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2023 Holiday Shipping Guide

The 2023 holiday shopping season is approaching fast, and there are important dates and deadlines to know to get packages shipped to their destinations on time for those family celebrations. The following deadline dates cover domestic, international, and military shipping destinations for the United States Postal Service (USPS) to allow for the timely delivery of cards, letters, and packages by December 25.


USPS will not have a peak, or demand, surcharge this holiday season. Within the lower 48 states (excluding Alaska and Hawaii), regular holiday shipping and mailing deadlines for USPS are:

  • USPS Ground Advantage – Dec. 16 | Alaska – Dec. 16 | Hawaii – Dec. 16

  • First-Class Mail (including greeting cards) – Dec. 16 | Alaska – Dec. 16 | Hawaii – Dec. 16

  • Priority Mail – Dec. 18 | Alaska – Dec. 18 | Hawaii – Dec. 16

  • Priority Mail Express – Dec. 20 | Alaska – Dec. 20 | Hawaii – Dec. 20

  • For FedEx, the last day for ground economy delivery is Dec. 13, and the last day for ground delivery is Dec. 15. Key shipping deadline dates for FedEx are:

  • Ground Economy – Dec. 13

  • Home Delivery, Ground – Dec. 15

  • Express Saver, 3 Day Freight – Dec. 19

  • 2 Day – Dec. 20

  • 1 Day Freight, Extra Hours – Dec. 21

  • Same Day – Dec. 22

UPS suggests getting an estimate from its website based on its operating hours, holiday schedule, and operational adjustments.

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