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Retailers' last order dates for Christmas deliveries

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On 25 November 2014


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We reveal the last Christmas order dates for some of the biggest online retailers.


If you’re planning on doing your gift or food shopping online this Christmas you’ll need to place your order in time to avoid disappointment.

So here’s our rundown of the last order deadlines for Christmas delivery at some fo the biggest online retailers.

1st December

Tesco Groceries - those that signed up to Delivery Saver earlier this year will have priority access to Christmas delivery slots for Tesco food shopping. But for those that didn’t Tesco has held back a few slots that it will be releasing in stages. Booking opens at 12.01am on 1st December to secure a delivery slot for 21st December. If you miss out you can try on 2nd December to get a slot on the 22nd, or on the 3rd for a slot on the 23rd or finally the 4th for a slot on Christmas Eve.

3rd December

Jessops - final day for wall art orders like framed canvas prints. But you have until the 10th for XXL photobooks, the 12th for personalised jigsaws, crystal photos and premium double sided cushions, the 15th for hardcover photobooks, phone cases and a selection of other personalised gift and the 18th for most other items. For all photo prints you have until Friday 19th December.

14th December

Mamas and Papas - today’s the cut off for delivery of furniture sets, but you’ve got until midnight on 17th to order non-furniture items using the standard delivery service or until 4pm on Monday 22nd for next day delivery.

15th December

Marks & Spencer (Food to Order) - you need to place your order today if you’re planning on using the M&S Christmas Food to Order service. Orders will be delivered to a store of your choice.

Prezzybox - for personalised items today’s your last chance to place an order. For other orders you have until Thursday 18th December for standard delivery (£3.95) or until the 22nd if you are prepared to pay £5.95 for next day delivery.

Waitroise - today’s the cut-off date for turkey orders. Wine Cellar Christmas orders must be placed by 9pm on Monday 22nd December for free standard delivery or Friday 19th December for next/named day delivery (£4.95). Hampers and gifts can be ordered up until noon while flowers can be ordered until 3pm on the 22nd for free standard delivery. The last full day of grocery deliveries and collections for most branches will be 23rd December so you should book a slot sooner rather than later.

16th December

The Hut - orders must be in by 3pm for standard delivery (£1.99 or free for orders over £20) or you have until 2pm on Monday 22nd December for next day delivery (£3.95 or free on orders over £50).

17th December

Laura Ashley - last day for home furnishing and fashion orders for standard delivery (£4.50). The cut off for next day delivery (£7) on fashion items is 1.30pm on 23rd December.

18th December

ASOS - order before midnight to get standard delivery (£3 or free on orders over £20) or you have until 6pm on 23rd December for next day delivery (£5 or free on orders over £100).

House of Fraser - 7pm is the cut off for standard delivery (£3 or free over £50) but there’s a range of options including next day (£6), same day (£6), pre-9am (£8) and next evening (£8), which can be ordered up to midnight on Monday 22nd December.

Waterstones - to bag free delivery by post orders must be in by midday. But you have until 9am on the 22nd to order using UK first class and UK courier delivery.

Whittard – you have until midday today to place orders for standard delivery (£3.95 or free on orders over £40). For next day delivery (from £6.95) the cut off is before midday on 22nd December.

Oxfam – ‘little extra’ gift orders need to be in by today but for Unwrapped gift cards  you have until 19th December as they are sent by first class post.

19th December

Amazon - last day to order with ‘super saver delivery’ (£10 minimum order may apply on some products). For first class post you have until the 21st, (costs vary), or until 23rd for ‘one day’ and ‘evening’ orders.

Asda Direct - to guarantee your gifts arrive before Christmas with free or standard home delivery (£2.95) you need to order today. But you have until 21st December for named day delivery (£4.50) or named day and time slot delivery (£5.95) or until 22nd December for Collect+ or next day delivery (£4.50). Your last resort will be click and collect, but you need to order by midday on 23rd December.

IWOOT - order today to get standard delivery (£1.99 for orders under £10) or you have until 23rd December if you use next day delivery (£3.95).

Marks & Spencer - 7pm is the deadline for standard delivery (£3.50 or free on orders over £50) or 10pm on 22nd December for next day delivery (£4.95).  Last orders for in-store collection must be in by 5pm on 23rd December and can be collected the following day.

Moonpig - Order gifts by 2pm for standard delivery. Cards should also be ordered by 2pm for first class delivery. Or you can wait until 2pm on 23rd December for next day delivery.  

Paperchase - All UK standard delivery orders placed between 5pm on Friday 19th and 6pm on Tuesday 23rd December will receive a complimentary upgrade to the retailer's next day delivery service to get your guft to you in time for Christmas day.

Tesco Direct - if you’re shopping with Tesco Direct today is also the last day to order with standard delivery to ensure everything arrives in time. But you have until 3pm on 22nd December for express delivery (£5.95) or until 5pm for click and collect or next day delivery (£5.95).

The Body Shop - orders must be in by midnight for standard delivery (£2.99). But you have until 11am on 22nd December for express delivery (£4.99).

The Entertainer - orders need to be in by midday for standard delivery (£2.99 or free for orders over £40). But you have until 7pm on Monday 22nd December for express next working day delivery (£4.99).

Toys R Us - you’ll need to place orders before 12 noon for standard delivery (£4.95). Or you have until 4pm on Friday 21st December for next day Saturday delivery (£9.95).

Urban Outfitters - order before midnight for standard delivery (£3.99). If you miss this cut off you have until before midnight on 22nd December for next day delivery (£5.99).

20th December

John Lewis - last day for standard delivery (£3 or free on orders over £50). Or you can order by 8pm on Monday 22nd December using next day (£6.95) delivery.

Lakeland - orders must be in by midnight for standard delivery (£2.99 or free for orders over £30). But you have until 6pm on Monday 22nd December for express delivery (up to £7.99).

Topshop and Topman - orders in by 4pm for standard delivery (£4 or free on orders over £50 in Topman or £100 in Topshop). For express delivery (£6 /£7.50, free on orders over £150 with Topman) the cut off time is 4pm on 23rd December.

21st December

Debenhams - you have until midnight to order for standard delivery or until 7pm on 23rd December for next day delivery.

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