Procrastinator's Guide to Stores with Free Shipping

December 14, 2011 | Posted By: Heather Stephens | Categorized in: Gift Ideas, Shopping
Have you procrastinated your holiday shopping?

You don't have to resort to suffering through hours of shopping in hot crowded stores even if you just realized that Christmas is only a week an a half away. There's still time to shop online, still great deals to be found, and even still time to get free shipping!

The Story Behind this Much Needed Guide

We were sitting in our team meeting today talking about what we could create that would be helpful in solving the problems for Holiday shoppers, when Troy, our grilling guru, asked if we could create a procrastinator's guide to free shipping. While his request was completely self serving, he's not alone!

I worked retail through high school and college and I know all too well, the swarm of men who came in with their eyes glazed over, wondering lost throughout the mall, buying whatever they could find at the last minute that wouldn't leave them in the dog-house on Christmas morning.

If that sounds like you, this post is your answer...we're going to put you through last minute online shopping boot camp and turn your wimpy, mall walking, buy whatever you can find at the last minute self into a deal hunting dynamo who can out give Santa!

Step 1: Preparation

Open up a word doc, text doc or grab a pencil and paper and make a list of who you're shopping for and a brainstorm a couple of gift ideas for each one. Check out our gift ideas category for ideas if you're stumped.

Grab a credit card, preferably one that you earn cash back, miles or some kind of reward on and keep it handy for your shopping.

Log into FatWallet. Items marked with the cash back symbol will earn you cash back when you purchase them through FatWallet. (Not all deals will earn cash back, but it's always better to be logged in just in case you have a chance at earning cash back!)

Step 2: Deal Hunting


Check out Today's Best Deals and Deals By Category to see if there are any awesome deals on items the people on your gift lists will like. Also skim through the Hot Deals forum for other great gift ideas and deals.

Step 3: Shop!


Then check out the stores below that are offering guaranteed Christmas delivery many of which also offer free shipping, even now! There are also some great store wide sales on this list to help you save even more while giving generously!

We also have a helpful list of shipping deadlines for many of your favorite stores in the FatWallet forum which will be helpful to anyone shopping last minute!

Use the tools, deals, and resources we have created for you to make these last minute shopping cram sessions count without adding up to overspending overwhelm!

I'll keep growing the list of stores below as I find more information, but so I don't keep you waiting any longer, here's what I've got. It will help you save time, save money, and get that shopping wrapped up in no time!

Now, get busy! Time's a tickin' on those shipping deadlines!

Please share this post with others in social media who might have procrastinated so we can all link arms and cross the Holiday shopping finish-line together!

Happy Shopping,
:) Heather

Stores with Free Shipping No Minimum Order:

Adorama:
  • Thousands of items with free shipping
  • Order by 12 p.m. EST on 12/16/2011 for Christmas delivery with standard shipping
  • 2% Cash Back
  • Adorama Coupons

Apple Store:
  • Free shipping on all orders through 12/21/2011
  • Free engraving on ipad, order by 12/19/2011 to receive 12/24/2011
  • 1.0% Cash Back
  • Apple Store Coupons

Backcountry.com:
  • Up to 30% off 10,000+ items
  • Free shipping on all orders
  • Order by 5 p.m. MST 12/16/2011 for Christmas delivery with free shipping
  • 10.0% Cash Back Sale (was 6.0%)
  • Backcountry.com Coupons

Best Buy:
  • Free standard shipping on everything through 12/27/2011 No minimum purchase required.
  • Order by 12/20/2011 at 11 a.m. ET. for Christmas delivery with standard shipping
  • 1.0% - 3.6% Cash Back
  • Best Buy Coupons

Blue Nile:
  • Free Fed Ex with all orders
  • Holiday delivery deadlines range between 6 p.m. EST 12/21/2011 to 7 p.m. EST 12/22/2011 depending on what you order.
  • 6.0% Double Cash Back Madness (was 3.0%)
  • Blue Nile Coupons

Coldwater Creek:
  • 30% off everything online & in stores, use offer code WZH8131
  • Free Shipping Through December 20th with Guaranteed Christmas Delivery.
  • 2% Cash Back
  • Coldwater Creek Coupons

Dell Home Systems:
  • Free 3-5 Day shipping on all "ships fast" laptops.
  • Order by 11:59 pm 12/20/2011 for Christmas delivery with free shipping.
  • Up to 4% Cash Back
  • Dell Home Systems Coupons

