For all of us last-minute Christmas shoppers out there, Amazon.com has said that it has extended its online shipping deadlines for U.S. customers. Amazon is well known for getting in-stock items – electronic toys, sporting goods, books, music, clothing, kitchen items, etc – shipped to physical addresses within 1 to 2 days, nearly anywhere in the country.
While shipping deadlines vary by items and select cities, in general the “Last-Minute Christmas Delivery” is Friday, December 23rd. The extension of free Super Saver Shipping is through December 19, two days later than last year. Note however that Super Saver Shipping is free only on orders $25 and over.
The last full day to order for using Two-Day Shipping is Tuesday, December 20th. Dates and other cutoff times for local express delivery are listed here and in the screenshot above.
If you’re ordering a last-minute gift for friends and family, you probably should get it done by what I call the “worry free” pay less date of Monday, December 19th. Amazon Prime members (a $79 per year program that gives customers unlimited shipping, such as free Two-Day shipping and discounted One-Day Shipping on all eligible purchases) can get free shipping for orders made on or before December 22nd. After that date it will cost an extra $3.99 per item.
The cutoff dates most likely will not apply to items sold by independent sellers on Amazon. But if you absolutely put off gift buying until December 24th, you can always send an email gift card at any time, which is especially useful for Kindle owners.