Late for a Very Important Date? 16 Retailers That Offer Free Shipping in Time for Christmas

Late for a Very Important Date? 16 Retailers That Offer Free Shipping in Time for Christmas

In an ideal world you would have hatched out your holiday gift list for every member of the family by Thanksgiving and crossed off every item before the tryptophan kicked in.

But in reality, you've barely had time to tackle your holiday to-do list between the parties, the travel, and the general end-of-year chaos. Before you know it Christmas will be around the corner.

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Then, the panic sets in: You need presents, and you needed them ... yesterday. The good news is that you can turn to the good ol' internet to find presents for even the pickiest of family members. The bad news? You'll probably have to shell out an extra $20 to expedite those orders.

If you're not too keen on frittering away your holiday budget on high S&H fees, don't fret. From clothing to toys to tech gadgets, we’ve rounded up a list of the top online retailers offering free shipping this season. Just pay close attention to the "order by" date—plus any special restrictions—and you won't have to shell out a fortune to ensure that a package is under the tree come Christmas morning.

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458560921General Retailers

Amazon

Order By: December 22
The Fine Print: Free two-day shipping with no minimum order if you sign up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime. But if you won't use Prime past the holidays, don't forget to cancel—a membership will run you $99 per year.
Details at amazon.com.

Target

Order By: December 20
The Fine Print: Free standard shipping during the season, with no minimum. The deal is valid only on shipping in the 48 continental states.
Details at target.com.

Kmart

Order By: December 18
The Fine Print: Free two-day shipping on most items when you sign up for a free 90-day trial of "Shop Your Way Max" (a one-year membership is $39). Otherwise, you can snag free shipping when you spend $59 or more.
Details at kmart.com.

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Apparel Retailers

tshirtsL.L. Bean

Order By: December 22
The Fine Print: Free standard delivery—with no minimum—to all U.S. states.
Details at llbean.com.

 Zappos

Order By: December 22, 1 p.m. PST
The Fine Print: Free two-day shipping on all orders, with no minimum.
Details at zappos.com.

Nordstrom

Order By: December 23
The Fine Print: Free standard shipping with no minimum on most merchandise. (Order by December 16 for delivery to P.O. Boxes.)
Details at nordstrom.com.

Shopbop

Order By: December 18
The Fine Print: Free ground shipping on all orders, with delivery in three business days or less.
Details at shopbop.com.

DSW

Order By: December 12
The Fine Print: 
Free standard shipping on orders of $35 or more within continental U.S.
Details at 
DSW.com.

American Eagle

Order By: December 15
The Fine Print: Free standard shipping on all orders throughout the season. Orders ship within three to seven business days.
Details ae.com

160543655Home and Tech Retailers

Barnes & Noble

Order By: December 16
The Fine Print: Free shipping on most orders of $25 or more.
Details at barnesandnoble.com.

Apple

Order By: December 17
The Fine Print: Free two-day shipping on most in-stock items, with no minimum.
Details at apple.com.

Linens 'n Things

Order By: December 12
The Fine Print: Free standard shipping on all orders to the continental 48 states.
Details at lnt.com.

Wag

Order By: December 20
The Fine Print: Free two-day shipping on orders of $49 or more.
Details at wag.com.

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156354869Kids and Toys Retailers

Toys "R" Us

Order By: December 12
The Fine Print: Free shipping on most items with an order of $49 or more in contiguous U.S.
Details at toysrus.com.

GameStop

Order By: December 10
The Fine Print: 
Free standard shipping on all in-stock orders of $25 or more.
Details at gamestop.com.

Pottery Barn Kids

Order By: December 22 at 9 a.m. PST
The Fine Print: Free standard shipping on over 1,500 select items.
Details at potterybarnkids.com.

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