Don’t miss these deadlines for holiday mail through the USPS

We all mail Christmas cards, packages and presents to family and friends over the Christmas holiday season. Here are this year’s mailing deadlines through the United States Postal Service.

Cutoff dates for Monday, Dec. 25
If you’re shipping holiday cards and gifts for Hanukkah (Thursday, Dec. 7 through Friday, Dec. 15), Christmas (Monday, Dec. 25), Kwanzaa (Tuesday, Dec. 26 through Monday, Jan. 1), or other holiday traditions, find the USPS recommended domestic, international, and military deadlines in these tables.

2023 Holiday Shipping Dates for the Contiguous U.S.
Ground Advantage
Recommended shipping deadlines for expected delivery before Tuesday, Dec. 25.

Saturday, Dec. 16 (5-day shipping); Monday, Dec. 18 (4-day shipping); and Tuesday, Dec. 19 (3-day shipping).

Actual delivery date may vary and is based on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance time, and other conditions. Last scheduled delivery day is Saturday, Dec. 23. Last scheduled delivery day is Sunday, Dec. 24 for Priority Mail Express if holiday premium is paid. For Priority Mail Express shipments mailed Friday, Dec. 22 through Monday, Dec. 25, the money-back guarantee applies only if the shipment was not delivered or delivery was not attempted within 2 business days.

USPS Priority Mail
Recommended shipping deadlines for expected delivery before Monday, Dec. 25.
Sunday, Dec. 20 (3-day shipping); and Monday, Dec. 21 (2-day shipping).

Actual delivery date may vary and is based on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance time, and other conditions. Last scheduled delivery day is Saturday, Dec. 23. Actual delivery date may vary and is based on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance time, and other conditions. Last scheduled delivery day is Saturday, Dec. 23. Last scheduled delivery day is Sunday, Dec. 24 for Priority Mail Express if holiday premium is paid. For Priority Mail Express shipments mailed Friday, Dec. 22 through Monday, Dec. 25, the money-back guarantee applies only if the shipment was not delivered or delivery was not attempted within 2 business days.

USPS Mail Express
Recommended shipping deadlines for expected delivery before Monday, Dec. 25.
Wednesday, Dec. 20 (2-day shipping); and Monday, Dec. 21 (1-day shipping).

Actual delivery date may vary and is based on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance time, and other conditions. Last scheduled delivery day is Saturday, Dec. 23. Last scheduled delivery day is Sunday, Dec. 24 for Priority Mail Express if holiday premium is paid. For Priority Mail Express shipments mailed Friday, Dec. 22 through Monday, Dec. 25, the money-back guarantee applies only if the shipment was not delivered or delivery was not attempted within 2 business days.

USPS First Class Mail (domestic)
Recommended shipping deadlines for expected delivery before Monday, Dec. 25.
Saturday, Dec. 16 (5-day mailing); Monday, Dec. 18 (4-day mailing); Sunday, Dec. 10 (3-day mailing); and Wednesday, Dec. 20 (1-day mailing).

Actual delivery date may vary and is based on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance time, and other conditions. Last scheduled delivery day is Saturday, Dec. 23.

USPS Connect Local
Recommended shipping deadlines for expected delivery before Dec. 25.
USPS Connect Local lets small businesses offer same-day/next-day delivery to customers by dropping off packages at specific USPS locations. Visit USPS Connect Local for more details.

Friday, Dec. 22 (Carrier Pickup); and Saturday, Dec. 23 (Post Office drop off by 7 a.m.)

Actual delivery date may vary and is based on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance time, and other conditions.

Alaska and Hawaii
Recommended shipping deadlines for expected delivery before Monday, Dec. 25.
Alaska: Friday, Dec. 15 (Ground Advantage); Wednesday, Dec. 20 (Priority Mail); and Wednesday, Dec. 20) Priority Mail Express).

Hawaii: Saturday, Dec. 16 (Ground Advantage); Monday, Dec. 18 (Priority Mail); and Wednesday, Dec. 20 (Priority Mail).

