With less than a week left in the holiday shopping push, if you’ve found yourself procrastinating on your holiday shopping, you’re not alone!

We hope that all of our friends who celebrate Hannukah enjoyed a happy festival of lights this year, and now we’d like to help those who celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, or other holiday traditions make sure that their gifts arrive on time.

If need to order toys and games online, there is still some time — but the clock is ticking! Similarly, if you’re packing up some holiday cheer to send to friends and loved ones, don’t wait much longer. Here are some important dates to remember for a planned arrival on or before Dec. 25. Just remember: Nothing is guaranteed!

U.S. Postal Service (USPS) 2023 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Domestic serviceDate (lower 48 states)Date for AlaskaDate for Hawaii
Priority MailDec. 18Dec. 18Passed (Dec. 16)
Priority Mail ExpressDec. 20Dec. 20Dec. 20

UPS 2023 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Domestic serviceShip date
3-Day SelectDec. 19
2nd Day AirDec. 20
Next Day AirDec. 21

FedEx 2023 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Domestic serviceShip date
Express SaverDec. 19
2Day and 2Day AM*Dec. 20
First Overnight and Priority Overnight*Dec. 21
Same DayDec. 22
*Note: Additional fees are required

Retailer Orders

If you’re not shipping packages yourself, ordering directly from a retailer can be the most convenient way to get last-minute toys delivered. And, don’t forget to think outside the big box as many independent toy stores and specialty retailers offer in-store pickup, curbside pickup, shipping, and local delivery options!


Shipping OptionDeadline to ShopDelivery Date
2-day Shipping (Prime)Dec. 22Dec. 24
1-day Shipping (Prime)Dec. 23Dec. 24
Same-Day Delivery (Prime)Dec. 24Dec. 24
e-Gift Card DeliveryDec. 25Dec. 25

Toys “R’ Us at Macy’s

Macy’s handles shipping for Toys “R” Us orders in the U.S. (excluding flagship locations)

Shipping Type for In-Stock Merchandise* (lower Order by
Standard ShippingDec. 20, 5 p.m. ET
Premium Shipping Dec. 20, 5 p.m. ET
Express ShippingDec. 21, 12 p.m. ET
Same-Day Delivery (Select Areas Only)Dec. 24, 10 a.m. local time
Store Pickup & Contact-Free Curbside PickupDec. 24, 3 p.m. local time
e-Gift card deliveryDec. 24, 1 p.m. ET
*Exceptions may apply

Best Buy, Target, and Walmart

These three retailers have options available to get gifts delivered by Dec. 25 (again, please keep in mind that nothing is guaranteed) as long as you order by Dec. 23. This could include local delivery or pickup, 2-day, or overnight shipping. See their websites for details!

Gift Cards Make Great Gifts!

Always remember that if gifting feels too difficult, gift cards are great gifts! Kids can pick out their own toys or games, often at a great deal if they shop after Christmas and into January.

Still need inspiration on what to get the kids in your life this year? The Toy Insider’s 18th annual Holiday Gift Guide is packed with great ideas.

Happy shopping!

About the author

James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.