Here are the general guidelines for the last day to get an order in and still have it delivered in time for Christmas. Orders should be placed by 10:00 a.m. Eastern on the day in question:
UPS ground shipping: 12/14 - 12/16. Orders placed by 12/14 -12/17 still can be shipped by UPS ground depending on the distance of your shipping address, and will be unless other arrangements are made. The timing for delivery depends on which state the item is shipping to, so those in West Coast states may wish to expedite shipping, since delivery by Christmas is probable but not guaranteed with ground shipping. Most of our products are shipped from PA (17522), OH (44610), IN (46704) or TN (37027), so the further away you are from that central hub of states, the longer your delivery time will take.
3 day shipping: 12/18
2 day shipping: 12/19
Next day shipping: 12/20
After 12/20, orders may not arrive by Christmas. Some orders MAY still arrive by then if placed on 12/21, by 10:00 a.m. Eastern and if they are shipping within one to two states of the starting location.
The default prices on the site reflect ground shipping, and ground shipping is what will be used unless you arrange for expedited shipping. You may visit www.ups.com to calculate shipping times. Use the zip codes with each state above as your starting location. If you do not know which state your item is coming from check the "Our Suppliers" page. Keep in mind that the UPS timeframes do NOT include the time necessary to process your order and get it ready for shipment. That said, our Amish suppliers are well prepared for the Christmas rush, and most items are being shipped out within two business days.
To arrange expedited shipping, e-mail manager@DurableToys.com with the item(s) you intend to order, your zip code and the shipping method you prefer. We will return a quote to you as soon as possible. Or, you can also use the weight listed on the product page, and the zip codes above to get a preliminary shipping quote to your destination at www.ups.com. Please be aware that the UPS charge for expedited shipping (even three-day) often is as much or more than the total cost of a wagon shipped via UPS Ground.
Please note that DurableToys (Wagon Train Ventures, LLC) makes every effort to get items shipped in a timely manner and to provide accurate timeframes based on the information provided by UPS and our manufacturers. However, we do not guarantee delivery by Christmas because once UPS has the package, we can follow the tracking and request status, but we cannot control exactly how fast that company delivers packages, nor can we always account for weather delays, handling errors, etc.