Watch the calendar. This year is tricky because Christmas falls on a Monday, which means it’ll be tougher to get last minute gifts shipped to you the weekend before. Although the US postal service plans to deliver priority express on Christmas Eve and even Christmas day, UPS and FedEx have very limited service on those days. Best advice ship packages early. It’s cheaper and is more likely to arrive on time.
Choose retailers that offer year-round free shipping. Companies like the Blue Nile, LL Bean, and Nordstrom all offer free shipping year-round. Nordstrom will ship in time for Hanukkah by 3:00 PM eastern time on December 11. LL Bean’s Christmas deadline– December 19 and if you’re cutting it extra close, you can always try express delivery for an additional charge.
Hit the two-day free delivery window. Up until the end of the day on December 21st, you can get free two-day shipping at some major retailers. Wal-Mart offers free two-day shipping year-round on orders over $35. Order by PM December 20thto get it by Christmas. Amazon Prime members are also eligible for free two-day shipping for Prime-eligible products. Its Christmas deadline is December 22nd.
Try to get one-day or same-day delivery. If you’re the truly last-minute shopper, Amazon Prime members who place an order of at least $35 may be eligible for free one-day or same day delivery. To see if your area is eligible, enter Amazon Prime free one-day shipping into your web browser and then enter your zip code.
Get creative. A number of retailers, including Apple Best Buy and Wal-Mart allow you to order online and then pick up at the store. Check retailer websites to see what online order in-store pickup options they have this year.
And lastly, for your-procrastinators, you still have time to send an e-gift card. This includes an email to the recipient alerting them of their gift.