Last Minute Christmas Shopping Dates and Details

December 16, 2011    |    By +
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What you need to know about shopping Last Minute! All is not lost! We’ve got the scoop on all the shipping dates, store hours and last minute deals all in one place. Now’s the time to get your gifting on.

Buy online, pick up in-store is the new thing this year! Everybody is offering it. That way you can shop at home and then scoot to the mall with your wing man who jumps out and grabs the stuff while you wait curbside, instead of having to find a parking spot!

Nordstrom – buy online & pick up in store already gift wrapped for free!

Sears – Purchases made from or through any of its mobile offerings are backed by Sears’ Ready in 5 Guarantee, which promises customers that their pick up orders will be ready within five minutes or they’ll be rewarded with a $5 Sears gift card. And, some stores offer curbside pick up.

Best Buy – order online until 3:00 pm on 12/24 for in-store pick up

Kmart – buy online & pick up in store (check local stores, not all are able to participate)

Walmart – Pick up before 6:00 p.m. on Dec. 24

Special Store Hours

JC Penney stores will be offering extended hours in the days leading up to Christmas. On Dec. 22 and 23, many of our stores will be open from 7 a.m. to midnight, and on Christmas Eve they will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Macy’s – Thursday Dec 22 – Sat Dec. 23 all stores will be extending their hours from 7:00 a.m. – midnight. On Saturday Dec 24 all Macy’s will be open from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Select stores will be open 24 hours but we dont have confirmation on which ones (it’s less than 15 out of 800)

Target – Extended hours at most stores until 11:00 p.m.

Neiman Marcus – some stores will open an hour earlier than usual on Christmas Eve

Walmart – Many Walmart stores are open 24-hours year-round, and many of those that do not offer 24-hour service will have extended shopping hours for the holiday season.

Kmart – 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. 12/23 and 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 12/24

Sears – 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. 12/23, 7am – 6:00 p.m. 12/24

Saks Fifth Avenue - 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. 12/23, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  12/24

In Store Deals:

Macy’s – Storewide Sales will include – 20 – 60% off, plus take an extra 15% off when you use your Macy’s credit card or savings pass.

Target – See Spot Save section will have stocking stuffers, wrapping and all the odds and ends that you need to complete your holiday shopping for around $1.

Best Buy – Get paid for spending money! Free $100 Best Buy G.C. when you purchase an XBOX 360 4GB Console/Free $50 Best Buy G.C. when you purchase the PS3 Uncharted 3 Bundle & $499.99 for an Insignia 50” Plasma TV. Save $198

Kmart – 50% – 75% tons of products (jewelry/sleepwear/outerwear), Buy one/get one free on many toys (samples of toys that will be on special on the way)

JC Penney – Touch gloves & waffler on the way (touch gloves are the big story this season and waffles are making a come back, yes!)

Buy online 12/23 and have shipped for delivery on 12/24!

Teavanna – Cut-off time for orders on Friday is 11:00 a.m. – tea is a huge trend this year

Red Envelope – The cutoff to order products on our site is noon on December 23rd (beer tasting set sample)

Neiman Marcus – If you order online between noon CT on 12/22 and noon CT 12/23 and FedEx has scheduled Saturday delivery to your zip code, you can specify and expect Saturday delivery.

My M&M’s – My M&M’s products will be available for order on 12/23 until at least 3:00 p.m. (possibly as late as 5:00 p.m.) for delivery by 12/24 (licensed products and holiday blends, sending samples of gifts available)

Saks Fifth Avenue – All orders must be placed by 4 p.m. (ET) 12/23/2011 for delivery by 12/24/2011 (not valid on international orders or items that ship directly from vendors).

Pajamagram – Orders as late as 4:30 p.m. EST (if ordering online) and 5:00pm EST (if ordering by phone) on Friday, 12/23 for guaranteed delivery by 5pm on Christmas Eve. (You can personalize your PJs and still have them delivered overnight! ) – certain marked items available for Saturday delivery

Order on 12/24! 1-800-FLOWERS.COM- Same Day Delivery can be placed on the website until noon on 12/24 and 12:30pm via phone for Christmas Eve delivery. I always send flowers to my in-laws when we aren’t there for the holidays.

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