The Definitive Guide to Last-Minute Gift Shopping to Guarantee Christmas Delivery

updated Jul 21, 2020
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It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to do some gift shopping! We’re sharing our favorite picks for anyone on your list—check out all of our gift guides here!

Feeling a little behind on holiday gift shopping? Don’t sweat it! You’ve still got time to find that perfect gift, without paying those ridiculously exorbitant shipping fees. Tons of retailers are offering extended shopping deadlines, plus convenient delivery options so you can get your gifts in before the Christmas morning eggnog is served and discreetly tuck them under the tree without anyone being the wiser.

To save you the hassle of figuring out who’s offering what, we rounded up the top retailers and listed their shipping deadlines. While every retailer has a different timeline and offer, make sure you carefully read the fine print before placing your orders. Happy gifting and happy holidays!


If you’re really in a bind, Anthro’s got your back. The whimsical-meets-boho retailer has upped the ante with a selection of top gifts that are currently up to 50 percent off. Plus, you can score an additional 30 percent off on sale styles. If you’re looking for options, consider this bistro tiled monogrammed mug as a no-fail present for co-workers, friends or even stocking stuffers for close family. If you’re having your presents shipped, be sure to get those orders in by 1 p.m. EST on Dec. 20 for standard delivery, free with a $50 purchase.

Buy: Tiled Margot Monogram Mug, $12 $7.60 at Anthropologie

Urban Outfitters

For today only, Urban Outfitters is offering a sweet deal that can make your last-minute shopping frenzy a breezy experience. The multi-tiered offer includes: Buy one item get 15 percent off your entire purchase, and buy two get 20 percent off and 25 percent off on thee items or more items. We’re loving this Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Clear Lens Instant Camera in a dreamy rose or vibrant orange hue with a built-in selfie mirror.

Buy: Fujifilm UO Exclusive Instax Mini 9 Clear Lens Instant Camera, $69 $49 at Urban Outfitters

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Wrap up your Macy’s shopping by 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 21 for delivery by Christmas Eve. If you’re buying online but picking up your package in-store, you have until 3 p.m., Dec. 24 to get your orders in. There are a ton of deep discounts to score right now, but the deal on this Martha Stewart Cast Iron Dutch Oven is particularly good. For starters, it’s a reader favorite and the quality and performance rivals those of pricier legacy brands. It’s an ideal gift for that person on your list who loves whipping up a delicious storm in the kitchen.

Buy: Martha Stewart Collection Enameled Cast Iron Round 6-Qt. Dutch Oven, $179.99 $62.99 at Macy’s

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With Walmart’s commitment to free two-day delivery, you’ll be all set to get your packages in by Christmas Eve if you place your orders in by 2 p.m. EST on Dec. 22. The big-box retailer has a ton of ridiculously good deals on tech gadgets and electronics like this Apple Watch that’s almost 30 percent off. The Series 3 model comes with GPS to track your daily activities like steps, sleeps and heart rate, while keeping you connected to your favorite apps. Don’t forget to check out this list for wellness and self-care gifts at almost 50 percent off.

Buy: Apple Watch Series 3 GPS – 42mm – Sport Band – Aluminum Case, $229 $309 at Walmart

Parachute Home

There’s nothing quite as thoughtful as gifting a loved one a set of luxe linens. Get your Parachute orders in by 11:59 p.m. PST on Dec. 19. Whether you pick the buttery-soft best-selling sheets or the plush, cozy robe—there’s no real wrong decision to be made here.

Buy: Cloud Cotton Robe, S-XL, $99 at Parachute Home

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West Elm

It’s about to get colder, and soon we won’t even have Christmas lights and decorations to keep us warm. A faux fur blanket from West Elm is just what we (and everyone we know!) need to survive the next three months. And there’s much more to love from West Elm, including lots of promotions such as up to 40 percent off on gifts and bedding, and up to 30 percent off select furniture. Just be sure to order by 10 p.m. PST on Dec. 21 for delivery before Christmas. If you select something personalized, it needs to be ordered by 4 p.m. PST on Dec. 20.

Buy: Faux Fur Throw in Leopard Ombre, $99 $39.99 at West Elm

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If you’re heading to Nordstrom for last-minute presents, look for the green banner that says “Arrives by Christmas Eve.” For free next day shipping in select zip codes in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and Dallas, you have the same deadline. If you’re buying online and picking your package in-store, make sure you get your orders in by Dec. 24 at 3 p.m. EST. Keep the gifts extra cozy with a pair of comfy UGG slippers that anyone will love.

Buy: UGG Genuine Shearling Slipper, $119.95 at Nordstrom

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Sometimes, the best gift is a framed photo or keepsake. Head to Framebridge, and simply upload a photo by Dec. 19 at the latest to get a customized 9×11 frame by Christmas. Of course, other sizes and frames are available too, and with a longer lead time, you can also mail-in your art to be framed.

Buy: The Henry, 9″ x 11″, $45 at Framebridge

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Order by 10 p.m. PST on Dec. 22 and your Lululemon purchase will arrive by Christmas Eve. If your lucky recipient already owns like 12 pairs of Align leggings, another great option is a foldable yoga mat, made of sustainable rubber that is designed for yogi on-the-go. Plus, there are several other stylish options to choose from.

Buy: Carry Onwards Mat, $88 at Lululemon

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For that outdoorsy person on your list, there is no better place to shop than REI, which is also offering up to 40 percent off on last minute gifts. Order by noon EST on Dec. 20 for delivery before Christmas. A timeless pick that is useful for way more than just camping trips is a Yeti double-walled stainless steel tumbler with 20,000 positive reviews. It comes in nine colors and keeps hot and cold beverages at their intended temperatures for hours. It also has a clear lid that is magnetized and spill-resistant.

Buy: YETI Rambler Tumbler with MagSlider Lid, $30 at REI

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Fox Stripe Mini Tray

If you’re looking for sweet presents for all the little kids on your list, Favor has a ton of cute options under $50. We are particularly loving this cheery tray with Mr. Fox gazing out at us. It’s the perfect size for little hands carrying snacks back and forth from the kitchen or even storing knick-knacks and toys. While you still have to pay a shipping fee, you’ll get your orders in by Christmas Day.

Buy: Fox Stripe Mini Tray, $20 $14 at Favor