Procrastinate much? Here are the 2013 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

By on December 13, 2013

free-shipping-dayWith just 12 days till Christmas, we’re in the home stretch run now. By the end of next week, the window will be closing for Christmas Eve delivery on online purchases.

Watch for the 6th Annual Free Shipping Day on Wednesday, December 18th, when over 750 merchants (and counting) will be offering  online shoppers free standard shipping with no minimum and guaranteed Christmas delivery. See the full list of participating retailers.

We have created a quick reference chart for you as well as a detailed rundown of holiday shipping deadlines for 15 of the top online retailers so you can avoid a major holiday fail:

Quick Reference Chart
Store Express Shipping Deadline Store Details Page
Amazon 12/23/2013 Amazon Deadlines
Apple 12/22/2013 Apple Store Deadlines
Best Buy 12/22/2013 (10AM PT) Best Buy Deadlines
Dell 12/22/2013 (10PM PT) Dell Deadlines
Gamestop 12/23/2013 GameStop Ordering Deadlines
GAP & Old Navy 12/23/2013 (12PM PT) GAP Deadlines
HP 12/20/2013 (7PM PT) HP Deadlines
JCPenney 12/23/2003 (12PM PT) JCPenney Deadlines
Macy's 12/22/2013 (2PM PT) Macy's Deadlines
Microsoft Store 12/23/2013 Microsoft Store Deadlines
Newegg 12/23/2013 (12PM PT) Newegg Deadlines
Sony Store 12/20/2013 Sony Store Deadlines
Target Not Available Target Deadlines
Toys R Us 12/23/2013 (9AM PT) Toys R Us Deadlines
Walmart 12/22/2013 Walmart Deadlines


Detailed Breakdown of Shipping Deadlines


Shipping Cutoff: Last day for free shipping (Non-Prime): Dec 17th; Standard shipping: Dec 18th; Two-day shipping Dec 21st; One-day shipping: Dec 23rd.

Shipping Cost:  Non-Prime Shipping is free on orders $35 or more from products fulfilled by Amazon. Amazon Prime customers get free two-day shipping on all orders (30-day free trial).



Shipping Cutoff: Last day for Standard Shipping (non-engraved iPad Air & iPad mini with Retina Display): Dec. 16th; Last day for Standard Shipping (non-customized Macs & non-engraved iPads/iPhones): Dec 18th; Next Day Shipping: Dec 22nd.

Shipping Cost: Standard shipping is currently free on all orders through Dec 22nd.


best-buy-logo-smallShipping Cutoff: Last day for oversized items: Dec. 17th; Standard Shipping: Dec 20th (12PM PT / 3PM ET); Three-day shipping: Dec 21st (10AM PT / 1PM ET); Two-day shipping: Dec 22nd (10AM PT / 1PM ET).

Shipping Cost: Free shipping on orders $25 or more. Orders can also be picked up in-store on Dec. 24th (before 4PM local), excluding ship-to-store.


dell-logo-smallShipping Cutoff: Last day for 5-7 Day Shipping: Dec 14th; 2nd Business Day Shipping: Dec 21st; and Next Day Business Day Shipping: Dec 22nd.

Shipping Cost: 5-7 Day Shipping is free on all orders.


GameStop-logo-1Shipping Cutoff: Last day for Standard (Ground) Shipping: Dec 18th; Two-Day Shipping: Dec 20th; and One-Day Shipping: Dec 23rd.

Shipping Cost: Free standard shipping on $50 or more; it’s $6 for orders under $50. Two-day shipping is $7 and one-day shipping is $10. Brick & mortar locations will be open until 8PM (local) on Dec. 24th.


Gap-logo(Also for BANANA REPUBLIC and OLD NAVY stores)
Shipping Cutoff: Same deadlines for Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy. Last day for Free Shipping on $50+: Dec 19th (9PM PT / 12AM ET); Two-Day Shipping: Dec 20th (12PM PT / 3PM PT); and One-Day Shipping: Dec 23rd (12PM PT / 3PM PT).

Shipping Cost: Standard Shipping is $7 and free on orders over $50. Two-Day Shipping is $17, and One-Day Shipping is $22. Returns have free shipping.



