Christmas 2012 online shopping deadlines

Last-minute shoppers: Here are your 2012 online shopping deadlines to get those last-minute tech gifts delivered by Christmas.

If you're reading this, it probably means you haven't finished your Christmas shopping yet. There's still time, however. We've put together a list of some popular online retailers and their deadlines for getting those last-minute tech gifts delivered by Christmas.

These deadlines apply to the 48 contiguous U.S. states only and on items that are in stock. Some retailers with physical stores may have last-minute in-store pickup options as well. Check out the links to each store's deadlines for more details.


Amazon.com
Choose these shipping options by the listed cutoff date to receive your order by December 24.

Cutoff date Shipping option
Dec. 19 Standard shipping or free Super Saver shipping (by noon PT)
Dec. 20 Two-day shipping
Dec. 21 Two-day shipping by 4 p.m. PT or one-day shipping
Dec. 22 One-day shipping by noon PT
Dec. 24 Local express delivery (where available)
Dec. 25 E-mail and printable gift cards only

Amazon's deadlines.


Apple
Deadline for iPad with Retina Display, iPad 2, iPod, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, and Apple TV. Note that these items are all nonengraved or noncustomized.

Cutoff date Shipping option
Dec. 18 Free two- to three-day shipping (order by midnight)
Dec. 21 Next-day shipping (order by midnight)

Apple's deadlines.


Barnes & Noble
Choose the shipping options by the cutoff date to receive your Nook order by December 24.

Cutoff date Shipping option
Dec. 18 Free standard shipping
Dec. 19 Express shipping
Dec. 21 Expedited shipping (by 8 a.m. PT)

Barnes & Noble's deadlines.


Best Buy
Choose the shipping options by the cutoff date to receive your order by December 24.

Cutoff date Shipping option
Dec. 19 Standard shipping, before 10 a.m. PT
Dec. 20 Expedited shipping, before 10 a.m. PT (not guaranteed; best attempt)
Dec. 21 Express shipping, before 10 a.m. PT (not guaranteed; best attempt)

Best Buy's deadlines.


Buy.com
Choose the shipping options by the cutoff date to receive your order by December 24.

Cutoff date Shipping option
Dec. 20 Second-day air (excludes sports and bags)
Dec. 21 Next-day air (excludes sports and bags)

Buy.com's deadlines.


Newegg
Choose the shipping options by the cutoff date to receive your order by December 24.

Cutoff date Shipping option
Dec. 19 Three-day, ordered and verified by 3:30 p.m. PT
Dec. 20 Two-day, ordered and verified by 3:30 p.m. PT
Dec. 21 Next day, ordered and verified by 3:30 p.m. PT

Newegg's deadlines.


Target
Qualifying items that show the Seasonal Shipping option will be delivered by December 24.

Cutoff date Shipping option
Dec. 19 Premium delivery (order by 9 p.m. PT)
Dec. 20 Express delivery (order by 9 p.m. PT)

Target's deadline.


ThinkGeek
Choose the shipping options by the cutoff date to receive your order by December 24.

Cutoff date Shipping option
Dec. 19 UPS Ground & three-day (order by 5 a.m. PT)
Dec. 20 UPS two-day (order by 9 a.m. PT)
Dec. 21 UPS next-day

ThinkGeek's deadlines.


Walmart
Choose the shipping options by the cutoff date to receive your order by December 24.

Cutoff date Shipping option
Dec. 18 Home free shipping and standard shipping
Dec. 20 Expedited shipping
Dec. 21 Rush shipping

Walmart's deadlines.

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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