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What’s the Absolute Last Day I Can Order Gifts in Time for the Holidays?

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Sourcing the perfect gift for everyone on your list is hard enough — but making sure it arrives at your door (with time to spare for wrapping) is a whole different ball game. Unfortunately, if you’re reading this, it’s almost too late to find a gift that will ship and reach its destination before December 25. While some of the 32 Strategist-vetted retailers and brands below — including Everlane, Free People, and Sephora — are still offering faster delivery options, those drop-dead shipping deadlines are fast approaching. Others (such as Nordstrom, Target, and Barnes & Noble) are permitting in-store pickup through December 24 if you act fast to secure a scheduled time.

At this point, though, your best bet is to give your still-very-much-loved one a digital gift instead. We’ve rounded up some e-gift card ideas for near-instant delivery gratification or consider a subscription gift that will keep on giving into 2023.


The brand’s cutoff for standard shipping has passed, but you can still order an e-gift card.


Anthropologie’s final shipping deadline has expired, but your recipient can pick out the perfect present with an e-gift card.


The shipping deadline to receive our top-rated rolling luggage has passed, but you can still purchase an e-gift card for your jet-setting friend.


We’ve praised Patagonia’s Black Hole line for its sturdiness, impressive capacity, and lifetime warranty, which is why this 40-liter duffel is our pick for the best weekender bag. The cutoff for standard shipping has passed, but you can still order with next-day delivery until December 22 at noon MT. Bonus: Spend $50 and get free next-day shipping.

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble locations will be open for in-store pickup until noon local time on December 24.


The standard-shipping cutoff has passed at Brightland — the California-based brand that uses cold-pressed, single-origin, heirloom olives to produce its signature oils — but you can still send an e-gift card with the offered values of $100, $150, or $200.


The last day to select standard shipping has passed, but you can still opt for next-day delivery if you order by 4 p.m. ET on December 22. Catbird offers in-store pickup if your order is made by 2 p.m. ET on December 23.


There’s a bounty of gift-worthy Strategist favorites at Everlane, but the brand’s delivery deadline has expired. We recommend purchasing an e-gift card which range in value from $20 to $500.

Flamingo Estate

Flamingo Estate partners with 1% for the Planet to plant a tree for every product sold, so this trio of candles that features the label’s best-smelling scents gives back. Shipping deadlines have passed, but if you’re in the L.A. area, order by noon on December 23 with same-day delivery to get your items before December 25.

Fly By Jing

To give the gift of Strategist-approved savory offerings from Fly By Jing — which makes some of our favorite chili crisp — your only option is to purchase a subscription, as the brand’s holiday shipping deadlines have passed.

Free People

The deadline to order has passed, but e-gift cards are available and range from $25 to $1,500.

Girlfriend Collective

We’re not-so-secret fans of the size-inclusive athleisure from Girlfriend Collective. The brand’s holiday shipping deadlines have come and gone, but e-gift cards can be sent at any time.


H&M’s final day to order is December 22 at 2 p.m. ET using overnight shipping.


The last cutoff to order this pajama set favored by Ottessa Moshfegh and other classic J.Crew styles with overnight shipping has passed, but some brick-and-mortar locations will be open until 5 p.m. local time on December 24.

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Even before L.L.Bean’s Boat and Tote was having a “moment,” the sturdy canvas bag was a Strategist favorite for hauling groceries, books, and even your pup. It’s one of 2022’s best gifts according to trend forecasters. The shipping cutoff for holiday deliveries has passed, but stores will be open on December 24 for last-minute shoppers.

La Mer

It’s officially too late to order from the celebrity-backed skin-care brand that French Montana, Bebe Rexha, Zoey Deutch, and Neil Patrick Harris can’t live without. However, we still think this serum or lip balm would make a great belated gift.


The final cutoff to order our best overall workout leggings, best sports bra for high intensity workouts, and many other sweat-wicking offerings from Lululemon has passed, but e-gift cards are available online.


Stop in at a Macy’s location until 3 p.m. local time on December 24.


The deadline to order this sex toy, one of our best options under $50, for holiday delivery has passed. But if you order by December 24, you can get a Maude vibrator before New Year’s Eve.


The maker of our top-rated (and chef-approved) cutting board and other sculptural kitchenware is no longer offering a holiday delivery guarantee, but you can still send an e-gift card.

MoMA Design Store

The online shop’s order deadline has passed, but the Soho location will be open on December 24 until 5 p.m. ET for last-minute shopping.


The deadline for guaranteed holiday delivery has passed, but you can pick up your order at a store instead and receive free gift wrapping until December 24.

Outdoor Voices

At Outdoor Voices — our go-to for some of the best workout leggings, comfiest sweatpants, and a climbing-approved shirt — the last day to order for holiday delivery has passed. However, e-gift cards are available starting at $25.


The cutoff to order our best linen sheets and waffle robe has passed, but you can still get an e-gift card ranging from $50 to $500.


There are plenty of things in our gift guide for outdoorsy people from REI. The company’s guaranteed shipping times have expired, but most locations are open for curbside pickup through December 24.


If your to-buy list includes cozy loungewear from RicherPoorer, the latest time to order using the fastest shipping option is December 22 at 11 a.m. PT.

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Sephora’s last-minute shipping options have expired, but Beauty Insiders can place a same-day-delivery order until December 24 at noon PT with code FREESAMEDAY.


The order-by dates for Kim Kardashian’s shapewear and loungewear brand have passed, but e-gift cards can be had starting at $25.

Sur La Table

If you’re buying a gift for the amateur chef in your life, you can still purchase an e-gift card ranging from $10 to $500.


Target offers free two-day shipping if you spend $35 or more or use your RedCard, but delivery dates are subject to change based on item availability. Same-day delivery service will be available on December 24, but slots will likely be very limited, so your best bet then is to stop into a physical Target location.

Urban Outfitters

The last day for holiday delivery has passed, but orders may be placed by 1 p.m. ET on December 23 for local-store pickup before December 25.

West Elm

With an extensive selection of stylish home furniture and décor, West Elm is the place to shop for down-filled sofas, mid-century bar carts, or our favorite affordable velvet duvet cover. It’s too late for holiday delivery, but some locations will be open with limited hours on December 23.

The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best acne treatments, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, natural anxiety remedies, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.

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