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Christmas Last Order Dates 2015

For 60+ retailers - eg, Amazon, Asos, John Lewis, M&S

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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.

60+ big shops' Xmas last order dates

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Accessorize*

Sun 20 Dec Wed 23 Dec, 2pm (£5.95) Sun 20 Dec
All Saints* Mon 21 Dec Tue 22 Dec Tue 22 Dec
Amazon* Sun 20 Dec 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) Fri 18 Dec Tue 22 Dec Tue 22 Dec
Asos* Sun 20 Dec Wed 23 Dec, 8pm (£5.95) Tue 22 Dec
BHS* Sun 20 Dec Wed 23 Dec, 4pm (£5.95) Wed 23 Dec, 4pm
Body Shop* Mon 21 Dec Tue 22 Dec N/A
Bonmarché* Fri 18 Dec Tue 22 Dec Fri 18 Dec
Boots* Mon 21 Dec Tue 22 Dec Wed 23 Dec, 8pm
Burton* Sun 20 Dec Wed 23 Dec, 4pm (£5.95) Tue 22 Dec
Cath Kidston* Tue 22 Dec Tue 22 Dec Tue 22 Dec
Clarks* Sat 19 Dec Tue 22 Dec Thu 17 Dec
Charles Tyrwhitt Sun 20 Dec Tue 22 Dec N/A
Currys* Wed 23 Dec, 9pm (free) Wed 23 Dec, 9pm (free) Thu 24 Dec, 8.30am
Debenhams* Sun 20 Dec Wed 23 Dec, 9pm (£3.99) Wed 23 Dec, 9pm
Dorothy Perkins* Sun 20 Dec Wed 23 Dec, 4pm (£5.95) Tue 22 Dec
Dune Fri 18 Dec Tue 22 Dec Fri 18 Dec
Ernest Jones* Tue 22 Dec Wed 23 Dec, 3pm (£5) Tue 22 Dec
Evans* Sun 20 Dec Wed 23 Dec, 4pm (£5.95) Tue 22 Dec
Evans Cycles* Tue 22 Dec Tue 22 Dec Sun 20 Dec
Figleaves* Fri 18 Dec Mon 21 Dec N/A
Gap* Fri 18 Dec Mon 21 Dec N/A
H&M Mon 21 Dec Mon 21 Dec N/A
Habitat* Mon 21 Dec Mon 21 Dec N/A
Halfords* Sun 20 Dec Tue 22 Dec Thu 24 Dec
House of Fraser* Fri 18 Dec Wed 23 Dec, 12pm (£6) Wed 23 Dec, 6pm
John Lewis* Sun 20 Dec Sun 20 Dec, 8pm Mon 21 Dec
Lastminute.com* (eg, spas) Mon 21 Dec Wed 23 Dec, 3pm (£5) N/A
M&S* (non-food) Sat 19 Dec Tue 22 Dec Tue 22 Dec
MandMDirect* Mon 21 Dec Tue 22 Dec N/A
Maplin* Fri 18 Dec Wed 23 Dec (£5.99) Wed 23 Dec
Matalan*
Fri 11 Dec
Fri 11 Dec Fri 11 Dec
Miss Selfridge* Sun 20 Dec Wed 23 Dec, 4pm (£5.95) Tue 22 Dec
Molton Brown Fri 18 Dec Mon 21 Dec N/A
Monsoon* Sun 20 Dec Wed 23 Dec, 2pm (£5.95) Sun 20 Dec
New Look* Mon 21 Dec Tue 22 Dec Varies by store - full list*
Next* Tue 22 Dec Tue 22 Dec Tue 22 Dec
O2 Sun 20 Dec Sun 20 Dec Wed 23 Dec
Oasis* Sun 20 Dec Wed 23 Dec, 8pm (£4.99) Won't confirm
Office* Sun 20 Dec Wed 23 Dec, 3pm (£5) Won't confirm
Photobox* Mon 21 Dec Mon 21 Dec N/A
Picanova* Wed 16 Dec Mon 21 Dec N/A
QVC Mon 21 Dec Mon 21 Dec N/A
Reiss* Mon 21 Dec Tue 22 Dec Mon 21 Dec
River Island Sun 20 Dec Tue 22 Dec Sun 20 Dec
Rubbersole* Mon 21 Dec Wed 23 Dec, 3pm (£3.99) N/A
Snapfish* Sat 19 Dec Sun 20 Dec N/A
Sports Direct Sun 20 Dec Tue 22 Dec Fri 18 Dec
Tesco Direct* Thu 17 Dec Mon 21 Dec Mon 21 Dec
The Entertainer* Thu 17 Dec Tue 22 Dec Thu 24 Dec, 12pm
Thorntons* Sun 20 Dec Wed 23 Dec, 1pm (£7) N/A
Ticketmaster Mon 21 Dec Wed 23 Dec (£5.50) N/A
Topman* Sat 19 Dec Wed 23 Dec (£6) Wed 23 Dec, 12pm
Topshop Sun 20 Dec Wed 23 Dec, 4pm (£6) Tue 22 Dec
Toys 'R' Us* Mon 21 Dec Mon 21 Dec Thu 24 Dec, 5pm
Truprint* Fri 18 Dec Sat 19 Dec N/A
Urban Outfitters* Mon 21 Dec Tue 22 Dec N/A
Very Wed 23 Dec (£3.99) Wed 23 Dec, 10pm (£6.99) N/A
Waterstones* Mon 21 Dec Tue 22 Dec Thu 24 Dec
Wallis* Sat 19 Dec Wed 23 Dec, 4pm (£5.95) Tue 22 Dec
Whistles* Fri 18 Dec Tue 22 Dec Sun 20 Dec
Whittard* Wed 16 Dec Mon 21 Dec Mon 21 Dec
WHSmith Fri 18 Dec Mon 21 Dec Thu 17 Dec
Zavvi* Mon 21 Dec 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

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, 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

  • 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 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.