2015 Last-minute Shipping Deadlines: USPS, Target, FedEx, Walmart & More

It’s the craziest time of the year….

Yes, with Christmas a little over a week away many consumers are scrambling for last-minute gifts, which means deliveries are at an all-time high.

So if you’re planning to shop online over the next few days or need to ship a gift to someone for Christmas, then you need to know when is the last day you can do it and have it there in time.

To help you out we have a list of the 2015 Christmas shipping deadlines for USPS, UPS, Target, Amazon, Toys ‘R’ Us and more.

We also have prices where applicable.   Happy Shopping!


Here are the dates you can use USPS to ship for the holiday (please note, for priority services it’s best to do it before noon):

• December 15:  Standard Mail- today is the last day to ship for free and guaranteed delivery.

• December 19: Last day to ship with Priority Mail; $5.75  for flat rate envelopes (12-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ or smaller), $5.90 for legal flat rate envelopes, $6.10 for padded flat rate envelopes, $5.95 for small flat rate boxes, $12.65 for medium flat rate boxes, large flat rate boxes: Domestic addresses: $17.90, APO/FPO/DPO destination addresses: $15.90.

• Dec. 22: Last day to ship through Priority Mail Express; $19.99 for flat rate envelopes and $44.95 for flat rate boxes.


For Christmas delivery, here are the dates to follow (pricing varies by shipping destination and location):

• December 18: Last day for UPS 3 Day Select for guaranteed delivery by Dec. 23.

• December 21: Last day for UPS 2nd Day Air for guaranteed delivery by Dec. 24.

• December 23: last Day for UPS Next Day Air for guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas Day.


For Christmas delivery, here are the dates to follow (pricing varies by shipping destination and location):

• December 16: Last day to ship via FedEx Home Delivery and FedEx Ground.

• December 21: Last day to ship via FedEx Express Saver.

• December 22: Last day to ship via FedEx 2-Day and FedEx 2-Day A.M.

• December Last day to ship via FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight and FedEx First Overnight.

• December 25: Last day to ship via FedEx Same Day.


Target has a 3-6 day window on all deliveries, so for guaranteed Christmas delivery you must order by December 18th.

They also have a rush, same-day delivery service available in Boston, Miami and Minneapolis as long as the order is placed by 1:30 P.M. local time.


Macy’s has guaranteed delivery dates for most items, with the exceptions being: area rugs, furniture, lamps, mattresses, light fixtures and custom-fit rings.

For all other purchases and in-store pick-ups the dates are as follows:

• December 22 by 5 P.M. EST: Last day for standard shipping (free with purchases of $99 or more).

• December 23 by noon: last day for express shipping.

• December 24 by noon local timelast chance to pick-up items in-store if you order online.

Macy’s is also promising a $100 gift card if your gifts do not arrive as promised, unless the delay is due to weather or a labor strike.


Walmart’s time frame for deliveries is 4-7 business days (1-2 days to process the order, plus the standard 3-5 business days to deliver).

They also offer free shipping on orders of $50 or more and have rushed deliveries, with pricing dependent on the item being ordered.

• December 16: Last day for standard shipping (3-5 business days).

• December 22: Last day for expedited orders (1-2 business days).

• December 23: Last day for rush orders (1-2 business days).

Toys ‘R’ Us

The toy giant has an schedule for guaranteed deliveries, with all orders needing to be placed by noon Eastern time on the dates listed:

• December 19: Last day for standard shipping (2-5 days). Cost is $7.99 for orders under $19, and $4.99 for orders $19 and over.

• December 23: Last day for express shipping (1-2 days); cost is $29.99.


Here is a list of delivery dates for Prime and non-Prime members:

Non-Prime members (rates depend on location):

• December 16:  Last day for free shipping.

• December 18: Last day for standard shipping.

• December 22: Last day for 2-day shipping.

• December 22: 23: Last day for 1-day shipping.

• December 24: Same day delivery.

Prime members:

Free 2-day shipping and free same-day shipping to members in the following areas: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Ft. Worth, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, the Tampa Bay area and Washington, D.C.

Best Buy

Best Buy is offering their shoppers free shipping for the holidays; here are their guaranteed delivery dates:

• December 17: Last day for standard shipping (3-7 business days).

• December 22: Last day for expedited  shipping (2 business days).

• December  23: Last day for express shipping (1 business day).

Are you planning to ship gifts for Christmas?  Are you worried they won’t make it in time?

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Consumer Expert Tracy Ortiz

I am a mom to 2 little boys: a 10 year- old and an 8 year-old and they are the only things I love more than writing. I am an avid reader, a big sports fan and love a good deal. Most of all, I love keeping up on the latest consumer news and sharing my findings with all of you. When I'm not writing I'm painting- check out my latest in my shop: etsy.com/shop/paintmeapicstudios