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Christmas Bargains 2013

For last-minute shoppers, the high street is perfect. But the real bargains can be found online. Yet be careful, as the shutters are pulled much earlier.

This detailed list of Christmas 2013 last order dates also explains what your rights are if things don't arrive on time.


The last order dates countdown

This table lists the last main order dates and times for big UK stores, with free or standard delivery. Some may deliver at shorter notice, for a hefty premium. But at that stage, it may just be worth going to the high street.

In previous years, bad weather has seen some firms change their last order dates. We're keeping an eye out for whether that will happen this year, and will update you here if it does.

Using last-minute premium delivery slots could still work out cheaper than shopping in-store. Use MegaShopBot.com to compare prices and see if even with premium delivery, you could still save money shopping online.

Tuesday 17 December
Time (if specified) Cheapest delivery Price after & final order date Click & Collect in-store until
American Apparel 5pm £4 N/A N/A
Ann Summers* 2pm Free £4.99 till Sat 21 Dec (2pm)
Apple* for iPhone 5S Free over £80 N/A N/A
Asos* Free £7.95 till Mon 23 Dec (11.59pm) Mon 23 Dec
Boots Photo* 11.59pm 99p-£6.99 N/A N/A
Build-a-Bear* £5.50 £6.50 till Fri 20 Dec N/A
CC Fashion £4.95 N/A Tue 17 Dec
Clarks* 3pm Free £5.50 till Sun 22 Dec Tue 17 Dec
Co-op Pharmacy Midday £2.95 N/A N/A
Figleaves* 12pm £3.50 £6.95 till Mon 23 Dec (4pm) Tue 17 Dec
Snapfish 11.59pm £0.99-£7.50 N/A N/A
Tesco Direct (small items) £3 £5.95 till Sun 22 Dec (3pm) Sun 22 Dec
Tesco Photo* £1.50-£5 N/A N/A
Thorntons* 4pm £3.95 £6.95 till Fri 20 Dec (4pm) N/A
Truprint 11.59pm £0.99-£7.50 N/A N/A
Waterstones Free £2.75 till Thu 19 Dec (3pm) Tue 17 Dec
Wednesday 18 December
Time (if specified) Cheapest delivery Price after & final order date Click & Collect in-store until
Body Shop* 11.59pm £2.99 £4.99 till Fri 20 Dec (11.59pm) N/A
Bon Marche* 1pm £2.99 £3.99 till Fri 20 Dec (1pm) Wed 18 Dec
Charles Tyrwhitt £4.95 £10.95 till Fri 20 Dec (2pm) N/A
Debenhams* 11.59pm £3.99 £4.99 till Mon 23 Dec (2pm) Wed 18 Dec
Dune 4pm £3.50 £6.50 till Fri 20 Dec (4pm) Wed 18 Dec
Halfords* 4pm Free N/A Sat 21 Dec
House of Fraser* 7pm £3 £6 till Mon 23 Dec Mon 23 Dec
Matalan* £3.50 £4.50 till Mon 23 Dec Thu 19 Dec
Molton Brown 3pm £4.95 £7.95 till Sat 21 Dec (3pm) N/A
Reiss £3.95 N/A Thu 19 Dec
The Entertainer* 10am £2.99 £4.99 to Mon 23 Dec (midday) Tue 24 Dec
Urban Outfitters* 11.59pm £3.99 £9.99 till Fri 20 Dec (2pm) N/A
WHSmith* 4pm £2.99-£3.99 £5.99 till Fri 20 Dec (midday) Tue 17 Dec
Thursday 19 December
Time (if specified) Cheapest delivery Price after & final order date Click & Collect in-store until
Accessorize* Free £5.95 till Mon 23 Dec Thu 19 Dec
Amazon* (or FREE next-day with Prime trial* if you sign up by 11am, Mon 23 Dec.
CANCEL or it's £49/year. See Amazon Discount Finder.)
7pm Free £8.99 till Mon 23 Dec (11am) Mon 23 Dec
Asda Direct* (small/med items) Free for small/medium items £4.50 till Fri 20 Dec Sun 22 Dec
Asda Direct* (large items; express delivery) £8.95 N/A N/A
Early Learning Centre (next-day delivery) £6.95 N/A Mon 23 Dec
Evans Cycles 3pm Free £29.99 per bike till Sun 22 Dec (midday) Mon 23 Dec
Game 1pm Free £4.95 till Mon 23 Dec (2pm) N/A
Habitat* (small items) £4.95 N/A N/A
Half Price Perfumes* £2.99 N/A N/A
Maplin £2.99 £5.99 till Fri 20 Dec N/A
M&S* (clothing, home, beauty, wine, gifts & entertainment) 7pm £3.50 £4.95 till Sun 22 Dec (midday) Sun 22 Dec
Monsoon* Free £5.95 till Mon 23 Dec Thu 19 Dec
Mothercare (express delivery) £6.95 N/A Mon 23 Dec
New Look* £3.95 £4.95 till Sun 22 Dec Wed 18 Dec
Oasis* £4.99 £4.99 till Mon 23 Dec N/A
Office* 3pm £3.50 N/A N/A
River Island £3.95 N/A Thu 19 Dec
Sports Direct 2pm £4.99 £6.99 till Sun 22 Dec (7pm) N/A
Tesco Direct (books, games & DVDs) Free N/A N/A