Actual delivery date may vary and is based on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance time, and other conditions. For packages under 1 pound. As of Aug. 1, 2023, USPS will no longer process refund requests for guaranteed service on these items. Refund requests for loss will still be processed.

International
Africa
Wednesday, Nov. 29 (First Class International Service); Monday, Nov. 20 (Priority Mail International Service); Wednesday, Dec. 6 (Priority Mail Express International Service); and Friday, Dec. 15 (Global Express guaranteed Service).

Asia/Pacific Rim
Wednesday, Dec. 6 (First Class International Service); Wednesday, Dec. 6 (Priority Mail International Service); Wednesday, Dec. 13 (Priority Mail Express International Service); and Friday, Dec. 15 (Global Express guaranteed Service).

Australia/New Zealand
Wednesday, Dec. 6 (First Class International Service); Wednesday, Dec. 6 (Priority Mail International Service); Wednesday, Dec. 13 (Priority Mail Express International Service); and Friday, Dec. 15 (Global Express guaranteed Service).

Canada
Wednesday, Dec. 6 (First Class International Service); Wednesday, Dec. 6 (Priority Mail International Service); Wednesday, Dec. 13 (Priority Mail Express International Service); and Friday, Dec. 15 (Global Express guaranteed Service).

Caribbean
Wednesday, Dec. 6 (First Class International Service); Wednesday, Dec. 6 (Priority Mail International Service); Wednesday, Dec. 13 (Priority Mail Express International Service); and Friday, Dec. 15 (Global Express guaranteed Service).

Central/South America
Wednesday, Nov. 29 (First Class International Service); Wednesday, Nov. 29 (Priority Mail International Service); Wednesday, Dec. 6 (Priority Mail Express International Service); and Friday, Dec. 15 (Global Express guaranteed Service).

Europe
Wednesday, Dec. 6 (First Class International Service); Wednesday, Dec. 6 (Priority Mail International Service); Wednesday, Dec. 13 (Priority Mail Express International Service); and Friday, Dec. 15 (Global Express guaranteed Service).

Mexico
Wednesday, Dec. 6 (First Class International Service); Wednesday, Dec. 6 (Priority Mail International Service); Wednesday, Dec. 13 (Priority Mail Express International Service); and Friday, Dec. 15 (Global Express guaranteed Service).

Middle East
Wednesday, Dec. 6 (First Class International Service); Wednesday, Dec. 6 (Priority Mail International Service); Wednesday, Dec. 13 (Priority Mail Express International Service); and Friday, Dec. 15 (Global Express guaranteed Service).

Actual delivery date may vary and is based on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance time, and other conditions. Not a guarantee, unless otherwise noted. Dates are for estimated delivery before Dec. 25. Actual delivery date may vary depending on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance date and time and other conditions, including customs delays. Some restrictions apply.

Mailing and shipping dates for Military
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPS 090-092: Monday, Nov. 6 (Ground Advantage); Saturday, Dec. 9 (First Class Mail); Saturday, Dec. 9 (Priority Mail); and Friday, Dec. 15 (Priority Mail Express Military).

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 093: Monday, Nov. 6 (Ground Advantage); Saturday, Dec. 9 (first Class Mail); and Saturday, Dec. 9 (Priority Mail).

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 094-099: Monday, Nov. 6 (Ground Advantage); Saturday, Dec. 9 (First Class Mail); Saturday, Dec. 9 (Priority Mail); and Friday, Dec. 15 (Priority Mail Express Military).

APO/FPO/DPO AA ZIPs 340: Monday, Nov. 6 (Ground Advantage); Saturday, Dec. 9 (First Class Mail); Saturday, Dec. 9 (Priority Mail); and Friday, Dec. 15 (Priority Mail Express Military).

APO/FPO/DPO AP ZIPs 962-966: Monday, Nov. 6 (Ground Advantage); Saturday, Dec. 9 (First Class Mail); Saturday, Dec. 9 (Priority Mail); and Friday, Dec. 15 (Priority Mail Express Military).