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They might seem a ways off yet, but the holidays are quickly approaching. The kickoff of Amazon Prime Day in October was the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season for retailers and shoppers alike.
This year, you can expect major retailers and brands to release Black Friday deals earlier than before in an effort to encourage early shopping, to avoid shipping delays and to discourage customers from overcrowding stores with long lines.
Walmart, for example, is doing Black Friday differently in 2020. Instead of releasing Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on Thanksgiving weekend, Walmart will offer three sales events throughout November called “Black Friday Deals for Days,” with early exclusive deals online. Walmart’s first batch of Black Friday deals goes live as early as Nov. 4.
Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, you may be planning not to spend the holidays with your family and friends and instead to mail your gifts this year via FedEx, UPS or the Postal Service. Whether you’re shipping an ugly sweater or a Nintendo Switch, you’ll want it to arrive on time.
To help you prepare for the holidays, here’s everything you need to know about retailer shipping deadlines for Christmas and holiday shipping deadlines for FedEx, UPS and the Postal Service if you plan on shipping gifts yourself.
What to know about retailer shipping deadlines
Retailers have begun announcing the last dates you can place orders to ensure that your items arrive before Christmas.
Warby Parker has one of the earliest shipping cutoff dates this year. Orders placed after Dec. 15 aren’t guaranteed to arrive on time.
Bedding brand Parachute has a holiday shipping cutoff date of Dec. 16. Given how popular its sheets and robes are as gifts — the robe once boasted a 2,000-person waitlist — you may want to buy sooner than later.
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