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Can I still get this by Christmas?

Dec 11, 2007

by daniellexo handmade and vintage goods

Shoppers — don’t fret! You still have plenty of time to shop on Etsy.  Have a look at these key U.S. mailing dates below:

Dec. 15 Parcel Post, the most economical service
Dec. 19 First-Class Mail
Dec. 20 Priority Mail
Dec. 22 Express Mail

And remember these dates as well:

Dec. 17 The busiest mailing day of the year
Dec. 19 The busiest delivery day of the year

Thank you executeme for pointing these dates out to all of us!

Just remember to do the following before submitting your order:

  • Check out the seller’s shipping policy (often located in their profile).
  • Convo the seller by clicking the “contact” link under their avatar to ask if they will expedite shipping if you are worried.
  • Don’t overlook International sellers! Look into their profile or shop announcement or contact them to see how long it would take to get an item to you.  Sometimes it’s just as fast as the shipping time within the U.S.

And sellers, make sure your profiles are updated with your Holiday Shipping dates to keep your buyers in the know. Check out our previous article on shipping here. For more info on USPS’s Holiday Shipping Calendar go here.   If you are outside the U.S. have a look at your own postal service website for this sort of info. Paste links in the comments below to share with your fellow compatriots!


  • peachpops

    peachpops said 9 years ago

    Thank-you so much for this info!! I was just about to go look this up.

  • beetlegirldesign

    beetlegirldesign said 9 years ago

    I have been meaning to do a shop update with this very information. Thank you for doing the research for us!

  • electrikolor

    electrikolor said 9 years ago

    It seems a bit presumptuous to assume that sellers will automatically meet these needs based on this official Etsy announcement in the Storque. Not all sellers will be able to accomodate this request.

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 9 years ago

    Great idea to post this for the shoppers.

  • ebbandflo

    ebbandflo said 9 years ago

    no. 1 - there isn't a lot on Etsy to imply at first sight that it is a US-based company (mentioning that all prices are in USD would address partly) so a new buyer stumbling across this article could be misled no. 2 - this article really is aimed primarily at the US market - nothing wrong with that but, hey! Etsy touts itself as an international venue for online selling. i've found that the whole marketing for christmas schedule has been laid out for domestic sales within the US with no thought to international sellers selling to the US, internationally or their own countries/regions - disappointing. this is etsy's thrid christmas no.3 - here's the link for canadian sellers and buyers for last posting dates

  • Timeless

    Timeless said 9 years ago

    Could not agree more, Ebbandflo! Here is the Royal Mail's shipping page, so you can check if you can still get your parcel from the UK; (answer is: if you're outside of Europe, you've already missed it! :( )

  • eclipse

    eclipse said 9 years ago

    two more useful notes: 1. Many people travel at this time of year. Be sure to check the seller's announcement and profile for any dates they may be out of town and unable to ship. Unfortunately those notes can't be seen from an item listing page. 2. Buyers may want to have gifts shipped directly to a recipient, but some sellers will only ship to the confirmed paypal address of the buyer. Be sure to check the shop policy before buying, and if the item is being shipped directly to the recipient, say that in your "notes to seller" so that the seller will avoid putting a receipt or invoice in the package.

  • executeme

    executeme said 9 years ago

    I was name dropped! Woo!

  • jellibat

    jellibat said 9 years ago

    i know this in an american article but for the international buyers and sellers to feel included you could also have listed the best ways to search and find local sellers, and sellers within your own country .

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 9 years ago

    thanks for posting your comments, international folk! It is up to sellers to post their shipping info in their shops, and I hope we make that clear in this article.

  • tortillagirl

    tortillagirl said 9 years ago

    I have to agree with some of the other international buyers. It's a shame that Etsy remains a US-centric site when there are so many other international sellers who bring business to Etsy. My own shop announcement is four times longer than it usually is so that I can "tack on" shipping cutoff dates. And I admit that as an American I'm feeling just a little bit more isolated from a site based in my own home country just because I don't currently live in it, especially since I endeavor to participate as much as I can at this site and the Storque itself. Thanks for taking us into consideration in your Storque content, and not just the content we contribute ourselves.

  • dandiefly

    dandiefly said 9 years ago

    As a potential seller I have spent weeks perusing the listings trying to do some market research and whathaveyou. I have run into some hesitation as I am in Canada and am wondering about all of the "international" bits. I tend to think that if you are going to market yourself as an international site, (in truth, that is one of the biggest marketing tools that etsy uses,) you could make a bit more of an effort to be truly global. In this day and age, one sees the www. as being global and not just US based, so if you are going to brand yourselves as a world marketing tool, your site content should reflect that. Especially as since your USPS rates and times have changed it is sometimes easier to buy from the UK and Australia. Other than that, great site so far!!!

  • FrenchTouch

    FrenchTouch said 9 years ago

    What the other international sellers say is true! I love the fact that Etsy is international, it adds a lot to its interest and beauty; please, do take us a little more into account. :) Yesterday was the last day I could guarantee items to arrive overseas on time.

  • pookeh

    pookeh said 9 years ago

    thanks for this usps link for cutoff dates. most useful. :)

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo said 9 years ago

    As a Canadian (born in the U.K.) now living and working in the U.S. I can completely understand how international buyers and sellers may feel a bit left out. I def. apologize for that! Most of the sales on Etsy are U.S. based so that is one reason why this article focuses on U.S. shipping. Another reason is that I personally *know* about the USPS system and how reliable they are during the holidays. I definitely am not an expert in other countries systems so I wouldn't want to spread misinformation. And if I included every other country this article would be 20 pages long. Just know, as a Canadian, I hear ya. I actually have a HUGE Canadian flag over my desk ;) Next year we are really going to be looking at International markets and making the site easier in ways for international shoppers and sellers. If you have any shipping tips for your fellow countrymen just add them to these comments and share the knowledge! I was hoping this part of the article would help out international sellers this time of year: "Don't overlook International sellers! Look into their profile or shop announcement or contact them to see how long it would take to get an item to you. Sometimes it's just as fast as the shipping time within the U.S. " xo Danielle

  • AliciaMaePrints

    AliciaMaePrints said 9 years ago

    I just want to let everyone know that US domestic first class is taking a week to 10 days! Shipping by Monday the 17th for Christmas delivery might...MIGHT...get it there in time...but I wouldn't "guarantee" beyond that international shipping deadline was Dec 11th

  • WendyLousNaturalBath

    WendyLousNaturalBath said 9 years ago

    First Class cut-off was December 15th according to the USPS and Priority is December 20th. First Class and Priority Mail are not guaranteed.

  • ifrogcrafts

    ifrogcrafts said 8 years ago

    Just stumbled across this article & notice that the last post was 2007.***FOR 2008, go to, scroll down & you'll see a button that says "HOLIDAY 2008 INTERNATIONAL MAILING DATES". I also includes a chart for Military Mail.

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