Amazon announces holiday shipping perks and cut-off dates + Walmart, Best Buy, more

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We’re under two weeks away until Christmas, and retailers are beginning to announce last chance offers and shipment cut-off dates. Amazon has officially released its plans for the next two weeks, with Prime members able to shop up until the 23rd with free delivery for Prime members. With Christmas falling on a Monday this year, it’s all the more important to be on top of your purchase plans in the coming weeks.

Along with Amazon, we’ve rounded up a number of other major retailers down below, including Walmart, Target, Best Buy and others. Hit the jump for more details including Amazon’s special Prime offers.

As it does each year, Amazon has now released its shipping deadlines for the rest of the month. Those without a Prime membership will want to have orders placed by the 15th, to ensure standard delivery by Christmas. Amazon offers free delivery on over 100 million products with prices starting at $25. Prime members have quite a bit more flexibility as the holiday shopping season winds down, here’s a look at the cutoff dates:

  • Dec. 18: Last day for standard shipping, free w/ Prime
  • Dec. 22: Last day for two-day shipping, free w/ Prime
  • Dec. 23: Last day for one-day shipping, free w/ Prime
  • Dec. 24: Last day for same-day delivery, free w/ Prime (order by 9:30 a.m. local time or earlier)
  • Dec. 24: Prime Now offers Prime members free two-hour delivery windows (order by 9:00 p.m. local time or earlier)
  • Dec. 24: Whole Foods Market stores and Amazon Books open Christmas Eve (store hours vary by location)

Those with access to a Prime Now location, Whole Foods or even Amazon Books will be able to shop until the 24th, if needed. Procrastination might actually be rewarded this year for some shoppers. You can find eligible same day delivery locations here along with Amazon’s entire holiday shopping guide.

Walmart is offering free two-day shipping on orders placed by the 23rd with some items available for in-store pickup through the 24th. Otherwise, standard shipping needs to completed by the 15th and 3-day orders done on the 18th. 

Target is also offering free shipping through the 23rd but you’ll be upcharged if you need expedited delivery. In-store pickup is also an option here that may be worth it if you get in a jam on the 24th.

Best Buy |

  • Dec 20 – 2-day shipping
  • Dec 21 – Express shipping
  • Dec 24 – In-store Pickup

Toys R Us |

  • Dec 15 (3 pm EST) – Standard shipping
  • Dec 19 (3 pm EST) – Expedited shipping
  • Dec 20 (12 pm EST) – Express shipping

Newegg |

  • Dec 14 – Super Eggsaver
  • Dec 16 – Large items
  • Dec 20 – Business 3-day
  • Dec 21 – Business 2-day
  • Dec 22 – Business 1-day

Apple |

  • Dec 20 (5 pm local time) – 2-day shipping.
  • Dec 23 – Two-hour delivery
  • Dec 24 – In-store pickup


Plenty of Time to Shop with Fast, Free Shipping from Amazon to Your Door – Through December 24

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 13, 2017– (NASDAQ:AMZN) — There is still plenty of time to shop! Amazon customers can shop all the way up to Christmas Eve with Prime Free Same-Day Delivery and Prime Now. Eligible customers can start a 30-day free trial and get fast, free Prime shipping including two-day, one-day, same-day and Prime Now, delivered right to their door. Today, Amazon announced it expanded Prime Free Same-Day Delivery and Prime Free One-Day Shipping – now available to members in more than 8,000 cities and towns. For more information about holiday shipping or to start a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime, customers can go to

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here:

“We are continually investing in Prime, adding more selection and making delivery faster and more convenient. In fact, in 2016, the last Prime Free Same-Day order from delivered in time for Christmas was ordered at 10:23 a.m. on Christmas Eve. The order included Venum Contender Boxing Gloves, and was delivered to a Prime member in Richmond, Virginia at 2:42 p.m. – the very same day, for free,” said Greg Greeley, Vice President of Amazon Prime. “Even if you are not currently a member, holiday shoppers can try Prime for free for 30-days and get two-day, one-day and same-day shipping for free. We offer a variety of options for customers to receive their products when they want and need them, delivered right to their door.”

Holiday Shipping Cheat Sheet
For free shipping before Christmas, visit The following shipping dates apply*

  • Dec. 15: Free shipping on millions of items fulfilled and shipped by Amazon, free for all customers
  • Dec. 18: Last day for standard shipping, free for Prime members
  • Dec. 22: Last day for two-day shipping, free for Prime members
  • Dec. 23: Last day for one-day shipping, free for Prime members
  • Dec. 24: Last day for same-day delivery, free for Prime members (order by 9:30 a.m. local time or earlier)
  • Dec. 24: Prime Now offers Prime members free two-hour delivery windows (order by 9:00 p.m. local time or earlier)
  • Dec. 24: Whole Foods Market stores and Amazon Books open Christmas Eve (store hours vary by location)
    *Please note that not all shipping speeds are available for all products in all regions, and order minimums may apply.

