Holiday Shipping Deadlines from Rakuten’s Top Retailers

The holidays are right around the corner, and the window is closing on when you can order gifts in time for the holidays. There are plenty of stores offering free shipping on National Free Shipping Day, aka December 14, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your packages will arrive on time. Below, we’ve outlined a list of Rakuten’s top retailers and their holiday shipping deadlines for 2019, so you can be a more informed shopper and make sure your gifts will arrive just in time for the holiday rush.


If you pick standard shipping, you have until Friday, December 14 to ensure your gifts arrive in time for Christmas and even less time for Hanukkah, which starts on December 22. If you choose Prime 2-day shipping, you have until the 21st to place your order to be safe. The 22nd marks the last day for free delivery for all and the 23rd marks the last day you can place a Prime order for 1-day delivery. Keep in mind that not all items qualify for 1-day shipping, so plan accordingly.


Walmart’s Christmas cutoff is December 20 for standard shipping and December 23 for expedited shipping. Order even earlier for Hanukkah. Our suggestion would be Saturday, December 14 to safely get your order in time. Keep in mind that Walmart works with a variety of third-party vendors, so Walmart’s shipping standards may not apply to all products.


Unfortunately, standard shipping for arrival by Christmas Eve is no longer guaranteed at Kohl’s. However, if you’re willing to splurge on 2-day, expedited shipping, you have until Tuesday, December 19 by 11 AM PST to place your order.

Best Buy 

For Christmas orders, you’ll need to check out on December 18 for standard shipping. For next-day shipping, you’ll need to place your order by 3 p.m. on December 21. You should be safe for Hanukkah if you order by the 14th. Keep in mind that Best Buy offers free, in-store pickup if you need something quicker. The process is streamlined and easy. Simply place your order online (using Rakuten to get Cash Back) and your order will be ready within a few hours. You’ll need your credit or debit card, order email and an ID to pick up in-store.


At Target, you need to order by December 22 for 2-day shipping and if you’re feeling adventurous, December 24 for same-day delivery as long as you’re a same-day delivery member through Target’s program with Shipt. Like Best Buy, you can also pick up your order in-store if you need to make sure you get your gifts.



Order by December 20 to make the Macy’s Christmas shipping deadline for standard shipping and December 21 for express shipping. If you’re cutting it close, you can get items same-day on December 24 in select areas if you order by 10 AM local time.


Order by December 17 if you’re choosing standard shipping, December 20 for 2-day shipping or December 21 for 1-day shipping. For expedited shipping, you’ll need to pay a fee of $15 for 2-day orders and $25 for 1-day orders.

Old Navy

For free standard shipping on orders of $50 or more, order by Thursday, December 19 before 9 PM PST to get it by December 24. If you opt for 2-day shipping, order by Friday, December 20 before 12 PM PST, or order by Monday, December 23 before 12 PM PST for 1-day shipping. If you’re a super shopper and get everything done with time to spare, you can select the $50 minimum Free “Sweepstakes” shipping option at checkout to enter for a chance to win a $200 eGift Card valid at any of Old Navy, Gap, Athleta, Banana Republic and Hill City.

Pro tip: If you’re in a time crunch and can’t swing the buy online, pick-up in store options, sign up for ShopRunner for free two-day shipping and returns at over 100 retailers, like Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Lord and Taylor and more. You are eligible for a free membership if you have an American Express card or a MasterCard card; otherwise, it’s $79 annually. 

Order with Rakuten to get Cash Back and save even more this holiday season. If you’re not a member, it’s really easy to join and you can start earning as soon as today. Also, you can earn In-Store Cash Back if you’re doing some literal last-minute shopping this year, so keep that in mind. Just sync up a credit or debit card with your Rakuten account to get started. Happy holidays and happy shopping!

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