Also, keep these pointers in mind before making any orders or heading out to the store:
- Print and bring your confirmation email, receipt, or order number
- Bring valid ID and the credit card you used for your purchase
- Don't wait in line. Look for an in-store pickup kiosk or desk once you've arrived
Barnes & Noble
Reserve it online and pick it up within an hour. (Only applies to items marked with a "pick me up" logo.)
Place your order any time before 3 pm (local time) and you can pick up in-store as early as 45 minutes later.
Pickup up your order as soon as you receive a confirmation email (within 2 hours of placing your order), although Borders doesn't tell you how long you might wait once you get to a store.
Online orders received by 3pm (local time) will be processed and ready for pickup that same day. Check your local store's hours for store closing time.
In-stock merchandise can be reserved online and picked up in-store 30 minutes after ordering. Lowe's even offers a 30-minute guarantee. Orders must be placed 60 minutes prior to store closings.
Place your order online before 8 pm and MicroCenter will have it ready within 18 minutes. Check your local store's hours for store closing time.
Look for the "Store pickup" icon on select merchandise, place your order, and you can pickup in-store 5 minutes later thanks to Sears' Ready-in-Five Guaranteed policy. Should your order not be ready, you'll get a $5 coupon toward your next in-store purchase.
These stores don't offer instantaneous pickup, but they are offering extended store hours on Christmas Eve with the ability to check in-store inventory from your computer: