Last order dates for Christmas 2017

Make sure your Christmas shopping is ordered in time to avoid disappointment on Christmas day - here's our rundown of top retailers' last order dates.Last order datesIf you're anything like the majority of students, you'll no doubt leave your Christmas shopping to the last minute.

Despite last minute shopping being much easier now thanks to the wonder that is online shopping, too many still fall into the trap of thinking you can get cheap next day delivery right up to Christmas day. FYI: you can't.

A few major retailers even have last order dates for Christmas as early as the 15th December! Save yourself from the annoying situation where you're forced to pay £5+ for last minute delivery (if it's even available) or be left out in the cold entirely on Christmas day without your presents arriving in time.

Seeing as you can't buy things online on Christmas eve with the hope that Santa will deliver them for you, we've done the research and compiled an extensive list of all the major Christmas retailers and their last order dates for Christmas 2017 so you don't have to.

We've also listed the Christmas delivery costs for the retailers, and for the really desperate, we've even listed next day delivery costs and options just in case.

Check below the table to see Royal Mail's final posting dates for 2017 - important if you'll be sending packages and cards to any friends and family.

Happy shopping!

Last order dates for Christmas

  • Search for your favourite retailer if you like or just take a browse through the list. If you don't see one of your favourites just let us know and we can add it.
  • Always double check the delivery time and cost for your specific item as it can vary on some sites.
  • Click and collect is available at most stores now and could be a cheaper last minute option.
  • Look out for free delivery codes in our student deals section too.
  • Top tip: Get free Amazon student prime and order right up until the 24th December in some locations.
Online ShopLast order date (cheapest)Delivery CostDesperate delivery dateShop
Amazon20th DecFree (£20+ spend)23rd Dec (free on Prime)Visit »
TheHut.com19th DecFree (£30+ spend)20th Dec (£5.95)Visit »
French Connection19th DecFree (£50+ spend)21st Dec (£7)Visit »
JD Sports20th DecFree (£60+ spend)22nd Dec (£4.99)Visit »
Sainsbury's15th Dec£2.99+NAVisit »
IWOOT20th DecFree (£10+ spend)21st Dec (£3.95)Visit »
M&S18th DecFree (£50+ spend)22nd Dec (£3.99)Visit»
Argos22nd Dec£3.9524th Dec (£3.95)Visit »
New Look20th DecFree (£50+ spend)22nd Dec (£5.99)Visit »
Boots19th DecFree (£45+ spend)23rd Dec (£4.75)Visit »
Urban Outfitters20th DecFree (£30+ spend)21st Dec (£5.99)Visit »
Game19th DecFree21st Dec (£3.95)Visit »
Topshop/Topman20th DecFree (£50+ spend)23rd Dec (£6)Visit »
ASOS19th DecFree (£20+ spend)23rd Dec (£5.95)Visit »
Miss Selfridge19th DecFree (£40+ spend)22nd Dec (£6)Visit »
Buyagift.com20th Dec£1.9922nd Dec (£9.75)Visit »
Firebox.com20th Dec£2.9922nd Dec (£5.99)Visit »
LookFantastic19th DecFree21st Dec (£3.95)Visit »
Zavvi20th DecFree (£10+ spend)22nd Dec (£3.95)Visit »
Debenhams18th DecFree (£45+ spend)22nd Dec (£3.99)Visit »
Next22nd Dec£3.9922nd Dec (£3.99)Visit » Dec£3.9923rd Dec (£4.99)Visit »
Findmeagift.com15th Dec£3.9921st Dec (£6.99)Visit »
Thorntons18th Dec£3.9521st Dec (£5.95)Visit »
Myprotein19th DecFree (£50+ spend)22nd Dec (£3.99)Visit »
VistaPrintVariesVariesNAVisit »
Schuh19th DecFree (£20+ spend)22nd Dec (£1)Visit »
Ann Summers19th DecFree (£35+ spend)21st Dec (£5.95)Visit »
WHSmith20th DecFree (£25+ spend)21st Dec (£3.99)Visit »
Apple21st DecFreeNAVisit »
Dorothy Perkins19th DecFree (£50+ spend)22nd Dec (£5.95)Visit »
Warehouse18th DecFree (£50+ spend)21st Dec (£10)Visit »
Body Shop18th Dec£2.4921st Dec (£3.99)Visit »
John Lewis19th DecFree (£50+ spend)22nd Dec (£6.95)Visit »
Burton19th DecFree (£30+ spend)22nd Dec (£5.95)Visit »
House of Fraser18th DecFree (£50+ spend)22nd Dec (£6)Visit »
Currys/PC World23rd DecFree23rd Dec (Free)Visit »
Lastminute.com18th Dec£2.49NAVisit »
Waterstones19th DecFree (£20+ spend)21st Dec (£7.95)Visit »
Virgin Experience Days20th Dec£2.4922nd Dec (£7.99)Visit »
Bunches20th DecFreeNAVisit »
BHS18th DecFree (£50+ spend)2st Dec (£6.95)Visit »
Missguided20th Dec99p22nd Dec (£1.99)Visit »
The Fragrance Shop18th DecFree (£40+ spend)21st Dec (£4.99)Visit »
MandM Direct20th Dec£4.4920th Dec (£5.99)Visit »
boohoo19th Dec£3.9922nd Dec (£4.99)Visit »
Office Shoes19th DecFree22nd Dec (£6)Visit »
Sports Direct15th Dec£4.9921st Dec (£6.99)Visit »
Lipsy21st Dec£3.75NAVisit »
Benefit19th DecFree (£25+ spend)21st Dec (£4.95)Visit »
Matalan18th DecFree (£50+ spend)21st Dec (£4.95)Visit »
Feelunique19th DecFree (£15+ spend)21st Dec (£8.95)Visit »
Hotel Chocolat18th Dec£3.9522nd Dec (£4.95)Visit »
PrezzyBox18th Dec£3.9921st Dec (£5.99)Visit »
Interflora24th DecVariesNAVisit »
Toys 'R' Us18th Dec£2.9522nd Dec (£4.95)Visit »
H Samuel20th DecFree22nd Dec (£4.95)Visit »
The Book People15th Dec£2.9522nd Dec (£6.95)Visit »
Selfridges18th Dec£523rd Dec (£8)Visit »
Paperchase19th DecFree (£25+ spend)21st Dec (£4.50)Visit »
eBayVariesVariesNAVisit »
Superdrug18th DecFree (£10+ spend)21st Dec (£5.50)Visit »


Royal Mail last delivery dates

The royal mail will most likely be delivering a couple of cards or presents for you this Christmas. Their last order date for Christmas delivery is slightly earlier than most retailers.

Standard 2nd class parcels and cards have to be sent for delivery before 20th December 2017 or 21st December for 1st class.

If you're desperate you can still send items via special delivery on the 23rd December (but it'll cost you).

There is more information in the Royal Mail delivery dates here.

If you're looking for some good present ideas, don't forget to take a look at our Christmas deals. If money is tight this year, make sure you read our guides on doing Christmas on a budget, Christmas dinner on a budget, plus gift ideas for under £5.

*All Christmas last order dates are correct as of  15th December 2017. Make sure you double check with retailers for certain products. Also, the Christmas deliveries for online orders are sometimes disrupted because of adverse weather conditions and/or strikes. Check the fine print to avoid disappointment!

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