Shipping News Consumers shipping packages to loved ones or doing holiday shopping online have to keep a few important dates in mind before they buy. Christmas (Dec. 25) falls on a Sunday in 2016, which means that shipping cutoff dates may be a little earlier than in previous years. Here are the deadlines for the major shipping services, as well as some popular retail sites. (These deadlines apply within the contiguous United States and are typically earlier for Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories.) FedEx Friday, Dec. 23 for FedEx First Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, and FedEx 2Day (for delivery on Dec. 24). Note that an additional $16 fee applies for Saturday delivery. FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery don't deliver on Saturday, Dec. 24, so check FedEx Ground service maps to determine transit time. Sunday, Dec. 25 for FedEx SameDay UPS For delivery on Friday, Dec. 23: Monday, Dec. 19 for UPS 3 Day Select Wednesday, Dec. 21 for UPS 2nd Day Air Thursday, Dec. 22 for UPS Next Day Air U.S. Postal Service Thursday, Dec. 15 for Retail Ground Tuesday, Dec. 20 for First-Class Mail (which includes Christmas cards) Wednesday, Dec. 21 for Priority Mail Friday, Dec. 23 for Priority Mail Express Amazon Friday, Dec. 16 for Free Shipping by Amazon Monday, Dec. 19 for Standard Shipping Thursday, Dec. 22 for Two-Day Shipping Friday, Dec. 23 for One-Day Shipping Saturday, Dec. 24 by 9:30 a.m. local time for Same-Day Delivery and by 9:30 p.m. local time for Two-Hour Delivery with Prime Now (both available only in select cities) American Girl Wednesday, Dec. 14 for standard shipping Wednesday, Dec. 21 for rush shipping (Christmas delivery guaranteed or shipping of in-stock items is free -- although the company does not accept responsibility for weather-related delays) Cabela's Monday, Dec.19 for Standard Express Wednesday, Dec. 21 for Guaranteed Express Thursday, Dec. 22 for Overnight Air Express Cost Plus World Market Thursday, Dec. 15 for ground shipping (Monday, Dec. 12 for rugs, furniture, and select online-only items) Wednesday, Dec. 21 by 6 a.m. PST for second-day shipping Thursday, Dec. 22 by 6 a.m. PST for overnight shipping JC Penney Friday, Dec. 16 for Ship to Store Monday, Dec. 19 for Standard Delivery Wednesday, Dec. 21 for Express Delivery Thursday, Dec. 22 before noon CST for Expedited Delivery L.L. Bean Wednesday, Dec. 21 by noon for free shipping Thursday, Dec. 22 by noon for express shipping Deadlines differ for monogrammed items, wreaths, and gift cards. Nordstrom Wednesday, Dec. 21 by noon EST for two-business-day shipping Thursday, Dec. 22 by noon EST for free standard shipping Friday, Dec. 23 by noon EST for $10 rush shipping Pottery Barn Tuesday, Dec. 20 by 2 p.m. PST for standard shipping (Tuesday, Dec. 13 by 5 p.m. PST for gift cards) Thursday, Dec. 22 by 7 p.m. PST for rush shipping (9 a.m. PST for gift cards) Target Look for the free Holiday Shipping Delivery option to make sure a gift arrives before Christmas.
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Monica Beyer is the author of two books and has been a freelance writer since 2008. Her work has appeared at SheKnows, Babble, Mental Floss, Good Magazine, and Good Housekeeping. As a mom of four kids, she's mastered stretching her dollars until they squeak.