The White Company £4.95 £7.95 till Sun 22 Dec Thu 19 Dec
Toys R Us* Midday £4.95 £6.95 till Fri 20 Dec (6pm) N/A
Vertbaudet* 9pm £3.99 N/A N/A
Warehouse* £3.99 £5.49 on Mon 23 Dec (4pm) N/A
Whistles 11.59pm Free £6 till Sun 22 Dec (4pm) Tue 17 Dec
Whittard* £3 £6.95 till Mon 23 Dec (11am) N/A
Zavvi* Free £3.95 till Mon 23 Dec (8pm) N/A
Friday 20 December
Time (if specified) Cheapest delivery Price after & final order date Click & Collect in-store until
Apple* for Mac, iPad mini, iPad 2, iPhone 4S & 5C, iPod, Apple TV, iTunes gift cards 11.59pm Free over £80 N/A N/A
Argos* (large items) £8.95 N/A N/A
BHS* £3.95 £5.95-£7.50 till Sun 22 Dec Sun 22 Dec
Boohoo* £3.99 £5.99 till Mon 23 Dec N/A
Burton* £3.95 £3.95 till Sun 22 Dec Mon 23 Dec
Cath Kidston* £3.95 N/A Fri 20 Dec
Currys* 2pm Free £4.99-£22 till Mon 23 Dec (5pm) Tue 24 Dec
Dorothy Perkins* 8pm £3.95 £5.95 till Sun 22 Dec Thu 19 Dec
Ernest Jones 2pm £3 £5 till Mon 23 Dec (3pm) Sun 22 Dec
Evans* £3.95 £5.95 till Sun 22 Dec Thu 19 Dec
Lastminute.com* (first-class or recorded delivery) £1.20/£3 £9.50 till Mon 23 Dec Print at home any time
Miss Selfridge* £3.95 N/A Thu 19 Dec
O2 (phones & mobile broadband) Free N/A Thu 19 Dec
PC World* 2pm Free £4.99 till Mon 23 Dec (5pm) N/A
Ticketmaster 3pm £2 £7.50 till Mon 23 Dec (3pm) N/A
TM Lewin* 1pm £3.95 £6.95 till Mon 23 Dec (1pm) Fri 20 Dec
Topman* Midday £4 £6 till Sun 22 Dec (2pm) Sun 22 Dec
Topshop Midday £4 £6 till Sun 22 Dec (2pm) Sat 21 Dec
Wallis* Midday £3.95 £5.95 till Mon 23 Dec (2pm) Thu 19 Dec
Saturday 21 December
Time (if specified) Cheapest delivery Price after & final order date Click & Collect in-store until
John Lewis* £3 £6.95 till Sun 22 Dec Sun 22 Dec
QVC Varies N/A N/A
Sunday 22 December
Time (if specified) Cheapest delivery Price after & final order date Click & Collect in-store until
All Saints* Midday Free £5 till Mon 23 Dec (2pm) N/A
Argos* (small items) 1pm £3.95 N/A N/A
Boots* (next-day delivery) £3.95 N/A Mon 23 Dec
M&M Direct Midday £3.99 N/A N/A
Next £3.99 N/A Mon 23 Dec
Sainsbury's* (grocery, if you can get a slot) Book a slot Varies N/A N/A
Tesco* (grocery, if you can get a slot) Book a slot £3-£6 N/A Tue 24 Dec
Tesco Wine* Free N/A N/A
Waitrose* (if you can get a slot) Book a slot Free, min shop is £50 N/A N/A
Monday 23 December
Time (if specified) Cheapest delivery Price after & final order date Click & Collect in-store until
Asda* (grocery, if you can get a slot) from £3 N/A N/A
B&Q* (next-day items only) 6pm £5 N/A Mon 23 Dec
Carphone Warehouse* 5pm Free N/A Mon 23 Dec
Kiddicare £4.95 N/A N/A
Ocado* (if you can get a slot) Book a slot Varies per slot N/A N/A
Rubbersole* Free N/A N/A
Very (next-day delivery) 10pm £3.95 N/A Varies

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 Distance Selling Regulations mean you can send most things back within 7 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.

DOs:

  • For safety, pay by credit card if over £100
  • Protect purchases under £100

DON'Ts:

  • Use unfamiliar sites without checking
  • Let your antivirus run out
Full DOs and DON'Ts

Use shopbots to cut costs

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 read the Cheapest Online Shopping and Best Cashback Sites guides.

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.


Post in time for Christmas 2013

To make sure relatives' prezzies arrive in time, here are this year's Royal Mail last delivery dates:

    Recommended last posting dates for UK delivery:

  • Wed 18 Dec for 2nd class items.
  • Fri 20 Dec for 1st class items and Recorded Sign For.
  • Mon 23 Dec for special delivery items.

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 the Cashback Cards article.


More top tips

  • Festive Fivers

    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 the Festive Fivers article.

  • 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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