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Last-minute Christmas gifts: When and where to order
See a list of cutoff ordering dates from top online stores to have gifts in time for December 25.
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If you’re in a scramble to finish up holiday gifting, we feel you. Your best bet for making sure everything arrives on time is curbside pickup, since you can usually place an order and have it in your hands the same day. Otherwise, you could get hit with hefty express shipping fees.
Below are some top options for last-minute Christmas gift shopping, complete with delivery deadlines.
Top stores to shop for last-minute gifts
Note: While these dates are accurate according to information from each retailer, delivery in time for Christmas can’t be 100% guaranteed, as individual carriers may experience delays around the holiday season. Place your orders as soon as possible to minimize stress.
|What does it sell?||Is curbside pickup available?||Cutoff date for Dec 25 delivery|
|6pm||Clothing, accessories, toys, tech, furniture — really, everything under the sun||No — online only|
|Abercrombie & Fitch||Clothing and accessories for teens||Yes|
|Amazon||Everything||No — online only|
Some Prime members in eligible areas can get same-day delivery on Dec 24 for orders over $35
|Barnes & Noble||Books, journals and toys||Yes|
|Bass Pro Shops||Outdoor gear and clothing||Yes|
|Belk||Clothing, shoes and accessories for adults and kids||Yes — and you’ll get an extra 10% off|
|Bloomingdales||Clothing, shoes and accessories for adults and kids||Yes|
|Cabela’s||Outdoor gear and clothing||Yes|
|Chewy||Pet food, toys and more||No — online only|
|Eddie Bauer||Clothing and accessories for adults and kids||Yes|
|Express||Clothing and accessories for adults||Yes — at select locations|
|Forever 21||Fashion for adults and kids, including plus size||Yes|
|Frye||Leather shoes and accessories for adults and kids||No — online only|
|GameStop||Games, toys and entertainment||Yes|
|Harry & David||Gift baskets and gourmet food and wine||No — online only|
|Kohl’s||Clothing, accessories, toys, gadgets and more||Yes|
|Macy’s||Clothing, accessories, shoes, home goods and more||Yes|
|New Balance||Sneakers and athletic gear for men, women and kids||No. Visit a New Balance store near you to shop in person.|
|Muck Boots||Waterproof boots for men, women and kids that can withstand the elements.||No. Use its store locator to see if there’s a location near you.|
|Neiman Marcus||Clothing, accessories, shoes, home goods and more||Yes|
|Nordstrom||Clothing, accessories, shoes, home goods and more||Yes|
|Pottery Barn||Home goods||Yes|
|Ralph Lauren||Clothes and accessories for adults and kids, along with home goods||No — online only|
|Sephora||Makeup and beauty||Yes|
|Shutterfly||Photos and customized home goods, dishware and more||No — online only|
|Target||Clothing, home goods, tech, toys and more||Yes|
|Tervis||Drinkware including tumblrs, water bottles, mugs and more, including options that you can customize.||No — online only|
|Ugg||Sheepskin shoes, slippers, boots and accessories||No — online only|
|Ulta||Makeup and beauty||Yes|
|Victoria’s Secret||Lingerie and loungewear||Yes|
|Walmart||Clothing, home goods, tech, toys and more||Yes|
|Zappos||Shoes and clothing for adults and kids||No — online only|
How to get last-minute curbside pickup for Christmas
You generally have two options for last-minute curbside pickup:
- Order online and pick up in store. Lots of retailers, big and small, have been offering this throughout the extent of the pandemic, and Christmastime is no different. Just go through the checkout process as usual, and select store pickup instead of shipping.
- Call and order over the phone. If there’s a small business or boutique in your neighborhood that doesn’t have curbside pickup available as an online checkout option, give them a call. Most retailers will be happy to facilitate the transaction over the phone, and you can arrange curbside pickup then.
Frantic and in a pinch? We can personally vouch for using curbside pickup at Barnes & Noble, which has over 600 locations around the US. While local bookstores may be preferable, Barnes & Noble’s curbside pickup process is stress-free, and can help ease your mind if you’re desperate to pick up those presents ASAP.
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