Free Shipping Day 2010: The Procrastinator's Shopping Event

UPS guy looking at boxes - free shipping dayFree Shipping Day is finally here, and for shoppers who still need to do their holiday shopping, it represents the cutoff for free shipping at most online retailers. This year there are already more than 1,500 retailers participating in the shopping event with free shipping and guaranteed delivery by December 24.

Luke Knowles, founder of Free Shipping Day, described Free Shipping Day as a, "Day for procrastinators," in a phone interview, adding that it is perfect for shoppers who didn't want to deal with the hassles of Black Friday and Cyber Monday but still want free shipping and other last minute holiday shopping deals.This year an amazing 37% of shoppers plan to take advantage of the free shipping deals by finishing up their holiday wish lists on Free Shipping Day. While some stores have free shipping minimums, usually $25 or $50, over 60% of the participating stores are offering free shipping with no minimums on December 17.

Most of the retailers will be shipping ground, but the Free Shipping Day team has rounded up a collection of retailers that are offering free overnight shipping as part of Free Shipping Day including the following stores.
  • Yves Saint Laurent Beauty
  • Giorgio Armani Beauty
  • Anjolee
  • Blue Nile
  • BPDRecovery.com
Knowles told WalletPop that while Dec. 17 is the last day that most retailers will offer free shipping with guaranteed December 24th delivery there are some stores like Zappos that will offer free shipping all the way up until December 23!

2010 is a bit different from years past thanks in part to a "Free Shipping War" started by Walmart which was joined by Best Buy Target and others, but all of these free shipping deals will soon be tapering off as the cost of delivering by Christmas Eve increases.

To help out WalletPop readers, the team behind Free Shipping Day provided us with a few last minute gift ideas that qualify for free shipping for those of you who still have someone on your list who's difficult to buy for.

1. Green Gift -- Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World -- Barnes & Noble - $22
Britain's Prince of Wales, well known for his environmental work, writes about his views for the first time. Harmony discusses what Prince Charles considers our most pressing modern challenges -- from climate change to poverty -- and how they're rooted in mankind's disharmony with nature. The prince presents a compelling case that the solution lies in our ability to regain a balance with the world around us. This is a well-thought-out discussion based on in-depth research; not just another celebrity vanity project.
2. Handmade Gift Lover -- Crafty Willows on Etsy.com
Artist Laurel Collins began creating wire-wrapped jewelry to clear craft kits out of her closets. What began as a cleaning project soon grew into a passion. Collins uses everything from crop circles to insects as patterns for her intricate art pieces. Almost all incorporate some sort of stone, although a few of her jewelry pieces are entirely composed of wrapped wire. The artist also dabbles in etched-glass art.
3. Fashionista -- DKNYC Greta Mary Jane Wedges -- Zappos.com -- $98
If you love shoes, you must, must, must have a pair of these Mary Janes. The stacked, 2-3/4-inch wedge heels are comfortable and cute with a slip-on silhouette. The playful, perforated vamp strap ensures they'll last through a day at the office and a night of club dancing. In short, the Greta Mary Jane is fun, full of charm and a real steal of a deal from Zappos.
4. Timekeepers and Style Setters -- Ceramic Watches -- Fossil -- Prices Vary
Watches today are more outfit accessories than time keepers, a concept Fossil completely understands. The merchant's line of ceramic watches totally plays into this winter's monochromatic fashion trend with everything from streamlined to chunky styles. Choose from all-white or all-black ceramics in lustrous tones.
5. Technology and Music Lovers -- Numark TTUSB Turntable with USB Audio Interface -- Electronics Expo -- $71.54 (originally $200)
The TTUSB is a unique, plug-and-play, USB-compatible turntable that makes digitizing your vinyl record collection a snap. Packaged with all the necessary cables to connect with a computer or stereo playback system, along with software to remove clicks, pops, and other undesirable characteristics of vinyl, the TTUSB is a comprehensive package that breathes new life into older recordings.

If you're not able to finish all of your holiday shopping on Free Shipping Day, make sure you know when the holiday shipping deadlines are. Deals.com has a listing by store and by date that will show you the holiday shipping deadlines for 2010 in an easy-to-use format.

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