So you said you weren’t going
to be one of these this holiday season. Don’t worry. You’ve still got time
and CR’s got your back. Here are five tips
to help relieve the stress from last
minute online shopping. Number one. Watch the calendar. This year is tricky
because Christmas falls on a Monday, which
means it’ll be tougher to get last minute gifts shipped
to you the weekend before. Although the US
postal service plans to deliver priority
express on Christmas Eve and even Christmas day, UPS and
FedEx have very limited service on those days. Best advice– ship
packages early. It’s cheaper and are more
likely to arrive on time. Number two. Choose retailers that offer
year-round free shipping. Companies like Blue Nile,
LL Bean and Nordstrom all offer free
shipping year-round. Nordstrom will ship in time
for Hanukkah by 3:00 PM eastern time on December 11. LL Bean’s Christmas deadline– December 19. And if you’re cutting
it extra close, you can always try
express delivery for an additional charge. Number three. Hit the two-day free
delivery window. Up until the end of the
day on December 21st, you can get free
two-day shipping at some major retailers. Wal-Mart offers free
two-day shipping year round on orders over $35. Order by PM December 20th
to get it by Christmas. Amazon Prime members
are also eligible for free two-day shipping
for Prime eligible products. Its Christmas deadline
is December 22nd. Number four. Try to get one-day
or same-day delivery. If you’re the true
last minute shopper, Amazon Prime members who
place an order of at least $35 may be eligible for free
one-day or same day delivery. To see if your area is eligible,
enter Amazon Prime free one-day shipping
into your web browser and then enter your zip code. Number five. Get creative. A number of retailers, including
Apple Best Buy and Wal-Mart allow you to order online and
then pick up at the store. Check retailer’s
websites to see what online order in-store pickup
options they have this year. And lastly, for you
uber-procrastinators, you still have time to
send an e-gift card. This includes an email to
the recipient alerting them of their gift. For more tips on last-minute
holiday shopping. Check out CR.org