Set the countdown clock, last-minute shoppers: You are nearing the last stretch of online shopping to receive gifts before Christmas Day on Sunday, December 25.
In a few days, most large retailers will end free online shipping or standard shipping, leaving many consumers to grab a cart, hop in line and shop in-store. Amazon.com and Walmart.com extended their shipping deadline, giving shoppers until December 19 and December 20, respectively, for the most basic shipping.
Here’s a look at holiday shipping deadlines at some popular retailers:
Monday, December 12: Freight & P.O. Box delivery arrives by Dec. 24.
Tuesday, December 20: The cutoff for standard shipping, home free and site to store.
Wednesday, December 21: Rush shipping cutoff.
Friday, December 23: Last day for pickup. Orders on 12/24 must be picked up by 6pm local time
Target is asking shoppers to choose seasonal shipping to receive any gifts before the Christmas holiday. ”Look for the Seasonal Shipping offer on qualifying items. Note that you must select the “seasonal shipping” option during checkout. Offer valid for orders shipping within the 48 contiguous United States only. Orders using seasonal shipping must be placed by December 20, 2011 at 11:59 EST,” states the Website.
The electronics store is offering free standard shipping through December 27 with no minimum purchase required. “To ensure delivery by Christmas, the deadline for standard shipping is Tuesday, December 20, at 11 a.m. ET. Excludes Marketplace items and items displaying “In-Store Only” message,” writes the Website.
Monday, December 19 for standard shipping by Christmas Eve to store.
Tuesday, December 20 for standard shipping to home by Christmas Eve.
Wednesday, December 21 for express shipping to home by Christmas Eve.
Monday, December 19
FREE Super Saver Shipping Restrictions apply*
Standard Shipping: Last Full day to order
Tuesday, December 20
Two-Day Shipping (FREE with Amazon Prime). Last full day to order.
Wednesday, December 21
Two-Day Shipping (FREE with Amazon Prime) Order as late as 8 p.m. PST (varies by item)
One-Day Shipping ($3.99/item with Amazon Prime). Last full day to order.
Thursday, December 22
One-Day Shipping ($3.99/item with Amazon Prime)
Order as late as 4:30 p.m. PST (varies by item)
Friday, December 23
Last-Minute Christmas Delivery ($9.99/item with Amazon Prime)
While available (varies by item)*
Saturday, December 24**
Local Express Delivery ($3.99/item with Amazon Prime)
While available (select cities, varies by item)
Sunday, December 25***
E-mail and printable gift cards can be sent immediately, at any time
*The shipping deadlines are for shoppers hoping to receive items by Christmas Eve.