Order by this date on Amazon to make sure your packages come by Christmas

If you're cramming in all of your last-minute holiday shopping, you're not alone.

Plenty of Americans scramble in the latter half of December to get gifts for all those on their lists and with most of us conducting our shopping online, the additional stress over whether or not items will arrive in time for Christmas begins to mount higher than the present pile on Santa's sleigh.

One of the benefits of ordering off Amazon (especially Amazon Prime) is free and fast delivery, with some orders even eligible for same and next day drop offs.

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Of course, there are deadlines that need to be met in order for items to arrive by the date you want them and this year, Amazon’s taken out the guess work involved in figuring out ‘order-by’ dates by giving a comprehensive list of when you need to check out your shopping cart in order to have everything you want under your tree come Christmas morning.

Here are the dates you need to know:

Amazon holiday delivery dates
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Amazon holiday delivery dates

December 14

Last day to order and get free delivery on orders over $25, free for all customers

December 18

Last day to order items eligible for Standard Shipping, free for Prime members

December 22

Last day to order tens of millions of items, free for Prime members

December 23

Last day to order more than 10 million items eligible for One-Day Delivery (coast to coast, free for Prime members with no minimum purchase)

December 24

Last day to order millions of items eligible for Same-Day Delivery (free for Prime members in eligible areas on orders over $35, order by 9:30 a.m. local time)

December 24

Last chance for free two-hour grocery delivery, reserved exclusively for Prime members in select cities. Order by 5 p.m. local time (3 p.m. in select locations) for Whole Foods Market and 8 p.m. local time for Amazon Fresh


For more information on Amazon holiday shopping and shipping, visit here.

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