THE ULTIMATE LIST: last order dates for Christmas delivery

Miss Thrifty3 December 18, 2013

Yes, Christmas Day is looming – but don’t panic! If you still have presents to buy and voucher codes to use, here is your toolkit. It is a master list of all the major UK retail websites, and the last dates on which you can order and get your goodies in time for Christmas.

There are more than 50 here, from Argos to Selfridges, but if you spot any omissions or changed dates, please let me know and I will add and amend as we go.

As the dates pass, I will cross them off on the list so that we remain current. And also so that when you look at the list, you can see at a glance where there are still online bargains to be hunted down.

I have put this list together because I know, from personal experience, how stressful it can be when you try to find good gifts at the last minute.

So if you know people who would benefit from this ULTIMATE LIST of last order dates, please share it with them. And don’t forget to bookmark it for yourself! 

Let’s take the admin out of Christmas. Drum roll….

last order dates for christmas

Accessorize: 19/12 (standard delivery); 23/12 (express delivery).

Amazon UK: 18/12 (free Supersaver delivery); 20/12 (first class); 23/12 (express delivery).  However please check individual products as delivery times can vary.

Argos: 22/12 (standard next-day delivery); 23/12 (same-day delivery).

Apple Store:19/12 (iPod engraved, iPad mini engraved, iPad2 engraved); 20/12 by midday (iPad mini, iPad2, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac mini, iPhone, iPod, iTunes gift cards); 23/12 (Apple Store gift cards).

Asda: 19/12 (Asda Direct, standard delivery); 20/12 (Asda Direct, next day delivery); 22/12 (Asda Direct, collect in store); 23/12 (Asda grocery – if no delivery slots are available, you can always order to collect in-store).

ASOS: 18/12 (standard delivery); 23/12 at 9pm (next-day delivery).

B&Q: 23/12 (express delivery).

BHS: 20/12 at noon (standard delivery); 22/12 at 2pm (express delivery, express click-and-collect)

The Body Shop: 18/12 at midnight (standard delivery); 20/12 at midnight (express delivery).

Boots: 20/12 at 7pm (home delivery on a Saturday); 21/12 at 7pm (standard delivery); 22/12 at 2pm (next-day delivery); 23/12 at 2pm (next-day collect in store).

Burton: 20/12 at noon (standard delivery); 22/12 at 2pm (express delivery).

Cath Kidston: 20/12.

Currys: 20/12 at 2pm (standard delivery, small items; ); 22/12 at 8pm (delivery and installation, cookers & integrated appliances); 23/12 at 5pm (next day delivery, small items); 23/12 at 8pm (delivery and installation, TVs over 39″, washing machines, dishwashers, fridges).

Debenhams: 18/12 at midnight (standard UK home delivery, free on orders over £30); 23/12 at 2pm (next day delivery, £4.99).

Dorothy Perkins: 20/12 at noon (standard delivery); 22/12 at 2pm (named-day delivery).

Early Learning Centre: 19/12 (express delivery).

Ernest Jones: 20/12 at 2pm (standard delivery); 22/12 at 9pm (store collection); 23/12 at 3pm (next day delivery).

Evans Cycles: 18/12 at 3pm (standard delivery); 22/12 at 12 noon (next-day delivery).

Firebox: 22/12.

Game: 19/12 at 1pm (standard delivery); 23/12 at 1 pm (express delivery).

Halfords: 20/12 at 3pm (express delivery); 21/12 at 3pm (click-and-collect)

Hobbycraft: 23/12 at 3pm (express delivery).

Homebase: 20/12 (dates vary depending on item, but this date seems to be common to many of them).

House of Fraser: 18/12 at 7pm (standard delivery); 22/12 at 7pm (nest-day delivery).

Jessops: 18/12.

John Lewis: 19/12 at 7pm (standard delivery, free on orders over £50); 22/12 at 7pm (click and collect).

Kiddicare: 23/12 (next-day delivery).

PC World: 20/12 (standard delivery); 23/12 (express delivery).

Lush: 19/12 (standard delivery); 23/12 (express delivery).

Marks & Spencer:  – 19/12 at 7pm (standard delivery, free on orders over £100).

Monsoon: 19/12 (standard delivery); 23/12 (express delivery).

Mothercare: 19/12 (express delivery).

Next: 22/12 at noon (Northern Ireland) or 10pm (rest of the UK). 20/12 at noon (standard delivery); noon on 23/12 (express delivery).

L’Occitane: 19/12 at 2pm (standard delivery); 23/12 at 2pm (next-day delivery).

Reiss: 18/12 (standard delivery); 19/12 (collect in-store).

River Island: 19/12.

Sainsburys: 18/12 (standard delivery AND click and collect); 23/12 (groceries only).

Selfridges: 19/12 at 1pm.

Space.NK: 18/12 at midday (free standard delivery).

Sports Direct: 19/12.

Tesco: 17/12 for small items (standard delivery); 19/12 for books, DVDs and gaming; 22/12 for small items (express delivery).

Thorntons: 23/12 (express delivery).

TopMan: 20/12 (standard delivery); 22/12 (express delivery).

TopShop: 20/12 (standard delivery); 22/12 (express delivery).

Toys R Us: 19/12.

Urban Outfitters: 18/12 at 11.59pm. 23/12 at 10pm (next-day delivery).

Waitrose: 22/12 (grocery slots, if you can get one).

Whistles: 19/12.

The White Company: 19/12 at midnight (standard delivery); 22/12 at midnight (next-day delivery).

Whittard: 19/12 (standard delivery); 23/12 at 11 am (express delivery).

WHSmith: 18/12 at 4pm (free standard delivery); 20/12 (express delivery).

Zavvi: 19/12 at 2pm (standard delivery); 23/12 at 8pm (express delivery).

Don’t forget to bookmark this list, and to share it with those who may find it useful. I’ll be updating it and crossing off expired delivery dates as we go through the next week.

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3 Responses to “THE ULTIMATE LIST: last order dates for Christmas delivery

Miss Thrifty says:

I must admit, the publication of this post has felt somewhat liberating. It took bloomin’ AGES to put together!

December 18, 2013 at 11:24 pm

I must applaud you for the research you clearly put into this post, tracking down all of those retailer deadlines. Not that I want to poo poo your research but a great way to avoid needing to know all of these deadlines is to buy your presents plenty early and avoid all the Christmas stress.

December 19, 2013 at 5:14 am

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