The holidays are right around the corner which means it's crunch time on tackling your holiday wish lists. With expected shipping delays from the general holiday frenzy on top of the pandemic, it looks like our online shopping windows may be even smaller this year.
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So how can you manage to get all your holiday shopping done quickly and safely? Plan on shopping as early as possible. According to RetailMeNot's shopping and trends expert Sara Skirboll, the holiday shopping season has started earlier than ever with a major shift to online shopping. The last thing you want is to have to pay extra for rush shipping or have your gifts not show up on time, so shopping earlier can alleviate some holiday stress in case any last-minute mishaps come up.
And if you want to skip shipping altogether, Skirboll suggests opting to buy online and pick-up in-store, an option many retailers are still offering through the holidays.
Here are the online holiday shipping deadlines to know so far:
FedEx: For shipping within the U.S., the last day to ship in time for Christmas is December 9 with FedEx SmartPost; December 15 with FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery; December 21 with FedEx Express Saver; December 22 with FedEx 2Day a.m. and FedEx 2Day; December 23 with FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, and FedEx First Overnight; and December 25 with FedEx SameDay City Direct, FedEx SameDay City Priority, and FedEx SameDay.
UPS: To get your shipment in time for December 24, you have until December 15 to ship with UPS Ground, December 21 to ship with UPS 3 Day Select, December 22 to ship with UPS 2nd Day Air, and December 23 to ship with UPS Next Day Air.
USPS: For domestic mail (excluding Alaska and Hawaii), you can ship by December 15 with USPS Retail Ground Service, December 18 with First-Class Mail Service, December 19 with Priority Mail Service, and December 23 with Priority Mail Express. For Alaska and Hawaii shipping, you can ship as early as December 15 and as late as December 21.
Anthropologie: Order by 11:59 p.m. PST on December 20 with standard shipping, 11:59 p.m. PST on December 21 with express shipping, and 11:59 p.m. PST on December 22 with overnight shipping.
Amazon: Non-Prime members can shop until December 14 with free standard shipping, December 18 with standard shipping, or December 24 with eligible items. Prime members can order with free shipping until December 22 or the morning of December 24 on orders over $35 with eligible items.
Bed Bath & Beyond: Order by December 16 with standard shipping and December 21 with express shipping.
Best Buy: Order by December 17 with standard shipping; December 21 with express shipping; before 3 p.m. on December 23 with next-day shipping; and December 24 with in-store pick-up on select orders.
Bloomingdale's: Order with standard shipping through December 17 and order by 1 p.m. local time on December 24 for same-day delivery.
Crate & Barrel: Get guaranteed delivery in time for December 25 when you order by December 15 with standard shipping, December 19 with premium shipping, or December 21 with express shipping.
Cuisinart: Enjoy free shipping but order by December 13 to get your order by December 23.
Etsy: Although it may vary by seller, the recommended order-by deadline for the holidays is December 17.
Jungalow: Order in-stock items by December 4.
Kohl's: Order by December 19 with two-day shipping and December 20 with one-day shipping by 1 p.m. CST.
L.L. Bean: With free shipping on orders $50+, shop by midnight EST on December 19.
Lowe's: Order by noon on December 18 on orders $45+ and by noon EST on December 22 with next-day delivery.
Macy's: Order by December 18 with standard, premium, and express shipping. In select areas, you can order as late as December 24 at 10 a.m. local time with same-day delivery.
Nordstrom: Order by December 16 with free standard shipping and by noon EST December 23 with next-day shipping.
Old Navy: Order by December 17 with free standard shipping on orders $50+ and December 23 before 3 p.m. EST with next-day delivery.
Overstock: Place your order by 10 a.m. MST with ground shipping, December 17 by 10 a.m. MST with three-day select shipping, December 21 by 10 a.m. MST with second-day air shipping, and December 22 by 9 a.m. MST with next-day air shipping.
Parachute: Place your order by December 16 to make sure you get your Parachute haul in time for Christmas.
Pottery Barn: Order by December 18 with standard shipping or December 23 by 6 p.m. PST with next-day shipping.
Target: With free two-day shipping on orders $35+, you can order as late as December 21.
Terrain: Order select beauty and home decor by 10 a.m. EST on December 11, 10 a.m. EST on December 18 with standard shipping, 10 a.m. EST on December 21 with express shipping, and 10 a.m. EST on December 22 with overnight shipping.
Urban Outfitters: Order by 11:59 p.m. EST on December 18 with standard and express shipping and 9 p.m. EST on December 23 with rush shipping.
Verishop: If you plan on using two-day shipping, the last day you can order from Verishop is December 21.
Walmart: Shop until December 21 with free two-day shipping on orders $35+ (eligible items only).
West Elm: With standard shipping, you can place an order on December 18 at the latest.
Williams Sonoma: Place your order by December 18 with standard shipping.
World Market: Order by 11:59 p.m. PST on December 13 with ground shipping, noon PST on December 18 with second-day shipping, and noon PST on December 21 with overnight shipping.