free shippingIt's coming down to the home stretch for holiday shopping, which means if you need to ship presents, you'd better have a game plan by now -- especially if you want to take advantage of Free Shipping Day -- today, Dec. 16.

Nearly 2,000 merchants are offering free shipping with delivery by Christmas Eve (with some restrictions) in the continental United States. Some are even sweetening the deal with one-day savings offers. offered DailyFinance an early preview of what it considers retailers' "top offers," reflecting the biggest value to consumers relative to other promotions being offered on the site, and versus the discounts these retailers typically offer.

We've added in some extra tips to help you plot your shipping strategy for the remainder of the holiday season.

Stores Sweetening Offers

Lands' End is slashing merchandise by 40%, in addition to waiving the shipping fees on all orders.

Express is offering 30% off clothing and accessories, $25 off orders of $100 or more with a coupon code, and free shipping on all orders.

The Children's Place (PLCE) is offering free shipping on all merchandise, plus 25% off the order.

Jewelry retailer will ship any order for free and shave 30% off the total cost.

Eddie Bauer is selling merchandise at 40% off, and offering free shipping on orders over $49.

Maximize Free Shipping Day

Buyer--or shipper--beware. "Don't assume that just because a website is participating in free shipping day you will receive the gift by Christmas," Jeanette Pavini, money savings expert with, tells DailyFinance. "Do your homework before clicking 'purchase' and find out when their cutoff day is."

Opt for retailers that offer free returns as well as free shipping, so people can easily return gifts. "Usually these retailers will ship gifts with a prepaid return label," Pavini says.

And if You Missed Free Shipping Day ...

Check out sites like and, which offer free shipping codes at a variety of retailers.

For those procrastinators who want to make sure their gifts arrive by Dec. 25, some stores offer free shipping coupon offers as late as Dec. 21 with guaranteed delivery by Christmas, according to The Guide to Holiday Shipping Deadlines.

About 180 stores, such as Barnes and Noble (BKS) and (KSS), offer standard shipping with guaranteed Christmas Eve delivery as late as Dec. 21, while more than 150 stores, including and, offer express shipping as late as Dec. 21, also with guaranteed Christmas Eve delivery, according to

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Alisa Madden

November 16 2012 at 11:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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November 16 2012 at 11:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Victorias secret is offering free second day shipping on orders over $100-they often have free shipping offers, so i highly suggest you try waiting a bit if you wanna get something from them to see if one rolls around. they usually have a minimum order of $100, but sometimes its less liek $50, $25 or recently on any order! I also heard that in teh new year they are starting free return shipping!

December 16 2011 at 5:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you're an artist--or want to be--Dick Blick has free shipping today only. It's one of my favorite art supply websites.

December 16 2011 at 4:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The UPS Store has nothing to do with the UPS Company! It is privetly owned & operated & will charge you a lot more than if you brought you package to the UPS Depot. Sometimes more than twice the shipping!

December 16 2011 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

FLASH....I took a box of gifts to the local UPS store for shipping to Honolulu. They quoted me $136.00 to get it there.
NO WAY.....I then went to the US Post Office, and sent it regular Parcel Post for $22.00. It'll be there for Christmas.
I had another package to go to Toledo Ohio....UPS said $46.00....Took it to US Post Office and paid $12.00.
Go figure....Want to save? Go to the U.S. Post Office.

December 16 2011 at 2:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks for posting this guide. I just finished up the rest of my holiday shopping. I ordered from Lands End too, but didn't have any issues getting free shipping or the extra 40% off. I would call their customer service about your shipping fee. Since Free Shipping Day lasts all day long, they'll probably give you a refund.

December 16 2011 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I just ordered from Lands End and got charged a shipping fee... what's up with that?

December 16 2011 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to smpiehler's comment

You have the guarantee its there by christmas by paying for shipping.

December 16 2011 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did you enter a code? They all require a code to be entered at checkout.

December 16 2011 at 2:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply