Last order dates for Christmas 2016
Make sure your Christmas shopping is ordered in time to avoid disappointment on Christmas day – here's our rundown of top retailers' last order dates.If you're anything like the majority of students, you'll no doubt leave your Christmas shopping to the last minute.
Despite last minute shopping being much easier now thanks to the wonder that is online shopping, too many still fall into the trap of thinking you can get cheap next day delivery right up to Christmas day. FYI: you can't.
A few major retailers even have last order dates for Christmas as early as the 15th December! Save yourself from the annoying situation where you're forced to pay £5+ for last minute delivery (if it's even available) or be left out in the cold entirely on Christmas day without your presents arriving in time.
Seeing as you can't buy things online on Christmas eve with the hope that Santa will deliver them for you, we've done the research and compiled an extensive list of all the major Christmas retailers and their last order dates for Christmas 2016 so you don't have to.
We've also listed the Christmas delivery costs for the retailers, and for the really desperate, we've even listed next day delivery costs and options just in case.
Check below the table to see Royal Mail's final posting dates for 2016 – important if you'll be sending packages and cards to any friends and family.
Last order dates for Christmas
- Search for your favourite retailer if you like or just take a browse through the list. If you don't see one of your favourites just let us know and we can add it.
- Always double check the delivery time and cost for your specific item as it can vary on some sites.
- Click and collect is available at most stores now and could be a cheaper last minute option.
- Look out for free delivery codes in our student deals section too.
- Top tip: Get free Amazon student prime and order right up until the 24th December in some locations.
|Online Shop||Last order date (cheapest)||Delivery Cost||Desperate delivery date||Shop|
|Amazon||21st Dec||Free (£20+ spend)||23rd Dec (free on Prime)|
|TheHut.com||21st Dec||Free (£30+ spend)||23rd Dec (£5.95)|
|French Connection||16th Dec||Free (£50+ spend)||21st Dec (£7)|
|JD Sports||19th Dec||Free (£60+ spend)||23rd Dec (£4.99)|
|IWOOT||21st Dec||Free (£10+ spend)||23rd Dec (£3.95)|
|M&S||18th Dec||Free (£50+ spend)||22nd Dec (£3.99)|
|Argos||22nd Dec||£3.95||24th Dec (£3.95)|
|New Look||21st Dec||Free (£45+ spend)||23rd Dec (£5.99)|
|Boots||19th Dec||Free (£45+ spend)||23rd Dec (£4.75)|
|Urban Outfitters||21st Dec||Free (£60+ spend)||21st Dec (£5.99)|
|Game||18th Dec*||Free||22nd Dec (£4.95)|
|Topshop/Topman||20th Dec||Free (£50+ spend)||23rd Dec (£6)|
|ASOS||23rd Dec||Free (£20+ spend)||23rd Dec (£5.95)|
|Miss Selfridge||20th Dec||Free (£40+ spend)||23rd Dec (£6)|
|Buyagift.com||21st Dec||£1.99||23rd Dec (£7.50)|
|Firebox.com||18th Dec||£2.99||23rd Dec (£5.99)|
|LookFantastic||20th Dec||Free||23rd Dec (£3.95)|
|Zavvi||20th Dec||Free (£10+ spend)||23rd Dec (£3.95)|
|Tesco Direct||18th Dec||£3||22nd Dec (£5.95)|
|Debenhams||20th Dec||Free (£40+ spend)||23rd Dec (£3.99)|
|Next||22nd Dec||£3.99||22nd Dec (£3.99)|
|Very.co.uk||21st Dec*||£3.99||22nd Dec (£4.99)|
|Findmeagift.com||18th Dec||£3.99||23rd Dec (£6.99)|
|Thorntons||19th Dec||Free||23rd Dec (£7)|
|Myprotein||19th Dec||Free (£50+ spend)||23rd Dec (£5.99)|
|Schuh||21st Dec||Free (£20+ spend)||23rd Dec (£1)|
|Ann Summers||20th Dec||Free (£35+ spend)||22nd Dec (£5.95)|
|WHSmith||20th Dec||Free (£25+ spend)||21st Dec (£3.99)|
|Dorothy Perkins||20th Dec||Free (£50+ spend)||23rd Dec (£3.95)|
|Warehouse||20th Dec||Free (£50+ spend)||23rd Dec (£10)|
|Body Shop||19th Dec||£2.49||22nd Dec (£3.95)|
|John Lewis||20th Dec||Free (£50+ spend)||22nd Dec (£6.95)|
|Burton||20th Dec||Free (£30+ spend)||23rd Dec (£5.95)|
|House of Fraser||18th Dec||Free (£50+ spend)||22nd Dec (£6)|
|Currys/PC World||20th Dec||Free||23rd Dec (Free)|
|Waterstones||20th Dec||Free (£20+ spend)||22nd Dec (£7.95)|
|Virgin Experience Days||19th Dec||£2.49||22nd Dec (£7.99)|
|BHS||19th Dec*||Free (£50+ spend)||22nd Dec (£6.95)|
|Missguided||18th Dec||99p||22nd Dec (£3.99)|
|The Fragrance Shop||18th Dec||Free (£40+ spend)||22nd Dec (£3.99)|
|MandM Direct||21st Dec||£4.49||NA|
|boohoo||18th Dec||£3.99||23rd Dec (£5.99)|
|Office Shoes||20th Dec||Free||23rd Dec (£6)|
|Sports Direct||18th Dec||£4.99||23rd Dec (£6.99)|
|Benefit||19th Dec||Free (£50+ spend)||20th Dec (£5.99)|
|Matalan||19th Dec||Free (£50+ spend)||22nd Dec (£4.95)|
|Feelunique||21st Dec||Free (£15+ spend)||22nd Dec (£8.95)|
|Hotel Chocolat||19th Dec||£3.95||23rd Dec (£4.95)|
|PrezzyBox||20th Dec||£3.95||22nd Dec (£5.95)|
|Toys 'R' Us||20th Dec||£2.95||22nd Dec (£4.95)|
|H Samuel||22nd Dec||Free (£50+ spend)||23rd Dec (£4.95)|
|The Book People||15th Dec||£2.95||22nd Dec (£6.95)|
|Selfridges||19th Dec||£5||22nd Dec (£8)|
|Paperchase||15th Dec||Free (£25+ spend)||22nd Dec (£4.95)|
|Superdrug||19th Dec||Free (£10+ spend)||22nd Dec (£5.50)|
*Still waiting for 100% confirmation, and info is based on insider knowledge and stats from last year!
Royal Mail last delivery dates
The royal mail will most likely be delivering a couple of cards or presents for you this Christmas. Their last order date for Christmas delivery is slightly earlier than most retailers.
Standard 2nd class parcels and cards have to be sent for delivery before 20th December 2016 or 21st December for 1st class.
If you're desperate you can still send items via special delivery on the 23rd December (but it'll cost you).
There is more information in the Royal Mail delivery dates here.
*All Christmas last order dates are correct as of 9th December 2016. Make sure you double check with retailers for certain products. Also, the Christmas deliveries for online orders are sometimes disrupted because of adverse weather conditions and/or strikes. Check the fine print to avoid disappointment!