If you act fast, there is still some gift shopping to be had today that will arrive in time for Christmas Eve tomorrow. "Many stores are offering free overnight shipping, so the cutoff time is usually around 4 PM based on the retailers location," says Anand Jagannathan of iStorez, which gathers together in one place the steals and deals from over 500 online stores. Currently, there are almost 60 e-tailers featuring last minute sale items that can arrive before Christmas at stores like Perfume.com, Zales, Delia's, Baby Phat, and Zappos; and for more manly gifts: Home Depot, The North Face, Circuit City, Fair Indigo, Jockey and Brooks Brothers. "Some stores are offering the option of a local pick-up, like Nordstrom, while Chanel has 1 or 2 day delivery. Brooks Brothers is offering free overnight shipping on orders of $200 or greater so the offers are all over the place." The Top 5 last-minute gift categories include jewelry (try Tobi), perfume such as Coco Mademoiselle, food baskets (The Popcorn Factory), and gift baskets (Williams Sonoma). And remember, gift cards and certificates are always a respectable option - including MAC Cosmetics, Pacsun and Ralph Lauren.
For more last minute offers, be sure to check out iStorez.com...and should the holiday cheer begin to evaporate sooner than you expected, do keep in mind that many of the "post" Christmas sales actually begin Christmas Day.
- Lesley Scott