Holiday Shipping Deadlines Are Fast Approaching — Here’s How Early You Need to Ship


One of the most important parts of holiday shopping is ensuring your gifts arrive on time! Especially during this uncertain year following safety precautions and high demand amid the coronavirus pandemic, it’s crucial to know holiday shipping deadlines.

To help ease the stress of holiday gift shopping this season, we’ve gathered the important dates and shipping options to know for major shipping carriers and retailers so your online order is delivered by Christmas Day, Dec. 25, along with in-store and curbside pickup details if you miss the shipping deadlines. (Note, shipping delays may occur across retailers and carriers, so we recommend you order as soon as you can!)

Also, be sure to check out ET Style’s guides on current deals and gift ideas from Amazon, Walmart, Kohl’s, Nordstrom, Oprah’s Favorite ThingsMacy’s, Allbirds, and more. 

Get all the info on key holiday shipping dates and pickup options you need to know, and shop ET Style’s top deal picks below. 

Cutoff Dates for Major Shipping Carriers 

FedEx Holiday Shipping Deadlines 2020

  • FedEx SmartPost, Dec. 9
  • FedEx Home Delivery, Dec. 15
  • FedEx Ground, Dec. 15 
  • FedEx Express Saver, Dec. 21
  • FedEx 3-Day Freight, Dec. 21
  • FedEx 2-Day, Dec. 22
  • FedEx 2-Day a.m., Dec. 22
  • FedEx 2-Day Freight, Dec. 22
  • FedEx 1-Day Freight, Dec. 23
  • FedEx Extra Hours, Dec. 23
  • FedEx Standard Overnight, Dec. 23
  • FedEx Priority Overnight, Dec. 23
  • FedEx First Overnight, Dec. 23
  • FedEx Same-Day, Dec. 25
  • FedEx Same-Day City Priority, Dec. 25
  • FedEx Same-Day City Direct, Dec. 25

UPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines 2020

  • UPS Ground, Dec. 15
  • UPS 3-Day Select, Dec. 21
  • UPS 2nd Day Air, Dec. 22
  • UPS Next Day Air, Dec. 23
  • UPS Express Critical, Dec. 25 

USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines 2020

  • USPS Retail Ground Service, Dec. 15
  • First-Class Mail Service, Dec. 18 (Dec. 15 for Hawaii) 
  • Priority Mail Service, Dec. 19 (Dec. 15 for Hawaii) 
  • Priority Mail Express Service, Dec. 23 (Dec. 21 for Alaska and Hawaii) 

Shipping Options for Major Retailers


The department store has yet to release their holiday shipping schedule, but Nordstrom always offers free standard shipping for all orders that take 3-8 business days to arrive. They also have expedited shipping available — $12 for two business days and $20 for next business day when order is placed before 12 p.m. ET. Same-day shipping is available in the New York City area for $20 when ordered by 4 p.m.

Shop Our Sale Picks:

Treasure & Bond

Treasure & Bond Freda Bootie

Treasure & Bond
Sleek and versatile, these block-heel booties from Treasure & Bond are a wardrobe essential.

Topo Designs

Topo Designs Standard Backpack

Topo Designs
Save 40% on this durable color-blocked Topo Designs backpack, featuring a laptop sleeve, adjustable water bottle pocket, key clip and padded back.

This chic BP. bedding set comes with a duvet cover and two standard shams.


The retailer is offering next day shipping, 2-day shipping and 3-5 day standard shipping — all free for orders under $35 (otherwise, it’s $5.99). If you’re a Walmart+ member, get free unlimited shipping. 

Shop Our Sale Picks:

Never lift a heavy vacuum cleaner again with the Shark IQ Robot Vacuum that self-cleans each room row by row at the push of a button. Schedule cleanings with the Shark Clean app or Amazon Alexa.

Your little one will freak out over this Frozen II karaoke machine. It has Bluetooth connectivity, built-in vocal effects, LED lighting projector and wired microphone. As long as you’re cool with non-stop singing of “Into the Unknown” and “Let It Go,” you’re sure to win best parent of the year with this gift.

