Attention last-minute shoppers: There’s still time—but not a whole lot!—to make online purchases that qualify for free (or discounted) shipping, and yes, the goods should arrive in time for them to be placed under the tree on Christmas morning.
This weekend, the malls will surely be filled with shoppers trying to finish off their gift-buying lists—or perhaps to take advantage of the early arriving “after Christmas” sales. But other, easier shopping options remain viable for time-crunched (or crowd-hating) consumers. Most major retailers, including Target, Walmart, and Home Depot, will allow shoppers to select the “buy-online, pickup-in-store” option well into next week. Express (overnight) shipping is also widely available, though it often comes at a hefty price.
Many other retailers are still offering far a more preferable possibility: Free or discounted shipping that will arrive by December 24. Check out some of the options below. The clock is ticking.
Amazon: Amazon Prime members get free shipping on delivery that will arrive before Christmas for orders placed by midnight EST on Sunday, December 22. One-day shipping is available for an extra cost for purchases made on Monday, December 23, and same-day delivery is a possibility in a few select markets on Christmas Eve.
Best Buy: Free standard shipping on purchases of $25 and up is valid on orders placed by Friday, December 20, at 3 p.m. EST. Express shipping is available for online purchases made as late as December 22 (for an extra charge), and online purchases for in-store pickup can be placed through the afternoon of Christmas Eve.
Bloomingdale’s: Free standard shipping, scheduled for delivery by December 24, is available on orders placed by Saturday, December 21.
Cold Water Creek: Place an order of at least $75 by 2 p.m. on Friday, December 20, to qualify for free shipping scheduled for delivery by Christmas Eve.
eBay: Through December 24, eBay is offering free same-day delivery on orders of $25 and up at select retailers in cities where eBay Now is offered (Chicago, Dallas, New York, San Francisco and the Bay area, and San Jose).
Eddie Bauer: Use coupon code GOOSE at checkout for free shipping on orders of at least $49, purchased by Saturday, December 21.
Gap: Orders over $50 qualify for free delivery by December 24, if placed by Friday, December 20, at 3 p.m. EST. Also, use the coupon code GAPXMAS for 40% off sitewide today.
J.C. Penney: Express shipping scheduled to arrive by December 24 is offered for $1 on orders of at least $99 placed by Friday, December 20, at midnight CST.
Kmart (and Sears): Free ground shipping scheduled to arrive by December 24 is available on orders of $59 or more, placed by Saturday, December 21, at 4 p.m. CST at both Sears and Kmart.
L.L. Bean: Orders placed by Sunday, December 22, at noon EST qualify for free shipping that will arrive by December 24.
Macy’s: Online purchases of at least $99 qualify for free shipping, guaranteed to arrive by December 24, when placed by Saturday, December 21, at midnight EST.
Nike: Enter the code BESTGIFT at checkout for free two-day shipping on orders that include at least one item in the Nike Holiday Gift Guide; valid on purchases made as late as midnight PST on Friday, December 20.
Nordstrom: Order by Monday, December 23, at 3 p.m. EST and get free shipping that will arrive by Christmas, for “qualifying merchandise” purchases only.
REI: Free shipping on purchases made by Monday, December 23, at 10 a.m. PST.
ShopRunner: Place an order by Friday, December 20, and the two-day shipping membership service, which works with dozens of major retailers (Neiman Marcus, Babies R Us, Brooks Brothers, Eastern Mountain Sports, eToys) and is available for free for those registering an American Express card with the site, should delivery purchases by Christmas Eve.
Sports Authority: Free standard shipping, guaranteed for delivery by Christmas Eve, is available on orders of at least $49 placed by midnight EST on Friday, December 20.
Tiger Direct: Two-day shipping (so orders will arrive by Christmas Eve) is available for $9.99 on most orders when placed by midnight on Friday, December 20.
Toys R Us: Expedited (two-day) shipping is available for $9.99 on orders placed by Friday, December 20, at 3 p.m. EST. (ShopRunner members get this same shipping option for free because Toys R Us is a participating retailer in the program.) Alternately, pricier express shipping (and free in-store pickup) are available for purchases made as late as noon EST on Monday, December 23.
Williams-Sonoma: Enter the code FREESHIP at checkout for free shipping on orders placed by Saturday, December 21, at 3 p.m. EST.
Zappos: Most orders placed by Monday, December 23, at 4 p.m. PST are guaranteed for delivery within the continental U.S. before Christmas—with free shipping on deliveries and returns.