The Last-Minute Shopper’s (and Shipper’s) Guide to Holiday Shipping Cut Offs

If you’ve waited until the last minute to get your holiday shopping done and are planning to do most of it online, this is the guide for you. It will also prove handy if you typically ship gifts and cards to loved ones around the country.

Now, as your local Maine-based internet company, we know our customers pretty well, and they’re a savvy lot. But at the same time, there are just so many places to look for information these days, so we thought we’d save you some time. This guide focuses on the three major shipping entities, and there are probably some other options to take into consideration. For most ecommerce sites, shipping and handling times may vary as well, so it’s a good idea to consult the site directly before buying anything at this late date. A little timeframe padding goes a long way when it comes to getting gifts where they’re going on time.


If you were hoping to take advantage of standard USPS ground shipping, that ship has unfortunately already sailed. Here’s a quick breakdown of the other options you have left.

First-Class Mail Service® Dec. 20
Priority Mail Service® Dec. 20
Priority Mail Express® Service2 Dec. 22
USPS Retail Ground® Dec. 14


Looks like FedEx Ground is also already off the table. Lots of other options though, but you might want to hop to it!

Overnight® Services Friday, December 21
2Day® Services Thursday, December 20
Express Saver® Wednesday, December 19
Home Delivery® Monday, December 17
Ground® Friday, December 14


Yeesh, it’s getting tight! No UPS ground, either. Unless you want to rely on Santa having some extra room on the back of this sleigh, you might want to get a move on!

Ground® Friday, December 14
3 Day Select® Tuesday, December 18
2nd Day Air® Services Thursday, December 20
Next Day Air® Services Saturday, December 22