TODAY is the last day to order presents from retailers including M&S and John Lewis if you want them to arrive in time for Christmas.
It’s also the final cut-off for ordering gifts from Game, The Body Shop and Shoeaholic.
However, as these are just recommended final order dates, it still isn’t guaranteed that your orders will definitely arrive on time.
Some retailers have made their order deadlines earlier than last year due to more people shopping online following the coronavirus crisis.
Royal Mail is also warning of delivery days, with some second-class post taking over two weeks to deliver.
So far, we’ve seen Currys PC World and John Lewis shoppers complaining about Royal Mail delays in delivering Christmas presents.
Can I return a Christmas order that arrives late?
IT can be really frustrating if you order a Christmas present and it doesn’t arrive on time.
If you want to return your gift, for example, because you had to buy something else, we explain your rights.
For presents ordered by the store's last delivery date – the one it advertises online – you will be entitled to your money back if you no longer want the item.
You'll need to have proof of when you placed your order, such as an email confirmation.
The retailer will also expect you to return the item. According to Resolver, the store you purchased the product from will usually be responsible for covering return costs, but this does depend on its terms and conditions, so read carefully.
If you want to keep the gift, you may be able to claim back some cash from the delivery costs. Contact the retailer to see what it can offer you.
If you paid extra for specific-day delivery, and it arrived after this date, the retailer should off you money back on the delivery cost.
Or at the very least, you'll get the difference in price between its standard delivery and premium delivery.
Ikea customers have also been left fuming after port delays caused some deliveries to be delayed by up to two months.
If you’re able to, you can also still visit shops in person to pick up your goods. You’ll also likely save money on delivery costs this way.
Here are the retailers with a final cut-off date of today, December 18, for their final Christmas deliveries.
The below are based on the cheapest delivery options per shop, so you may have more time to get your order in if you go for a more expensive shipping method.
Shops with a last Christmas order date of Dec 18 (standard delivery)
We've got a full round-up of last Christmas delivery dates here, but these are the shops where you need to order today if you want your presents by December 25.
The cheapest standard delivery option at All Saints is £3.95, or it's free if you spend £150 or more.
Alternatively, the absolute final order date is December 21 for next-day delivery, but it'll set you back a pricier £4.95.
All Saints doesn't offer click and collect.
Dusk shoppers pay £3.99 for delivery on orders under £50. Orders over this amount are free.
If you can't get your order in today, the last date for express delivery is this Tuesday (December 22) but you'll pay £4.99 for this service.
Dusk doesn't offer click and collect.
There's a £4.99 charge on all standard orders from Game.
If you go for next-day delivery, which costs £7.99, it's recommended that you order by this Wednesday (December 23).
Game also does click and collect, which again has a cut-off of today (December 18) for Christmas deliveries and costs £4.99.
John Lewis shoppers are charged £3.99 for standard delivery on orders under £50. If you spend more than this, delivery is free.
For next-day delivery, which costs £6.95, order by 4pm this Tuesday (December 22).
The last call for click and collect – which is £2 on orders under £30, or free above this amount – is 4pm this Tuesday (December 22).
Order today for standard delivery from Kurt Geiger, which has a charge of £4.95 for all orders.
For next-day delivery, which is priced at £7, order by 8pm on Tuesday (December 22).
Click and collect, which is free, must be ordered by 5pm on Tuesday (December 22).
Order by 8pm tonight for M&S. Marks charges £3.50 for standard delivery, or free on orders over £50.
For express delivery, get your order in by 6pm this Wednesday (December 23) but there's a £4.99 charge for this service.
Click and collect, which is free, must be arranged by 6pm this Wednesday (December 23) too.
There's a £3.50 charge on all orders at Shoeaholics, which also must be placed by today.
For express delivery, which is charged at £6.99, it's recommended that you order by 8pm this Tuesday (December 23).
Shoeaholics doesn't do click and collect.
The Body Shop
The Body Shop says you should order by 12pm today for standard delivery, which costs £3, or free on orders over £30.
Express delivery customers are being told to order by 11am this Sunday (December 20) but this shipping costs £4.49.
Order by 12pm Christmas eve for click and collect, which is free.
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