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Last-Minute Christmas Shopping? 3 Tips to Make It Less Hectic at Target

Still need a few more gifts? Target has you covered, and the retailer is looking to make things easy this year.

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Target wants to make sure your holiday season is a success, even if it's last minute.

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Christmas will be here in just a few days, so there's not much time left to buy gifts for your friends and family. Even though we're certain that you have all the gifts you need, there is always a chance that you might unexpectedly need to buy more gifts for someone you didn't plan for, especially if you're showing up to a holiday party.

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If you need some help, this Target tip is here to stop you from scrambling and so you don't show up empty-handed.

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Using order pickup

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There's a wide variety of gifts for the whole family.


Even if it's too late for shipping, what you can do is use order pickup. Order pickup is such an easy way to get something online, by having you search, place your order and then pick it up in-store without the hassle of crowds. 

On Target's order pickup page, everything is already broken down by gift types, making it easier for you to search. Here are a few categories:

  • Gifts for her
  • Gifts for him
  • Gifts for kids
  • Gifts for teens

You can place online orders when you're using order pickup all the way up until 6 p.m. local time on Christmas Eve

Using Drive Up


Using Drive Up can help you spend less time in store and have a contactless shopping experience.


If you prefer never leaving your car, you can use the Drive Up service. In order to use Drive Up, you have to use the Target app, which you can download on Android and Apple devices. Here's how Drive Up works:

  • Choose your store and shop as needed
  • Switch to Drive Up in the Target app
  • Arrive at the Drive Up location and let someone know you're there

You also have by 6 p.m. local time on Christmas Eve to pick up your online orders when you're using Drive Up.

Using same-day delivery with Shipt

Using Shipt is a little different than the other two options. If you plan on going this route, you have till 4 p.m. local time for same-day delivery. That said, using Shipt is very easy. Here are four ways you can place an order using same day delivery:

  • Visit the same-day delivery home page on Target
  • Select same-day delivery when shopping for eligible items on Target
  • Select shop by category or on the essentials tab on the Target app
  • Place a Target order on Shipt.com or the Shipt app

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