OPA LOCKA, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 17: U.S. Postal service mail handler Griselda Latorre (L) and Joycelyn Brown prepares packages for sorting at the U.S. Postal service's Royal Palm Processing and Distribution Center on December 17, 2018 in Opa Locka, Florida. The U.S. Postal Service's busiest week of the year began Monday as the Christmas rush is on with the postal service expecting to deliver three billion pieces of mail this week, including greeting cards, before Christmas. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

It’s that time of year again! Time to check your list twice and box up your gifts to family members for the holidays.

Now, with the pandemic it may take longer for your packages to get where they are going, as more people are shopping online and not traveling to see family. Also, keep in mind, the longer you wait to ship your packages, the more expensive it could be.

Here are some important dates to keep in mind when shipping your holiday gifts!

United States Postal Service (USPS) Shipping Deadlines (Alaska and Hawaii deadlines on their site):

  • Ground: December 15
  • First Class: December 18
  • Priority Mail: December 19
  • Priority Mail Express: December 23

UPS Shipping Deadlines:

  • UPS Ground: December 15
  • 3 Day Select: December 21
  • 2nd Day Air Services: December 22
  • Next Day Air Services: December 23
  • UPS Closed on Christmas Day (UPS Express Critical® is available)

FedEx Shipping Deadlines (more deadlines on their website):

    • FedEx SmartPost: December 9 (with some exceptions)
    • FedEx Ground: December 15
    • Home Delivery: December 15
    • Express Saver: December 21
    • 2Day Services: December 22
    • Overnight Services: December 23