Everything You Need to Know About Amazon's Holiday Shipping Schedule and Deadline

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Amazon has made shopping for virtually anything super easy, which is why tens of millions of shoppers have turned to the retailer year after year, especially during the holidays. But even with the convenience of Amazon Prime's quick shipping, you're going to want to check out Amazon's holiday shipping schedule if you plan on doing any last-minute shopping. (Plus, check out our best last-minute picks from Amazon here!)

If you don't have an Amazon Prime membership, mark December 14 — AKA this Saturday! — on your calendars as the last day to order and get free delivery on orders over $25. If you do have Amazon Prime, you can shop items (like the NEST Fragrances classic holiday candle and the Kitchen Science Moscow mule copper mugs set) until December 24 with same-day delivery on orders over $35 if placed by 9:30 a.m. local time. While you're shopping, be sure to check each individual item to see if they're eligible for same-day, one-day, or two-day shipping. And also, keep in mind that delivery cutoff times vary by location, item, and delivery speed, according to Amazon.

Here is the full schedule for 2019:

December 14: Last day to order with free standard shipping on orders over $25.

December 18: Last day to order with standard shipping (typically three to five business days).

December 22: Last day to order with free delivery for Amazon Prime members.

December 23: Last day to order with one-day shipping; free for Amazon Prime members.

December 24: Last day to order items eligible for same-day delivery; free for Amazon Prime members on orders over $35 made by 9:30 a.m. local time.


Pauline is a freelance lifestyle writer based in Providence, Rhode Island. When she's not writing, you can find her at her local yoga studio or scoping out hidden gems at flea markets and thrift stores.

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