How Long Will It Take For Your Christmas Gifts To Ship?

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We're fewer than three weeks from Christmas and that means those of us looking to get goods shipped to us in time to get them under there tree need to finalise our online shopping plans. At this time of year postal and delivery services are working at capacity which can lead to longer than expected delivery times. Here are the delivery and lead times for some of the main shopping sites.


As well as running a bunch of sales in the lead up to Christmas, JB HiFi offers "1 Hour Click and Collect" so you can order online and go t a store.

But if that doesn't suit you, there are a number of other options with 2-4 business days for standard deliveries and express service if you want your items in a day or two. They also offer same-day and three-hour delivery if you're prepared to pay extra.

JB HiFi offers Austrlaia Post delivery on some items but that can take 4 - 10 days.


As you'd expect, Amazon is pushing Prime as the best way to leave shipping till the last minute. But, according to their US holiday calendar you'll need to get your orders in before 17 December in order to get them delivered with standard shipping. But there's no Australia-specific information available yet.

However, the estimated shipping and delivery times are provided when you're ordering. You can expect locally sourced items to arrive in a couple of days if you're a Prime member and a little over a week from the US - at least that's what I found when I ordered some items earlier this week.


As well as offering a bunch of different discounts, eBay is offering shipping in three days or less for a range of items.

But actual shipping times will vary by vendor so you may need to shop around if the time you want won't arrive in time.

Big W

BigW isn't quoting any special delivery arrangements for Christmas, with its standard delivery arrangements of between four and eight days deepening on whether you're in metropolitan, regional or remote areas. The further you are from the metro areas, the more shipping costs.


Kmart's delivery arrangements aren't suggesting any special Christmas arrangements with delivery timeframe varying fro. Three to 14 days depending how far from the metro area you are.

Kmart use a variety of different delivery partners depending on the size of the time and destination.

EB Games

As well as offering click and collect, EB Games shipping times are currently sitting at a week so you'll been to get orders in by late next week in order to ensure your goods are delivered before Christmas.

Book Depository

Book depository is suggesting the following shipping date for books coming from their Australian warehouses.

  • 20th December (VIC metro)
  • 19th December (NSW metro, SA metro, VIC country)
  • 18th December (QLD metro, ACT, TAS, NSW country)
  • 17th December (WA metro, QLD country, SA country)
  • 14th December (NT, WA country)

Orders from the UK will need to be in by 12th December 2018.


Standard delivery from Catch is saying order from they warehouse will need to be in by 12th December to reach metropolitan areas. But if you're ordering from one of there third-parties in its market, then those orders will need to be in tomorrow, 7 December 2019, to reach metropolitan areas.

Express delivery orders will need to be in by 21st December 2018.

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