Free Shipping on 100 Million Products
All Amazon customers can choose from more than one hundred million items that are eligible for free shipping this holiday and all year long. This includes eligible orders of $25 or more shipped by Amazon, as well as free shipping offers from the millions of small business and entrepreneurs selling on Amazon.

Prime Free Same-Day and Prime Free One-Day Shipping Expand
Amazon expanded Prime Free Same-Day Delivery and Prime Free One-Day Shipping – now available to members in more than 8,000 cities and towns. To find items eligible for Prime Free Same-Day or Prime-Free One-Day shipping, Prime members simply look for those logos next to product listings or filter using the check box located in the filter menu. Select free same-day or one-day shipping at checkout and eligible orders over $35 will be delivered for free. Prime members receive same-day and one-day orders delivered to their doorstep for free, seven days a week – even Sunday. Eligible same-day orders placed in the morning arrive between 6-9 p.m., orders placed in the evening, or through the one-day option, arrive the next day. Not a Prime member? Same-day delivery is easy and inexpensive. All customers in eligible zip codes can enjoy same-day delivery for only $8.99 per order plus $0.99 per item. More shipping information including a zip code finder available at

Procrastinators Rejoice – Prime Now is Delivering Holiday Magic Until 11:59 on Dec. 24
Prime members in more than 30 cities in the U.S. can get ultra-fast delivery of tens of thousands of items, including handcrafted products by Amazon Handmade Artisans in select cities, right to their door in an hour or less. Whether you run out of eggnog, forget that key ingredient for Christmas dinner or an unexpected guest arrives at your holiday party, Prime Now has you covered bringing fast and convenient solutions to customers so they can spend more time this holiday doing the things they love with the people they love. Through the service, Prime members can get free two-hour delivery windows on eligible orders over $35 from Amazon and one-hour delivery for a fee. Customers can shop through a mobile application available on iOS and Android devices and at

Amazon Books and Whole Foods Market Make Last-Minute Holiday Gifting Easy
Customers in Seattle, Bellevue (Wash.), New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Walnut Creek, Chicago, Boston (Dedham and Lynnfield), Portland, and Paramus (N.J.) can also shop for last minute gifts in-store at Amazon Books. Walk out of the store with highly-rated books; devices from our Echo, Kindle, Fire tablet and Fire TV family of devices; an Amazon Gift Card; or toys, games and other Amazoncustomer favorites. For store hours and locations visit:

Whole Foods Market and Amazon are offering customers a variety of gift options for family and friends. From Amazon devices, to beauty and body care sets benefitting charitable foundations, to an exclusive collection of sustainable holiday gift wrap from Paper Source, customers can find something for everyone on their list while they grocery shop.

Give a Gift that Keeps on Giving – Amazon Gift Cards and Amazon Prime
Give your loved ones the gift of Prime and give them great entertainment, shopping and fast, free shipping at Customers can purchase three months ($33) or one year ($99) this holiday. Prime is designed to make your life better including unlimited access to Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Reading, Audible Channels for Prime, Prime Photos, Twitch Prime and more, along with fast, free shipping. Amazon Gift Cards are also a great gift for anyone on your list. Amazon Gift Cards are redeemable for millions of items storewide and never expire. Customers can send digital gift cards via text, email, or messaging app; find a great selection of gift cards that can be printed at home; or choose to mail a boxed or packaged gift card with free one-day shipping, or through Prime Now for even faster delivery. Shop this season’s new selection at

From Amazon Key to Amazon Lockers – Customers Have a Variety of Delivery Options
Prime members in 37 cities and surrounding areas across the U.S. now have access to Amazon Key, the new service that radically improves the convenience of receiving deliveries. Amazon Key allows Prime members to have eligible packages securely delivered inside their homes without having to be there. For customers who prefer to pick up their packages when it’s convenient for them, Amazon Locker is a safe and secure way to receive Amazon deliveries. Available in more than 50 cities across the U.S., Amazon Lockers are strategically located near offices, major convenience stores, grocery stores, apartment buildings and malls across the country. To learn more about Amazon Locker, visit or to find the nearest Locker visit

Additionally, customers can use Amazon pickup locations in 33 cities across the U.S. Pickup locations are fully staffed for additional customer support and offer Prime members free same-day and free one-day pickup on millions of items and peace of mind with convenient, secure pickup options. Customers should order by noon on December 23 for pick-up on Christmas Eve. Pickup locations are open until 5 p.m. on December 24.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit and follow @AmazonNews.


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