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Barbara Farfan

Best Last-Minute Christmas Eve 2012 Deal Saves Time and Helps Shoppers Avoid Christmas Eve Crowds - Free Ship-to-Store Services Still the Best December 24th Last-Minute Shopping Deal

By December 24, 2012

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The single best deal on Christmas Eve 2012 is the one that gives last-minute shoppers something that they don't have enough of on December 24, 2012... time. The number of hours between now and the Christmas Day gift exchange deadline won't change. But the amount of last-minute Christmas Eve shopping, errands, and tasks that can be accomplished on December 24th can be dramatically changed thanks to the best deal that retail technology has to offer.

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Ship-to-store is the free Christmas Eve deal that allows last-minute shoppers to make a purchase online, have a second cup of coffee, complete some other Christmas Eve tasks, and then take a leisurely drive over to the retail store where they made their Internet or mobile purchase to pick it up concierge-style. Some retail chains have been working behind the scenes upgrading their technology, processes and systems all year just to make this best Christmas Eve offer available to the last-minute shoppers who will appreciate it the most.

Not only will the free Christmas Eve ship-to-store deal save last-minute shoppers time on December 24th, it will also save them from having to mix and mingle too much with all of the stressed and distressed shoppers scurrying around the retail stores. If retailers are able to deliver on the promise of their quick and easy ship-to-store offer, the mood in the purchase pick-up line should be much different than the mood in the what's-taking-so-damn-long regular checkout lines.

There is one drawback to using ship-to-store services on Christmas Eve, and it's a major drawback. That is, each store will have its own cutoff times for both ordering and picking up ship-to-store purchases on Christmas Eve. If you don't know and follow the rules, your last-minute gifts might never make it out of the store.

Complete List of Retailers With Ship-to-Store Options >>

Tip of the Day - In the past, all ship-to-store delivery options were free but some retailers may charge a fee for same-day Christmas Eve ship-to-store service in 2012. So, remember to do a cart check before your final checkout click!

Last-minute shoppers who shop to the end of Christmas Eve 2012 store hours and still have more Christmas list than gifts will still have some very last last-minute shopping options, believe it or not. And we're not just talking about re-gifting. Here's the best of the very last last-minute gift options on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2012:

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