Disney Store:
  • Disney Store Coupons: Extra 20% Off 1 Item and Free Shipping: 20% off 1 item with code: FAMILYFUN20, Free shipping with code: FREESHIP
  • Order by 12/18/2011 for Christmas delivery with free shipping.
  • 5.0% Cash Back Available!
  • Disney Store Coupons

Elizabeth Arden:
  • 25% off plus Free Shipping on any order with Coupon Code BF2 (expires on 12/18/11)
  • 12% Cash Back Sale (was 6%)
  • Elizabeth Arden Coupons

HP:
  • Free standard 5-7 business day shipping ongoing. Order by 10:00 PM 12/22/2011 to receive your order by Christmas.
  • Up to 5% Cash Back
  • HP Coupons

J Crew:
  • Free Shipping on any order plus: 20% off Orders of 100+, 25% off orders $150+, 30% off orders $250+ through 11/59 p.m EST 12/15/2011 with code: JINGLE
  • Order by 9 p.m. EST 12/20/2011 for Christmas delivery with standard shipping
  • 5% Cash Back
  • J Crew Coupons

Kate Spade:
  • Free Ground Shipping to all 50 States Order by 12/16/2011 for Christmas Delivery (according to their customer service, order a.s.a.p.)
  • 4.0% Cash Back
  • Kate Spade Coupons

L.L. Bean:
  • Free $10 gift card with orders of $50 or more through 11:50 pm EST 12/24/2011
  • Free Shipping, no minimum order, no end date!
  • Order by Noon EST 12/21/2011 for free shipping and Christmas delivery
  • 2% Cash Back
  • L.L. Bean Coupons

LaneBryant.com:
  • Free Shipping on all orders 12/16/2011 only
  • 6% Cash Back Sale (was 3%)
  • LaneBryant.com

Lenovo:
  • Purchase any of the "Quick Ship" labeled systems by December 19, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST to enable delivery by December 25, 2011.
  • Purchase any product through December 31, 2011 and receive a free upgrade to standard 2-3 business day shipping & handling.
  • Up to 3% Cash Back
  • Lenovo Coupons

Microsoft Store:
  • Free Shipping on All Orders 11/2/11 to 1/2/12 Order by 12/16/11 for Christmas Delivery
  • 7.0% Cash Back Sale (was 4.0%)
  • Microsoft Store Coupons

Newegg:
  • 24 Hour Sale (through 11:59 PM PST 12/14/2011)
  • Free Shipping on Items in 24 Hour Sale
  • 4.0% Cash Back Sale (was 3.0%)
  • Newegg Coupons

NFL Shop:
  • 25% off Jersey's Expires 12/15/2011
  • Winter Madness Select Items up to 65% off
  • Free Shipping on any order by 12/15/2011 will be there by Christmas.
  • 6.0% Cash Back Sale (was 5.0%)
  • NFL Shop Coupons

Nike Store:
  • Nike Clearance Up to 70% Off
  • Free Shipping with Coupon Code: SWOOSH
  • **Depends on your location if order will be delivered by Christmas.
  • 6% Cash Back
  • Nike Store Coupons

Nordstorm:
  • 30% Off Sitewide
  • Free Shipping on Gifts by December 20, 3pm Eastern for Delivery 12/24/11
  • 4% Cash Back
  • Nordstrom Coupons

Overstock:
  • Up to 45% Off Red Line Deals
  • Free Shipping through 12/26 at 1:59 a.m. EST. Order by 1:59 a.m. EST 12/19/2011 for Christmas Delivery
  • 3% Cash Back
  • Overstock Coupons

REI:
  • 30% off any one REI brand item through 12/24/2011 with code REISAVE
  • Free Shipping, no minimum purchase through 12/31/11 11:59pm PT.
  • Standard shipping takes 5 to 7 business days to arrive. If you order by today, 12/15,2011 it will be cutting it close with standard shipping.
  • 4.0% Cash Back Sale (was 3.0%)
  • REI Coupons

Saks Fifth Avenue:
  • Free shipping and free returns with the code HOLIDAY through 12/23/2011 4 p.m. EST
  • Free gift box with red ribbon if requested at checkout.
  • Order by 4 p.m. EST 12/23/2011 for Christmas delivery with free shipping
  • 3.0% Cash Back
  • Saks Fifth Avenue Coupons

Shoes.com:
  • Free Shipping on orders placed by 12 p.m. CST 12/21/2011
  • 10.0% Cash Back
  • Shoes.com Coupons

Staples:
  • Free delivery on all orders, no minimum
  • Order before 5 p.m. on 12/22/2011 for Christmas delivery (better to order by 5 p.m. on 12/21/2011 in case of delays according to their customer service rep.)
  • Up to 2.5% Cash Back
  • Staples Coupons

