Amazon extends free delivery


Amazon fulfilment centre - Peterborough

As Christmas looms large, online shoppers are faced with a stark choice: they either have to pay extra for delivery in time for Christmas, or they have to brave the hell of the shops. However, Amazon has thrown them a lifeline - by offering one more day for free delivery.

So what are the rules, and where else can you still get delivery in time for Christmas?

Amazon has announced that today (Thursday 19 December) you can still order and get free super-saver delivery on items.

If you miss the deadline there's another free solution. You can sign up for a free one month trial of Amazon Prime, which offers one-day delivery. If you sign up for that you can order as late as 11am on 23rd December and get your presents in time for Christmas. However, unless you want to pay for the service in future months, you'll need to go into your account after signing up and turn off the automatic renewal.

You can even order through the evening delivery service until 9.30am on Christmas Eve, but you'll need to be in specific areas to qualify, and it will cost you.

Delivery dates

For other retailers, users of have compiled a list of last delivery dates on its Facebook page. Of course, this assumes that items are in stock, so you'll need to check this first. And when you place an order it's always worth doing a quick check for offers on free delivery.

Today (19th December)

Amazon (standard delivery)
Asda Direct (standard delivery)
GAME (standard delivery)
John Lewis (standard delivery.. if you spend £50 you'll qualify for free delivery and a £10 voucher)
La Redoute (standard delivery and there are plenty of codes around for free delivery over £75)
Lakeland (standard delivery free if you spend over £30)
Matalan (buy and collect)
Monsoon (standard delivery)
Monsoon (buy and collect)
Office Shoes (standard delivery)
Smyths (standard delivery)
Sports Direct (standard delivery, which is free on orders over £50)
Tesco Direct (standard delivery)
Toys R Us (standard delivery)

Tomorrow (20th December)

Asda Direct (next day delivery)
Burton (standard delivery, free over £30 with voucher codes)
Dorothy Perkins (standard delivery)
Monsoon (nominated day)
Mothercare (next day delivery)
The Book People (nominated day)
Toys R Us (next day delivery)
Zavvi (next day delivery)

21 December

Boots (standard delivery)
John Lewis (buy and collect at Waitrose)

22 December

Argos (next day delivery)
Dorothy Perkins (Nominated day)
Dorothy Perkins (buy and collect)
Boots (next day delivery)
Burton (next day delivery)
House of Fraser (next day delivery)
John Lewis (buy and collect)
MandM Direct (next day delivery)
Sports Direct (next day delivery)
Tesco Direct (buy and collect)
Tesco Direct (next day delivery)

23 December

Amazon (next day delivery)
ASOS (next day delivery)
Boots (buy and collect)
Debenhams (next day delivery)
GAME (next day delivery)
House of Fraser (buy and collect)
Monsoon (next day delivery)
Mothercare (buy and collect)
The Book People (next day delivery)

24th December

Argos (buy and collect)

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