Don’t Play Chicken With Final Order Deadlines, Urges ParcelHero.


It’s tempting to leave Christmas shopping as late as possible in the hope of last-minute bargains from desperate retailers. But ParcelHero’s popular online tool shows time’s almost up.

How late dare shoppers leave last-minute online Christmas ordering? Anyone thinking they have a week left to shop is in for a shock: most stores’ Standard Christmas order dates for home delivery finish on December 18th. And there’s an astonishing difference between the (more expensive) Express last order dates for many of the nation’s favourite stores. To ensure shoppers don’t miss Christmas Day entirely, the international delivery expert ParcelHero is urging shoppers to use its hugely popular online tool to find out the final deadlines of their favourite stores.

Says ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT:

‘While we don’t want to encourage last-minute orders, because of the risk of gifts missing Christmas Day, we think it’s best to make sure shoppers are fully informed of the cut-off dates for orders to arrive before Christmas. Check your favourite stores and you will find, for example, ASOS’ final Standard delivery in time for Christmas is the 19th, but its Express delivery gives shoppers until 23rd, while Boohoo’s last date is 18th December for Standard, and 22nd for Next Day.’

David explains:

‘Many shoppers do like to leave it as late as possible to order online; and it’s very tempting to this year in particular, as retailers have had a dire time and are desperate to shift stock. But bargain hunters should not leave it too long as a number of stores’ deadlines have already come and gone. This is particularly the case if they specialise in heavier items such as cycles or furniture; for example, Evans Cycles was the 16th. In contrast some other retailers, such as Amazon, Argos and Net-a-Porter, are actually offering Christmas Eve same-day ordering.’

Here’s ParcelHero’s UPDATED Amazon to Zara list of Christmas Express deadlines:

Amazon – 24th December

Argos- 24th December

ASOS – 23rd December

Boden – 23rd December

The Body Shop – 22nd December

Boohoo – 22 December

Debenhams – 22nd December

Evans Cycles – 16th December

Firebox – 22nd December

Gap – 21st December

HP – 19th December

John Lewis – 22nd December

Littlewoods – 22nd December

Net-a-Porter – 24th December

Next – 22nd December

Paul Smith – 19th December

The White Company – 21st December

Very – 23rd December

Zara – 23rd December (London area)

If you don’t see your favourite store here, check the full list.

One final date to note is the 20th is the last recommended date to send presents to UK destinations using the main courier companies. Says David: ‘If you are planning to save money sending parcels using a parcel price comparison site such as ParcelHero, we strongly recommend you don’t leave it any later than 20th.’

See ParcelHero’s online tool – revealing the final order dates for most of the UK’s major online retailers and last parcel mailing dates – at

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