HONOLULU (KHNL) - There are only 12-shopping days left before Christmas. But if you're shopping for someone on the mainland, your timeline is much shorter.
Wednesday, December 20th is D-day, if you're mailing a package. The lines at the post office aren't that bad right now, but the longer you wait, the greater the risk of missing the Christmas Day deadline.
They're all either white or brown.
These boxes don't look like much now, but that'll all change on the 25th.
"Lots of goodies, ornaments, lots of trinkets, and an i-pod," said Belinda Miranda about her gifts.
"I've got little nieces and I'm giving them hula skirts, and macadamia nuts," said Heather Amador about her gifts.
It's the job of everyone at the post office to make sure it gets there on time.
"We take our jobs very seriously," said Duke Gonzales, of the U.S. Postal Service. "We do our best to assist Santa and helping deliver a merry christmas to everyone."
Things look hectic in the back, but this well-oiled machine handles hundreds of thousands of packages a day.
More than 3-million on the busiest day this season.
You can help them by mailing out your packages early. Your best bet is to send them by Friday, December 15th. If you miss that deadline, you still have until Wednesday the 20th to try and make it. But you'll have to send it express.
Everyone had their own strategy.
"I started buying things in October," said Amador. "Just trying to get it all together, cause usually I don't mail it out in time."
"This boxes are for more christmas presents," said Jose Enriquez. "I'll be back during my lunch break."
"You've got a lot of people helping, so I think if you're just in the holiday spirit and go with the flow, everything will move smoothly," said Miranda.