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Shipping Time Guide for Holiday Season 2021

Christmas is going to be here before you know it. Shopping for those loved ones on your list can be quite challenging.  Sometimes it can take nearly to the holiday to find that special gift while browsing all the latest and greatest gifts and other trendy merchandise. The Parker Shoppes began their journey long ago and with all the amazing items we have available, we hope you will continue to shop with us while many of the other retailers may not be receiving their inventories due to the offshore shipping issues.

Coupled with high fuel prices, this has led many shippers to charge more for shipping.  After last year’s debacle with longer holiday shipping times, this is most likely going to occur again this year.  We know how important it is to make sure that gifts get to your loved ones in due time. As we have started selling our amazing items online, we generally ship USPS Priority Mail, UPS Ground, and FedEx.  All of these carriers have advised of holiday shipping surcharges, cutoff dates, and possible longer shipping times. 

Some may elect to ship a package to a friend or loved one, so we figured we would share some of this great information we use on a daily basis allowing you to not have to try to dig through all the weeds on every shipping site.


USPS Retail Ground® Service Dec. 15

First-Class Mail® Service Dec. 17

Priority Mail® Service Dec. 18

Priority Mail Express® Service2 Dec. 23

Then for our friends in Alaska and Hawaii:


First Class - Dec 18th

Priority Mail - Dec 18th

Priority Express Mail - Dec 21st


First Class - Dec 17th

Priority Mail - Dec 17th

Priority Express Mail - Dec 21st

We have noticed for Military Mail, the dates keep changing, so check with your local post office. Now for the USPS, they have instituted some additional fee adjustments for the peak holiday season.  

Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, Parcel Select Ground and USPS Retail Ground:

$0.75 increase for PM and PME Flat Rate Boxes and Envelopes.

$0.25 increase for Zones 1-4, 0-10 lbs.

$0.75 increase for Zones 5-9, 0-10 lbs.

$1.50 increase for Zones 1-4, 11-20 lbs.

$3.00 increase for Zones 5-9, 11-20lbs.

$2.50 increase for Zones 1-4, 21-70 lbs.

$5.00 increase for Zones 5-9, 21-70 lbs.


One of the great tools at UPS is where you can enter all of your shipping information and they can tell you pretty much when you package will get there → 

As far as cutoff times:

UPS Ground - They recommend using the tool we linked above:

Expedited UPS 3-Day - December 21st

Expedited UPS 2nd Day Air - December 22nd

Expedited UPS Next Day Air - December 23rd

Keep in mind while Christmas lands on a Saturday, there will be UPS services for pickup or delivery.  UPS has simple surcharges to know will apply to your package deliveries applicable from October 3, 2021 to January 15, 2022:

Additional Handling $6.00 per package

Large Package Surcharge $60.00 per package

Over Maximum Limits $250.00 per package


FedEx is actually been very simplistic compared with other shipping carriers.


FedEx Same Day Friday 12/24

FedEx FO, PO, SO, Extra Hours 12/23

FedEx 2Day & 2Day AM 12/22

FedEx Express Saver 12/21

FedEx Freight 1 Day 12/23

FedEx Freight 2 Day 12/22

FedEx Freight 3 Day 12/21

FedEx Ground Contiguous US 12/15

FedEx Ground AK and HI 12/15

FedEx HomeDelivery Contig.  US 12/15

FedEx HomeDelivery AK & HI 12/15

FedEx Ground Economy 12/9

FedEx Freight Priority 12/15

FedEx Freight Economy 12/9

FedEx Freight Direct 12/15

FedEx does not show any true peak surcharges except for fuel and as we post this, they are only showing through November 14th.  We would recommend you check the following link when you are getting closer to shipping a package to determine if your FedEx shipping method may contain a fuel surcharge:


DHL is out there, but with the speed of FedEx and UPS and USPS Express Priority, we rarely use DHL, but that is not say they are still a great carrier, but here are their shipping deadlines:

DHL Service Estimated Transit Times Shipping Deadlines

DHL Express Worldwide 1-2 Business days December 22, 2021

DHL Economy Select 1-5 Business days December 19, 2021

DHL Domestic Express Next Business day December 23, 2021

DSmartMail Expedited Max Up to 8 days December 17, 2021

SmartMail Expedited Up to 10 days December 15, 2021

SmartMail Ground Up to 15 days December 11, 2021

Looking at DHLs, surcharges, they are broken out by weight and Zones 1-8 are running $0.15 to $2.00 while zones 11-13 run $0.30 to $5.00.  We recommend checking out DHL’s website when you get closer to shipping.  

Here are a list of links to the shippers:





Keep in mind that this holiday season, The Parker Shoppes has a number of great options available to you:

Digital Gift Cards - Use on our website

Snail Mail Gift Card - Use in our Parker, CO location

Personal Gift Shopper - This unique service allows you to choose who the gift is for, age range, event type, and a few other details, and even a special message.  We’ll do the shopping for you! Includes a $10 base price for the effort of one of our associates.  You can even choose gift wrapping!

Gourmet Gift Baskets - We partnered up with a provider who has been selling gift baskets for over 20 years!  Many options to choose from including Award Winning Cheesecake!

Oh. Something else we can do from time to time is if you find something in-store, and would like us to ship it out, we can do so, but will require a few extra minutes in your visit so we can determine the shipping cost. We wish you all an amazing holiday and hope this post has been helpful for your shipping needs through the 2021 holiday season!

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