If you’re like many folks and do most of your Christmas shopping on Amazon, then you should be aware of the Amazon Christmas ordering cut-off dates that the company has set. These dates signify the last day that you can order something and guarantee that you receive it in time for Christmas, as long as there aren’t any snags with UPS.
For starters, December 19 (which is today), is the last day to order something on Amazon if you use the website’s Free Super Saver shipping option, which you can take advantage of if your order exceeds $35, and you have until 11:59pm tonight to order gifts so that they arrive in time for Christmas.
Granted, while Amazon says today is the last day to order something in order to guarantee that it comes before Christmas, you may get it well before then depending on how close you live to an Amazon distribution center, but today is the last day for those folks that take the longest to receive a package.
As for Amazon’s Standard shipping, the last day to order something to guarantee a delivery before Christmas is today as well. Standard shipping is a bit quicker than the Free Super Saver shipping option, but you’ll be paying for it on a per item basis, and the cost varies depending on what you order. However, since both Standard and Free shipping have the same cut-off dates, you might as well choose the Free Super Saver option.
Christmas shipping deadlines benefit Amazon Prime members the most, as they can take advantage of cheap $3.99 one-day shipping and order items as late as December 23 and have it arrive the next day on Christmas Eve. However, if you’d rather take advantage of the free two-day shipping, you can order as late as December 22 in order to guarantee a delivery before Christmas Day.
If you live in bigger cities around the US, you can take advantage of Amazon’s local delivery service on Christmas Eve, which will land you same-day shipping on a variety of goods and items. Amazon’s Local Express Delivery is available in multiple cities across the nation, including Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Indianapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, San Bernardino area in California, Washington DC, and parts of New Jersey.
Keep these dates in mind when you’re doing some last-minute Christmas shopping, and if you don’t have Amazon Prime, but know someone who does, try and see if you can get them to share their free two-day shipping with you, or you can sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime and use the benefits for free during the holiday.
Amazon Prime is a great service to have if you use Amazon a lot. The $99/year service gives you free two-day shipping on Prime-eligible products (and $3.99 next-day shipping), access to Amazon’s Instant Video streaming service, access to its Prime Music streaming service, and access to the Kindle Lending Library, where you can rent ebooks for free.
It’s definitely a service that’s worth its yearly cost if you use all off its features, but most people really just want free two-day shipping (especially since we’re approaching the holiday season). Sometimes, the free shipping alone isn’t quite worth the $100 per year that you’d pay for the privilege, but if you shop almost exclusively on Amazon, the free two-day shipping will most certainly pay for the cost of Amazon Prime rather quickly in the year.