It goes without saying that it’s getting down to the wire if you still haven’t completed your holiday-gift shopping yet. If you’re one of those truly last-minute people who procrastinates until shipping deadlines are past, you may be weighing the options between e-mailing someone a gift-card code on Christmas Eve and fighting the crowds at a local strip mall, but there are also same-day shipping options that might buy you even more time to find exactly what you want.
Here, we break down all the retailers we know of that offer same-day delivery — from Nordstrom to Amazon — and we’ll be updating as we find more today and tomorrow. Note that all same-day delivery services come with their own specific fine-print details (you may have to live in a certain zip code, and the product in question may not be available to ship to yours even if you do live there).
If you live in major cities like Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle (see the full list here), Nordstrom will offer same-day delivery for an extra $15 at checkout. Place your order by 4 p.m. ET to receive your gift by 8 p.m. local time. If you’re stumped for ideas, we recommend this Byredo hand cream that made our “cheapest, nicest gifts from luxury brands” list this year.
Provided that you live within a certain zip code in major U.S. cities and the gift in question is available within that zip code (find more details here), you can purchase one of many great gifts through Amazon Prime Now, like this sous-vide precision Bluetooth cooker for home chefs.
Farfetch offers same-day delivery in select U.S. cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Miami for an additional $25, though purchases have to be made at a Farfetch-affiliated boutique in that city. Order gifts like this silky travel sleep mask before 10 a.m. on the day you’d like same-day service; for more information on applicable retailers, see here.
In major cities like Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. (see the full list here), Bloomingdales customers will receive same-day delivery on orders placed by 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday (or by 11 a.m. on Sunday). Expect to pay an additional $8 in addition to your standard shipping fee, so you may want to select more affordable gifts like this pair of touch-screen North Face gloves if you’re buying in bulk. (The same-day delivery service is operated by Deliv.) All orders will require a signature upon arrival.
Same-day delivery service at Saks is available when shipping to select New York City zip codes — ample time for you to buy a wellness enthusiast in your life something they don’t already own, like this bling-y S’well bottle. Packages arrive the same day, provided that the order is placed before 2:00 p.m. ET.
In order to qualify for same-day delivery at Macy’s, orders on gifts like this on-sale Nike sweatshirt must be placed by 1 p.m. local time, Monday through Saturday, or by 11 a.m. on Sundays (operated by Deliv). Same-day delivery is not guaranteed for every item, and availability depends on your zip code.
Another good reason for sticking it out in New York this holiday season: Net-a-Porter offers premium same-day delivery on items only to New York and selected locations in New Jersey: Buy something appropriately Christmas-y and on-sale like this wooly Loewe scarf.
It’s not your typical gift, per se, but Walmart Grocery offers same-day food delivery in select cities. If you’re too lazy to make the trek to your nearest bodega (or just don’t want to hazard the lines), have them deliver an unconventional gift – like a LaCroix eight-pack – to the seltzer obsessive in your life. Note that each Walmart location has its own specific pickup and delivery schedule, so you should check it out before throwing stuff in the cart.
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