Santa can't deliver all the presents, so thank goodness for shipping companies. But shippers won't guarantee delivery by Christmas for much longer. If you're behind on your holiday shopping you're not completely out of luck, but you better get crackin' fast. A convenience of buying online is often times retailers will wrap your gifts, and ship them directly to the recipient. But to guarantee delivery by Christmas, time is quickly running out. Most online shipping offers expire on or before December 19th, or this Friday. However, some websites deadlines are even sooner. Dealhack.com/deadlines lists over 150 major online retailers and their ordering deadlines to ensure delivery by Christmas Eve. Using this site, we found out you need to order from Target, Sears, and Amazon by Thursday for arrival by Christmas. Before you order, you might want to double-check the transit time. Fedex.com can help. If you're sending a package from say, Wrightsville Beach, you can estimate how long it will take for your package to cross the country. So if your favorite cousin is in California, give yourself at least five days. Alaska and Hawaii will take a bit longer. You can also track your gift en route. Packtrack.com gives package progress for over seventy shipping companies. Simply type in your tracking number and click on the carrier. You can see where your shipment has been, and where it is now. If you're looking for a last minute stocking stuffer and miss the shipping deadlines, you can always order a gift certificate to be sent via e-mail. For many retailers, you can order those right up until Christmas Eve.
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