Online retailers are spreading some some much-needed holiday cheer for late shoppers: Friday, Dec. 16, is free shipping day.
More than 1,200 merchants are taking part in the offer that will ensure packages will arrive in time for Christmas Eve. Many of the participating retailers are also offering additional deals and sales with the free shipping guarantee.
The complete list of all participating retailers can be viewed here. Deals and guidelines vary from company to company, and free shipping is only guaranteed for items that are currently in stock and may exclude certain purchases.
FedEx and UPS are gearing up for last-minute cyber purchases and have advice for frantic consumers on their websites. FedEx encourages preparation and planning to ensure a stress-free delivery and even has a hotline for consumers to keep tabs on their packages. FedEx and UPS also have holiday calendars that explain the last days to order so the gifts arrive by Dec. 24.