Last order dates for Christmas 2017

Note: We are still updating the last order dates for 2017 but it's likely that a lot of the stores will have the same last order dates last year so check the table below for our 2017 predictions.

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.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, 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.

Happy shopping!

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
Amazon20th DecFree (£20+ spend)23rd Dec (free on Prime)Visit
TheHut.com19th DecFree (£30+ spend)20th Dec (£5.95)Visit
French Connection19th DecFree (£50+ spend)21st Dec (£7)Visit
JD Sports20th DecFree (£60+ spend)22nd Dec (£4.99)Visit
Sainsbury's15th Dec£2.99+NAVisit
IWOOT20th DecFree (£10+ spend)21st Dec (£3.95)Visit
M&S18th DecFree (£50+ spend)22nd Dec (£3.99)Visit
Argos22nd Dec£3.9524th Dec (£3.95)Visit
New Look21st DecFree (£45+ spend)23rd Dec (£5.99)Visit
Boots19th DecFree (£45+ spend)23rd Dec (£4.75)Visit
Urban Outfitters21st DecFree (£60+ spend)21st Dec (£5.99)Visit
Game18th Dec*Free22nd Dec (£4.95)Visit
Topshop/Topman20th DecFree (£50+ spend)23rd Dec (£6)Visit
ASOS23rd DecFree (£20+ spend)23rd Dec (£5.95)Visit
Miss Selfridge20th DecFree (£40+ spend)23rd Dec (£6)Visit
Buyagift.com21st Dec£1.9923rd Dec (£7.50)Visit
Firebox.com18th Dec£2.9923rd Dec (£5.99)Visit
LookFantastic20th DecFree23rd Dec (£3.95)Visit
Zavvi20th DecFree (£10+ spend)23rd Dec (£3.95)Visit
Tesco Direct18th Dec£322nd Dec (£5.95)Visit
Debenhams20th DecFree (£40+ spend)23rd Dec (£3.99)Visit
Next22nd Dec£3.9922nd Dec (£3.99)Visit Dec*£3.9922nd Dec (£4.99)Visit
Findmeagift.com18th Dec£3.9923rd Dec (£6.99)Visit
Thorntons19th DecFree23rd Dec (£7)Visit
Myprotein19th DecFree (£50+ spend)23rd Dec (£5.99)Visit
Schuh21st DecFree (£20+ spend)23rd Dec (£1)Visit
Ann Summers20th DecFree (£35+ spend)22nd Dec (£5.95)Visit
WHSmith20th DecFree (£25+ spend)21st Dec (£3.99)Visit
Apple22nd DecFreeNAVisit
Dorothy Perkins20th DecFree (£50+ spend)23rd Dec (£3.95)Visit
Warehouse20th DecFree (£50+ spend)23rd Dec (£10)Visit
Body Shop19th Dec£2.4922nd Dec (£3.95)Visit
John Lewis20th DecFree (£50+ spend)22nd Dec (£6.95)Visit
Burton20th DecFree (£30+ spend)23rd Dec (£5.95)Visit
House of Fraser18th DecFree (£50+ spend)22nd Dec (£6)Visit
Currys/PC World20th DecFree23rd Dec (Free)Visit
Lastminute.com18th Dec*£2.49NAVisit
Waterstones20th DecFree (£20+ spend)22nd Dec (£7.95)Visit
Virgin Experience Days19th Dec£2.4922nd Dec (£7.99)Visit
Bunches20th DecFreeNAVisit
BHS19th Dec*Free (£50+ spend)22nd Dec (£6.95)Visit
Missguided18th Dec99p22nd Dec (£3.99)Visit
The Fragrance Shop18th DecFree (£40+ spend)22nd Dec (£3.99)Visit
MandM Direct21st Dec£4.49NAVisit
boohoo18th Dec£3.9923rd Dec (£5.99)Visit
Office Shoes20th DecFree23rd Dec (£6)Visit
Sports Direct18th Dec£4.9923rd Dec (£6.99)Visit
Lipsy22nd Dec£3.75NAVisit
Benefit19th DecFree (£50+ spend)20th Dec (£5.99)Visit
Matalan19th DecFree (£50+ spend)22nd Dec (£4.95)Visit
Feelunique21st DecFree (£15+ spend)22nd Dec (£8.95)Visit
Hotel Chocolat19th Dec£3.9523rd Dec (£4.95)Visit
PrezzyBox20th Dec£3.9522nd Dec (£5.95)Visit
PhotoBox18th Dec£1.99+NAVisit
Interflora24th DecVariesNAVisit
Toys 'R' Us20th Dec£2.9522nd Dec (£4.95)Visit
H Samuel22nd DecFree (£50+ spend)23rd Dec (£4.95)Visit
The Book People15th Dec£2.9522nd Dec (£6.95)Visit
Selfridges19th Dec£522nd Dec (£8)Visit
Paperchase15th DecFree (£25+ spend)22nd Dec (£4.95)Visit
Superdrug19th DecFree (£10+ spend)22nd Dec (£5.50)Visit


*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.

If you're looking for some good present ideas, don't forget to take a look at our Christmas deals. If money is tight this year, make sure you read our guides on doing Christmas on a budget, Christmas dinner on a budget, plus gift ideas for under £5.

*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!

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