If you don’t have an air fryer yet, this is the time to scoop up the versatile meal maker. This Farberware 3.2 Quart Oil-Less Multi-Functional Air Fryer fries to crisp golden perfection without using an abundance of oil. Plus, it grills, bakes, broils, warms and toasts.


Target offers free standard shipping on orders of $35 or more and express shipping is available for pre-order items only, delivered within one business day after the item has been shipped and picked up by the delivery carrier. 

Shop Our Sale Picks:

Have you been eyeing a Dyson vacuum this year? Save $100 on the the Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum. This advanced cleaner self-adjusts between floor types with powerful suctioning for the ultimate clean. The wand and hose release in one easy smooth action without fuss.

This slim, compact Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker will fit in the smallest of kitchen spaces to make café-quality cups. Available in four fun colors.

These Beats Powerbeats in-ear earphones are completely wireless and pumps out 9 hours of audio. Its sweat and water-resistant design is great for workouts.


For standard shipping (free with qualifying purchase), premium shipping and express shipping, order by Dec. 18 (before 12 p.m. ET for express). Same-day delivery is available in select areas when you order before Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. local time. For Alaska and Hawaii, order by Dec. 14 for standard shipping and Dec. 15 for express shipping. 

Shop Our Sale Picks:

Rachael Ray
Gift this gorgeous sky blue 14-piece cookware set from Rachael Ray.

Martha Stewart Collection

Martha Stewart Collection Faux Fur Throw, Created for Macy's

Martha Stewart Collection
A super soft, snuggly throw is always a good holiday gift idea. We love this chic faux fur design from Martha Stewart Collection. 

32 Degrees
This warm, packable down puffer coat has a removable hood and water-resistant finish. Over 7,000 customers have purchased this winter staple!


The beauty retailer has laid out the dates for last days to order with arrival by Dec. 24. Standard 1-3 day shipping is free on orders of $50 and over (otherwise, it’s $6.50). Two-business day shipping is $10.95 and 1-business day shipping is $16.95. Order by Dec. 17 at 6 a.m. PT for standard shipping, Dec. 22 at 9 a.m. PT for 2-day and Dec. 23 at 9 a.m. PT for 1-day. 

Shop Our Sale Picks:

Stock up on the Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash for only $15. 

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

Fenty Beauty
This slim matte lipstick from Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty has a soft matte finish, available in a myriad of shades.

Get a great discount on the T3 Whirl Trio with interchangeable barrels for all your hair curling needs.

In-Store and Curbside Pickup


  • Enter your zip code on the product or category page to see if an item is available for in-store or curbside pickup (they’ll bring your order out and place it in your car’s trunk) at the nearest store that same day or the next day. All pickup orders come with a free gift message, DIY gift kit, Nordstrom box packaging or signature gift wrap of your choice.
  • Select “Pickup” to add the item to bag and check out when you’re ready. You’ll receive a confirmation email with instructions and pickup details. Your order will be held for seven days.
  • Have your order shipped to the store by selecting “Shop to a Nordstrom Store” at checkout. 


  • Same-day and curbside pickup options. On the product page, select “Show delivery & pickup options” and enter your zip code to see if it’s available for pickup at the nearest Walmart location. Average wait time ranges from three to seven days, but select eligible products can be ready for pickup as soon as the same day.
  • Once you purchase online, you’ll receive a confirmation email with the details. Associates will be outside the store to direct you to the pickup area and load the items into your car.


  • On the product page, choose the nearest Target store and select “Pick it up” for in-store pickup. Check out when you’re ready and your order will be available to pick up within four hours.
  • If you prefer contact-less drive-up pickup, shop “Drive Up Items” in the Target app and they will let you know when it’s ready for you to pick up and park in the designated spot. An associate will drop off the items in your car.


  • Choose “Pick Up” at checkout and Macy’s will send a confirmation email when the order is ready for pickup within two hours if it’s ordered before 6 p.m. local time. Choose whether you’d like to pick up in-store or curbside.


  • Reserve items online and pick up in-store. On the product page, select “Reserve & Pick Up” to see availability at the nearest Sephora store. Add to basket to see reservations details. Sephora will send you an email notification to let you know when it’s ready for you to pick up and pay at the store. Look for the “Online Order Pickup” signs when you’re inside.


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