Friday is being dubbed Free Shipping Day, with almost 1,000 retailers participating, including Target and JC Penney.

But if getting purchases on time in order to get those gifts under the tree is the most important thing to you, it’s best to keep certain key shipping dates in mind.


  • December 18th: Standard shipping
  • December 22nd: Two-day shipping (free with Prime)
  • December 23rd: one-day shipping (In select cities)
  • December 24th: 9:30 a.m. local time or earlier – Same-day delivery (select cities)
  • December 24th: 9:45 p.m. local time or earlier – Two-hour delivery (select cities)


  • December 17th: by 11:59 p.m. CST – Free shipping
  • December 19th: by 4 p.m. CST – Standard shipping
  • December 21st by 4 p.m. CST – Premium shipping
  • December 24th: for in-store pickup


  • Varies by item – Free standard shipping
  • December 19th by 12 p.m. – Premium two-day shipping
  • December 22nd by 12 p.m. – Express one-day shipping
  • December 22nd by 7 p.m. – Restock

Toys R Us

  • December 18th by 11:59 p.m. ET – Free shipping
  • December 20th by 3 p.m. ET – Expedited
  • December 20th by 11:59 p.m. ET – Express
  • December 24th by noon ET – In-store pickup


  • December 13th – Freight
  • December 19th – Standard
  • December 21st – Rush

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