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Online Stores That Still Guarantee Christmas Delivery — Some for Free!

Many stores will even accommodate for in-store pickup on Christmas Eve.
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It's two days before Christmas Eve, and you're short a few gifts. While you may think a frantic trip to a local big box store is your only savior, think again. These 15 online stores will still deliver packages in time for the holidays. Even better, many of these retailers are offering discounted express shipping with complimentary upgrades or rates that start as low as $3.

If you're really pressed for time, or prefer to avoid shipping hassles all together, a handful of stores will let you order online and pick up goods in-store as late as Christmas Eve. But don't wait any longer, the clock is ticking and the sooner you place your order, the more time you'll have for that eggnog! (Of course, if you miss out entirely, you can always go the "buy one, get one" gift card route or just print off our holiday IOU.)

Before you start shopping though, keep in mind that various stores have their own way of referring to the same type of shipping. In order for you to know exactly which option you should select during checkout, we've listed the specific terminology that each store uses.

Abercrombie & Fitch

Deadline: December 23 at 12 pm ET
Shipping Method: Next Day Shipping
Cost: From $20
In-Store Pickup: No

Amazon

Deadline: December 23 at 11:59 pm ET
Shipping Method: One-Day Shipping
Cost: Free for select items; otherwise, from $2.99 for Prime members; from $8.99 for everyone else
In-Store Pickup: No
Of Note: Local Express Delivery is available for Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Indianapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, San Bernardino area, Washington, D.C., and parts of New Jersey. Rates start at $3.99 for Prime members or from $8.99 + 99 cents per item for everyone else.

Alternatively, Amazon also offers free one-day shipping for all shoppers on select items. This offer expires on December 23 at 3 pm ET, rather than the general noon cutoff. Click here for details.

Apple

Deadline: December 22 at 11:59 pm ET
Shipping Method: Next Day Shipping
Cost: Free
In-Store Pickup: Yes
Of Note: Apple is forgoing its $49 purchase minimum for the holidays and offering free expedited shipping on all orders. Engraved items, physical gift cards, and iPhoto print products are not available for free next day shipping. In addition, in-store pickup is available for same-day pick on select items.

Babies "R" Us

Deadline: December 23 at 12 pm ET
Shipping Method: Express Shipping
Cost: From $29.99
In-Store Pickup: Yes
Of Note: Good news for procrastinators! Babies "R" Us will let you place in-store pickup orders on December 24 as late as 4 pm (presumably local time). Orders can be picked up the same day, though we strongly suggest contacting your local Babies "R" Us for Christmas Eve store hours.

Best Buy

Deadline: December 22 at 1 pm ET
Shipping Method: Express Shipping
Cost: Free for My Best Buy Elite Plus members, from $18.99 for everyone else (on a "per item" or "per pound" basis)
In-Store Pickup: Yes
Of Note: Best Buy stores will be open 7 am through midnight today and Monday. In addition, Best Buy will offer in-store pick up on Tuesday, December 24 up until 4 pm local time. Check with your local store for up-to-date holiday store hours.

Blue Nile

Deadline: December 23 at 9 am ET
Shipping Method: Next Day Shipping
Cost: Free
In-Store Pickup: No
Of Note: Hats off to this online jewelry store, which is not only offering free expedited shipping on every order, but is also taking orders as late as December 23.

GameStop

Deadline: December 23 at 12 pm ET
Shipping Method: One Day Shipping
Cost: From $9.99
In-Store Pickup: Yes
Of Note: GameStop stores will be open the latest of any in this roundup, allowing for in-store pickup as late as 8 pm on Christmas Eve. Again, check with your local store to confirm open hours.

Hollister

Deadline: December 23 at 12 pm ET
Shipping Method: Next Day Shipping
Cost: From $20
In-Store Pickup: No

Home Depot

Deadline: December 22 at 12 pm ET
Shipping Method: Next Day Shipping
Cost: From $16
In-Store Pickup: Yes
Of Note: Not all products are eligible for next-day shipping, so shoppers should contact their local store for certain appliances. In-store pickup orders can be placed as late as December 24 at 12 pm and can be picked up same-day by 5 pm, both local time.

Macy's

Deadline: December 22 at 5 pm ET
Shipping Method: Express Shipping
Cost: From $20
In-Store Pickup: Maybe
Of Note: Although select Macy's locations offer in-store pickup of online orders, it's unclear if orders will process in time for same-day holiday pickup. Click here to learn more.

Newegg

Deadline: December 23 at 12 pm local time
Shipping Method: Next Business Day
Cost: From $19.03
In-Store Pickup: Yes
Of Note: For select cities only, Newegg will offer local same-day shipping. Orders must be placed by 9 am local time on Christmas Eve. Alternatively, orders placed by 8 am local time on Christmas Eve can be picked up at select will call centers up until 2 pm. The will call option will appear in your shopping cart if there is one near your ZIP code.

Nordstrom

Deadline: December 23 at 3 pm ET
Shipping Method: Standard Shipping
Cost: Free
In-Store Pickup: Yes
Of Note: While it's only labeled as "standard" shipping, Nordstrom impressively claims that this free option will be delivered by Christmas Eve. Alternatively, you can opt for in-store pickup and receive your item within an hour of placing your order.

Toys "R" Us

Deadline: December 23 at 12 pm ET
Shipping Method: Express Shipping
Cost: From $29.99
In-Store Pickup: Yes
Of Note: More good news for procrastinators; like Babies "R" Us, Toys "R" Us will let you place in-store pickup orders on December 24 as late as 4 pm (presumably local time). Orders can be picked up the same day, though we strongly suggest contacting your local Toys "R" Us for Christmas Eve store hours.

Victoria's Secret

Deadline: December 23 at 5 pm ET
Shipping Method: Next Business Day Express
Cost: $17.99 in addition to normal shipping fees
In-Store Pickup: No
Of Note: Like Blue Nile, Victoria's Secret offers online shoppers a very late cut-off time, but be prepared to pay an additional $18 on top of normal shipping fees.

Walmart

Deadline: December 22 at 11:59 pm ET
Shipping Method: Rush Shipping
Cost: From $10.97
In-Store Pickup: Yes
Of Note: Live near a Walmart? December 23 at 11:59 pm local time is the last day for Site-to-Store online purchases.

Some final notes: Expedited shipping rates vary based on the number of items purchased and total weight. When expedited holiday shipping costs weren't available, we estimated costs based on shipping rates available on the retailer's website for non-holiday deliveries. For exact costs, we recommend contacting the retailer in question.

Senior Features Writer

With over a decade of experience covering technology, Louis Ramirez has written for CNET, Laptop, Gizmodo, and various other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @louisramirez.
Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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Pandp
Santa stuck out east in the snow and ice.:( Can't get the sled off the ground so X-mas presents will be late.
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