LAST OOOOORDERS! The deadlines for free and cheap delivery before Christmas are FAST approaching

LAST OOOOORDERS! The deadlines for free and cheap delivery before Christmas are FAST approaching

This year, more than ever before, we're heavily reliant on online retailers and the postal service for our Christmas present shopping, and the deadline for ordering to get ’em in time for Christmas may be sooner than you think. We've collated top retailers' own final cut-off dates, which in most cases comprise two separate deadlines – firstly, for cheapest standard delivery, and secondly, faster 'express' delivery that usually costs more.

Important: Royal Mail has warned that there could be delays this year, and even some retailers who use other couriers – including H&M, Screwfix and The Body Shop – say their deliveries could take longer than usual. John Lewis told us its cut-off dates are subject to change, while many others have stressed that 'last order' dates aren't a guarantee you'll receive your items in time for Christmas. Below we've given you each last order date as disclosed to us by each retailer, but regardless of the deadline, we still suggest you go sooner rather than later to minimise the risk of disappointment – don't leave card-sending and present-shopping to the last minute. 

Christmas last order dates 2020 (so you get it by Christmas Eve)

Retailer
Last order date for cheapest deliv + cost
Last order date for express deliv + cost
Last order date for click and collect + cost
Adidas

Mon 21 Dec, 7.30pm 

£3.99 or free on £25+ or if you're an Adidas member

Wed 23 Dec, 3.30pm

£9.99

Thu 17 Dec

Free

Amazon

Varies by product

Price ranges depending on size

Wed 23 Dec for One-Day delivery

'Free' for Prime members (£79/yr) (i)

 

Thu 24 Dec for Same-Day delivery
'Free' for Prime members (£79/yr) (i)

TBC

AO

Tue 22 Dec (i)

Free

Tue 22 Dec (i)

£29.99

Mon 21 Dec

Free

Argos

Tue 22 Dec

£3.95-£6.95 depending on size

Thu 24 Dec, "mid-morning" (i)

£3.95-£14.95 depending on size

Thu 24 Dec (i)

Free

Asos

Sun 20 Dec, 11.59pm

£4 or free on £35+. 'Free' for Premier Delivery members (£9.95/yr)

Wed 23 Dec, time TBC 

£5.95, 'free' for Premier Delivery members (£9.95/yr)

Sun 20 Dec for standard

£4


Tue 22 Dec
for next-day

£5.95

Boots

TBC

£3.50 or free on £30+

TBC

TBC

£1.50 or free on £20+

Currys

Wed 16 Dec for large items

Ranges depending on size


Thu 17 Dec
for smaller (most) items

Free

Sun 20 Dec for large items (i)

From £20

Tue 22 Dec for smaller (most) items (i)

£5

Thu 24 Dec, 3pm (i)

Dusk
Fri 18 Dec
£3.99 or free on £50+
Tue 22 Dec
£4.99
Doesn't offer click and collect
Evans Cycles

Sun 20 Dec, 12pm

£4.99

Wed 23 Dec, 6pm

£7.99

TBC

£4.99

Game

Fri 18 Dec

£4.99

Wed 23 Dec

£7.99)

Fri 18 Dec, 4pm

£4.99, or 'click and reserve' (pay when you arrive) free

Halfords

Fri 18 Dec, 8pm for built bikes (i)

£15-£25


Mon 21 Dec, 8pm

Ranges depending on size

Doesn't do express delivery

Sat 19 Dec, 8pm if in stock in store


24 Dec, 12pm
if in stock in store. Excludes online exclusives

Harvey Nichols

Mon 21 Dec, 3pm

£5

Wed 23 Dec, 3pm

£8

TBC

H&M

Mon 21 Dec

£3.99, or free for members

Faster delivery currently unavailable

Mon 21 Dec

£3.99, or free for members

John Lewis

Fri 18 Dec

£3.50, free on £50+

Tue 22 Dec

TBC

Tue 22 Dec, 4pm

£2

Kurt Geiger

Fri 18 Dec

£4.95

Tue 22 Dec, 8pm

£7

Tue 22 Dec, 5pm

Free

La Redoute

Wed 16 Dec

From £3.99

TBC

TBC

Lookfantastic

Mon 21 Dec, 11pm

£2.95 or free on £25+


Mon 21 Dec, 11pm
 via InPost lockers

£2.95 or free on £25+

Wed 23 Dec, 5pm

£4.95

Mon 21 Dec, 11pm

£2.95

Matalan

Sun 13 Dec, 11.59pm

£3.95 or free on £50+

Sun 20 Dec, 4pm (i)

