With the holidays now just around the corner, everyone is double-checking their lists and figuring out the fastest way to get those gifts in time. Thankfully, many retailers are offering generous shipping policies for their products, with some offering free two-day shipping or even same-day delivery if you pay extra. And just in case the gift you choose isn’t quite right, many retailers are also offering extended return policies so your giftee can get something more to their liking.
For your convenience, we’ve collected the current return policies for several major retailers below, highlighting which will give you a little more time to place that order or start a return. Hopefully, knowing more about how much leeway you have will help lessen that inevitable holiday angst (fingers crossed).
Shipping: Same-day delivery is not available on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. However, Prime members can get free same-day delivery on select products in qualifying ZIP codes through December 24th, provided they meet the “minimum threshold” (which varies by location) of eligible items in their cart. One-Day Delivery with no minimum purchase amount required is also available to Prime members for qualifying products through December 23rd, while Two-Day Delivery is available through December 22nd. Non-Prime buyers will find shipping options on the order page of each specific product.
Returns: During the holidays, most items purchased between November 1st and December 31st can be returned until January 31st, 2024. Apple products, however, must be returned by January 15th, 2024. Note that this policy applies to both Prime and non-Prime buyers.
Shipping: Apple has a guide outlining specific cut-off dates for most items, which you can find here. Generally speaking, however, Apple recommends that you order products by 12PM on December 21st if you want to receive them by Christmas Eve, though engraved items won’t ship in time by Christmas. If you buy directly from Apple, standard shipping is free on all orders. Apple also offers two-hour delivery from local stores if you pay $9 extra.
Returns: Except for T-Mobile-financed iPhones, all products purchased online between November 3rd and December 25th can be returned through January 8th, 2024. Purchases made after December 25th are subject to the usual terms and conditions, and must be returned within 14 calendar days of your initial purchase date.
Shipping: Target offers free two-day shipping on many orders if you spend $35 or more or use your Target RedCard. If you place an order by 6PM local time on December 24th, you can take advantage of same-day delivery. If you pay extra for Shipt, you can also get gifts within an hour on Christmas Eve provided you place orders before 4PM local time.