Gift Guide // Last-Minute Christmas Shopping Survival Guide

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Posted By: Jamie

Black Friday shopping? Umm...I was still recovering from hosting Thanksgiving and didn't make it out the door. Small Business Saturday? Oh my goodness, I adore this concept and I sure had a blast window shopping ...on Instagram, that is. Cyber Monday? Nope. Let it slip on by. Free Shipping Thursday? Missed that too. Didn't even know it was "a thing". And Super Saturday? I'd seriously rather have a root canal than shop in all that madness. So, this brings me to today, just three days shy of Christmas. And here I am, once again this year, without my shopping done. A true, authentic holiday procrastinator.

After a lot of frantic Google searches for retailers still guaranteeing delivery before Christmas as well as stores staying open freakishly late, I thought I'd share my finds with you. (Please be sure to double-check individual retailers' websites and/or call participating stores before purchasing online or venturing out to the store, as some info can be subject to change.)

Happy holidays to all my fellow procrastinators! May the force be with you!


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Delivery Guaranteed Before Christmas


Had to take a double-take when I first read this because it's THAT amazing. Amazon is offering SAME DAY delivery on Christmas Eve in select cities (Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, DC, Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, Chicago, Indianapolis and Seattle). Orders must be placed by 10 a.m. on 12/24 to qualify. Or, order by 12/22 and receive free two-day shipping with no minimum order if you sign up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon. Details at amazon.com.

Pottern Barn

Order by 12 noon EST on 12/22 for standard shipping. Or for rush shipping, order by 9 pm EST on 12/23 for delivery on Christmas Eve. Does not apply to monogramming. Pottery Barn

Restoration Hardware

Order by 12 noon EST on 12/22 for delivery by Christmas Eve. Restoration Hardware


Order by 12 noon EST on 12/22 for standard shipping. (Free shipping on all orders with no minimum. Enter FREESHIP. Some exceptions apply). Order by 9 pm EST on 12/23 for rush delivery on Christmas Eve. Does not apply to monogramming. Williams-Sonoma


The Westerville, Ohio-based bakery known for its buttercream-frosted cookies, is promising free guaranteed Christmas delivery for orders placed by 3 p.m. EST Monday, 12/22. These are especially good for last minute client gifts. The cookies are ah-mazing!  Cheryls.com


Free guaranteed Christmas delivery on macys.com orders placed by Monday 12/22, as well as a larger selection of items eligible for buy-online, pick-it-up-in-store.

Best Buy

This retailer will upgrade shipping from standard to two-day for free on purchases of at least $35 from BestBuy.com. Those who place their orders by 11:30 EST on Monday 12/22 (two days later than last year) can get them delivered by Christmas.

Consumers who order by Wednesday 12/24 can get overnight shipping -- for a fee. Or they can order online up until 4 p.m. Christmas Eve and pick up their items in store before doors close at 6 p.m.


Order by 12/23. Free standard shipping with no minimum on most merchandise. Details at Nordstrom.com


Free shipping (and free returns!) on orders placed before 11:59 p.m ET on 12/22. Orders will arrive before Christmas. Bloomingdales.com


To receive free shipping (and free returns!) on your in-stock item, order by 6 p.m. ET 12/22 and enter code HOLIDAY at checkout. (Not valid on international orders or items that ship directly from vendors). See Saks for more details.

L.L. Bean

Order by 12/22. Free standard delivery, with no minimum, to all U.S. states. Details at llbean.com.


Order by 12/22, 4 p.m. EST. Free two-day shipping on all orders, with no minimum. Details at zappos.com.



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Extended In-Store Hours


Opened at 6 a.m. on 12/19 and will remain open through 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. This is more than 100 hours of continuous shopping!

Toys 'R' Us 

Open from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, through Monday, Dec. 22. Then, starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, stores will stay open through 9 p.m. Christmas Eve.


Extending store hours until New Year's Eve, staying open until midnight on certain days, or between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on others. Customers can order items for same-day store pickup as late as 5 p.m. on Dec. 24. Target also has savings on HDTVs, PlayStation 4, and tablets from now until Christmas Eve.


Stores will be open 24 hours on 12/22 - 12/23. Will be open from 12 a.m. to 6 pm on Christmas Eve.


My dear friends, if you stumble upon any others, please leave the info in the comments. Happy shopping and most importantly, happy holidays!

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