Holiday shipping deadlines are approaching fast! Here’s how to get your items delivered by Christmas
Chrismas is in less than 2 weeks away and if you haven’t shipped your Christmas gifts just yet, now is the time. Holiday shipping deadlines are approaching at lightning speed, so if you want to make sure your packages arrive by Christmas view our comprehensive guide below, with information provided by Offers.com.
Ship by the dates below to ensure delivery by Christmas.
Note that UPS tacks on peak-shipping surcharges to some packages mailed in November and December. Also, be sure to check the hours of your apartment or company mailing room, which may be closed on Christmas Eve, and adjust your shipping time accordingly.
Does FedEx SameDay really deliver on Christmas?: Yes, you can ship an item ON Christmas and get it there ON Christmas using this method. FedEx offers this service 365 days a year in all 50 states, and it will get your package to your recipient the day you ship it, even cross-country. It’s pricey, though. Shipments weighing up to 25 lbs cost $235. So, consider this more for emergencies, rather than for gifts. For more info on how to use this service, go here.
Stores That Provide Free Shipping on All Domestic U.S. Orders
The following stores provide free standard shipping (or better) on ALL orders, no minimum. Most of these offer it year-round, but some (including Best Buy and Target) are offering seasonal promos.
More retailers may offer free shipping during the holiday season, and we’ll be updating our list as they announce their plans.
Disclaimer: Check merchant terms. Oversize and orders outside the continental U.S. may be excluded.
- Apple (free 2-day)
- AT&T Wireless (free same-day, express or standard, depending on item)
- Barneys New York (free 3-to 6-day ground)
- Best Buy (Free standard for all orders Oct. 22 to Dec. 25. Free next-day on select items over $35)
- Blue Nile (Free ground)
- Bonobos (Free UPS Ground)
- Coach (Free standard)
- Dell (Free 3- to 5-day)
- Fossil (Free standard)
- Lenovo (Free standard)
- MAC Cosmetics (Free standard)
- Microsoft Store (Free standard)
- Neiman Marcus (Free standard)
- Nordstrom (Free 3- to 6-day)
- OtterBox (Free standard)
- Sunglass Hut (Free ground; free second business day on orders placed before 2 p.m.)
- Target (Free two-day shipping, no minimum Nov. 1 to Dec. 21.)
- The North Face (Free standard)
- Ugg (Free standard for full-price products)
- Verizon (Free 2-day)
- Zappos (Free standard)
2019 Free Shipping Requirements & Shipping Deadlines for Major Online Retailers
Use the following chart to determine what you need to do to get free standard holiday shipping from various major retailers, as well as the absolute last day you can ship (via any method) to get it there by Christmas.
A few things to note:
- The requirements for free shipping generally apply to “Standard” or “Economy” shipping, unless otherwise indicated. Some retailers, however, have an even lower tier for free shipping, meaning your delivery will take a few more days than even standard shipping would. Check delivery times carefully before placing your order.
- Our last-day-to-ship dates are based on a Tuesday Dec. 24 delivery. Before ordering, pay close attention to the cut-off time (some retailers may process orders placed after a certain time the next day, meaning your package would be late for Christmas, even if you order on the day listed in the chart).
- The dates below are based on shipping within the contiguous United States. Shipping to Alaska and Hawaii might take longer. Check with retailer for cut-offs for shipping to those states.
- Some retailers change their shipping deadlines and free-shipping requirements approaching the holidays. We will keep our chart updated as more retailers announce official (possibly extended) holiday shipping deadlines..
