

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UPS

 

UPS provides a guide to the recommended last days to ship for delivery by December 24. These are:

  • UPS Ground: December 13
  • UPS 3-Day Select: December 19
  • UPS 2nd Day Air: December 20
  • UPS Next Day Air: December 23

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FedEx

 

What the USPS and UPS lack in terms of “delivery-by guarantees,” FedEx more than makes up for with this extensive list of the shipping cutoff dates for delivery on or before December 25. Under certain circumstances, you can even ship on Christmas for Christmas Day delivery.

  • FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery: December 16
  • FedEx 3 Day Freight and FedEx Express Saver: December 19
  • FedEx 2Day: December 20
  • FedEx First Overnight and FedEx First Freight: December 23

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Target

If you’re doing your shopping at Target and want to make sure your gifts are delivered in time for Christmas, you’re going to want to heed the following dates—for delivery by the first night of Hanukkah (December 22, 2019), please adjust accordingly:

For additional options such as in-store pickup and same-day delivery on certain items, this information is helpful. Find out all the secrets Target employees wish you knew.

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Amazon

Amazon has posted the following “guidelines” for its holiday shipping deadlines 2019:

  • Last day for free shipping by Amazon on qualifying orders over $25: December 14
  • Last day for standard shipping: December 18
  • Last day for free delivery with Prime on many items: December 22
  • Last day for one-day delivery (and it’s free with Prime): December 23

However, there seem to be many applicable exceptions to these guidelines, and even Amazon suggests you should take note of the specific delivery date at checkout for any particular item. Be sure to check out these 60 Amazon Prime gifts for everyone on your list.

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Walmart

Walmart’s holiday shipping deadlines for 2019 can be a bit confusing, but money-saving shopping site, BuyVia, shares the following recommendations for delivery by December 23:

  • Freight shipping: December 9
  • Standard shipping: December 13 for orders of under $50, December 16 for all others
  • Expedited shipping: December 16
  • Rush shipping: December 19

If you miss these deadlines don’t fret, Walmart is also one of the stores that are traditionally open on Christmas Eve.

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Best Buy

For delivery from Best Buy by December 23, BuyVia notes the following holiday shipping deadlines 2019:

  • Standard shipping: December 13 at 9:30 a.m. EST (except for movies, music, and large items)
  • Expedited shipping: December 16 at 9:30 a.m. EST

In addition, Best Buy is offering free next-day delivery on thousands of items, with a $35 minimum purchase. Next-day delivery is not available on Sundays, however, and for major appliances and certain large-screen televisions, other delivery terms may apply. While Best Buy ordinarily offers same-day delivery, that is not the case for holiday deliveries.

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Kohl’s

Kohls is no longer guaranteeing that packages shipped “standard” will be delivered by Christmas Day, according to its website. However, BuyVia advises that you can still be pretty certain your package will be delivered by December 23 if you have it shipped by no later than December 13 at 11 p.m. EST (with a minimum order of $50). As for expedited shipping, the following holiday shopping deadlines 2019 apply:

  • Two-day: December 19 by 2 EST
  • One-day: December 20 by 2 EST

Exceptions include shipments to Alaska, Hawaii, P.O. Box delivery, and APO/FPO delivery; for these, no guarantees are provided. Don’t miss these holiday shopping tips for a stress-free season.

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Zappos

Zappos, which is well-known for its super-prompt shipping, promises delivery by December 24 for orders placed by 7 p.m. EST on December 23. Consult this chart for additional details and exceptions. Don’t miss these 25 gifts husbands really want.

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Home Depot

It seems if you’re planning on giving gifts from Home Depot for the holidays, you’ll need to be prepared a bit earlier than with many other retailers on this list. For delivery by December 23, BuyVia recommends ordering and shipping no later than noon EST on December 13, unless you wish to pay extra for expedited shipping, which gives you until noon on December 16. If you really need that power drill and are willing to pay for express shipping, you’ll have until noon on December 19. These are the best dad gifts on Amazon.

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Home Shopping Network (HSN)

The Home Shopping Networks holiday shipping deadlines for 2019 have some specifics but basically order by December 21 for guaranteed delivery by Christmas. Check out these insider secrets to help you save at all your favorite stores.

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Harry & David

It doesn’t get much easier than Harry & David’s holiday shipping deadlines for 2019, which spell out the last day for shipping for delivery by Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas. The last date for Christmas delivery is December 23, but that will cost extra. Don’t miss these 28 food gifts everyone will love.

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Verizon

For the fastest delivery of handheld devices, look no further than Verizon, which offers same-day delivery in some areas. If your area is not one of them, these guidelines will apply to holiday shipping. Don’t miss these cool tech gifts you’ll want to keep for yourself.

 

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Nordstrom

Nordstrom’s holiday shipping deadlines for 2019 are as follows:

  • Free standard shipping to PO Boxes: December 16
  • Free standard shipping on qualifying merchandise: December 22
  • Next day shipping: December 23

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Lauren Cahn
Lauren Cahn is a New York-based writer whose work has appeared regularly on Reader's Digest, The Huffington Post, and a variety of other publications since 2008. She covers life and style, popular culture, law, religion, health, fitness, yoga, entertaining and entertainment. Lauren is also an author of crime fiction; her first full-length manuscript, The Trust Game, was short-listed for the 2017 CLUE Award for emerging talent in the genre of suspense fiction.