Major Retailer 2018 Holiday Shipping Deadlines
Some years the holidays seem to sneak up on us out of nowhere. Before you know it, you are last minute Christmas shopping, hoping you can rush ship your packages to at least arrive before Christmas Eve. Santa would not approve and you might just have landed on the naughty list! This year, even the biggest procrastinators can relax knowing that there are plenty of options to get gifts to family and friends in time for Christmas.
Here's everything you need to know about cut-off dates and even free shipping for your holiday gift purchases from Amazon, Walmart and Target.
Amazon is a last-minute shopper's dream! If you are a Prime member, you can shop up until Christmas Eve with free same-day delivery and Prime Now. You can also get free shipping on millions of items through December 18th with no minimum purchase. Most U.S. Prime members have access to free one-day shipping or faster in 10,000 cities and towns around the country. Through Prime Now, customers in more than 30 cities can shop many of the same products and deals that are available on Amazon.com and receive them in as little as an hour. How's that for last minute shopping? Get a free 30-day trial of Prime by visiting amazon.com/prime.
AMAZON HOLIDAY SHIPPING CHEAT SHEET
For free shipping before Christmas, visit amazon.com/holidayshipping.
· Dec. 18 (extended): Last day for free shipping with no minimum purchase amount, free for all customers.
· Dec. 18: Last day for standard shipping, free for Prime members.
· Dec. 22: Last day for two-day shipping, free for Prime members.
· Dec. 23: Last day for one-day shipping, free for Prime members in eligible areas.
· Dec. 24: Last day for same-day delivery, free for Prime members in eligible areas. (Order by 9:30 a.m. local time or earlier.)
· Dec. 24: Prime Now offers free two-hour delivery windows, reserved exclusively for Prime members in eligible areas. (Order by 9:15 p.m. local time or earlier.)
· Dec. 24: Whole Foods Market stores, Amazon Books, Amazon 4-star, Amazon Pop-up device kiosks open Christmas Eve. (Store hours vary by location.)
· Dec. 25: Give the gift that keeps on giving – Amazon Gift Cards and Amazon Prime.
Walmart offers a wide selection of holiday deals on must-have gifts. Some items are available with free shipping or you can have your purchases shipped to your local Walmart for free in-store pick-up.
WALMART HOLIDAY SHIPPING CHEAT SHEET
· Dec. 17: Last day for standard shipping option.
· Dec. 20: Last day for two day eligible shipping option.
· Dec. 21: Last day for expedited shipping option.
Target's holiday sale prices and hot deals make gifting easy! Through December 22, you'll enjoy free shipping and returns on thousands of items. For free and convenient pickup, have your gifts shipped to your nearest Target. With the Target app, you can even drive up and have your items brought straight to your car!
TARGET HOLIDAY SHIPPING CHEAT SHEET
· Dec. 20: Last day for standard shipping option.
· Dec. 21: Last day for express shipping option. (Extra fees may apply.)
· Dec. 22: Last day for free standard shipping on eligible items in 2-5 business days with no minimum purchase. (Items may arrive after Christmas.)
Happy shopping! And remember, check the projected delivery date to be sure your gifts will arrive on time.