Christmas Shipping Deadlines | Holiday “Ship By” Dates

December 6, 2022

Christmas shipping deadlines - AMS Fulfillment

Holiday Shipping Deadlines

As we move into December and count the days until Christmas, we also remember to check the holiday shipping deadlines. We want to make sure our Christmas gifts can get where they need to go with the big question being… can I ship in time for Christmas?

In the graphs below we present the recommended postal deadlines for Christmas 2022. We see that the United States Postal Service suggests mailing first class mail by December 17th. AMS recommends that you take note of the Christmas shipping deadlines below and ship it two days earlier, by the 15th to be sure your package will arrive by the 25th, in time for the big day!

What is the last day to ship FedEx for Christmas? Well, let’s see… Below you’ll find the FedEx holiday cut off dates for 2022. As we can see, FedEx has more than a few choices. FedEx Home Delivery has to be shipped by the 14th – AMS says to ship it on the 12th.

Is Christmas Eve a business day for shipping? Yes it is, but the postal service is closed on Christmas day, so make your plans accordingly. Does UPS deliver on Christmas eve? Yes to Christmas eve delivery and no to Christmas day.

For your convenience, here below is a graph of ‘ship by’ dates – the last day for Christmas delivery from the carriers USPS, FedEx, UPS, and DHL. The graph includes their Christmas shipping deadlines and the AMS recommended dates.

AMS Fulfillment wants to ensure you are prepared for the 2022 Holiday Season!

Recommended “Ship By” Dates for Delivery by December 25

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These additional 2 days come from our experience in peak season order fulfillment, as well as recent service levels and inconsistency caused by supply chain challenges, and potential weather disturbances. 

USPS – Domestic

First Class Mail

  • Carrier Ship-By Dates
    • 12/17/2022
  • AMS Recommended Ship-By Dates
    • 12/15/2022

Priority Mail

  • Carrier Ship-By Dates
    • 12/18/2022
  • AMS Recommended Ship-By Dates
    • 12/16/2022

Priority Mail Express

  • Carrier Ship-By Dates
    • 12/23/2022
  • AMS Recommended Ship-By Dates
    • 12/21/2022

APO/FPO/DPO

AE ZIPs 090-92 via Priority Mail

  • Carrier Ship-By Dates
    • 12/9/2022
  • AMS Recommended Ship-By Dates
    • 12/7/2022

AE ZIP 093 via Priority Mail

  • Carrier Ship-By Dates
    • 12/9/2022
  • AMS Recommended Ship-By Dates
    • 12/7/2022

AE ZIPs 094-098 via Priority Mail

  • Carrier Ship-By Dates
    • 12/9/2022
  • AMS Recommended Ship-By Dates
    • 12/7/2022

AA ZIP 340 via Priority Mail

  • Carrier Ship-By Dates
    • 12/9/2022
  • AMS Recommended Ship-By Dates
    • 12/7/2022

AP ZIPs 962-966 via Priority Mail

  • Carrier Ship-By Dates
    • 12/9/2022
  • AMS Recommended Ship-By Dates
    • 12/7/2022

DHL – Domestic

Expedited Max

  • Carrier Ship-By Dates
    • 12/16/2022
  • AMS Recommended Ship-By Dates
    • 12/14/2022

Parcel Zonal Expedited

  • Carrier Ship-By Dates
    • 12/14/2022
  • AMS Recommended Ship-By Dates
    • 12/12/2022

Parcel Plus Expedited

  • Carrier Ship-By Dates
    • 12/14/2022
  • AMS Recommended Ship-By Dates
    • 12/12/2022

Parcel Zonal Ground

  • Carrier Ship-By Dates
    • 12/10/2022
  • AMS Recommended Ship-By Dates
    • 12/8/2022

FedEx – Domestic

Ground Contiguous U.S.

  • Carrier Ship-By Dates
    • 12/14/2022
  • AMS Recommended Ship-By Dates
    • 12/12/2022

Home Delivery

  • Carrier Ship-By Dates
    • 12/14/2022
  • AMS Recommended Ship-By Dates
    • 12/12/2022

Ground Alaska & Hawaii

  • Carrier Ship-By Dates
    • 12/14/2022
  • AMS Recommended Ship-By Dates
    • 12/12/2022

Ground Economy (Formely SmartPost)

  • Carrier Ship-By Dates
    • 12/8/2022
  • AMS Recommended Ship-By Dates
    • 12/6/2022

Express Saver

  • Carrier Ship-By Dates
    • 12/21/2022
  • AMS Recommended Ship-By Dates
    • 12/19/2022

2-Day

  • Carrier Ship-By Dates
    • 12/22/2022
  • AMS Recommended Ship-By Dates
    • 12/20/2022

Standard Overnight

  • Carrier Ship-By Dates
    • 12/23/2022
  • AMS Recommended Ship-By Dates
    • 12/21/2022

UPS – Domestic

Ground Contiguous U.S.

3 Day Select

  • Carrier Ship-By Dates
    • 12/20/2022
  • AMS Recommended Ship-By Dates
    • 12/18/2022

2nd Day Air Services

  • Carrier Ship-By Dates
    • 12/21/2022
  • AMS Recommended Ship-By Dates
    • 12/19/2022

Next Day Air Services

  • Carrier Ship-By Dates
    • 12/22/2022
  • AMS Recommended Ship-By Dates
    • 12/20/2022

Final Thoughts From AMS Fulfillment

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We at AMS Fulfillment recommend adding two (2) additional business days to the recommended ship-by cut-off dates issued by shipping carriers. Contact Us today if you have additional questions!

Happy Holidays to All !