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December 19, 2012

Blog: Procrastinators rejoice, you can still get it online by Christmas

— Alright, this week turned out to be pretty busy and your last get-it-ordered-online-or-bust deadline has flown by like nine wily reindeer.

Last minute gift panic is a Christmas tradition, but the ease of online shopping requires more planning than popping in Walmart at the last minute for a Magic Bullet food processor or Thomas the Train Pillow Pet.

Or does it?

Good news! You can still order a great gift and get it by the big day. The key is to act fast. Time ain't your friend much longer. Be forewarned, you'll probably pay the toll for burning that bridge in steep shipping charges.


This one is best for people who have a pretty good idea what they want to get.

Thursday, Dec. 20:

Two-day shipping, last full day to order

Friday, Dec. 21

Two-day shipping, order as late as 7 p.m./4 p.m. PST

One-day shipping

last full day to order

Saturday, Dec. 22

One-day shipping, order as late as 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST

This site has taken out a lot of the work for you by selecting gifts that can still be ordered by Christmas with no extra cost. Lots of variety to take care of nearly  everyone on your list.

Best Buy

Get that gotta-get-it-gadget on time.

Thursday, Dec. 20, choose express shipping

Got a Hello Kitty fan? Appease their unsavory vice by ordering by 12 p.m. PST on Thursday, Dec. 20, expedited 2-3 day shipping.

Toys "R" Us

Pick a theme, age, gender or brand and the store narrows it down to a few hundred options.

Thursday, Dec. 20:

Last day to order (by 3 p.m. EST) using "expedited shipping or ShopRunner 2-day shipping

Of course, there are always gift cards. On most sites, you only have to print them out or email them. Give the gift that says, "I trust your judgement." That's what that means, right?

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