It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which means you should probably start thinking about getting everything together for the big day.
Luckily, This is Money has put together a list of the order deadlines of some of the UK’s biggest retailers so you know exactly how long you’ve got to get your orders in.
Don’t have the time to get out to the shops this Christmas? This is Money has compiled a list of the last order dates for some of the UK’s biggest retailers so you don’t miss out
If you’ve left your Christmas shopping right until the last possible moment, then Amazon might be able to help you out.
The company says that Amazon Prime members in selected postcodes in London, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Portsmouth, South Yorkshire and Glasgow can order on Christmas Eve and get it delivered on the same day using two-hour Delivery, or same-day evening delivery if you order before 12pm.
If you’re a Prime member, Amazon says you could even order your Christmas Shopping at 10pm on Christmas Eve and still get it in time for the 25th
In some areas they say you can order it as late as 10pm on the 24th and still get it by midnight in time for the big day, but we wouldn’t recommend testing that out.
For those who don’t fancy leaving it quite that late, the deadline to get your orders in before 25 December is 11.59pm on Friday 21st using standard delivery, or Sunday 23rd using one-day delivery.
Meanwhile, AmazonFresh, its grocery delivery service that is available in selected postcodes in London and the South East, will offer same-day delivery as late as 12pm on Christmas Eve.
The department store brought its Christmas advert out in mid-November, but just because it got started early it doesn’t mean it’s shutting up shop that way too.
Both John Lewis and its supermarket arm Waitrose offer the option to click and collect in-store as late as Saturday 22 December, if you order by 8pm.
It’ll be ready for you to pick up after 2pm the next day.
When it comes to getting it delivered to your door, it depends on what you’re trying to buy.
The department store says products defined as small items can be ordered for next-day delivery by 8pm on Saturday 22nd, but the deadline for standard delivery is 7pm on Wednesday 19 December.
When it comes to larger items, John Lewis says to check the individual product page, but just as an example it offers free delivery on furniture until 8pm on Tuesday 18th, and paid delivery until 2pm on Thursday 20th.
This year’s John Lewis advert featuring Sir Elton John aired on November 15th, but you can keep ordering some items up until December 22nd, depending on what you want to buy
Marks & Spencer
Whether you’re buying gifts from M&S this year or your turkey, you’re going to want to pay close attention as the last delivery date could be very different depending on what it is you’re ordering.
If you’re ordering food, the last deadline is 5pm on December 15, and that is to collect in store on either the 22nd, the 23rd or the 24th. M&S itself recommends the 22nd as the least busiest of the three.
If you’re after anything from its clothing, home, or beauty sections, you have three options.
Both in-store collect and nominated-day delivery have a deadline of Saturday 22nd, while the deadline to order by standard delivery is five days earlier on the 17th.
The deadline to order furniture before Christmas is next Friday 14th.
When it comes to M&S’s Christmas hampers or any of its wines, the deadline is the same.
Monday 17th for standard delivery, and Friday 21st for nominated-day delivery.
Finally, if you’re looking to buy flowers, then nominated-day delivery for those is Sunday 23rd.
Royal Mail last post dates:
As well as making sure you get your own orders in on time, if you’re sending Christmas cards or parcels it’s also important to be aware of the Royal Mail last post dates:
– Tuesday December 18th: 2nd Class and Royal Mail Signed For 2nd Class
– Thursday December 20th: 1st Class, Royal Mail Signed For 1st Class and Royal Mail Tracked 48
– Friday December 21st: Royal Mail Tracked 24
Saturday December 22nd: Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed
The UK’s largest supermarket is thankfully a lot more straightforward.
Its delivery slots opened on November 30th and you can get your Christmas food shopping delivered up to Sunday December 23rd, and up to Christmas Eve in some areas.
However, a word of warning over supermarket deliveries. Many slots have already been taken at Tesco and its rivals – and are likely to fill-up quickly.
To order from Sainsbury’s and collect in-store on either the 22nd, 23rd or 24th December, you’ve got until 4pm on 16 December to get your order in.
If you’re after home delivery, then you can book a delivery time up to 23 December.
December 16 is the last day to complete an order for home delivery from Asda, but if you’re happy to collect in-store then you’ve got until the 23rd.
Christmas delivery slots at Morrisons are now open for you to get your groceries delivered between the 20th and Christmas Eve.
The cut-off point to make changes to an order you’ve made is usually up to 24 hours before delivery, but it’s 11:55pm on December 20th when it comes to orders for the 22nd, 23rd or 24th.
Currys PC World
If for whatever reason you need to buy a new fridge or washing machine three days before Christmas Day, then the electrical giant seems willing to help you out.
Its deadline for ordering large, including TVs, fridges, cookers, and washing machines is 7pm on 22 December for next day delivery.
If you order by that time, they’ll also install it for you in time for Christmas.
If you’re after something smaller, Currys PC World offers you an extra day and a deadline of 8pm on Sunday 23 December, in time for next day delivery on Christmas Eve.
Finally, you can reserve and collect in-store items until 2pm on Christmas Eve.
Last minute panic?
If you miss out on any of the deadlines above, don’t panic – you can always run the gauntlet of last minute shoppers at your local high street or shopping centre.
Also, when it comes to food, why not consider buying local from farm shops, butchers and greengrocers – many will be ready to take orders ready to pick up for the big day.