Your Guide to Free Holiday Shipping

  • I’m Dreaming of a Free Christmas

    Among the various deals, sales, doorbusters and price-matching offers floating around this holiday season, retailers have found another way to entice holiday shoppers: Free shipping. Shipping costs have long been the bane of online shoppers, tacking several extra bucks onto the purchase price and turning great deals into mediocre deals. It’s no wonder, then, that many shoppers have jumped at the opportunity to buy online and have their gifts delivered for free. There’s just one problem: Free shipping almost always means standard ground shipping, which takes several days. With Christmas rapidly approaching, that means you’re running out of time to take advantage of free shipping and still have your presents arrive before Santa does. To help you plan your last-minute purchases, here are a few of the retailers that offer free shipping on some items, along with their deadlines for Christmas Eve delivery. Photo Credit: Loozrboy
    Gap Stores
  • Gap Stores

    As always, Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy offer everyday free shipping for orders over $50, and if you want your chinos to arrive by Christmas, make sure you order by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16. Photo Credit: Neff Conner

    Amazon offers free “Super Saver” shipping on orders over $25, as long as the item says “this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping,” or “eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25.” Ensure your purchases arrive by Christmas Eve by ordering them by Friday, Dec. 17 at the latest. Photo Credit:
  • Sears

    Sears offers free shipping, but with plenty of conditions: It’s only on select “mailable items,” only on orders over $99, and only if you remember to put in the coupon code SANTA at checkout. You’ll need to jump through those hoops by Friday, Dec. 17. Photo Credit: Julie Vazquez
  • Kmart

    Any purchase over $49 at is eligible for free shipping; just enter the code KMFREESHIP49 upon checkout. You have to order by Midnight Central Standard Time on Friday, Dec. 17 to guarantee Christmas delivery, and that’s also the last day the coupon code will work. Photo Credit: Rob Stinnett
  • Kohl’s

    Spend more than $50 at between now and Dec. 24 and your whole order ships for free. If you want it to arrive by Christmas Eve, though, you’ll need to place your order by 11 p.m. Central Standard Time on Saturday. Dec. 18. Photo Credit: hattiesburgmemory
  • Wal-Mart

    Wal-Mart announced in November that it would offer free shipping on over 60,000 items on for the holiday season. If you want it delivered to your home (or to a local Wal-Mart for pick-up) by Christmas Eve, you’ll have to order by Monday, Dec. 20. Photo Credit: Zol87
  • Piperlime

    Like Banana Republic and Old Navy, Piperlime is owned by the Gap. But the brand tends to march to the beat of a slightly different drum when it comes to shipping: It’s always free on all items, with no minimums. That only counts for standard shipping, but you can order up to the end of the day on Monday, Dec. 20 and still get it by Christmas Eve when you select the standard shipping option. Photo Credit:
    L.L. Bean
  • L.L. Bean

    L.L. Bean offers no-strings attached free shipping with no minimums, but you have to order by Monday, Dec. 20 to get it by Christmas Eve. While the mail-order service won’t guarantee Christmas Eve delivery if you order by then, they do say that most items arrive within 2-5 days, so plan accordingly. Photo Credit:
  • Macy’s

    Enter the promo code GIFTS at checkout and you’ll get 15% off your order plus free shipping – provided you’ve got at least $99 worth of merchandise in your basket. The offer ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 20, which is also the deadline for guaranteed Christmas Eve delivery. If it doesn’t arrive on time you’ll get a Macy’s gift card for the value of the item (up to $100), though the retailer notes that the offer is void in the case of “severe weather, natural disasters or strikes.” What happened to “neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow”? Photo Credit: tinou bao

    You can get free shipping on your entire order, so long as you’re a new customer, there are no books, music, movies or games in your basket, and you’re not shipping to Alaska, Hawaii or outside the U.S. Got all that? If you meet all these criteria, you just need to order by Monday, Dec. 20 at 1:59 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (basically, Sunday night). Oh, and comparison shop before placing your order, since Overstock has come under fire for allegedly giving misleading price information. Photo Credit:
    Best Buy
  • Best Buy

    Best Buy is reportedly offering free standard shipping on “hundreds of thousands of products.” To make sure it arrives by Christmas Eve, order by Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. If it doesn’t arrive on time, you’ll get a $10 gift card (or a $20 gift card if the order is over $50), though that will be cold comfort to the disappointed child wondering why Santa didn’t bring him a new Xbox. Photo Credit: Ian Muttoo
    Free Shipping Day
  • Free Shipping Day

    Didn’t see your favorite retailer listed here? Even if they aren’t offering free shipping for the whole holiday season, they might still be shipping for free on Friday, Dec. 17, the third annual Free Shipping Day. For one day only, participating retailers agree to ship some or all of their items for free, with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve. Nearly 1,500 merchants are participating this year, and the organizers claim that 60% of these are offering free shipping on all orders. You’ll obviously want to check out the full list of participating retailers on the official website. And be sure to find out the specifics of each retailer’s participation, as some minimums or exclusions may apply. Photo Credit:
    'Tis the Season
  • 'Tis the Season

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