Amazon's shipping deadlines for Christmas include last-minute deals and same-day delivery

Amazon Prime boxes on doorstep
Amazon Prime boxes on doorstep (Image credit: Windows Central)

Still trying to round out that Christmas shopping list, huh? Need a few last minute gifts? Wondering where you can go to get them before the big day? Amazon makes it easy. For one thing, every product page has a tag that will let you know "Arrives before Christmas" or "Arrives after Christmas." You may find different sellers and different situations for the same product if you look hard enough.

The easiest way to ensure you can get your stuff on time is to be an Amazon Prime member. Even if you're just using the free trial, you can still take full advantage of Prime's shipping bonuses. Amazon has 15 millions items eligible for one-day delivery, and that's a service that is free to Prime members with no minimum purchase necessary. You can still order one-day delivery items through Dec. 23 and get them before Christmas.

While not quite as many items are eligible for Same-Day Delivery, the ones that are will be delivered before Christmas even as late as Dec. 24. You can order on Christmas Eve and get presents for Christmas Day. This service usually requires a minimum purchase of $35 if you don't want to pay a fee. You can also get two-hour grocery delivery through Amazon Fresh on Dec. 24 in select cities, which can be helpful if Christmas dinner is missing a few key ingredients.

Need some gift ideas? Here's a few options available on Amazon right now that are actually on sale:


Amazon's Holiday Gift Guides

Sometimes you just need a little inspiration. These gift guides cover everything from gifts for kids to adults, gifts for under $10, $20, $30, etc, and more. Easily find something that suits the person you're shopping for.


Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K | $20 off

Winter break needs a media streaming player. If you don't have one already, you can't go wrong here. Get access to all of your favorite programs and streaming apps. Binge the latest shows. Do it all in 4K.


Logitech webcams, headsets, & more | 33% off

Time to get some Logitech accessories, all of which are down to low prices for time being. These are temporary deals, but it's a great way to secure a new headset or webcam if you need one.


Ring Alarm 2nd-generation security system | 38% off

Hey, don't let Santa just come sneakin' into your house without a warning! Set up a piecemeal security system like the Ring Alarm so you know anytime someone crosses a threshold in your home.


23andMe Ancestry and Genetic Testing service | 40% off

Save up to 40% on these personal DNA genetic tests from 23andMe. Learn about your origins, find family you never knew you had, and so much more. These make a great gift for the genetically curious.


Amazon Kindle e-readers | $40 off

If you're looking for a deal at Amazon during the holidays, you can rest assured Amazon's own gear will be some of the best discounts on the site. Grab a new e-reader for the book lover in your life. These e-readers include Bluetooth now so you can also do audiobooks, which is great for traveling over the holidays.


Echo Dot 4th-gen Kids Edition | $25 off

Any version of the Echo Dot makes a great gift, even for the people in your life who aren't huge into technology thanks to the voice assistant. The Kids Edition has some great extras for the little ones in your life with a year of Amazon Kids+ that gives you access to kid-friendly audiobooks and games and educational skills. It also has advanced parental controls so you can filter out unwanted stuff.


DEWALT tool kits and extras | 45% off

Everyone can use some good power tools. Whether you know someone who just moved out on their own or someone else who is constantly working on projects and needs some power assistance, a DEWALT tool kit can make a great gift. The deals also include extra batteries. Being able to hot swap batteries without stopping is a gift in and of itself.


Tile and Tile Pro Bluetooth item trackers | 28% off

Tile Bluetooth trackers can make great stocking stuffers as much as they make a good regular gift. No one likes losing keys and wallets and stuff. Being able to quickly find those things is a blessing that Tile makes possible, so everyone should appreciate a gift like this.


Samsung Galaxy S20 and S21 smartphones | 20% off

Now this would be an awesome gift to find under the Christmas tree. These phones include some decent discounts up to 20% off, and who wouldn't want one of Samsung's best smartphones yet?

Are you reading this because it's Christmas Day and you basically just forgot? No worries. Grab a gift card. You can order those any time, and the best gift a person can buy is the gift they buy themselves.

John Levite
Deals Editor

J.D. Levite has been in the deals game since 2012. He has posted daily deals at Gizmodo, The Wirecutter, The Sweethome, and now covers deals for Android Central, iMore, and Windows Central. He was there for the first Prime Day and has braved the full force of Black Friday. If you cut him, he bleeds savings. But don't try it for real. That's a metaphor.