|Store||Requirements for Free Standard Shipping||Last Day for Christmas shipping (free)||Last Day for Christmas Shipping (expedited)|
|Abercrombie & Fitch||N/A||No Free shipping. Dec. 12 for standard shipping.||Dec. 23 by 12 p.m. EST (next-day shipping for $22)|
|Allen Edmonds||$75 or more||Dec. 16 at 9 a.m. CST||Dec. 20 by 9 a.m. CST (expedited shipping for a fee — depends on order size)|
|American Girl||N/A||No free shipping. Ships via Priority Mail. Order by Dec. 20||Dec. 20|
|Apple Store||Free two-day||Dec. 20||Dec. 23 (next-day shipping, extra fees apply)|
|AT&T Wireless||Free standard on all orders, free express shipping on certain products||Dec. 17||Dec. 19 before 5 p.m. EST (Express shipping, free for some items, extra fee for others)|
|Banana Republic||Over $50||Dec. 17||Dec. 20 before 3 p.m. EST (Next-day shipping for $22)|
|Barnes and Noble||Over $35||Dec. 19 by 11:59 EST||Dec. 23 by 11:59 EST for Expedited (additional fee)|
|Bass Pro Shops||Free two-day FedEx shipping over $50||Dec. 18 by 4 p.m. EST||Dec. 21 before 4 p.m. EST (Overnight Air Express for $25 above standard)|
|Bed Bath & Beyond||Over $39||Dec. 17||Dec. 20 before 1 p.m. EST (Express shipping, cost based on order amount).|
|Belk||Over $99 free standard||Dec. 19||Dec. 23 by 1 p.m. EST (Express overnight for $29.95 extra)|
|Best Buy||Free standard for holidays||TBD||TBD|
|Bloomingdale’s||Varies by promo||Dec. 16 by 5 p.m. EST||Dec. 20 by 5 p.m. EST (Express shipping: $20 above standard rate)|
|Cabela’s||Free two-day FedEx shipping over $50||Dec. 18||Dec. 21 before 3 p.m. EST (Overnight Air Express for $25 above standard)|
|Cole Haan||$150 and over get free ground shipping||Dec. 13 before 1 p.m. EST||Dec. 23 before 1 p.m. EST (UPS Overnight for $25 extra)|
|Costco||Select items||Depends on order||Depends on order|
|Crate and Barrel||N/A||No free shipping. Dec. 16 for Standard||Dec. 19 before 12 p.m. EST (Premium shipping, additional fees apply)|
|Dell||Free standard||Dec. 16 by 3 p.m. EST||Dec. 23 by 3 p.m. (Next-Day delivery, not available for all products, fees apply)|
|Dick’s Sporting Goods||Over $25||Dec. 18||Dec. 20|
|Dillard’s||Over $150||Dec. 20 at 12 p.m. CST||Dec. 21|
|Disney Store||Over $75||Dec. 17||Dec. 20 by 10 a.m. PST (Next-Day Express, additional fees apply)|
|Eddie Bauer||$49 and over||Dec. 16||Dec. 23 by noon EST (Overnight, extra fees apply)|
|Fry’s||Over $35||Dec. 13||Dec. 21 by 8 p.m. EST (Overnight, fees apply)|
|GameStop||Over $35||Dec. 18||Dec. 19 (Express shipping, fees apply)|
|Gap||Over $50||Dec. 13||Dec. 23 before 3 p.m. EST (Next-Day shipping, fees apply|
|Guitar Center||$25 and over||Dec. 15 before 11 a.m. EST||Dec. 23 before w p.m. EST (Next day, additional fees apply|
|H&M||Over $40||Dec. 16||Dec. 20 by 4 p.m. EST (Expedited for $24.99)|
|Harry & David||Depends on promo||By Dec. 18 for Standard||Dec. 21 for 2-Day Express (fees apply)|
|Home Depot||Over $45||Dec. 11||Dec. 20 (Express delivery, fees apply. Not available for all items)|
|JCPenney||Over $99||Dec. 17||Dec. 20 before noon CST (Express, fees apply)|
|Kmart||Over $25||Dec. 18 by 11:59 p.m. CST||Dec. 21 by 4 p.m. CST (Premium, extra fees apply)|
|Kohl’s||Free standard over $50||TBD||TBD|
|L.L.Bean||$50 or more||Dec. 22 by noon EST||Dec. 22 by noon EST|
|Lowe’s||$45 and over||Dec. 16||Dec. 20 by noon EST (Next-day delivery, fees apply)|
|Microsoft Store||Free standard||Dec. 14||Dec 20 by noon PST (Express, fees apply)|
|Modcloth||Over $75||Dec. 12||Dec 19 (Express for extra fee)|
|Neiman Marcus||Free standard||Dec. 16 before noon CST||Dec. 20 before noon CST (Next-day, $25 extra)|
|Nordstrom||Free standard||Dec. 16||Dec. 20 by noon EST (2-Day shipping for $12 extra)|
|Office Depot & OfficeMax||Over $35||Dec. 17||Dec. 20 by 5 p.m. (Next-business-day, fees may apply, free for certain items and orders over $45)|
|Old Navy||Over $50||Dec. 12||Dec. 23 before 3 p.m. EST (1-Day shipping, fees apply)|
|Omaha Steaks||Select items||Dec. 10||Dec. 23 before 9 a.m. CST (Rush delivery for extra $39.99)|
|Overstock.com||Over $45||Dec. 14 (some items have later deadlines)||Some items eligible for expedited, with fee. Deadline varies by item.|
|Petco||$49 and over||Dec. 20 by noon PST||Dec. 20 by noon PST|
|PetSmart||Over $49||Dec. 19||Dec 23 by noon EST (Next-Day, fees apply)|
|Pottery Barn||Select items||Dec. 21 by 10 p.m. PST for Standard||Dec. 23 by 11 a.m. PST for next-day (additional fees apply)|
|REEDS Jewelers||Over $30||Dec. 14 by 12 p.m. EST||Dec. 20 by noon EST if in-stock and no sizing needed (Overnight, fees apply)|
|REI||$50 and over gets free standard||Dec. 12||Dec. 20 ( Express, additional fees apply)|
|Sam’s Club||Select items||Dec. 11||Dec. 20 (Express, extra fees apply)|
|Samsung||Free standard||Dec. 17 for phones and accessories. Dec. 14 for TVs and all other products||Dec. 20 (Express, fees apply)|
|Sears||Over $35||Dec. 16 by 11:59 p.m. CST||Dec. 20 by 4 p.m. CST (Premium, fees apply)|
|Shutterfly||Varies by promo||Dec. 10||Dec. 20 by 4 p.m. PST (Super-Rush delivery, fees apply)|
|Target||Free 2-day (no minimum) Nov. 1 – Dec. 22||Dec. 20 by 12 p.m. local time||Dec. 21 (Express, fees apply)|
|UGG||Free standard||Dec. 13||Dec. 23 by 11 a.m. local time (Next-business-day, fees apply)|
|Ulta||Over $35||Dec. 18||Dec. 19 (Premium, for extra $16.95)|
|Verizon||Free 2-day shipping on most items||Dec. 20 by 8 p.m. EST||Dec. 231 by 11 p.m. EST (Overnight, fees apply)|
|Victoria’s Secret||Varies by promo||Dec. 16||Dec. 20 by 5 p.m. EST (Express, extra $18 fee)|
|Walmart||Over $35 for free 2-day and free next day (eligible items)||TBD||TBD|
|West Elm||Select items||Dec. 19 by 9 p.m. PST for standard||Dec. 21 before 6 p.m. PST for next-day (additional fee applies)|
|Williams Sonoma||N/A||No free shipping. Dec. 22 by 1 a.m. EST for Standard||Dec. 23 by 2 p.m. EST (Next-Day, fees vary by order size|
|World Market||Varies by promo||TBD||TBD|
|Zappos||Free standard||Dec. 23 by 4 p.m. PST||Dec. 23 by 4 p.m. PST|
Shipping deadlines for Hanukkah
Hanukkah begins Dec. 22 this year. A few retailers have announced specific shipping deadlines for Hanukkah, and we’ve calculated the postal carrier deadlines for standard shipping. Here’s a quick-reference guide:
The Disney Store: Dec. 13 for standard; Dec. 17 for 2-Day Express
Harry & David: Dec. 13 for Standard; Dec. 18 for 2-Day Express
Pottery Barn: Dec. 21 by 10 p.m. PST for Standard shipping
West Elm: Dec. 21 by 10 p.m. PST
Williams Sonoma: Dec. 22 by 1 a.m. EST for Standard shipping
FedEX: Dec. 13 for ground; Dec. 19 (by 10:30 a.m.) for Standard Overnight
UPS: Dec. 13 for UPS Ground; Dec. 19 for Next-Day Air Saver
USPS: Dec. 10 for Retail Ground
Kwanzaa shipping deadlines
Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration that begins Dec. 26. Because Dec. 25 is a holiday, you won’t be able to receive packages on that day. We also suggest you don’t plan for a Dec. 26 delivery for Kwanzaa. Thanks to the Christmas rush, your package may be delayed, or arrive too late in the day. So, we recommend planning for a delivery of Dec. 24 at the latest.
That means you can use our Christmas shipping deadlines above to ensure your gifts arrive on time for your Kwanzaa celebrations.
Backup Plans for Procrastinators
If you’re reading this and realizing that many of the dates above have already passed and you don’t want to shell out for expedited shipping, these tips are for you:
Utilize GiftNow: This service (offered by Target, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and plenty of other retailers) seems almost custom-made for procrastinators, but makes you look extra thoughtful. Instead of having the gift mailed to you to wrap, or mailed to the recipient, the retailer will send the recipient an email that displays the gift you picked out. The recipient can then choose their preferred color and size or exchange it for something else. See a full list of retailers that allow you to give with GiftNow.
Because the GiftNow email can be sent instantly, your gift “technically” arrived by Christmas — even if you ordered it on Christmas.
Take advantage of ShopRunner, offered by some credit cards: Look at the credit cards in your wallet. If you have a card from American Express, you may have access to a freebie benefit that many don’t know about — free Shoprunner membership. Shoprunner provides free two-day shipping with retailers including Bloomingdales, MacMall, Chico’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and more. If you have the benefit (and are shopping at these retailers), you can get faster shipping without having to shell out extra for it. You’ll just need to register a Shoprunner account via your card.
Try free in-store pickup: Many major retailers will allow you to place an order online and pick it up for free in store (some will even bring it out to your car). If the item is in stock, you can often pick it up the same day. If it’s not in stock, it still may be faster to ship it to the store and pick it up than wait for the package to make its way to your home. Walmart even offers a pickup discount on certain orders picked up in store. While it creates an extra errand to run, utilizing store pickup may get you your order faster and help you avoid shipping charges.