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Before you know it, Christmas will arrive and you’ll worry if that perfect gift you picked out will reach you in time!

Here’s a handy guide to shipping deadlines for several major retailers in the area, courtesy of BestBlackFriday.com and our newsgathering partners at IndyStar:

Amazon

  • Dec. 16 – Free Shipping ($49 minimum)
  • Dec. 19 – Standard Shipping
  • Dec. 22 Two-Day Shipping (Free for Prime Members)
  • Dec. 23 One-Day Shipping (Select cities, includes Indianapolis)
  • Dec. 24 by 9:30 a.m. – Same-Day Delivery (Select cities, includes Indianapolis)
  • Dec. 24 by 9:45 p.m. – Two-Hour Delivery (Select cities, includes Indianapolis)

Bath and Body Works

  • Dec. 16 by 11:59 p.m. EST – Standard
  • Dec. 21 by 5:59 p.m. EST – Expedited
  • Dec. 22 by 5:59 p.m. EST – Overnight

Best Buy

  • Dec. 21 before 10:30 a.m. CST – Free Standard Shipping

Bloomingdale’s

  • Dec. 21 by 5 p.m. EST – Standard and Premium Delivery
  • Dec. 22 by noon EST – Express Delivery

Dell (for PCs designated as ‘Ships Same Day’)

  • Dec. 16 by 2 p.m. CST – Standard
  • Dec. 21 by 2 p.m. CST – Expedited
  • Dec. 22 by 2 p.m. CST – Express

Dick’s Sporting Goods

  • Dec. 19 by 11:59 p.m. PT – Free Standard
  • Dec. 20 by 11:59 p.m. PT – 2-Day
  • Dec. 21 by 11:59 p.m. PT – 1-Day

Home Depot

  • Dec. 16 by noon EST – Standard
  • Dec. 21 by noon EST – Expedited
  • Dec. 22 by noon EST – Express
  • Dec. 24 by 2 p.m. EST – In-Store Pickup

JCPenney

  • Dec. 16 – In-Store Pickup
  • Dec. 18 – Direct Manufacturer Shipping
  • Dec. 19 – Standard
  • Dec. 20 before midnight CST – Express 2-Day Delivery
  • Dec. 22 before noon CST – Expedited 1-Day Delivery

Kmart

  • Dec. 19 by 11:59 p.m. CST – Free Standard Shipping (min. $49)
  • Dec. 21 by 4 p.m. CST – Standard Shipping
  • Dec. 22 by 4 p.m. CST – Premium Shipping
  • Dec. 24 for In-Store Pickup

Kohl’s

  • Dec. 19 by 11 p.m. CST – Standard
  • Dec. 20 by 1 p.m. CST – 2-Day Shipping
  • Dec. 21 by 1 p.m. CST – 1-Day Shipping

Macy’s

  • Dec. 21 by 5 p.m. EST –  Free Standard Shipping (min. $99)
  • Dec. 21 by 5 p.m. EST – Premium
  • Dec. 22 by noon EST – Express
  • Dec. 24 by noon local time – In-Store Pickup
  • Dec. 24 by 10 a.m. local time – Same-Day Delivery

Nordstrom

  • Dec. 21 by noon EST – Two-Business Day Shipping
  • Dec. 22 by noon EST – Free Standard Shipping
  • Dec. 23 by noon EST – Rush Shipping ($10)

Old Navy

  • Dec. 18 by 11:59 p.m. EST – Free Standard Shipping (min. $50)
  • Dec. 22 before 3 p.m. EST – 1-Day Shipping

Sam’s Club

  • Dec. 11 – Freight
  • Dec. 13 – Value Shipping
  • Dec. 17 – Standard
  • Dec. 19 – Premium
  • Dec. 21 – Express

Sears

  • Dec. 19 by 11:59 p.m. CST – Free Standard Shipping (min. $49)
  • Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. CST – Standard Shipping
  • Dec. 22 at 4 p.m. CST – Premium Shipping
  • Dec. 24 – In-Store Pickup

Toys R Us

  • Dec. 19 by 11:59 p.m. EST – Free Shipping
  • Dec. 21 by 3 p.m. EST – Expedited
  • Dec. 21 by 11:59 p.m. EST – Express
  • Dec. 24 by 6 p.m. local time – In-Store Pickup

Walmart

  • Dec. 11 – Freight
  • Dec. 16 – Value
  • Dec. 20 – Standard
  • Dec. 21 – Expedited
  • Dec. 22 – Rush

Need to ship the gifts yourself? Here are the shipping dates for FedEx, the U.S. Postal Service and UPS:

FedEx

  • Dec. 12 – Deadline for SmartPost shipments.
  • Dec. 17 – Deadline for Ground Delivery and Home Delivery shipments.
  • Dec. 20 – Deadline for Express Save shipments.
  • Dec. 21 – Deadline for 2-Day and 2-Day A.M. shipments.
  • Dec. 22 – Deadline for First Overnight, Priority Overnight and Standard Overnight shipments.
  • Dec. 23 – Deadline for SameDay City Standard shipments.
  • Dec. 25 – Deadline for SameDay City Priority shipments.
  • Dec. 25 – Deadline for SameDay shipments.

USPS

  • Dec. 15 – Deadline for Standard Parcel Post (Mail) shipments. Get your
    Christmas Cards off by today.
  • Dec. 20 – Deadline for First Class Mail and Priority Mail shipments.
  • Dec. 23 – Deadline for Priority Express Mail shipments.

UPS

  • Dec. 19 – Deadline for 3-Day Select shipments.
  • Dec. 21 – Deadline for 2nd Day Air shipments.
  • Dec. 22 – Deadline for Next Day Air shipments

Free Shipping Day

What about free shipping? Several retailers are participating in Free Shipping Day on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. While a complete list of participating retailers would be too long to post, many of the stores above will take part.

Free Shipping Day has become an annual promotion offering no-cost shipping with no minimum order size. Learn more here.