Truckers can still order last-minute gifts delivered by Christmas or arrange in-store pickup through Christmas Eve.
Best Buy and Target no longer have minimum purchase requirements for free shipping, while Walmart waives shipping costs on two-day deliveries for purchases of $35 and higher. The trio’s cutoff date for free delivery by Dec. 25 is Wednesday, with Best Buy stopping at 10:30 a.m. Central, Target continuing until 11:59 p.m. Central and Walmart advising customers for a Friday delivery because Christmas falls on a Monday.
Amazon provides free two-day shipping to customers who subscribe to its Prime service. A 30-day free trial is available, with fees beginning at $8.99 per month and members can cancel at anytime. Prime subscribers have a free shipping deadline of Friday for two-day shipping, Saturday for one day and limited same-day service on Sunday.
Using in-store pickup will broaden the number of options for late shoppers while providing free delivery. Customers can pick up orders or arrange for someone else to do so at the store location of their choice.
Research indicates that gift cards continue to lead people’s wish lists and more people are sending digital gift cards. Harbor Freight, the national discount tool chain, delivers the digital cards to recipients email within minutes of purchase. The Federal Trade Commission recommends giving the recipient your original receipt to verify the card’s purchase in case it is lost or stolen.