Online Shopping Deadlines for Christmas 2011

Waiting until the last minute to order that gift? Check this list for your cutoff date.

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The Christmas countdown is on! Of course, we know that a lot of you probably haven’t even started shopping yet. If you don’t want to brave the last-minute Christmas shopping crowds, it’s still very possible to order something online and have it get there in time for the big day.

A few retailers are offering free expedited shipping, with others making it possible to pick up purchases at a local retail outlet. Either way, you’ll want to check this list, if you want to get that last-minute purchase under the tree in time.

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We’ve made a list of our favorite major retailers and their shipping deadlines. We’ve even checked it twice! Check out the complete list below, but know that some may require premium shipping fees, so you’d better start (finally) shopping soon!

Abt Electronics

  • Dec. 19: 3-day shipping

  • Dec. 20: 2-day shipping
  • Dec. 21: Free Abt delivery and UPS Local. Both are only available in select cities; check the Abt website for more info.
  • Dec. 22: Next-day air
  • Dec. 24: Order by 6:00 p.m. local time for in-store pickup

Amazon

  • Dec. 19: Order by 8:00 p.m. PST for free 2-day shipping (varies by item)

  • Dec. 19: 1-day shipping for $3.99 per item, last full day to order
  • Dec. 22: Order by 4:30 p.m. for 1-day shipping for $3.99 per item (varies by item)
  • Dec. 23: Last-minute Christmas delivery for $9.99 per item (for Amazon Prime members only, varies by item)
  • Dec. 24: Local express delivery for $3.99 per item. Available in select cities, only; see Amazon for more details.
  • Dec. 25: E-mail and printable gift cards only

Apple
Engraved and non-engraved iPod or iPad

  • Dec. 19: 2-3 day shipping

  • Dec. 21: Free next day shipping (non-engraved items only)

iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, Mac and Apple TV

  • Dec. 19: 2-3 day shipping

  • Dec. 21: Free next day shipping

Best Buy

  • Dec. 20: Order by 11:00 a.m. EST for Standard, Expedited, Express or Store Pickup

  • Dec. 21: Order by 11:00 a.m. EST for Expedited, Express or Store Pickup
  • Dec. 22: Order by 11:00 a.m. EST for Express or Store Pickup
  • Dec. 24: Order by 3:00 p.m. local time for Store Pickup

Fry’s

  • Dec. 21: Order by 4:00 p.m. EST for 2-day shipping

  • Dec. 22: Order by 6:00 p.m. EST for overnight shipping

GameStop

  • Dec. 20: Order by 12:00 p.m. EST for free 3-day ground shipping

  • Dec. 21: Order by 12:00 p.m. EST for 2-day shipping
  • Dec. 22: Order by 12:00 p.m. EST for overnight shipping

HH Greg

  • Dec. 19: Order by 5:00 p.m. EST for standard shipping

  • Dec. 20: Order by 11:59 p.m. EST for express shipping
  • Dec. 22: Order by 12:00 p.m. EST for pick up in the store

J&R
All shipping not listed varies by location and shipping method. See JR.com for more information.

  • Dec. 21: Express Mail and UPS 2-day for Music and Movie Titles

  • Dec. 22: UPS 1-day for Music and Movie Titles

Newegg

  • Dec. 19: Order by midnight PST for UPS and Fed Ex 3-day; Newegg 2-day and Newegg Next Day available

  • Dec. 20: Order by 3:30 p.m. PST for UPS and Fed Ex 3-day; Newegg 2-day and Newegg Next Day available
  • Dec. 21: Order by 3:30 p.m. PST for Newegg 2-day; Newegg Next Day available
  • Dec. 22: Order by 3:30 p.m. PST for Newegg Next Day
  • Dec. 23: Local-same day shipping by 11:00 a.m local time, will call by 3:30pm PST. Both are only available in select cities; check the Newegg website for more info.

PC Richard

  • Dec. 19: Order by 12:00 p.m. EST for ground shipping

  • Dec. 20: Order by 12:00 p.m. EST for 3-day shipping
  • Dec. 21: Order by 12:00 p.m. EST for 2-day shipping
  • Dec. 22: Order by 12:00 p.m. EST for overnight shipping

Sears

  • Dec. 19: Order by 4:00 p.m. CST for free ground shipping

  • Dec. 22: Order by 12:00 p.m. EST for next-day shipping

Target

  • Dec. 20: Choose Seasonal Shipping by 8:59 p.m. PST

Walmart

  • Dec. 20: Standard shipping

  • Dec. 21: Rush shipping
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