Free Shipping Day precedes Christmas shipping deadlines 2010


If you are mailing your Christmas gifts, Free Shipping Day is a great way to save money -- but be sure to meet your shipping deadlines. Image: Flickr / pyxopatamus / CC-BY-ND

For the thousands of people not traveling this season, Free Shipping Day is a chance to save money. Free Shipping Day is a day for free shipping that arrives by Christmas from thousands of online retailers. With Christmas shipping deadlines for 2010 looming close, today is the day to get shipping.

Free Shipping Day 2010

2010 Free Shipping Day is a third annual conglomeration event. There are approximately 1,720 online merchants registered with Ordering from any of these merchants today means you not only get free shipping, but they guarantee delivery by Dec. 24. If you’re planning on ordering gifts online, Free Shipping Day is a day to save yourself some cash.

Christmas Shipping Deadlines for 2010

If you’ve already got the gifts you’re sending away for the holidays, but want them to arrive by Dec. 24, you need to make sure to meet Christmas shipping deadlines for 2010. Depending on what you’re shipping and to where, the deadlines differ.

USPS Christmas Shipping Deadlines

If you’re shipping your Christmas packages using the United States Postal Service, your deadlines depend on the type of shipping you choose.

  • Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 18
  • First Class (standard) mail: Dec. 20
  • Priority Mail: Dec. 21
  • Express Mail: Dec. 22

FedEx Christmas Shipping Deadlines

Shipping packages by FedEx means you can cut the Christmas shipping deadlines for 2010 very close. If you need to ship something on the same day as Christmas, FedEx can help you out — but you will pay for it. Many of the retailers that are participating in Free Shipping Day are also using FedEx delivery service.

  • Home Delivery and Ground: Dec. 17
  • Express Saver: Dec. 21
  • 2Day: Dec. 22
  • All Overnight Service: Dec. 23
  • SameDay: Morning of Dec. 25
  • To Puerto Rico: Dec. 23
  • To Canada: Dec. 23

UPS Christmas Shipping Deadlines

Shipping your Christmas packages using UPS requires a bit of pre-planning. The UPS Christmas Shipping Deadline for standard packages depends on how far away you are sending the package.

  • Standard Delivery: Dec. 18 – 22
  • Second Day Air: Dec. 22
  • Next Day Air: Dec. 23

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