Shipping Cutoff: Last day for Standard Shipping (customizable laptops): Dec. 13th; Last day for Standard Shipping (ready-to-ship items): Dec 16th (7PM PT / 10PM ET); Two Business Day Shipping (customizable laptops): Dec 14th to 17th; and Two Business Day Shipping (ready-to-ship items): Dec 20th (7PM PT / 10PM ET).

Shipping Cost: Free standard shipping on most items and free two business day shipping for configurable PCs and monitors.



Shipping Cutoff: Last day for Ship-to-Store: Dec 17th; Standard Shipping: Dec 19th; Three-Day Express Shipping: Dec 20th (12PM PT / 3PM ET); and Two-Day Express Shipping: Dec 23rd (12PM PT / 3PM ET).

Shipping Cost: Ship-to-store is free on orders $25 or more; for orders below that amount, it’s $2.95. Standard Shipping is $8 and free on orders over $49. Three-Day Express Shipping starts at $15, and Two-Day Express Shipping starts at $25.



Shipping Cutoff: Last day for Standard Shipping (Free on $99+): Dec 21st; Premium Shipping: Dec 21st; and Express Shipping: Dec 22nd at (2PM PT / 5PM ET).

Shipping Cost: Standard Shipping is $10 and free on orders $99 and over. Premium Shipping is $20, and Express Shipping is $30.



Shipping Cutoff: Last day for guaranteed Christmas Eve delivery is Dec. 21st at 10AM PT / 1PM ET. Free UPS shipping will be provided in three phases: UPS 2nd Day from Dec 12th to 18th (10AM PT / 1PM PT); UPS Next Day from Dec 18th (10AM PT / 1PM PT) to 21st (10AM PT / 1PM PT): and UPS Next Day (non-guaranteed Christmas delivery) from Dec.  21st (10AM PT / 1PM PT) through Dec. 23rd.

Shipping Cost: Free though December 23rd.



Shipping Cutoff: Last day for Super EggSaver shipping: Dec 16th (12PM local); Three-day shipping: Dec 19th (12PM local); Two-day shipping: Dec. 21st (9AM local); Next-day shipping: Dec 23rd (12PM local). Local same day shipping will be available in select cities on the 24th before 9AM (local).

Shipping Cost: Super EggSaver shipping is free; after that, it’s based on the purchase. Will-call pickup is free and available until 2PM (local) on Dec. 24th.



Shipping Cutoff: Last day for Standard Shipping (most products, not including custom computers): Dec 16th; Last day for Standard Shipping (TVs 55″ and up): Dec 17th; Two-Day Express Shipping: Dec 19th; and One-Day Shipping: Dec 20th.

Shipping Cost: Through December 17th, two-day shipping is free on all orders over $50, excluding TVs 55″ and up. Free ground shipping is available for any order $25 and up.



Shipping Cutoff: Target Holiday Shipping Deadlines are not currently available, but standard shipping takes 3 to 5 business days; premium shipping takes 2 business days and express shipping takes one business day.

Shipping Cost: Some individual items may qualify for free standard shipping. Also, there’s free shipping on qualifying orders of $50 or more. Get 5% off and free standard shipping on all purchases with the Target REDcard  (free to join).



Shipping Cutoff: Last day for Standard shipping: Dec 19th (12PM PT / 3PM ET); Two-day Expedited shipping Dec 20th (12PM PT / 3PM ET); One-day Express shipping: Dec 23rd (9AM PT / 12PM ET).

Shipping Cost: Free shipping is available on many items with the red free shipping label. Otherwise, shipping is $7.99 for orders less than $49 on qualifying items. Orders can still be picked up in-store up to the 24th.



Shipping Cutoff: Last day for Standard Shipping and Site-to-Store: Dec 19th; Expedited Shipping: Dec 20th; Rush Shipping: Dec 22nd.

Shipping Cost: Free site-to-store / FedEx Office shipping or same-day in-store pickup is available for many items. Shipping to home is free on orders $35 or more. Same-day in-store pickup orders are available until 12pm (local) on Dec. 23rd.


– Mike Flacy contributed to this report

About Joe Warner

I'm the senior editor of The CheckOut. I am an aficionado of shiny gadgets and classic Hollywood movies and can also tell you the names of the late '80s Swedish Davis Cup team members.

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