Stores with Free Shipping with a Minimum Order


$25-$49 Minimum

Babies R Us and Toys R Us:
  • Babies R Us: Free Shipping on Everything with $100+ Purchase (typically takes 3-8 business days)
  • Toys R Us: Free Shipping on Everything with $49 Purchase. Toys R Us website says to order by 12/19/2011 for Christmas Delivery on items that say "usually leaves warehouse in 1-2 business days."
  • 2% Cash Back Sale (was 1%)
  • Babies R Us, Toys R Us


Barnes & Noble.com:
  • Spend $25 get free standard shipping
  • Order by 11:59 p.m. EST 12/15/2011 for Christmas delivery with standard shipping
  • 6.0% Cash Back Sale (was 4.0%)
  • Barnes & Noble.com Coupons

Drugstore.com:
  • Free Shipping on orders over $25
  • Up to 7% Cash Back Sale (was 6%)
  • Drugstore.com

The Home Depot:
  • Free Shipping on Most Orders Over $45 at The Home Depot
  • Order by 12/15/2011 for Christmas delivery with standard shipping
  • 3% Cash Back
  • The Home Depot Coupons

Kmart:
  • 15% Off with Code STOCKING15
  • 30% off with code GIFTS4ALL through 12/24/2011 (Kohls Card Required).
  • 20% off with code JINGLE2078 12/27/2011
  • Free shipping on qualifying orders of $49 or more with promo code: HOLIDAY
  • Free shipping w/Kohls Charge with code: GIFT4KC expires 12/24/2011
  • Order by 4pm CST 12/19/2011 for free standard shipping with Christmas delivery.
  • 6.0% Double Cash Back Madness (was 3.0%)
  • Kmart Coupons

Lego:
  • Free shipping with orders over $49
  • Order by midnight 12/18/2011 for Christmas delivery.
  • 3% Cash Back Sale (was 2%)
  • Lego Coupons

Lowe's:
  • Free Shipping on parcel orders of $49 or more.
  • Order by Noon EST on 12/22/2011 for Christmas delivery.
  • 2% Cash Back
  • Lowe's Coupons

Sears:
  • $15 off $100 Purchase plus Free Shipping with code HOLIDAYJOY through 12/18/2011
  • Free Shipping on orders of $49 or more with code REALJOY through 4:00 p.m. CST 12/19/2011
  • 6.0% Triple Cash Back Madness (was 2.0%)
  • Sears Coupons

Vitacost:
  • Free Shipping with $49 Purchase ongoing
  • Order by 4:00 pm EST or PST 12/15/2011 for Delivery by Christmas
  • 5.0% Cash Back
  • Vitacost Coupons

Walmart:
  • Free Shipping on $45 Home Free Electronics Orders to Home 11/17-12/25
  • Order by 11:30 pm EST or PST 12/20/2011 for Delivery by Christmas
  • 2.0% Cash Back Sale (was 1%)
  • Walmart Coupons

$50-$99 Minimum


6PM.com:
  • Order by 1pm PST, Dec 22nd - Free shipping on all orders. Guaranteed Christmas delivery on orders of $50 or more.
  • 4.0% Cash Back
  • 6PM.com Coupons

Bath & Body Works:
  • Free Shipping w/$50 Purchase & Free Gift w/$10 Purchase w/code FREEGIFT50
  • Order by 11:59 p.m. EST on for Christmas Delivery
  • 3.5% Cash Back
  • Bath & Body Works Coupons

Bloomingdale's:
  • *Free Shipping on orders of $150+ and free shipping on beauty orders of $50+
  • Order by 11:59 p.m. EST 12/21/2011 for standard delivery by Christmas.
  • 3.0% Cash Back
  • Bloomingdale's Coupons

Dick’s Sporting Goods:

Gap:
  • Up to 60% off Holiday Sale
  • Free Shipping on any order over $50
  • Order by 12/20/2011 for Christmas delivery
  • 6% Cash Back Sale (was 3%)
  • Gap Coupons

GiftCards.com:
  • Free first class shipping on Visa/Mastercard orders of $80 or more with code HOLIDAYS2011
  • Order may not make it by Christmas using the above shipping method due to longer delivery times with the USPS over the holidays. Use one of their faster shopping options if you need Christmas Delivery.
  • Up to 3.5% Cash Back
  • GiftCards.com Coupons

GNC:
  • 20% off GNC Brands
  • Free shipping on orders of $99 or more
  • Order by midnight 12/16/2011 for Christmas delivery with standard shipping
  • 10.0% Cash Back Sale (was 8.0%)
  • GNC Coupons

