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Last order dates for Christmas 2018

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.Christmas last order datesIf 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 (and Amazon Prime), 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.

Below we've got an extensive list of all the major Christmas retailers and their last order dates for Christmas 2018, Christmas delivery costs and Royal Mail's final posting dates for 2018 - important if you'll be sending packages and cards to any friends and family.

If you really have left your shopping to the last minute we've got your back. Check out our list of presents you can buy on Christmas day.

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 ShopLast order date (cheapest)Delivery CostDesperate delivery dateShop
Amazon21st DecFree (£20+ spend)23rd Dec (free on Prime)Visit »
Argos21st Dec£3.9524th Dec (£3.95)Visit »
Boots17th DecFree (£45+ spend)21st Dec (£4.75)Visit »
ASOS21st DecFree (£25+ spend)23rd Dec (£5.95)Visit »
Topshop/Topman20th DecFree (£50+ spend)23rd Dec (£6)Visit »
Game20th DecFree21st Dec (£2.95)Visit »
Schuh19th DecFree (£25+ spend)23rd Dec (£1)Visit »
JD Sports18th DecFree (£70+ spend)21st Dec (£4.99)Visit »
TheHut.com21st DecFree (£30+ spend)22nd Dec (£3.99)Visit »
Buyagift.com20th Dec£1.9921st Dec (£7.50)Visit »
John Lewis19th DecFree (£50+ spend)22nd Dec (£6.95)Visit »
boohoo17th Dec£3.9921st Dec (£5.99)Visit »
Superdrug17th DecFree20th Dec (£5.50)Visit »
Body Shop20th Dec£2.9523rd Dec (£4.95)Visit »
Thorntons17th Dec£3.9523rd Dec (£5.95)Visit »
IWOOT20th DecFree (£30+ spend)22nd Dec (£3.99)Visit »
M&S17th DecFree (£50+ spend)22nd Dec (£3.99)Visit»
House of Fraser17th Dec£4.99NAVisit »
New Look20th DecFree (£50+ spend)3rd Dec (£5.99)Visit »
Hotel Chocolat17th Dec£3.9521st Dec (£4.95)Visit »
Urban Outfitters17th DecFree (£30+ spend)21st Dec (£5.99)Visit »
Waterstones18th DecFree (£20+ spend)19th Dec (£3.75)Visit »
French Connection17th DecFree (£50+ spend)20th Dec (£7)Visit »
Miss Selfridge20th DecFree (£40+ spend)22nd Dec (£6)Visit »
The Fragrance Shop18th DecFree (£40+ spend)20th Dec (£3.99)Visit »
Firebox.com20th Dec£3.9921st Dec (£5.49)Visit »
eBayVariesVariesNAVisit »
LookFantastic21st DecFree22nd Dec (£3.99)Visit »
Zavvi20th Dec£0.9922nd Dec (£3.99)Visit »
Debenhams20th DecFree (£50+ spend)23rd Dec (£3.99)Visit »
Next19th DecFree (£50+ spend)23rd Dec (£3.99)Visit »
Very.co.uk20th Dec£3.9923rd Dec (£4.99)Visit »
Findmeagift.com17th Dec£3.9923rd Dec (£6.99)Visit »
Myprotein19th DecFree (£40+ spend)20th Dec (£4.99)Visit »
VistaPrint9th DecVaries19th DecVisit »
Ann Summers17th DecFree (£35+ spend)23rd Dec (£5.95)Visit »
WHSmith20th DecFree (£25+ spend)21st Dec (£3.99)Visit »
Apple17th DecFree (£20+ spend)19th Dec (£3.99)Visit »
Dorothy Perkins19th DecFree (£50+ spend)23rd Dec (£5.95)Visit »
Burton19th DecFree (£30+ spend)21st Dec (£5.95)Visit »
Currys/PC World23rd DecFree23rd Dec (Free)Visit »
Lastminute.com19th Dec£1.49NAVisit »
Virgin Experience Days20th Dec£2.4922nd Dec (£7.99)Visit »
Bunches20th DecFreeNAVisit »
Missguided20th Dec£1.952rdd Dec (£3.95)Visit »
MandM Direct18th Dec£4.9923rd Dec (£6.99)Visit »
Office Shoes18th DecFree21st Dec (£5)Visit »
Sports Direct17th Dec£4.9923rd Dec (£6.99)Visit »
Benefit19th DecFree (£25+ spend)21st Dec (£4.95)Visit »
Matalan18th DecFree (£50+ spend)20th Dec (£4.95)Visit »
Feelunique19th DecFree (£20+ spend)23rd Dec (£4.95)Visit »
Pretty Little Thing18th Dec£1.9923rd Dec (£5.99)Visit »
PrezzyBox21st Dec£3.9921st Dec (£5.99)Visit »
Interflora24th DecVariesNAVisit »
H Samuel20th DecFree (£49+ spend)23rd Dec (£4.95)Visit »
The Book People17th DecFree (£25+ spend)21st Dec (£4.95)Visit »
Selfridges19th Dec£522nd Dec (£8)Visit »
Paperchase17th DecFree (£25+ spend)21st Dec (£4.50)Visit »
Zara23rd DecFree (£50+ spend)NAVisit »
River Island18th Dec£3.9923rd Dec £5.99Visit »
Mango17th DecFree (£30+ spend)21st Dec (£8.95)Visit »
Lush19th Dec£3.9522nd Dec (£6.95)Visit »
& Other Stories18th Dec£720th Dec (£10)Visit »
EtsyVariesVariesNAVisit »
H&M21st Dec£3.9921st Dec (£5.99)Visit »
Wilko17th Dec£420th Dec (£8)Visit »
RakutenVariesNANAVisit »
HMV20th DecFree (£10+ spend)21st Dec (£4.95)Visit »
Footasylum18th DecFree (£49+ spend)19th Dec (£4.99)Visit »
Claire's18th DecFree (£40+ spend)20th Dec (£5.50)Visit »

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 18th December 2018 or 20th December for 1st class.

If you're desperate you can still send items via special delivery on the 22nd December (but it'll cost you).

There is more information in the Royal Mail delivery dates here.

Looking for some Christmas money saving tips? Check out our Christmas dealsChristmas on a budget, Christmas dinner on a budget and gift ideas for under £5.

*All Christmas last order dates are correct as of 7th December 2018. 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!

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