All three major carriers, Amazon and many retailers also offer last-minute options.
To help them make sure your gifts get to their final destination on time – and save a little money – there are a few key shipping deadlines to pay attention to.
These are the three major carriers' recommended send-by dates for expected delivery by Dec. 25:
U.S. Postal Service
Dec. 18: APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) through Priority Mail Express
Dec. 20: First Class
Dec. 20: Priority Mail
Dec. 22: Priority Mail Express
Find rates and transit times at www.fedex.com.
Dec. 17: Ground and home delivery
Dec. 19: Express Saver
Dec. 20: Two-day options
Dec. 21: Overnight options
Dec. 25: FedEx SameDay, FedEx SameDay City Direct and City Priority
United Parcel Service
Calculate time and cost at www.ups.com.
Dec. 18: UPS 3 Day Select
Dec. 20: 2nd Day Air
Dec. 21: Next Day Air
Dec. 22: UPS On-Call Pickup for UPS Next Day Air
Kelly Tyko is a consumer columnist and retail reporter for Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. Read her Bargainista tips at TCPalm.com/Bargainista, follow her on Twitter @KellyTyko and email her at email@example.com.