Christmas package deadlines loom closer

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - If you're sending your loved ones Christmas cards or packages this year, you might want to send them off sooner rather than later.

Here are the recommended send-by-dates for the United States Postal Service (USPS) for expected delivery by December 25:

Domestic mail (excluding Alaska & Hawaii):
USPS Retail Ground December 14
First-Class Mail Service December 19. Good for cards and lightweight packages up to 13 oz starting at 49 cents
Priority Mail Service December 20. Promises delivery in 1-3 days starting at $6.65
Priority Mail Express® Service 2 December 22. Guaranteed overnight delivery starting at $23.75

Here are some of the deadlines from the United Parcel Service (UPS):

UPS 3 Day Select December 18 for delivery by December 22
UPS 2nd Day Air (without Saturday delivery) December 20 for delivery by December 22
UPS 2nd Day Air (if Saturday delivery is available; Saturday delivery isn’t available in all ZIP codes) December 21 for delivery by December 23
UPS Next Day Air (with Saturday delivery) December 22 for by delivery December 23.

If you're using FedEx, have your packages ready by:

FedEx SmartPost® (certain exceptions apply) December 11
FedEx Ground December 15
FedEx Home Delivery December 18
FedEx Express Saver December 19
FedEx 2 day a.m. December 20
FedEx 2 day December 20
FedEx First Overnight December 21
FedEx Priority Overnight December 21
FedEx Standard Overnight December 21

Amazon is also sharing its deadlines to be at a final destination in time for Christmas:

Free Shipping December 15
Standard Shipping (Free with Prime) December 18
Two-Day Shipping (Free with Prime) December 22
One-Day Shipping (In select cities. Free with Prime)
December 23
Same-Day Delivery (In select cities. Free with Prime)
December 24 (9:30 a.m. local time or earlier)
Two-Hour Delivery (In select cities. Free and exclusive for Prime members via Prime Now)
December 24 (9:45 p.m. local time or earlier)

For more details, go to the specific delivery services' website.