JCPenney:
  • Free shipping every day on order of $69 or more with code SHIP69
  • Order by 12/20/2011 for Christmas delivery with standard shipping
  • 4% Cash Back Sale (was 3%)
  • JCPenney Coupons

Kiehl's:
  • Enjoy complimentary express shipping plus a deluxe duo of our wrinkle filler and Rosa Artica on any Kiehls.com purchase of $50 or more with code: EXPRESS
  • Offer ends 12/20/2011 at 11:59 pm EST
  • 8.0% Cash Back Sale (was 7%)
  • Kiehl's Coupons

Kohl's:
  • Save an Extra 15% Off Kohls.com with Code STOCKING15
  • Free shipping with $50 purchase
  • Order by 11PM (CST) on Tuesday, December 20 for free standard shipping with Christmas delivery.
  • 3% Cash Back Sale (was 2%)
  • Kohl's Coupons

Land's End:
  • 30% Off Sitewide
  • Free Shipping on orders over $50 through 12/19/2011 with promotion code: JOLLY, pin: 1235
  • 3.5% Cash Back Sale (was 2.5%)
  • Land's End Coupons

Lord & Taylor:
  • 20% off store wide with promo code: GIFT
  • Free standard shipping of any online order of $99 or more.
  • Ground orders should be placed by 2pm(ET) on Monday, December 19th. Ground orders being shipped to the West Coast should be placed by 2pm(ET) on Friday, December 16th.
  • 4% Cash Back
  • Lord & Taylor Coupons

Macy's:
  • Free Shipping with $99 Purchase ends 12/21
  • 4% Cash Back Sale (was 3%)
  • Macy's Coupons

Old Navy:
  • 20% off online orders with code ONHURRY20
  • Free Shipping on any order over $50
  • Order by 12/20/2011 11:50 p.m. EST for Christmas delivery.
  • 6.0% Cash Back Sale (was 3.0%)
  • Old Navy Coupons

Sephora.com:
  • Up to 30% off 10,000+ items
  • Free shipping on orders over $50
  • Order by 11:59 p.m. PST 12/17/2011 for Christmas delivery with standard shipping
  • 4.0% Cash Back
  • Sephora.com Coupons

Shutterfly:
  • Free Shipping w/$50 Purchase w/code SHIP50
  • Cards, photo books, and calendars order by 4:00 p.m. PST 12/18/2011 for Christmas delivery
  • 8.0% Cash Back
  • Shutterfly Coupons

$100+ Minimum

Sears:
  • $15 off $100 Purchase plus Free Shipping with code HOLIDAYJOY through 12/18/2011
  • Free Shipping on orders of $49 or more with code REALJOY through 4:00 p.m. CST 12/19/2011
  • 6.0% Triple Cash Back Madness (was 2.0%)
  • Sears Coupons

Babies R Us and Toys R Us:
  • Babies R Us: Free Shipping on Everything with $100+ Purchase (typically takes 3-8 business days)
  • Toys R Us: Free Shipping on Everything with $49 Purchase. Toys R Us website says to order by 12/19/2011 for Christmas Delivery on items that say "usually leaves warehouse in 1-2 business days."
  • 2% Cash Back Sale (was 1%)
  • Babies R Us, Toys R Us

Bloomingdale's:
  • *Free Shipping on orders of $150+ and free shipping on beauty orders of $50+
  • Order by 11:59 p.m. EST 12/21/2011 for standard delivery by Christmas.
  • 3.0% Cash Back
  • Bloomingdale's Coupons

New York & Company:

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February 14, 2012 | Posted By: evitaandrianni
Heather,you got me smiling by mentioning the last minute shopping men who were lost over the whole holiday gifting scenario - wondering throughout the department store - I have a similar experience to yours! But as the years went by, some of those guys got clever and actually impressed me big time by revealing the way they surprised their parents who live on the opposite hemisphere - by buying them the holidays groceries in the local food/wine store ( the works - from ham to deserts and wine) online! The folks seemed to love it that much, that it didn't matter it wasn't a surprise the following year!
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February 14, 2012 | Posted By: evitaandrianni
Heather,you got me smiling by mentioning the last minute shopping men
who were lost over the whole holiday gifting scenario - wondering
throughout the department store - I have a similar experience to yours!
But as the years went by, some of those guys got clever and actually
impressed me big time by revealing the way they surprised their parents
who live on the opposite hemisphere - by buying them the holidays
groceries in the local food/wine store ( the works - from ham to deserts and wine) online! The
folks seemed to love it that much, that it didn't matter it wasn't a
surprise the following year!
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