£4.95

TBC

From free

M&S

Fri 18 Dec, 8pm

£3.50 or free on £50+

Wed 23 Dec, 6pm

£4.99

Wed 23 Dec, 6pm

Free

Next

Tue 22 Dec (£3.99)

Tue 22 Dec (£3.99)

Wed 23 Dec (free)

Nike

Sun 20 Dec,11.59pm (TBC: checking this info is up to date for 2020)

£4.50 or free on £50+ or for members

TBC

Sat 19 Dec, 11.59pm

TBC

Office

Thu 17 Dec, 8.30pm

£3.50

Wed 23 Dec, 1pm

£7.95

Fri 18 Dec, 5.30pm

Free

Patch Plants

Sun 20 Dec for London

From £5, free on £50+


Tue 15 Dec
for the rest of UK

From £5

No faster options available

Doesn't offer click and collect

Schuh

Mon 21 Dec, 10pm

£3, free on £25+

Tue 22 Dec, 10pm

£4.99

Tue 22 Dec

Free

Screwfix

Sat 19 Dec, 4pm for NI, Scottish Isles, Isle of Man

£5 or free on £50+


Tue 22 Dec, 2pm
 rest of UK

£5 or free on £50+

TBC

Thu 24 Dec, before 4pm store closing time, some items can take 24-48 hrs 

Free

Selfridges

Sat 19 Dec

£5 or 'free' for Selfridges+ members (£10/yr)

Mon 21 Dec

'Free' for Selfridges+ members (£10/yr)

Tue 22 Dec

Free

Shoeaholics

Fri 18 Dec

£3.50

Tue 22 Dec, 8pm

£6.99

Doesn't offer click and collect

Smyths Toys

Wed 16 Dec, 5pm Islands and Scottish Highlands, large, bulky items

From £4.99


Sun 20 Dec, 11.59pm
 rest of UK

From £2.99 or free on £19+

TBC

TBC

The Body Shop

Fri 18 Dec, 12pm

£3 or free on £30+

Sun 20 Dec, 11am

£4.49

Thu 24 Dec, 12pm (i)

Free

The Entertainer

Sat 19 Dec, 11.59pm

£3.99 or free on £39.99+

Tue 22 Dec, 3pm

£5.99

Thu 24 Dec, 12pm (if in stock in store)

Free (min spend £15)

Waterstones

Sun 20 Dec, 11.59pm

£2.99 or free on £25+

Tue 22 Dec, 3pm

£3.99

Thu 24 Dec, from two hours after ordering

Free

Wickes

TBC

£2.95 or free on £75+

TBC

£7.95 or free on £75+

TBC

Free

These are the standard options for most, though do note, some may have earlier dates for specific items, so make sure you check.

(i) Subject to one or more of a number of factors, including delivery capacity and availability, store opening hours or product exclusions, so go quick.

These are just a few of the biggies. Yet many retailers do list the info on their websites for all to see – so it’s worth checking if you’re after one not listed above.

If opting for click and collect, always leave yourself enough time to collect from the store before it closes, and bear in mind that different branches may have varying closing times.

Late delivery rights

By law, delivery only needs to be “within a reasonable time”, which could be up to 30 days – no use for Christmas. 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. You’ve extra rights when buying via the web though, including being able to return items if you get in touch with the store within 14 days of delivery.. For more info, see our guide on Delivery Rights.

A gentle reminder…

In previous years, retailers have brought forward their last order dates due to couriers struggling to cope with demand or bad weather. Though last order dates are a useful guide, it’s better to take them with a pinch of salt than to trust them as a guarantee.

Basically, if you’re going to buy online, do it sooner rather than later – unless you’re happy to hold on for the chance of a last-minute bargain, despite knowing the risk of it not arriving in time.

Have you had good/bad experiences when ordering Christmas presents online at last minute? Let us know in the comments below, on Twitter.