Shipping deadlines creep closer for holiday deals

Wondering just how long you can sit on the sidelines before shopping for all those toys, sweaters, gourmet cookies and other gifts for the holidays?

If you're buying presents online or want to make sure a gift gets there on time, take a look at the calendar. We're bumping into some shipping deadlines.

Get moving by Friday, for example, if you want free shipping on many orders at Amazon.com. 

"One of the bigger changes this year is Amazon's minimum order size to qualify for free shipping is now only $25," said Phillip Dengler, co-owner of BestBlackFriday.com.

"It was $49 last holiday season, and Amazon lowered it to $25 this past May." 

At Wal-Mart, the minimum order size to qualify for free shipping was $50 last year. But it's now $35 and Wal-Mart upgraded free shipping to a two-day option. 

Best Buy and Target are still offering free shipping on most orders with no minimum for the next few weeks.

Everyone loves to buy online for free shipping but if you wait too long, you're spending far more money out of your holiday budget to expedite shipping.

While UPS had some delivery delays after a record online sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the company said it is overcoming bottlenecks that took place after Thanksgiving.

"UPS was asked to deliver more than we had forecast as a result of such strong e-commerce demand," said Steve Gaut, vice president for public relations for UPS in Atlanta.

But he said the company has shifted resources to areas where staffing or equipment was needed to handle excess volume. 

Here's a quick look at some of the deadlines for retailers and FedEx, UPS, and the U.S. post office. The list was created by BestBlackFriday.com.

Look to see what restrictions might apply at individual websites. Some shipping deadlines only work with merchandise that's in stock and might exclude certain items.

Also some stores may note that dates are "tentative" to allow for bad weather and potential delays in shipping.

Shipping deadlines

Amazon:

Friday is the last day for free shipping on qualifying orders over $25 on Amazon.com.
Monday is the deadline for standard shipping
Dec. 22 — Two-day shipping (Free with Prime)

Cabela's

Dec. 19 by 5 p.m. — Standard Express
Dec. 20 by 5 p.m. — Guaranteed Express
Dec. 21 by 3 p.m.  — Overnight Air Express

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Monday by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time — Free Standard
Dec. 19 by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time — Expedited
Dec. 20 by 9 a.m. Pacific Time — Express

GameStop

Sunday — Ground
Monday — Two-Day Expedited
Dec. 19 — One-Day Shipping

JCPenney

Dec. 20

Kmart

Sunday by 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time - Free Shipping
Dec.19 by 4 p.m. Central Standard Time - Standard Shipping
Dec. 21 by 4 p.m. Central Standard Time - Premium Shipping
Dec. 24 for In-Store Pickup

Kohl’s

Monday by 11 p.m. Central Standard Time - Standard
Dec. 19 by 1 p.m. Central Standard Time - 2-Day Shipping
Dec. 20 by 1 p.m. Central Standard Time - 1-Day Shipping

Macy’s

Dec. 20 by 5 p.m. -  Free Standard Shipping (With purchase of $99 or more.) 
Dec. 21 by noon - Express
Dec. 24 by 10 a.m. - In-Store Pickup
Dec. 24 by 10 a.m. - Same-Day Delivery

Nordstrom

Dec. 20 by noon  - Two-Business Day Shipping
Dec. 21 by noon - Free Standard Shipping
Dec. 22 by noon - Saturday Delivery ($10)

Sam’s Club

Saturday - Standard
Dec. 20 - Express

Sears

Sunday by 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time - Free Shipping
Dec. 19 by 4 p.m. Central Standard Time - Standard Shipping
Dec. 21 by 4 p.m. Central Standard Time -Premium Shipping
Dec. 24 for In-Store Pickup

Target

Varies by Item. Free shipping can apply for orders made through Dec. 23. 
Dec. 19 by noon - Premium 2-Day Shipping
Dec. 22 by noon  - Express 1-Day Shipping

Toys R Us

Monday by 11:59 p.m. - Free Shipping
Dec. 20 by 3 p.m. - Expedited
Dec. 20 by 11:59 p.m. - Express
Dec. 24 by noon  - In-Store Pickup

Walmart

Wednesday - Freight
Dec. 19 - Standard
Dec. 21 - Rush

FedEx

Friday - Ground
Monday  - FedEx Home Delivery
Dec. 19 - Express Saver
Dec. 20 - FedEx 2-Day and 2-Day a.m.
Dec. 21 - FedEx Standard Overnight, Priority Overnight, and First Overnight
Dec. 25 - FedEx SameDay and SameDay City (Priority & Standard)

UPS

Monday - UPS 3 Day Select
Dec. 20 - UPS 2nd Day Air
Dec. 21 - UPS Next Day Air and UPS 2nd Day Air (Saturday Option)
Dec. 22 - UPS Next Day Air (Saturday Option)

USPS

Thursday - USPS Retail Ground
Dec. 19 - First-Class Mail Service
Dec. 20 - Priority Mail Service
Dec. 22 - Priority Mail Express Service

Contact Susan Tompor: stompor@freepress.com or 313-222-8876. Follow Susan on Twitter @Tompor. 

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