Christmas is quickly approaching and if you are like me and haven't purchased one gift yet then you may want to know that shipping deadlines are looming.

Plus, don't forget to factor in some extra time when you ship your packages because this is a busy time of year and well things happen.

Here are the dates that you must get a package in the mail to ensure that it arrives at its destination by Christmas.

US Postal Services:

Ground Service- December 17

First Class Mail- December 17

Priority Mail- December 19

Priority Mail Express- December 23


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FedEx Ground- December 14 (this is your last day to ship this option)

After Dec 14 you will need to rely on FedEx Express Saver or FedEx Same Day Shipping, which is much more expensive.

Express Saver- December 20

2 Day & 2 Day Am- December 21

First Overnight & Priority Overnight- December 22

Same Day- December 22


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UPS Ground will vary by location. Be sure to check with your local UPS store for more information on shipping times.

3-Day Select Services- December 20

2nd Day Air- December 21

Next Day Air- December 22

Of course, I would recommend getting those packages in the mail maybe a few days before these deadlines just to be on the safe side.

Another thing to be aware of is most major retailers are experiencing longer shipping times. So if you are planning on doing a lot of holiday shopping online be sure to give yourself a few days' buffer too because not all packages may arrive when they are supposed to.

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