SHIPPING DEADLINES: Send your gifts by these dates to make sure they arrive for the holidays

Keep hectic holiday season, possible coronavirus delays in mind

It’s officially holiday shopping season and with the CDC recommending Americans stay home for the holidays to avoid gatherings that could further the spread of the novel coronavirus, you may not have the opportunity to hand-deliver those presents you purchased in person, which means you’ll likely be relying on delivery services even more than usual this year.

With that being said, the sooner you can get those gifts purchased and en route to their recipient, the better off you’ll be. However, we know it’s been a busy year and you may still be shopping up until the last minute, which means you’ll need to know how late you can get those items in transit to have them arrive in time for the holidays.

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You still have some time to shop and send Christmas gifts, but if you celebrate Hanukkah, you’ll need to put a little pep in your step, because those shipping deadlines will be here even sooner. As a reminder, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Dec. 10 and ends the evening of Dec. 18 this year.

If you’re shopping for Kwanzaa, which begins Dec. 26 and ends Jan. 1, you have a few more days to shop, but still, we don’t recommend waiting if you can knock it out sooner.

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Remember, the longer you wait, the more shipping could cost.

If you’re shipping gifts you want to arrive in time for Christmas, here are some recommended send-by dates for expected delivery by Dec. 25:

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