Updated 23 Dec 2015
For last-minute online shoppers, the clock's ticking if you want things in time for Christmas.
We've listed the Christmas last order dates and delivery costs for more than 60 big retailers below, plus we explain what your rights are if things don't arrive on time.
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|Wed 23 Dec, 2pm (£5.95)|
|Amazon*||Wed 23 Dec (from free via Prime, varies by item)||N/A|
|Argos*||Wed 23 Dec, 8pm (£3.95)||Wed 23 Dec, 8pm (£3.95)||Thu 24 Dec, 1pm|
|Asda George* (non-food)|
|Asos*||Wed 23 Dec, 8pm (£5.95)|
|BHS*||Wed 23 Dec, 4pm (£5.95)||Wed 23 Dec, 4pm|
|Boots*||Wed 23 Dec, 8pm|
|Burton*||Wed 23 Dec, 4pm (£5.95)|
|Currys*||Wed 23 Dec, 9pm (free)||Wed 23 Dec, 9pm (free)||Thu 24 Dec, 8.30am|
|Debenhams*||Wed 23 Dec, 9pm (£3.99)||Wed 23 Dec, 9pm|
|Dorothy Perkins*||Wed 23 Dec, 4pm (£5.95)|
|Ernest Jones*||Wed 23 Dec, 3pm (£5)|
|Evans*||Wed 23 Dec, 4pm (£5.95)|
|Halfords*||Thu 24 Dec|
|House of Fraser*||Wed 23 Dec, 12pm (£6)||Wed 23 Dec, 6pm|
|Lastminute.com* (eg, spas)||Wed 23 Dec, 3pm (£5)||N/A|
|Maplin*||Wed 23 Dec (£5.99)||Wed 23 Dec|
|Miss Selfridge*||Wed 23 Dec, 4pm (£5.95)|
|Monsoon*||Wed 23 Dec, 2pm (£5.95)|
|New Look*||Varies by store - full list*|
|O2||Wed 23 Dec|
|Oasis*||Wed 23 Dec, 8pm (£4.99)||Won't confirm|
|Office*||Wed 23 Dec, 3pm (£5)||Won't confirm|
|Rubbersole*||Wed 23 Dec, 3pm (£3.99)||N/A|
|The Entertainer*||Thu 24 Dec, 12pm|
|Thorntons*||Wed 23 Dec, 1pm (£7)||N/A|
|Ticketmaster||Wed 23 Dec (£5.50)||N/A|
|Topman*||Wed 23 Dec (£6)||Wed 23 Dec, 12pm|
|Topshop||Wed 23 Dec, 4pm (£6)|
|Toys 'R' Us*||Thu 24 Dec, 5pm|
|Very||Wed 23 Dec (£3.99)||Wed 23 Dec, 10pm (£6.99)||N/A|
|Waterstones*||Thu 24 Dec|
|Wallis*||Wed 23 Dec, 4pm (£5.95)|
|Zavvi*||Wed 23 Dec, 9pm (£4.95)||N/A|
Important: Where no time has been specified by the retailer, we suggest you order as early as possible. In recent years, some retailers have changed their last order dates in the run-up to Christmas due to courier firms struggling to cope with demand or bad weather. We'll update this page with new info should anything change.
Late delivery rights
By law, delivery only needs to be "within a reasonable time", which could be up to 30 days - no use for Xmas. For you to get a refund if an item doesn't arrive in time, the retailer must have stated goods will arrive by the 25th. If you can't prove this, you've no comeback.
Get a refund on any online order.
You've extra rights when you buy via the web. The Consumer Contracts Regulations mean you can send most things back within 14 days of receipt for your money back. So if you needed something by Xmas, and it didn't come, that's an option.
Buying in-store? Try saying 'time is of the essence'.If buying furniture or anything else substantial in a shop, get 'em to agree to a delivery deadline marked 'time is of the essence'. Then you'll get a load of extra rights if things go wrong. Full info in Time Is Of The Essence.
Time off work for a no-show delivery? Make 'em pay.You can't claim compensation straight away, but if you must take ANOTHER day (or hours) off for a new delivery slot, that's consequential loss, so you can argue for payback for hours lost. Matty-art got "£150 for multiple cancelled deliveries. It's well worth persisting". FREE template letter and help in Failed Delivery.
Royal Mail last posting dates 2015
To make sure relatives' pressies arrive in time, here are this year's Royal Mail Christmas last sending dates for UK delivery:
- Sat 19 Dec for 2nd Class items and Royal Mail Signed For
- Mon 21 Dec for 1st Class items and Royal Mail Signed For
- Wed 23 Dec for Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed
Instead of going straight to one online retailer for books, games, CDs or anything else, use the MegaShopBot, which searches scores of retailers just as quickly to tell you where to find them cheapest. For full info, see Cheapest Online Shopping and Best Cashback Sites.
Check for additional discounts
Many retailers flaunt extra money-off discounts at this time of year. While these can smash the cost of some goods, check they're not overpriced in the first place. See the daily updated lists for ongoing and one-day special sales, plus shopping discounts and vouchers in the Discount Vouchers deals note.
Pay the right way
Pay the right way and you can get more protection for yourself should something go wrong. Plus you can slash the cost even further.
Pay by credit card
Spend on any credit card and you get Section 75 legal protection; something which doesn't happen with cash, cheque or debit card transactions. So buy anything costing over £100, and providing some of it's paid on the card, the card company’s equally liable with the retailer if things go wrong.
This is valuable additional protection and applies to goods bought abroad or on overseas websites too. Just ensure you pay the card off in full at the end of the month, so there’s no interest.
Earn extra cashback
Pay on the right credit card and you can earn up to 5% cashback on top. For more info, read Cashback Cards.
More Xmas MoneySaving tips
Christmas presents needn't cost the earth. If you're short on time and cash, a little bit of creative thinking goes a long way. Vouchers for time, love letters and homemade offerings can mean a lot more than the latest gadget. For a list of the top prezzies under a fiver, read Festive Fivers.
Buying from the US
Certain goods or brands may be cheaper across the pond. Bear in mind, though, delivery will take longer and you should factor in an extra 33% on top of the price to cover delivery and import charges.
Powerful tricks for shopping at Amazon
Massive web store Amazon* almost needs a rulebook of its own. Find out how to uncover special links to secret 75%-off bargains, track price reductions with tools, grab free gift vouchers and escape delivery charges in the Amazon Tricks guide.
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